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Jon Hamm & Lois Smith in Full Trailer for Subtle Sci-Fi 'Marjorie Prime'

Marjorie Prime Trailer

"She's nicer to that thing than she is to me." FilmRise has unveiled an official trailer for the film Marjorie Prime, the latest feature by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, which premiered at Sundance. This subtle sci-fi film is set in the near future in a time where intelligent AI can recreate a perfect holographic version of a deceased person. The story involves a family figuring out what to make of these lifelike recreations of people who aren't around anymore. It's a meditation on "memory and identity, love and loss." Jon Hamm stars, with Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Stephanie Andujar, Hannah Gross, and Lois Smith as Marjorie. This seems like a cool concept, but unfortunately never lives up to its potential, and it's a very dull film. I saw this at Sundance and wanted to like it, but there's just not much to like about it. But that's only my take.

 Posted 23 hours ago in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full-Length Trailer for 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Re-Release

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Trailer

"What do you want?" "I just want to know that it's, it's really happening." Sony has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The classic sci-fi film first hit theaters in December of 1977, two years after Jaws. This re-release was first teased with a "mysterious" air traffic control video that didn't explain what exactly it was teasing, but that was quickly solved. Now we know the film is returning to theaters again September 1st and if you've never seen on it on the big screen before, now is your chance. Don't miss it! Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, François Truffaut, Warren Kemmerling, and Cary Guffey. This trailer definitely makes this movie seem like a true classic - feast your eyes on this.

 Posted July 25 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Movie

Ready Player One Teaser Trailer

"There's nowhere left to go… Nowhere, except the Oasis." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I'm so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can't believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game's creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There's some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I'm hyped for this!! Very excited to see more.

 Posted July 22 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Comic-Con 2017: Photos from WB's 'Blade Runner 2049' Experience

Blade Runner 2049 Experience

"The key to the future is finally unearthed. Bring it to me." We're only a few months from experiencing Blade Runner 2049 on the big screen, but Warner Bros has already invited us into the future at Comic-Con this year. Remember the incredible Tron Legacy experience at Comic-Con years ago, featuring a full-sized Flynn's Aracde built inside a warehouse downtown? Well, Warner Bros has topped that with a massive off-site experience at Comic-Con this year for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and it's one of the best things that has ever come to Comic-Con. It begins with a look at concept art, continues with a VR experience in one of the flying cars, then takes us directly to the streets of the future. Take a look at our photos below.

 Posted July 21 in Comic-Con 17, Hype, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Review: Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Wastes Visual Splendor on So-So Storytelling

Valerian Review

Written and directed by Luc Besson (of Léon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and Lucy), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in 1967 in the French comics magazine, Pilote, the seminal science fiction series paved the way for Heavy Metal, and informed George Lucas' Star Wars and Besson's 1997 film, The Fifth Element, for which Mézières contributed concept art. The live-action adaptation, independently crowd-sourced and personally funded by Besson, is supposedly now the most expensive independent film ever made, but does it live up to its influential source material?

 Posted July 21 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Join the Jaeger Uprising - Viral Teaser Video for 'Pacific Rim: Uprising'

Pacific Rim: Uprising Teaser

Join the Jaeger Uprising! Well, this is a cool way to introduce the new movie. Legendary + Universal have debuted a viral teaser trailer video for Pacific Rim 2, known as Pacific Rim: Uprising. The video is an advertisement explaining what exactly a Jaeger is (the giant fighting robots controlled by two people who interlink via brain technology) and ends with an upbeat message encouraging fans to sign-up to be a Jaeger pilot. "Now accepting pilot applications" at GoJaeger.com. The video also features our first look at John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, in his Jaeger helmet. The full cast of the sequel includes Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, and Karan Brar. I hope we get to see an actual trailer with real footage soon, but for now this is a cool way to start the Jaegar hype yet again.

 Posted July 20 in SciFi, To Watch, Viral | Comments

This Breaks the World: Trailer #3 for Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049'

Blade Runner 2049 Trailer #3

"Replicants are the future, but I can only make so many." Warner Bros has revealed the third trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner from 1982. The second trailer was already incredible, but this one is even better, if you can believe it. This movie is now my *most* anticipated left in 2017. This direct sequel takes place 30 years after the original, and stars Ryan Gosling as the new LAPD Officer who must find Deckard, who has been missing all this time. Harrison Ford returns to play Deckard, and the new cast of 2049 includes Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and David Dastmalchian. Everything about this looks amazing - the score, the visuals, performances. Chills.

 Posted July 17 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: Awesome 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Concludes an Impressive Trilogy

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

The Planet of the Apes series is as inevitable to the world of science fiction film as laws of nature are to the actual world. There will always be a continuation to the franchise that began in 1968 and instantly turned sci-fi on its ear. So, too, is the inevitability of the new trilogy of films that serves as precursor to that original franchise, first in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and again in 2014 with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Completing this trilogy is War for the Planet of the Apes, a film that delivers on all aspects to that title with absolute precision and then some. Under direction by Dawn director Matt Reeves and aided by a stunning, motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis, War is an emotionally charged and impressively executed culmination of this reboot that will likely go down as memorably as that original, sci-fi classic.

 Posted July 14 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Interview: Matt Reeves on Directing 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

Matt Reeves Interview

"We pitched that movie. I pitched it to the studio. And they said yes." It's here - one of the best movies of the year. War for the Planet of the Apes is now playing in theaters, and it's a masterpiece. I've seen it twice already and it gets better on the second viewing. Andy Serkis is extraordinary as Caesar, concluding this sci-fi trilogy with one of the best performances you'll see in any movie this year. War for the Planet of the Apes and the film before it, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, were both directed by Matt Reeves. Reeves broke in directing Cloverfield, and followed that up with a remake of Let the Right One In titled Let Me In. I was anxious to talk with him for this movie, it was one of my most anticipated of the year and surpassed all expectations. I was able to catch up with Matt briefly on his press tour and chat about making these movies.

 Posted July 14 in Feat, Interview, SciFi | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Xavier Gens' Chilly New Sci-Fi Film 'Cold Skin'

Cold Skin Teaser Trailer

Now what do we have here? There's a very brief teaser trailer going around for a film called Cold Skin, the latest feature from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (of Frontier(s) and The Divide). The teaser trailer doesn't show much, but there are a bunch of photos from the set and a few posters that give us a good look at the weird "humanoid killer amphibians". Set on a desolate island in the Antarctic Circle, the film tells of a man living there who discovers that at night the island is overrun by these creatures. The cast includes David Oakes, Ray Stevenson, and Aura Garrido as Aneris, who seems to be one of these creatures that he falls in love with (see photo above). I'm certainly very curious about this, and I hope we get to see more footage sooner than later. For now, this is all we have but it's worth a look. Check out this shot of Gens, too.

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Terrifying New Oats Studios Film 'Zygote' with Dakota Fanning

Zygote Short Film

"It's coming no matter what we do!" Buckle up, you're in for a crazy ride. These films are getting better and better! Oats Studios has unveiled their next new short film, titled Zygote, an intense horror action story starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. This is perhaps the most cinematic film that Oats has released yet. Directed by the main man himself, Neill Blomkamp, this film features one helluva gnarly monster that appears halfway through. I also love the score, by Lorne Balfe, which makes this feel even more intense. At the bottom of the post, I've included a few answers from Blomkamp to follow-up questions after my first interview about Oats. It's so awesome to see them experimenting with projects like this that would never ever see the light of day in Hollywood, but now we get a chance to experience them. Get ready!

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Teaser for 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Theatrical Re-Release

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

"Every so often, they see something." A mysterious new teaser debuted this week without a title or much info, aside from a link to website. The video is called "This Means Something" and shows an encounter with a UFO from the perspective of an air traffic control radar. There are a few splices of scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the video with links it to the classic Spielberg sci-fi film first released in 1977. Thanks to some investigating by SlashFilm, they've discovered that this is a teaser for an upcoming theatrical re-release of Close Encounters to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film. Aside from that, we don't know which version will be showing but this is an announcement that it's arriving September. This is cool, but I hope we get more marketing - another poster + another trailer before this returns to theaters.

 Posted July 6 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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