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Lyndsy Fonseca in First Trailer for Time Travel Indie Film 'Curvature'

Curvature Trailer

"Why do you think Wells was so secretive about his work?" Screen Media has unveiled a trailer for indie sci-fi thriller Curvature, which premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year. This time travel film follows a young engineer named Helen Phillips, played by Lyndsy Fonseca (who you will recognize from Kick-Ass or "Agent Carter"), distraught by her husband's suicide. He had been developing a time travel prototype. She wakes up one morning and gets a phone call from herself, which sets things in motion as she tries to figure out what's going on. Co-starring Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower, Alex Lanipekun, Zach Avery, Noah Bean. I saw this at Sitges and unfortunately it's not good. It has all the right ingredients, including a cool-looking time travel machine, but just doesn't amount to much and is instantly forgettable. Check it out.

First Trailer for Dystopian Sci-Fi 'Virtual Revolution' Set in Paris 2047

Virtual Revolution Trailer

"Everyone wants freedom." A trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi film titled Virtual Revolution, which first premiered in 2016 but is just now trying to get a release. The film also goes by the title 2047 - Virtual Reality in the UK, but I suppose the "virtual reality" in the title is a bit confusing, so they're using Virtual Revolution instead. Virtual Revolution is set in Paris in 2047, where most of the population spends their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don't care anymore about reality. One "hybrid" (meaning he spends half in the real world, half in the virtual world) agent, who works for the companies that run these virtual worlds, tracks down terrorists who threaten the system. The basically seems like a nice indie mashup between Blade Runner and Ready Player One. This stars Mike Dopud, Jane Badler, Jochen Hägele, Maximilien Poullein, and Kaya Blocksage. Worth a look, though I'm not sure if it's actually any good.

Two Trailers for Sci-Fi Action Movie 'Scorched Earth' with Gina Carano

Scorched Earth Trailer

"What makes you so different than the bounties you drag in here?" An official trailer has debuted online for a post-apocalyptic sci-fi action movie titled Scorched Earth, from actor-turned-director Peter Howitt. Set in a future where Earth has been ravaged (scorched?) and destroyed, the story follows a bounty hunter, played by Gina Carano, who gets into some major trouble when she tries to bring down a ruthless outlaw. This seems like such an odd, unoriginal mashup of bounty hunters, post-apocalyptic tropes, and maybe a bit of sci-fi, but not really. The full cast includes John Hannah, Stephanie Bennett, Alisha Newton, Ryan Robbins, Nathan Mitchell, and Patrick Gilmore. I hate to be so blunt, but this looks like a really terrible made-for-TV SyFy film. I'm really not that interested in seeing this, but check it out below anyway.

Watch: VFX Breakdown Video from Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049'

Blade Runner 2049 VFX Breakdown

Get a load of this, movie fans. Whether you are happy with the movie or not, there's no denying that Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most visually astounding movies of this year. Part of this is thanks to master cinematographer Roger Deakins and the entire crew who designed and developed the movie, building giant practical sets along with massive, complex lighting rigs. The other part of the visual experience comes from the extraordinary, seamless visual effects (aka VFX) that make the world complete. VFX studio Rodeo FX, based mostly out of Montreal, has released a breakdown video showing off their work on the movie. It also gives a behind-the-scenes look at how big all the sets were, and how much VFX work went on top of them to make it all seem so real. I love watching these kind of videos. Sit back, relax & enjoy.

Watch: Curious Sentient Machine Sci-Fi Short Film 'Donny the Drone'

Donny the Drone Short Film

"He was designed to fly but destined to feel." Now this is something creative and thought-provoking. Dust has premiered a new sci-fi short film titled Donny the Drone, from filmmaker Mackenzie Sheppard. Set in 2022, Donny, the world's first sentient machine goes on stage to accept a prestigious "Person of the Year" award as an auditorium of humans are confronted with his emotional and controversial story. His anecdotes are portrayed with highlights from his world-spanning adventures that have shaped who he has become. This builds and builds, and it becomes something more than just a fun little short, and that's what makes it worth your time. Even better - Guy Pearce provides the voice for "Donny the Drone". Just start watching and you'll be pulled in. "You know how they say machines can't feel? It turns out that's just a lie."

Teaser Trailer for the 'Mortal Engines' Movie Produced by Peter Jackson

Mortal Engines

"What is that?!" "That… is London." Universal has revealed the first teaser trailer for a big sci-fi adaptation called Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. This adaptation has been in the works for years, in development by Peter Jackson and the LOTR/Hobbit team. For a long time, Jackson considered directing and was developing it that way, but he eventually handed it over to a VFX supervisor at Weta to making his directorial debut. Now we get a first look at footage from the teaser and it's impressive. Mortal Engines is about a post-apocalyptic future where gigantic moving cities roam the Earth (and battle each other). The fantastically eccentirc ensemble cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. This actually looks pretty dang cool, no thanks to amazing VFX from Weta. Looking forward to seeing more footage next year. Take a look.

Watch: Looper's Preview of the Exciting Sci-Fi Movies Coming in 2018

2018 Sci-Fi Movies

Looking ahead at 2018, it's going to be another exciting, spectacular year for the science fiction genre. With a few weeks to go until the New Year, Looper put out a video previewing some of the most anticipated sci-fi movies opening in 2018. They call the video "Sci Fi Movies That Will Completely Blow You Away In 2018," though that's some epic hype. I'm just happy to see this much sci-fi, it means the genre is truly in a new era of brilliance with so many boundary-pushing films on the horizon. The video profiles most of the major sci-fi movies coming out in 2018, like The Predator, Ready Player One, Annihilation, and A Wrinkle in Time, but misses one big one - the Cloverfield movie, currently set for February 2nd though that might change. This is a good video to watch to get you in the mood for some awesome movies to anticipate in 2018.

Second Trailer for Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' with Natalie Portman

Annihilation Trailer

"We need to know what's inside." "So do I." Whoaaaaa. Paramount has released a new full-length trailer for the latest sci-fi film from Alex Garland (of Ex Machina), who is adapting from Jeff VanderMeer's series of novels. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group into a special place known as "Area X" where the laws of nature don't apply. This trailer shows us a bit more of "what's inside" and damn does it look trippy and scary and very mesmerizing. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. I am so very excited for this, mostly because I trust in Garland to bring us some of the best cerebral sci-fi around. And this looks wildly unique.

Review: Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is Bold But Off-Balance

The Last Jedi Review

Written and directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper), Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second entry in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Upon its release in late 2015, The Force Awakens received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and praise from fans worldwide for restoring the saga's former glory while injecting it with fresh blood. As beloved as Episode VII was, however, one criticism continued to appear: it was too safe; a rehash of George Lucas' 1977 film. If Abrams' movie was too safe, then Johnson's follow-up may prove too risky.

Second Trailer for Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Starring Tye Sheridan

Ready Player One Trailer

"It's the only place that feels like I mean anything." Warner Bros has launched the new full theatrical trailer for Steven Spielberg's grand 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. The first teaser trailer had a few small glimpses, but this just looks wow - totally jaw-dropping stunning. My goodness. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the Oasis gaming world as "Parzival". The full 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. This trailer actually makes me feel like Spielberg might've pulled this off, and I am excited to see it and experience the entire thing. I really love the footage they're showing in this, looks outstanding; and the Depeche Mode track is perfect. So can't wait.

Final Trailer for Wes Ball's Sci-Fi Action 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure'

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Trailer

"You can't save everyone, Thomas." "I can try." 20th Century Fox has revealed the final theatrical trailer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final movie in the sci-fi series. Director Wes Ball tweeted yesterday that this is the "last Maze Runner trailer you're ever gonna see [sic]." This sci-fi series had a small, humble beginning with a movie about a giant maze, then blew up into something much bigger with the second movie, The Scorch Trials, released in 2015, and now it concludes with an all-out, epic, action-packed grand finale. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, and the cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Walton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel, Katherine McNamara, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper, Ki Hong Lee, and Jacob Lofland. Even if you haven't been following this series so far, you might want to fire up this trailer - it looks pretty dang cool.

Must Watch: Official Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Alita: Battle Angel Trailer

"It's a harsh world. The strong prey on the weak down here." Whoa. You have to see this! After almost a decade in development, Robert Rodriguez finally went off and made James Cameron's adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel, based on the popular manga series. 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. Rodriguez used James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis' script that has been floating around for years, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. So this still has the James Cameron touch (since he was originally supposed to direct), but Rodriguez is at the helm instead. The film's full cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. Get your first look here.

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