2017 Sci-Fi Movies

Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but The Last Jedi is the sequel to 2015’s The Force Awakens and picks up moments after Episode VII. Rey has travelled to Ahch-to with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to find the exiled Luke Skywalker and begin her formal Force training. However, the Luke Rey meets is not necessarily what she imagined, as Skywalker believes it is time for the Jedi to end. Meanwhile, the war between the Resistance and First Order rages on, with both sides looking for whatever upper hand they can get. General Leia Organa regroups with trusted allies Poe Dameron and Finn, while Supreme Leader Snoke looks to complete Kylo Ren’s training.

The Last Jedi is the eighth episode of the famous Skywalker saga that began with the original Star Wars film in 1977 and serves as the middle chapter of the sequel trilogy. It is arriving in theaters in time to commemorate the franchise’s 40th anniversary and promises to be more ominous in tone when compared to its predecessor. In addition to the returning characters from The Force AwakensLast Jedi introduces the likes of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose, Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, and Benicio del Toro’s DJ

Star Wars: Episode IX, the followup to Last Jedi, has been scheduled for a December 2019 premiere. At this point, Lucasfilm is unsure if the saga will continue beyond that point or end with director J.J. Abrams’ film.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mix 2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The original Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in the January 1969 issue of Marvel Super-Heroes. Nearly 50 years later, the team has seen several members in various comic lines – including Iron Man. For the films, writer/director James Gunn was primarily influenced by the modern incarnation of the group, which features Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will return in Avengers: Infinity War, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has also been confirmed.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Spider-Man’s first appearance was in Amazing Fantasy #16 in August 1962 and the web head is now arguably Marvel’s most popular character. Originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man has several comics titles of his own, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Ultimate Spider-Man. Your Friendly Neighborhood has been featured in several forms of media such as video games and an animated television show. Spider-Man’s first live-action film was released in 2002 and launched a trilogy that ended in 2007. Sony rebooted the property in 2012 and had plans for an Amazing Spider-Man shared universe, but poor reception to the 2014 sequel killed the franchise. Sony then struck a deal with Marvel Studios and Tom Holland portrayed the character in a small role for Captain America: Civil War.

Spider-Man will also be in Avengers: Infinity War. A Homecoming sequel is eyeing a July 2019 release date.

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Logan (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Power Rangers (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Saban’s Power Rangers (a big screen reboot of the Power Rangers franchise) follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.

Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

The Transformers films are based on the toy line originally created by Hasbro and Takara Tomy in 1984. It revolved around the conflict between the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons and their ongoing struggle. When it was first launched, Transformers was a comic book series and animated TV show, and the franchise continued to expand from there. Michael Bay helmed the first live-action movie, which was released in 2007. He has since directed all of the installments released to date: Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, Age of Extinction, and The Last Knight.

In keeping with the new Hollywood business model, Paramount is looking to create a shared cinematic universe for Transformers by alternating between entries in the main storyline and various spinoffs.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

Alien: Covenant is the latest installment of the Alien film franchise, which started with the original film in 1979 (also directed by Ridley Scott). The success of the movie, which was praised for its horror tone and iconic imagery, led to multiple sequels – most notably, James Cameron’s Aliens. After the disappointing Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, plus two underwhelming Alien vs. Predator crossovers, Scott returned behind the camera to helm the prequel PrometheusCovenant is a sequel to Prometheus, and is the second entry in a planned trilogy.

Scott hopes to film the Covenant sequel soon.

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Sci-Fi

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

This film is a sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi film Blade Runner, which was released back in 1982. The original movie was based on the Phillip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner 2049, by contrast, is an original story set in the same universe. A followup the the first installment has been in development since 1999 and was finally confirmed in 2015. Scott is just serving as producer this time around, with Arrival helmsman Denis Villeneuve taking over directing duties.

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The Dark Tower (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

The Dark Tower is based on the works by Stephen King and combines elements from various novels of the series. The project lingered in development hell for years (J.J. Abrams wanted to make it back in 2007) before finally moving forward with the current creative team in 2015. The hope is Dark Tower can launch a new franchise that spans multiple films and a television series. The movie’s plot is actually a continuation of the book series, picking up after the events of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

This is the third installment of the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series that started in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The franchise originally began in 1968 with Planet of the Apes, which was renowned for its twist ending. That movie spawned four additional sequels, ending with Battle for the Planet of the Apes. In 2001, director Tim Burton released a remake of the first movie with the hopes of launching a new series, but the film’s troubled production and poor reception led to Fox temporarily placing the franchise on hold. Ten years later, the studio brought Apes back with motion-capture guru Andy Serkis as the lead chimp Caesar, and War‘s two predecessors have gone on to earn much critical acclaim for their storytelling and visual effects.

War for the Planet of the Apes serves as the end of Caesar’s story, but the producers intend to keep the series going for at least another film.

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)

  • Rating: M
  • -Genre: Sci-Fi

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way into the depths of the Andromeda galaxy. Become the Pathfinder and lead humanity’s search for a new home in this uncharted and unforgiving region of space.

Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization systems to make them your own. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival and place in the Andromeda Galaxy.

Destiny 2 (2017 Video Game)

  • Rating: M
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

A followup and potential spiritual relaunch of the Destiny franchise by developer Bungie and publisher Activision. Destiny 2 does not carry over progress and gear from the original game with the hopes of giving a fresh start with new mechanics and a fleshed out story for the followup.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker’s hand and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.

The Shape of Water (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

This marks del Toro’s return to small-scale filmmaking, following bigger, genre offerings such as the Hellboy films and Pacific Rim. It has been compared by many to his earlier fantasy movie, Pan’s Labyrinth in regards to tone and drew much inspiration from the classic monster flick The Creature from the Black Lagoon. In interviews, del Toro has made clear his intention to turn typical conventions on their head by having the female lead fall in love with the monster. Originally, del Toro had envisioned making The Shape of Water in black and white as a means of keeping the budget down, but the film is presented in color.

The Shape of Water toured the fall festival circuit in 2017, making stops at Venice (where it won the Golden Lion) and Toronto. It received widespread acclaim, with many critics praising del Toro’s eye for stunning visuals and a heartfelt, emotional story. Sally Hawkins also earned raves for her performance as Elisa, a mute janitor. Despite being a fantasy film, many are predicting The Shape of Water will be one of the top contenders at the Oscars due to its various merits.

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Life (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Flatliners (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

The Circle (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.

A Cure for Wellness (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Resident Evil: Biohazard (2017) Video Game News

  • Rating: M
  • -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Fear, combat, exploration, and item management are the four pillars of survival horror genre that were masterfully executed in the gameplay of the best Resident Evil games, and Capcom digs deep into those horror roots with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, a game which puts players in an isolated first-person perspective in an all-new experience. The game is entirely playable in virtual reality for PlayStation VR owners.

Downsizing (2017)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

The Space Between Us (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.

Colossal (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.

Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017) Video Game News

  • Rating: T
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Horizon: Zero Dawn is the all-new PlayStation 4 exclusive action role-playing game developed by the Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s Killzone franchise. Players step into the battle-hardened boots of main protagonist Aloy, an outcast and hunter, to explore a mysterious and vast open-world inhabited by mechanized creatures and unique cultures of people.

 

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