Sci-Fi Binge Box

One of the great things we love about fall is movies.  And there is nothing better than gathering together a bunch of movies in one category and watching all weekend or on a day off from work.  We are sharing a new feature here on the blog called Binge Box, which will highlight a a particular category or genre of movies that we have available here for checkout on DVD at the library.

Don’t hesitate to come in and grab a few or all of the DVDs from this list.  Get some popcorn and enjoy some great flicks to watch.  We can also set up any of these for you with our curbside service and we’ll be happy to have them ready for you to pick up.

Our featured films in this post are all science fiction flicks for the viewer who loves movies about out of this world characters and concepts.  Here are eight we think you should try out.  There are some classics as well as some lesser known titles in our collections.  And remember, all of these are fourteen day checkouts with your library card.

2001, A Space Odyssey

Summary:

A science fiction film which moves from the prehistoric birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future

Rating:  G

 

Jurassic Park

Summary:

A wealthy entrepreneur invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to visit his secret island theme park featuring living dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA.

Rating: PG-13

 

Ex-Machina

Summary:

Caleb, a coder at the world’s largest Internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.

Rating:  R

 

The Fifth Element

Summary:

Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years.

Rating:  PG-13

 

Extant

Summary:

A sci-fi thriller that explores the realms of family, evolution, and, ultimately, the survival of the human race. Molly Woods is an astronaut trying to readjust to life on Earth. But slipping back into her role as wife and mother gets complicated when her doctor discovers that, after a year-long solo mission, Molly is inexplicably pregnant. Adding to her stress, Molly struggles to reconnect with her ‘son,’ a humanoid robot created by her engineer husband.

Rating:  Not Rated

 

Midnight Special

Summary:

A father and son go on the run, pursued by government agents and a cult drawn to the boy’s special powers

Rating: PG-13

 

Lost in Space (2019)

Summary:

Set thirty years in the future, this epic reimagining of the original family space adventure finds the Robinsons torn off course en route to what they hoped would be a fresh start on a distant space colony.  Against all odds, but with endless hope and extensive training, the family bands together to survive on a dangerous alien planet.

Rating:  Not rated

Transcendence

Summary:

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines mankind’s collective intelligence with the full range of human emotions. Anti-technology extremists will do whatever it takes to stop him, but their attempt to destroy Will forces him to record and upload his own mind to a supercomputer in order to achieve transcendence. Success brings him ever-evolving knowledge…and nearly unstoppable power as the fate of the world rests on Will’s now-questionable humanity.

Rating:  PG-13

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