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10 indie sci-fi films to look out for in 2015

17 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...

If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »

- ryanlambie

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Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s Riveting Story Shines Brightest in Imperfectly Cast ‘Interstellar’

7 November 2014 12:40 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It was Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. Leaving Navy Pier IMAX, I was driving north on Lake Shore Drive – a constantly busy, multi-lane highway that hugs the east of Chicago and separates it from water.

What I saw next with fellow staff critic Patrick McDonald might have been normal for 3 a.m., but discussing Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi “Interstellar” and being the only one on the road in either direction felt otherworldly.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

While certainly unusual, it speaks to my state of mind and how the film hit me with a ton of bricks. It felt epic and simultaneously intimate – being one of only a few dozen critics comfortably spread out among 440 seats – and could have only been experienced correctly on a 6-story, 60-by-80-foot screen. Don’t make the mistake of seeing this film in anything but IMAX.

The problem with being Christopher Nolan is having »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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10 underappreciated space movies to see before Interstellar

3 November 2014 7:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of Interstellar's launch, here's a selection of 10 underappreciated sci-fi films about space travel...

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar wears many of its influences proudly. The director has openly said that his film is inspired by such acclaimed pieces of cinema as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, as well as the human warmth of Steven Spielberg's 80s output. Interstellar depicts a near future where life on Earth teeters on the brink of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot turned farmer, joins a last-ditch mission to enter a wormhole in space and find a new home for humanity; he realises that the only way to save his family is to leave it behind.

It's the latest film to tap into our fascination with the depths of space - a topic that has been explored many times since the earliest days of cinema. »

- ryanlambie

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Alex Garland Tapped To Write And Direct Horror Adaptation Annihilation

31 October 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After a break from film, genre writer Alex Garland is making a formidable comeback. Following on from yesterday’s trailer debut for his futuristic directorial effort, Ex-Machina, Garland is now in Paramount’s crosshairs for another intriguing project. Should the pieces fall into place, the 28 Days Later scribe will be writing and directing environmental horror, Annihilation.

Variety broke the news this morning, and based on their report we understand the studio have pegged producers Scott Rudin and Eli Bush to head up development on the pic. After acquiring the movie rights earlier this year, it seems they’re now moving full steam ahead on Annihilation, which is based on the first instalment in author Jeff VanderMeer’s recently-released trilogy, The Southern Reach.

The story revolves around a mysterious site called Area X, and one woman’s mission to discover what happened to her husband when he ventured within its limits many years before. »

- Gem Seddon

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McGregor On 'Star Wars' "Wankers", New 'Age of Ultron' Clip, 'True Detective' Season 2 Casting & More

31 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of »

- Brad Brevet

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'Ex Machina' Director Takes on 'Annihilation' for Paramount

31 October 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after the trailer for Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Ex Machina was released, the filmmaker has signed on to write and direct Annihilation for Paramount.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name, Annihilation centers on a team of four scientists who set off to explore a mysterious place known as Area X, which is cut off from all civilization. This will be the 12th expedition into Area X, with the story focusing on a biologist seeking the truth about why her husband disappeared, after the previous missions have ended with members committing suicide, being stricken with cancer or developing mental illnesses.

Paramount and producer Scott Rudin acquired the rights to Jeff VanderMeer's book trilogy known as "The Southern Reach" last year. The first book, Annihilation, was published in March, with the follow-ups Authority and Acceptance arriving in May and September.

Scott Rudin will produce along with Eli Bush, »

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Alex Garland to Write and Direct Enviro-Horror Thriller Annihilation

31 October 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Just yesterday, the trailer debuted for 28 Days Later, Dredd, and Sunshine writer Alex Garland’s directorial debut, the fantastic-looking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and now Garland is lining up another incredibly promising directorial project.  Variety reports that he has been tapped by Paramount to write and direct an adaptation of the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s excellent Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation. The books are at once terrifying and incredibly compelling, with each novel written from a different perspective and with a unique authorial voice. The first book, Annihilation, follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity.  They are the twelfth expedition sent into Area X.  The second ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as the members turned on one another, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Annihilation’ Movie Gains Momentum at Paramount with Alex Garland (Exclusive)

31 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount’s moving forward on its thriller “Annihilation,” tapping “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland to adapt the script and direct the project.

The studio and Scott Rudin acquired movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s “The Southern Reach” trilogy last year. The first book, “Annihilation,” was published in March. It was followed by “Authority” in May and “Acceptance” in September.

Rudin and Eli Bush are producing “Annihilation,” which centers on a biologist seeking answers about her husband’s disappearance in an enivironmental disaster areas sealed off by the government for the last 30 years.

Garland made his directorial debut on “Ex Machina,” which stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander and has Rudin and Bush exec producing. A24 acquired U.S. rights to the film on Oct. 29 and set an April 10 release.

Garland wrote the screenplay for “Ex Machina.” His writing credits also include “28 Days Later,” “Dredd” and “Sunshine.”

 

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Trailer for Alex Garland's Ex Machina Sci-Fi Thriller

31 October 2014 4:58 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Alex Garland, the writer of such films as "The Beach," "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," is making his directorial debut on a sci-fi thriller called "Ex Machina." And today we have the official trailer. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows a billionaire inventor who arranges for a young employee to spend a week at his home to test an artificially intelligent female robot that the inventor has constructed. "Ex Machina" is set to hit UK theaters on January 23rd, 2015. A Us release will follow on April 10th. Trailer: »

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ In On Specialty Box Office: Preview

30 October 2014 9:18 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »

- Brian Brooks

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Ex Machina Trailer Is The Coolest Thing In Years, Nevermind The Film

30 October 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Sci-fi stories that play with “jargon” are always suspect, because they immediately have a certain air about them that suggests they went to school, you didn’t, and they are very interested in the fact. So, when Ex Machina oversells its premise by making sure it says “Turing Test” a lot, you have to raise an eyebrow.

But, few movies have quashed concerns with a trailer better than this one. A three-person show, with apparently virtually no supporting characters, the film centers on Oscar Isaac as a super-wealthy recluse who has built an A.I. (Alicia Vikander), and Domhnall Gleeson, who plays the unsuspecting programmer who has come to serve as the test to see how “conscious” the A.I. really appears to be. As the trailer reveals, it may be that things aren’t what they seem… exactly, and perhaps we aren’t testing what we claim to be… »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Ex Machina’ Trailer: In the Future, Oscar Isaac Will Dance

30 October 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Alex Garland is an excellent writer. The screenwriter behind Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd has tremendous range, and the fact that he can go from breaking your heart with a tragic Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation to writing a ridiculously good action movie shows he has discovered few limits so far. Some may argue he has a problem landing third acts, but those final 30 minutes of Sunshine are completely built up to and valid. Seriously. Garland tackles high-concepts with real humanity, and his characters are generally as fascinating as his big ideas. He may strike that balance once again with his directorial debut, Ex Machina. The sci-fi film stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson (In Time) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina). Gleeson plays Caleb, a coder who wins a contest to spend time with a private CEO, Nathan (Isaac), and his A.I. creation. When Caleb arrives at Nathan’s home he’s »

- Jack Giroux

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The lines between man and machine are blurred in Alex Garland's Ex Machina

30 October 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson put the Turing test to work in the first trailer for Ex Machina.

The sci-fi thriller marks the first time behind the camera for 28 Days Later writer and author of The BeachAlex Garland.  In the film, a young computer coder (Gleeson) wins a trip to visit the reclusive CEO (Isaac) of his company, only to discover that he is the human subject in his boss’ Turing test involving a new artificial intelligent being (Alicia Vikander).  With a sensual and sophisticated intelligence, this female robot challenges both men in a game of deception, blurring the lines between man and machine.

Garland had proven he’s adept at expertly blending genres and is no stranger to sci-fi, having penned the screenplays for both the space odyssey Sunshine and his adapted screenplay for Never Let Me Go.   He’s not leaving the genre or his writing days »

- Rachel West

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Man and Machine Square Off in Tense 'Ex Machina' Trailer

30 October 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

There's no god to save Domhnall Gleeson from this machine: The actor finds himself caught between man and robot in the intense new trailer for Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller that marks the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later… and Sunshine.

Garland also wrote Ex Machina, in which Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays Nathan, a reclusive CEO who brings in Caleb (Gleeson) to test the capability and consciousness of a new artificial intelligent experiment. While Caleb is immediately impressed with this robot named Ava (played »

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The day with another Mercurys curveball, Jim Carrey saving lives, Hunger Games hype and, erm, some birds

30 October 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Plus: a quest to find the best Young, more tunes than you can shake a pack on Tunes at, some handy Halloween prep, and general interweb tomfooleryGet in touch @guideguardian, we do get awful lonelyWere slopping up pop culture goodness throughout Friday Eve so dontcha go anywhere now

5.39pm GMT

Thats about it from me Ive wrung the soggy flannel of internet happenings sandal-dry for one day and must now go home (pub) to rest my weary head (eat Scotch eggs in the pub). The frankly astonishing Louis Pattison will be in the Guide Daily hotseat tomorrow so get back here sharpish for more silly nonsense and, of course, the weekly internet-sensation-in-gestation, #Review Anything.

I leave you with this: the Eurasian Turtle Dove, or Streptopelia Turtur.

5.28pm GMT

So, apart from watching all the ace stuff on telly on Thursdays, what is there to actually do tonight apart from go to a gig? »

- Luke Holland

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A24 Boards Alex Garland's Ex MacHina; Watch The Trailer Now

30 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Updated with trailer, which looks great!]  Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd, has just directed his debut feature, Ex Machina. The folks at A24 have stepped up to distribute the film in the Us, with the release set for April 10, 2015.While I have been getting wary of man and machine stories as of late (the exception being that Black Mirror episode with Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson), Garland's take on such a tale makes me perk up. And with the promising talents of Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, and *gasp!* Domhnall Gleeson in front of the camera, welll... Here's the lowdown on the story:Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at...

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Fascinating New Trailer For Sci-Fi Thriller Ex MacHina Lands

30 October 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The amazing new trailer has landed for the film, Ex MacHina.

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Fans of the genre have been indulged recently with an influx of robot-themed films. From Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 to Spanish director »

- Michelle McCue

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First Trailer For Alex Garland's Ex Machina

30 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The directorial debut of screen writer and novelist Alex Garland (Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and 28 Days Later), Ex Machina sees Domhnall Gleeson play Caleb, a programmer for an internet search giant, who wins a competition to spend a weekend with the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). But upon meeting Batemen, Caleb realises he has been selected as the human component in a Turing Test to evaluate whether or not his latest experiment in artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander), possesses a human consciousness. This story is nothing new, but Garland has always had the knack of offering unique twists on sci-fi concepts. The first trailer does promise a tense thriller in amongst the sci-fi trappings, with some great performances from our three leads. Released: 23rd January 2015 (Irl/U.K.)/ 10th April 2015 (U.S.) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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New Trailer For Ex Machina Blurs The Line Between Man And Machine

30 October 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earlier this week, high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk likened humanity’s involvement with artificial intelligence to summoning the demon. For him, without imposing regulations on the proliferating advancements in the field, AI would quickly become the biggest existential threat that the human race has ever faced. What happens when the line between man and machine is blurred?

It’s a concept that is fascinating and unnerving in equal measures, and one that underpins Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi film, Ex Machina, which recently debuted its international trailer.

In the film, a young coder named Caleb (Domhnall Glesson) stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime when he wins a competition to spend a weekend with his reclusive boss (Oscar Isaac) at his lavish home. While there, the CEO introduces him to an experiment he has been working out to create an artificial intelligence that is housed in the body of a beautiful woman — a world’s first. »

- Michael Briers

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'Ex Machina' Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander

30 October 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the two posters released yesterday, A24 Films have released domestic and international trailers along with a third poster for the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which marks the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the writer behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd 3D.

Domhnall Gleeson stars as Caleb Smith, a talented a programmer at a massive internet-search company, who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined.

A24 Films picked up the domestic rights to Ex Machina yesterday, »

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