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Best Space Movies

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine (R, 2007)

    Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Hiroyuki Sanada
    Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and... read more a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
    • fb1077523731
      fb1077523731: . Perhaps the only visual I didn't enjoy was how goofy the gold spacesuits looked. I'm sure they are realistic, but they make the wearer look like a golden Pillsbur
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb757350633
      fb757350633: . Forget the sci in this fi by the way: apparently in the future you can float in the void if space wrapped up in foil.
      Final twist?
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • fb100001276915292
      fb100001276915292: One of the best space movies ever made. Intense and creepy, it dwells on the darkside of humanity. Another great mov
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
  • Star Trek

    Star Trek (PG-13, 2009)

    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood
    Mission: Impossible III director and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fictio... read moren franchise created by Gene Roddenberry with this feature film that embraces the rich history of the influential television and film series while also exploring some uncharted territory. Heroes star Zachary Quinto assumes the role of the Federation Starfleet lieutenant and Vulcan made famous in the original series by Leonard Nimoy (who also appears in an older incarnation of his original role), Spock, with Anton Yelchin stepping into the role of USS Enterprise navigator Pavel Chekov, Zoe Saldana assuming the role of communications officer Uhura, Simon Pegg keeping the ship in top shape as chief engineer Montgomery Scott (aka "Scotty"), and Eric Bana tormenting the benevolent space explorers as the villainous Nero. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle co-star John Cho also boards the Enterprise as Hikaru Sulu, with Chris Pine and Karl Urban assuming the legendary roles of Captain Kirk and Leonard "Bones" McCoy, respectively. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb501550159: ...
      -they did things in this movie that haven't been done before...
      -the humor was great
      -the space scenes were the best i have seen.
      -this movie left me speechless...
      -the script was great.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb1235467818
      fb1235467818: story, captivating characters, some good laughs, and JJ's unique style and direction, this amazing space adventure will not only be some of the most fun you've ever had watching a movie but it will h
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • xobabygreekox
      xobabygreekox: I liked it the way they showed the past and the space and time.
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey (G, 1968)

    Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain
    A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative ... read moreand special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb755078042: ept for it's time because when it was written, it was at the developing stage in NASA in creating a spaceship that can send us to the moon or anywhere significant in space. So in a way, Kubrick and Cl
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb100000570202513: .I.), extraterrestrial life, and leaps through time and space to craft a story that raises tons of questions, mainly, "Is A.I. dangerous? Is extraterrestri
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb1303250428
      fb1303250428: . Some complain that the space and travel shots go on for too long. I disagree: Kubrick forces you to sit patiently and conte
      Reviewed 30 days days ago
  • Moon

    Moon (R, 2009)

    Sam Rockwell, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart
    An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy cris... read moreis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. For three long years, Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar, a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening -- the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues -- but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1008742212: classic 2001: A Space Odyssey was iconic because it posed questions about the mysteries of time and space, and the recent Academy Award winning science fiction film Gravity was iconic simply because i
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
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      fb501429754: . Sam Rockwell was great as Sam Bell, an astronaut working on a space station on the moon who's counting down the days until he gets home to be reunited with his wi
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb3204886
      fb3204886: Groundhog Day in space where 90% of the movie is spent examining the functional particulars of how his life has been
      Reviewed 4 days days ago
  • Serenity

    Serenity (PG-13, 2005)

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin
    A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sc... read morei-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around the galaxy. Also wandering the edges of the galaxy are the Reavers, who have won few allies due to their violent behavior and habit of ripping apart their enemies and eating them before they're dead. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought as an Independent in the galactic war, is the head of Serenity, a rogue frieghter ship whose crew includes Mal's first mate, Zoe (Gina Torres), who fought alongside him in the war, her husband, hotshot pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), sunny but dependable mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and hard-nosed gunman Jayne (Adam Baldwin). The crew of Serenity wander the galaxy, taking on whatever work they can get, from criminal activities like smuggling and stealing to legitimately offering transport to travelers. Passengers aboard Serenity include professional "companion" Inara (Morena Baccarin) and holy man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), but the real trouble aboard the ship comes with the arrival of Simon (Sean Maher) and his teenage sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). In time, the crew discovers that River has remarkable psychic powers and was being held captive by Alliance forces until Simon came to her rescue. Now the Alliance is hot on the heels of Serenity and its passengers, with The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sinister Alliance tracker, leading the chase. Serenity was written and directed by Joss Whedon (in his directorial debut), creator of Firefly, which only lasted 11 weeks on the air but gained a powerful cult following who rallied to get the show released on DVD after its cancellation, leading to impressive home-video sales and and an eventual motion picture deal. A couple of months prior to Serenity's theatrical release, reruns of Firefly were picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, adding even more fans to its cult following. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • mlsavage1
      mlsavage1: . A ragtag group of a rummaging crew in space, but all costumes, dialog and many towns are all done OLD WEST STYLE. After watching the serie
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • darkforcejedi
      darkforcejedi: .

      Having said that, this is still top-notch sci-fi that manages to mix space opera with comedy successfully. The script is also excellent and is way ahead of anything Mr
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb100000010555964: . It gives me hope that good space opera is still possible these days.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Pandorum

    Pandorum (R, 2009)

    Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Cung Le, Antje Traue
    Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch b... read morelack, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything. Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed, and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined.
    • fb1201648013
      fb1201648013: . The game involves running around in tunnels, fighting off these mutants in dark decaying spaceship tunnels. Missions involve bring the ship back to power, getting the generators back online
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb1254519713
      fb1254519713: Pandorum offers a new installment of the classic space motif: Chryosleep or deep sleep. By being one of my favorite aspects of space, I had high hope
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb661871636
      fb661871636: now feel aggrieved that I have come away feeling like I've watched a double bill of star trek: deep space nine! Whether I was feeling tired, drunk, or i'm just plain stupid, I just couldn't understand
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon (R, 1997)

    Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones
    In this sci-fi/horror scarefest, Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill) is a scientist who has designed a spac... read moreecraft called Event Horizon which will explore the outer reaches of space past the planet Neptune; the ship employs a special transport mechanism that, in effect, creates a black hole that the ship can pass through, allowing it to travel tremendous distances in a few seconds. The Event Horizon mysteriously disappears in the midst of a mission with no trace of either the ship or its crew, but it reappears in Neptune's orbit after a seven year absence and it's sending out a distress signal. The spaceship Lewis and Clark, and Dr. Weir, are sent to investigate; the crew -- Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne), pilot Smith (Sean Pertwee), engineer Justin (Jack Noseworthy), navigator Starck (Joely Richardson), physician D.J. (Jason Isaacs), and emergency technicians Peters (Kathleen Quinlan) and Cooper (Richard T. Jones) -- are already tired and unenthusiastic about this assignment, and somewhat confused by Weir's reports. The crew of the Lewis and Clark are convinced that Weir is not telling them something, and when they discover the Event Horizon, they find that things are not what they seem, and an evil presence has taken over the ship. Incidentally, the term "event horizon" describes the outer boundaries of a black hole. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb511895794
      fb511895794: Has a great beginning where it just seems creepy and has a great premise. That's about all I can sa
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb595080674
      fb595080674: . It basically amounts to a haunted house movie in space.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb1298590283
      fb1298590283: It's the "2001: A Space Odyssey" of juvenile delinquents.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13 (PG, 1995)

    Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
    "Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 l... read moreunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) leads command module pilot Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and lunar module driver Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) on what is slated as NASA's third lunar landing mission. All goes smoothly until the craft is halfway through its mission, when an exploding oxygen tank threatens the crew's oxygen and power supplies. As the courageous astronauts face the dilemma of either suffocating or freezing to death, Mattingly and Mission Control leader Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) struggle to find a way to bring the crew back home, all the while knowing that the spacemen face probable death once the battered ship reenters the Earth's atmosphere. The film received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic critical response and a Best Picture nomination, but lost that Oscar to another (very different) historical epic, Mel Gibson's Braveheart. In 2002, the movie was released in IMAX theaters as Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience, with a pared-down running time of 116 minutes in order to meet the technical requirements of the large-screen format. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
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      fb664603000: . It feels as weightless as an astronaut in space. Ed Harris is commanding as the unflappable flight director. Kathleen Quinlan is affecting as
      Reviewed 26 days days ago
    • fb536891102
      fb536891102: I'm a sucker for a space movie. Especially those based on real life space exploration and adventure. For my money, ther
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • fb1518424915
      fb1518424915: . They never made it to the moon as intended. Instead they fight for their survival up in space and the Houston control station helps them return. Space travel is one of those things that is
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
  • Spaceballs

    Spaceballs (PG, 1987)

    Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga
    This film is a spoof of "Star Wars" involving the rescue of a princess and saving a planet from the ... read moreruthless "Spaceballs."
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      fb702456967: space balls is my awsome all time fav movie if u hate this movie i hate u cause i live on this movie
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • getshort78
      getshort78: It,s kind of funny,if you are starwars geek,this is something you shoud see,A space bum helps rescue a princess from an evil overlord with the help of a benevolent elder in this
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • zhaanlover2
      zhaanlover2: Space Balls Watch out Ha! I'm your cousins nephews brothers room mate Ha! some scenes were pushed p
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Apollo 18

    Apollo 18 (PG-13, 2011)

    Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, Warren Christie
    Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a y... read moreear later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon. -- (C) Official Site
    • spitfiremk51
      spitfiremk51: . But just the eerie feeling of being alone and pretty much helpless in space is kinda a scary thought. The monologue begining was different, but we didn't really get to kn
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb709632189
      fb709632189: Made for TV drama/documentary supposed to be based on true events why the US stopped all space travel to the moon. I don't buy these accusations not do I recommend this excuse of a movie
      Reviewed 27 days days ago
    • fb42900132
      fb42900132: . Plus, space.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago