Sci-fi-tastic Films

Posted on August 29, 2016

by April S

Science fiction includes a variety of styles with incredibly imaginative storytelling. People that claim they’re not fans of science fiction may not realize that the genre actually encompasses a wide range of themes. Many of the popular books and films today are offshoots or subgenres of science fiction like aliens, monsters, paranormal, space, superheroes, time travel and the endless possibilities explored in futuristic storylines.

Are you looking for something that’s out of the ordinary? Maybe you’re trying to break free from the ho-hum nature of the daily grind. Look no further than your local library to alleviate your boredom, because that’s where you’ll find an eclectic mix of sci-fi-tastic flicks. With 24/7 access to eMedia and 19 locations you’re sure to find a beautifully bizarre masterpiece or something that’s just plain fun to watch with friends, your local library has something for everyone.

The Giver (2009 film starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaite, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Phillip Noyce, Jeff Bridges, Scooter Braun)

The Giver

Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance MPAA Rating: PG-13 Formats: DVD | Blu-ray | Streaming Video

Based on Lois Lowry’s beloved, best-selling young adult novel, the haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. With the odds against him, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – something no one has ever done before. Directed by Philip Noyce. Starring Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan and Alexander Skarsgard.

Serenity (2005 film starring Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Barry Mendel, Jewel Staite, Joss Whedon)


Genres: Sci-Fi, Action-Adventure MPAA Rating: PG-13 Formats: Streaming Video

A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds! Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Krumholtz.

Upside Down (2012 film starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst)

Upside Down

Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Drama MPAA Rating: PG-13 Formats: Streaming Video

In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity? Directed by Juan Solanas. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall, Blue Mankuma, James Kidnie and Kate Trotter.

95ers: Time Runners (2013 film starring Alan Peterson, Alesandra Durham, Alix Maria Taulbee, Anne Sward, Chris Laird, Christopher Robin Miller, Ian Paul Freeth, Joel Bishop, K. Danor Gerald, Terence Goodman, Thomas Gomez Durham, Thomas Gomez Durham, Thomas Gomez Durham)

95ers: Time Runners

Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Suspense-Thriller MPAA Rating: Not Rated Formats: Streaming Video

In the distant future, millions have died in brutal wars leaving cities laying in ruins. The ultimate weapons become time machines which can insure victory by manipulating the past. In the not-distant future, FBI agent Sally Biggs is obsessed with investigating unsolved cases involving paranormal activities-especially the bizarre disappearance of her scientist husband. She suspects that the mysteries have something to do with the destabilization of time, since Sally herself has the power to rewind history. But she slowly learns that her power is connected to a cataclysmic war in the future, and that she, her husband, and their unborn child become important targets of soldiers travelling from the future. Hunted by assassins while her own timeline is unraveling, her only hope is to follow her husband’s ghost to the awesome truth that ties all the mysteries together. Directed by Thomas Gomez Durham. Starring Alesandra Durham, Alan Peterson, Joel Bishop and Terence Goodman.

Frequencies (2014 film starring Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, Owen Pugh, David Broughten-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll, Tom England, Darren Paul Fisher)


Genres: MPAA Rating: Formats: Streaming Video

In a parallel world where human frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny, Zak, a young college student, must overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. This unique and experimental drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic tale where love, science, and fate collide. Directed by Darren Paul Fisher. Starring Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, Owen Pugh, David Broughten-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll and Tom England.

Sci-fi-tastic Monster Movies

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island (2014 film) Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956 film) Dragon Hunter (2009 film) John Dies at the End of the World (2012 film)
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015 film) The Host (2007 film) Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1976 film) Lavalantula (2015 film)

Featured Image Credit: Fractal (Image 1121073, Pixabay, Creative Commons license).

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