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The Best New Sci-Fi Movies to Watch in Theatres

The Best New Sci-Fi Movies to Watch in Theatres

(Updated 04/05/2022)

The beauty of science fiction is that the genre can tell a wide variety of stories. Sci-fi is a huge umbrella that covers thoughtful tales about our place in the universe, and fast-paced action adventures full of self-aware robots and cosmic powers. It's a way to go to entirely new worlds through bold storytelling. Fortunately, new movies are coming in the next few months, from LIGHTYEAR to DISTANT and STRANGE WORLD, that fit those descriptions.

Here are the best new science fiction movies coming to theaters. Note: While a movie like SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE (PART ONE) might edge into science fiction, we generally leave superhero films off this list. You can see more info on those here.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

New Science Fiction Movies: Everything Everywhere All at Once

[Image Credit: A24]

Distributor A24 describes this new movie by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — collectively known as Daniels, who previously made SWISS ARMY MAN — as "a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action-adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can't seem to finish her taxes." But the trailer shows a lot more than that, as Yeoh's character begins to be aware of her existence on multiple levels of reality. Movies from Marvel and DC have made the idea of a multiverse into a familiar concept, and now Daniels look set to blow the doors off with their new movie. [March 25]

Jurassic World: Dominion

New Science Fiction Movies: Jurassic World: Dominion

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

After the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, dinosaurs are loose in the world — and more specifically, in the United States. We don't yet know much about how the story of JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION will be structured, but we do know that the key cast members from FALLEN KINGDOM return along with Laura Dern and Sam Neill, who are returning to play their characters from the original JURASSIC PARK. With all that talent, the dinos might have to worry about playing second fiddle. [June 10]


New Science Fiction Movies: Lightyear

[Image Credit: Disney/Pixar]

To infinity and beyond! LIGHTYEAR tells the origin story of a familiar Space Ranger, with twists that no TOY STORY fan is expecting. Pixar's animated sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear — the hero who inspired the toy — with Chris Evans providing the voice of the "new" Buzz Lightyear. [June 17]


New Science Fiction Movies: Distant

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

Not everyone who goes to space gets the glory. Some are just blue-collar guys like Andy Ramirez (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights, Hamilton), who hasn't been trained for days like this. A low-level mining engineer, Andy was aboard a transport ship that was struck by an asteroid, crash landing him on an unknown alien planet. With his oxygen running low and his AI survival suit (voiced by Zachary Quinto, Star Trek films) not helping, Andy's only chance to get out of this alive is to find another survivor. When he connects via radio to a fellow crew member, Naomi (Naomi Scott, Aladdin), Andy thinks his prayers are answered. That is, until he finds out Naomi is trapped inside her escape pod and he may not have enough oxygen to make it to her. Not to mention, alien creatures, Andy has yet to realize, will be stalking him every step of the way. [September 16]

Don't Worry Darling

New Science Fiction Movies: Don't Worry Darling

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

Olivia Wilde made a big mark with her directorial debut, BOOKSMART, but her second movie is poised to go even bigger. Florence Pugh and an up-and-coming singer named Harry Styles star in the story of a couple in the 1950s whose lives are very much not what they seem. We've seen the movie described as a sci-fi tale but also a horror story and a thriller; in the end it is likely to be all of the above, and just based on the cast and a brief trailer posted to social media, we cannot wait. [September 23]

Strange World

New Science Fiction Movies: Strange World

[Image Credit: Walt Disney Animation]

Disney's new original action-adventure animated journey travels deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest—and by far— most crucial mission. STRANGE WORLD is a nod to the pulp sci-fi magazines of the '50s and '60s, and the movie is directed by Don Hall (BIG HERO 6, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON co-writer). [November 23]

Avatar 2

New Science Fiction Movies: Avatar 2

[Image Credit: 20th Century Studios]

After more than a decade, writer/director James Cameron finally takes us back to the distant planet Pandora. AVATAR 2 picks up some time after the end of 2009's rule-rewriting blockbusters, with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) raising a family near the ocean… before the return of a familiar and vicious enemy pushes them away from their new home and into uncharted regions of the planet. [December 16]

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