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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2017's best movies. We continue today with the best of sci-fi and fantasy...


Mortal Engines

Starring: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan

Director: Christian Rivers

Release Date: December 14th


Peter Jackson turns writer/producer for this huge new YA epic.

The movie is set in a dystopian future where the world's great cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

The movie has been directed by Christian Rivers, who worked as a visual effects supervisor on the Lord Of The Rings, and has a script by the Middle Earth trilogy's Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson. It is based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve.



The Meg

Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose and Rainn Wilson

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Release Date: August 10th


After wrestling National Treasure into shape, director Jon Turteltaub takes on an even bigger target, namely a 70-foot white shark!

Jason Statham stars as a former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor, who is recruited for a deep-sea mission to rescue Chinese scientists under attack from the 70-foot white shark.


Starring: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Director: Brad Peyton

Release Date: April 13th

Rampage was a hugely popular Midway arcade game in the 1980s that involved three giant monsters, a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf that wreaking havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America.

In the new movie, which has a script from Non-Stop writer Ryan Eagle, Dwayne Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth.

But when a rogue genetic experiment goes awry, this gentle ape mutates into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse the same thing has happened to an alligator and a wolf in other parts of the country. To try and save the day, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote and avoid getting crushed to death.


The Women Of Marwen

Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie, Falk Hentschel and Janelle Monáe.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Release Date: November 21st


Based on the 2010 documentary Marwencol, the movie follows Mark Hogancamp, who coped with life after an assault by constructing a miniature replica version of a World War II-era town in his backyard.

In Zemeckis’s version, we see the miniature replica version become reality...



Starring: Kodi-Smit McPhee, Leonor Varela

Director: Albert Hughes

Release Date: March 9th


Set over 20,000 years ago, this tender adventure follows a young caveman, marooned after a hunting experiment goes badly wrong, as he struggles against the elements to find his way home all the while developing a friendship with a wolf.


Captive State

Starring: John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors and Vera Farmiga.

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Release Date: August 17th


This tense sci-fi drama is set in Chicago and follows the ups and downs of a neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. Things are getting tense…


The Kid Who Would Be King

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor and Rebecca Ferguson

Director: Joe Cornish

Release Date: September 28th


In this fantasy action-adventure film we follow a band of young kids embarking on an epic quest to thwart a medieval villain named Morgana, who is hell-bent on destroying the world.


How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Starring: Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas and Joanna Scanlan

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Release Date: May 11th


Set in 1977 at the height of punk rock, the film follows Fanning's Zan, an alien touring the galaxy who breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

Based on a short story from Neil Gaiman, the film has the author’s classic mixture of high fantasy and very British realism.



The God Particle

Starring: David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris O'Dowd.

Director: Julius Onah

Release Date: April 20th


The next chapter in the Cloverfield saga, this time we find ourselves onboard a space station.

Unfortunately, after a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated.

Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew all face a fight for survival.

The Darkest Minds

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Patrick Gibson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Gwendoline Christie, and Golden Brooks.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Release Date: September 14th


Alexandra Bracken’s YA novel is brought to life in this lavish new adaptation.

This story is set in a future after a disease has killed 98% of America's children, while the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps.

16-year-old Ruby escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.


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