Science Fiction Convention Listing & Film Diary

Science Fiction Convention Listing & Film Diary 2020 -'21

Forthcoming major science fiction convention and SF film (movie) listing for the year.
Covers international and national SF level conventions only.

SF Film launches refer only approximately to European/UK release dates and are subject to studio change.

Although covering many countries, this convention diary lists only the major national and international SF conventions relating to the genre's literary and cinematic forms. For a more complete list of book conventions (including smaller regional ones especially in the US) then consult the Locus listing and Ansible (especially UK).  For details of TV related SF conventions in the UK then consult SFX magazine in the UK, and for conventions in countries with a significant Russian-speaking population see MIR Fantasy magazine in Russia.
For registration details see the convention's own website linked to each of the below entries.

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National Level and International SF Conventions 2020 - '21

NOTE: All the 2020 conventions below were CoVID-19 cancelled or moved online
but we list them so that you can see the range of international level cons in a year.
Otherwise scroll down to 2021.

 

2020

 

March 2020

FANTASTIKA 2020 - THE SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (20th - 22nd March '20) Stockholm, Sweden. GoHs: Adrian Tchaikovsky and Aliette de Bodard.

 

April 2020

FACTS 2020 - BELGIUM (4th - 5th April '20) Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium. Not a national convention but possibly the Belgium's biggest SF event of the year. It is more of a Comic-Con and this is the 33rd in the series. Billed as the biggest SF event in the Benelux countries.

ROSKON - RUSSIA's 20th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (2nd - 5th April '20), Lesnye Dali Resort, near Moscow. Note: There will be preliminary workshops and lectures in advance of the convention in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and the Crimea. The main Roscon 2020 itself will be held in at the Lesniy Dali boarding house in the countryside on the outskirts of Moscow.

CONCENTRIC - THE 2020 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (10th - 13th April '20). Hilton Hotel, Birmingham NEC. GoHs: Rhianna Pratchett, Tade Thompson, & (fan) Alison Scott.

STOKERCON (16th - 19th April '20). Royal and Grand Hotels, Scarborough, Great Britain. The World Horror Convention is held under the auspices of the Horror Writers Association. GoHs: Kim Newman (writer), Gillian Redfearn (editor) and Mistress of Ceremonies A. K. Benedict (writer).  The convention sees the presentation of the annual Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association.

LUXCON 2020 - LUXEMBOURG (18th - 19th April '20). Hosted by Luxcon and Science Fiction & Fantasy Society Luxembourg.

SWANCON 45 - AUSTRALIA's NATIONAL CONVENTION (25th- 27th April '20) Duxton Hotel, Perth, Australia.  GoHs: Nalini Singh, John Robertson & Emily Smith.  (Unlike New Zealand's natcon in 2010 which they moved to the weekend before the Australia Worldcon so as to attract over a score of northern hemisphere fans, the Aussies have decided to keep their 2020 natcon apart from this year's NZ Worldcon -- see July below... Perhaps it was because the Kiwis decided to hold this year's Worldcon in the middle of the southern hemisphere winter rather than a couple of months later? Either way, no Aussie-Kiwi synergy this year.)

 

May 2020

SCI-FI LONDON (12th - 20th May '20). London. Britain's most SFnal film festival covering the spectrum from sci-fi through to art-house SF including recent overseas offerings.

 

July 2020

FAN-CON - SOUTH AFRICA (4th- 5th July '20). Cape Town, S. Africa. Mainly CosPlay.

FINNCON - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (10th -12th July '20) Tampere, Finland. GoHs: M. R. Carey, Helena Waris, Diane Duane, Vesa Sistoo and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay.

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON - USA (22nd - 26th July '20) San Diego US.  Major US con with more of a television and Marvel sci-fi focus with panels and interviews plus cos play (SF literature and cinematic art house has much less of a presence).

CONZEALAND - The 78th SF WORLDCON (29th July - 2nd Aug '20). Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. (Actually upper/lower case branded as 'CoNZealand'.) GoHs: Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon (authors) with Greg Broadmore (artist). Toastmaster: George R. R. Martin (author). Fan: Rose Mitchell.  Further info: Bid win news (Sept 2018)registering payment options for non-NZ prospective registrants (Jan 2019)NZ Worldcon to be combined with natcon, progress report & retro-Hugos (Sept 2019)  and  accommodation booking now open and PR2 out (Jan 2020).

 

August 2020

COLUMBUS 2020 - THE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN SF CONVENTION (20th - 23rd Aug '20) Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The NASFiC is always held when the Worldcon is held outside of N. America. GoHs: The scientist Marc Millis along with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, the artist Stephanie Law, editor Chris Garcia and fans Sue and Steve Francis.

RENCONTRES IMAGINAIRES de SÈVRES - FRANCE (20th - 23rd Aug '20). Orleans-la-Source, Loiret,France.  GoHs: Jean-Daniel Brèque, Alain Grousset.

REUNICON - THE NETHERLANDS (21st - 23rd Aug '20). The Hague Marriott hotel, The Hague, Netherlands.  Held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1990 Worldcon, ConFiction.

 

September 2020

ELSTERCON - GERMANY (18th - 20th Sept '20). The House of Books, Leipzig, Germany.  Held every other year. This year is the 15th Elstercon and it has the theme of Fahrenheit 451 and the fevered Earth (climate change).  GoHs: Martha Wells and Jasper Fforde.

 

October 2020

FUTURICON - THE 2020 SF EUROCON (2nd - 4th Oct '20) Rijeka, Croatia. GoH: Adrian Tchaikovsky.

CAN-CON 2020 - THE CANADIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (16th - 18th October '20). Ottawa Sheraton, Ottawa, Canada.

BUCHMESSECON 2020 - GERMANY (17th Oct 20). Mansion Sprendlingen, Fichtestraße 50, 63303 Dreieich-Sprendlingen, Germany.  A major one-day book fayre convention. BuCons (as they are known for short) have been going since 1986.  It is run with the Science Fiction Treff Darmstadt and the Science Fiction Club Germany (SFCD).

31st FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS (Oct '20 - cancelled) Pendulum Hotel, Manchester.  Note: Last year's was to have been the last of the Fests originally founded by the late Harry Nadler and Tony Edwards. However one of the organisers decided to go for it again this year. Last year's fest reviewed here.  A must for fantastic film buffs and especially those with a taste for vintage horror.

OCTOCON- THE 2020, 30th REPUBLIC OF IRELAND NATIONAL CONVENTION ( October '20). GoH: Michael Caroll.

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2020 (29th Oct - 1st Nov '20) Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (US). GoHs: Stephen Gallagher (author & screenwriter), Stephen Jones (author & editor), Anne Groell (editor), David Cherry (artist) and the con's toastmasters Tracy and Laura Hickman (local authors).

 

2021

CONCENTRIC - THE 2021 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (2nd - 5th April '21). Hilton Hotel, Birmingham NEC. Great Britain. GoH: Dan Abnett. This is now a virtual only event. Check out their website.

SWANCON 2021 - THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (24th - 26th April '21) Duxton Hotel,1 St Georges Terrace, Perth , WA 6000 Australia. GoH: Claire G. Coleman.

STOKERCON (20th - 23rd May '21). Denver, Colorado, USA . The World Horror Convention is held under the auspices of the Horror Writers Association.  The convention sees the presentation of the annual Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association.

DEEPCON - THE 2021 SF EUROCON (15th -18th July '21) Fiuggi, Italy. GoHs: Ian McDonald, Lavie Tidhar and Rachel Cordasco.

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON - USA (22nd - 25th July '21) San Diego US.  Major US con with more of a television and Marvel sci-fi focus with panels and interviews plus cos play (SF literature and cinematic art house has much less of a presence). Comic-Con sees the presentation of the Eisner Awards.

CAN-CON CANADIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION '21 (14th - 16th Oct '21). A virtual convention. GoHs: Fonda Lee & Sara Megibow.  Special Guests: Julie Czerneda, Marie Bilodeau, Eric Choi, Amal El-Mohtar, Emmy Higdon, Kim-Mei Kirtland, Mark Robinson and DongWon Song.

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION '21 (4th - 7th Nov '21) Hotel Montreal Bonaventure, Montréal. Canada . GoHs: Nisi Shawl, John Picacio, André-Francois Ruaud, Owl Goingback, Yves Meynard & Christine Taylor-Butler.

ICECON 2021 - ICELAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (5th - 7th Nov '21) Rekjavik, Iceland. GoHs: Mary Robinette Kowel, Hildur Knutsdottir & Ted Chang.

FANTASTIKA 2021 - THE SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (9th - 11th April '21 19th - 21st Nov '21) Stockholm, Sweden. Note the change of date.  GoHs: to be announced.

DISCON III - The 79th SF WORLDCON (25th - 29th Aug 15th - 19th Dec '21) Omni Shoreham Hotel. Washington DC, USA.  Note the change of date.  GoHs: Nancy Kress (author), Malka Older (special guest), Sheree Renée Thomas (special guest) and Ben Yalow (fan). There will also be a virtual dimension with the Virtual Membership price starting at US$75 (which is about £57).

 

2022

RECLAMATION - - THE 2022 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (15th - 18th April '22). Venue to be confirmed (possibly, we guess, London (Heathrow), or Brighton?). GoHs: Mary Robinette Kowal, Zen Cho, Philip Reeve and Nicholas Whyte.

LUXCON - THE 2022 SF EUROCON (17th -18th July '22) Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg. GoHs to be announced.

CHICON 8 - The 80th SF WORLDCON (1st - 5th Sept '22) Hyatt Regency, Chicago, USA.  GoHs: Charles de Lint (author), Floyd Norman (artist), Eddie Stern & Joe Siclari (fan), and Erle Korshak (first fandom). The Toastmaters will be Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders.

 

We will post an update of this diary January 2021 but will draft the page early December 2020
should you wish to let us have details of your national convention.

 

Want a feel for whether any of the above events might be for you?
Check out our reviews of past SF conventions.

 

 

 

Science Fiction Film Diary 2020 - 2021

Note: The dates of release are either the original pre-CoVID-19 slated date of release
or that slated as of January 2021. Best to view this film list just as a guide
to SF/F cinematic offerings coming out at some unspecified time.

 

 

2019 - 2021

 

December 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.  Director: Jake Kasdan.  Trailer here.

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.  Director: J.J. Abrams.  Stars: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd.  Trailer here.

Cats
Musical comedy fantasy.  A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.  Director: Tom Hooper. Writers: T.S. Eliot (poetry collection Old Possum's Books of Practical Cats), Lee Hall (screenplay).  Trailer here.

 

 

2020

 

January 2020

The Grudge
Horror.  This is an interquel, taking place during the events of The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006).  After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighbourhood.  Directed by Nicolas Pesce.  This is the first American Grudge film not to have any involvement with Takashi Shimizu, who directed the original 4 Ju-on films and the two American remakes. (Although he did not direct The Grudge 3 (2009) he did remain as a producer.)  Trailer here.

The Turning
Horror.  A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents.  This is a modern take on Henry James' novella The Turn of the ScrewTrailer here.

The Lighthouse
Psychological horror with a fantasy riff.  Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.  Director: Robert Eggers.  Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson.  Trailer here.

 

February 2020

Fantasy Island
A horror adaptation of the popular '70s TV show about a magical island resort. The enigmatic Mr. Roarke, makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.  Director: Jeff Wadlow.  Trailer here.

The Invisible Man
Loosely inspired by the H.G. Wells novel.  When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.  Director: Leigh Whannell.  Trailer here.

Color Out of Space
Loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft short story.  A town is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic.  It is a story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly colour. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches... including them.  Director: Richard Stanley. Stars: Nicolas Cage, Q'orianka Kilcher, Joely Richardson.  Trailer here.

Wendy
The classic story of Peter Pan wildly re-imagined.  Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.  Director: Benh Zeitlin.  Trailer here.

 

March 2020

A Quiet Place: Part II
Sequel to the 2018 film, A Quiet Place that saw a post-apocalyptic world, in which a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters (aliens) with ultra-sensitive hearing.  Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.  Director: John Krasinski (who directed the original film).  Emily Blunt reprises her role.  Trailer here.

Vivarium
This is a comedy horror mystery and we leave it to you to decide whether they got the balance of elements right: some might find it holds them in a Twighlight Zone way.  A young couple is thinking about buying their starter home. And to this end, they visit a real estate agency where they are received by a strange sales agent, who accompanies them to a new, mysterious, peculiar housing development to show them a single-family home. There they get trapped in a surreal, maze-like nightmare.  Trailer here.

The Platform
Spanish with subtitles but please don't let that put you off.  It centres on a mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. This means that those at the higher levels get all they need while those at the bottom recivie a few paltry scraps.  An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity.  This is an unashamed allegory about the distribution of wealth, in the real world. It was a huge hit on the Fantastic Film Fest circuit.  Trailer here.

 

April 2020

The New Mutants
Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.  Based on the Marvel Comics of the same name.  The release of this offering slipped from its original slated release last year.  Director: Josh Boone  Trailer here.

Sea Fever
This is sort of Ridley Scott's Alien at sea with the confines of a boat replacing that of a space craft and is actually a little better than this sounds.  A marine biology student buys her way onto a West of Ireland trawler fishing trawler so she can conduct research into faunal behavioral patterns. But when holes in the boat mysteriously appear, the crew have to turn to her for help as they truggle for their lives against a growing parasite.  Trailer here.

Proxima
French - German SF.  Sarah is a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. She is the only woman in the arduous program. She lives alone with Stella, her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah feels guilty that she cannot spend more time with her child. Her love is overpowering, unsettling. When Sarah is chosen to join the crew of a year-long space mission called Proxima, it creates chaos in the mother-daughter relationship.  Some scenes were shot at a real space training centre, European Astronaut Centre, near Cologne, Germany.  Trailer here.

 

May 2020

Black Widow
Based on the Marvel comics character.  A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.  At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the USSR breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. Here Romanoff lives in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Robert Downey Jr.  Trailer here.

Artemis Fowl
Based on the novel by Eoin Colfer.  Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.  This was originally slated for a release last year.  Director: Kenneth Branagh.  Stars: Miranda Raison, Josh Gad and Hong Chau. Trailer here

The Vast of Night
One night in New Mexico, in the late 1950s, a switchboard operator and radio DJ discover a strange audio frequency which could change the future forever.  There's a global conspiracy involving the military, disappearances, and what some might call alien abduction. This sort of film is why low-budget independent-of-Hollywood films have such a good reputation. This one did very well on the Fantastic Film Fest circuit in 2019 and was subsquently snapped up by Amazon Prime for 2020 streaming. So alas this has not been on general release.  If you don't have Amazon (you may be ethically minded and politically aware) then seek this out on DVD or keep an eye out for it on FreeView (and non-British analogues thereof).  Trailer here.

 

June 2020

Wonder Woman 1984
More DC Comics antics.  A sequel to the 2017 super hero film Wonder Woman.  Director: Patty Jenkins.  Stars: Pedro Pascal, Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen.  Delayed to December.  Trailer here

Candyman
A "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror film Candyman (based on the Clive Barker character) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighbourhood where the legend began.  Director: Nia DaCosta.  Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd and Teyonah Par.

 

July 2020

Ghostbusters Afterlife
The latest in the franchise.  Director: Jason Reitman. Writers: Dan Aykroyd (based on characters created by) and Gil Kenan.  Stars: Paul Rudd, Annie Potts, Mckenna Grace.  When a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.  Trailer here.

 

August 2020

Bill & Ted Face the Music
Comedy sequel and the two former teenage time travellers have grown up. Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny...

 

September 2020

The Conjuring 3
Horror sequel following The Conjuring(2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016).  Director: Michael Chaves.  Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Sterling Jerins.

The King's Man
Action comedy with a fantasy/SFnal riff. The third in the comedy action, spy spoof series that riffs of the original (British) Avengers.  As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.  Director: Matthew Vaughn.  Stars: Matthew Goode, Charles Dance and Gemma Arterton.  Trailer here.

 

October 2020

Save Yourselves!
US comedy SF.  Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world and go off grid for a week.  Sheltered from texts, push notifications, and on-line news, even shunning radio and TV (sounds like one of our editors), they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. Eventually, matters catch up and they slowly begin to realise what is going on. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization-or what's left of it.    Trailer here.

Possessor
SF thriller from Brandon Cronenberg (the son of David).  Tasya Vos is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company. While she has a special gift for the work, her experiences on these jobs have caused a dramatic change in her, and in her own life she struggles to suppress violent memories and urges. As her mental strain intensifies, she begins to lose control, and soon she finds herself trapped in the mind of a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own.  Trailer here.

Halloween Kills
Horror.  The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series. Director: David Gordon Green.  Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Anthony Michael Hall.  Writers: John Carpenter (based on characters created by), David Gordon Green.  Trailer here.

The Witches
Comedy fantasy adventure.  Based on Roald Dahl's 1983 book The Witches, the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches! In late 1967, he goes to live with his loving Grandma (Octavia Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. The boy and his grandmother come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, so Grandma wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe -- undercover -- to carry out her nefarious plans.  Director: Robert Zemeckis.  Stars: Anne Hathaway, Charles Edwards and Stanley Tuc.  Trailer here.

Dune Drifter
During an ongoing battle for humanity, a group of rookie space fighter pilots is sent to join the battle against an armada of unbeatable enemy ships. When the trainee pilot and her gunner are shot down, they manage to crash land on a nearby planet. With the gunner mortally wounded and her own life support only set to last two days, our pilot's only option is to fix her ship. The sudden appearance of an enemy craft offers the answer, but as the pilot looks for parts to use on her own ship she is horrified to spot another survivor; an enemy alien soldier who has no intention of letting her escape.  Trailer here.

 

November 2020

Eternals
Based on the Marvel Comics mini-series created by Jack Kirby that began in 1976.  The Eternals are a race of humanoids, an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. The original instigators of this process, the alien Celestials, intended the Eternals to be the defenders of Earth, which leads to the inevitability of war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants.  Directed by Chloé Zhao.  Stars: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington and Kumail Nanjiani.  Trailer here.

Godzilla vs. Kong
In a new world where man and monster now coexist, Monarch must lead the way to a prosperous future alongside the Titans, keeping humanity in check. However, rival factions that want to manipulate the Titans for war begin to rise under the guise of a nefarious conspiracy, threatening to wipe out all life on the planet. Meanwhile on Skull Island, strange seismic activity draws the attention of Godzilla and Kong alike.  Director: Adam Wingard.  Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Eiza Gonzalez andAlexander Skarsgard.  Postponed to May 2021.  Trailer here.

Raya and the Last Dragon
Animation.  In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.  Trailer here.

 

December 2020

The Midnight Sky
A far away starship, with Sully Rembshire (Felicity Jones) and crewmates, is returning to Earth but is getting no replies to their radio calls. Meanwhile on Earth, Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) is a lonely scientist in the Arctic where he has out-ridden a post-apocalyptic event. He and another survivor journey, through increasingly toxic air and melting Arctic landscape, to reach an observatory that has a communications array powerful enough to reach the starship and warn the starship off. Meanwhile, the starship crew faces trails of their own. George Clooney also directs.  based on the novelGood Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.  The film has good effects but is not exactly plot-driven.  Trailer here.

Monster Hunter
SFX rich action film.  When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.  Does what it says on the can.  Stars: Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa.

Dune
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the Galaxy.  Director: Denis Villeneuve. Release delayed to 2021.

 

 

2021

 

January 2021

Chaos Walking
Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones' every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd is forced to leave his home and everyone he loves. He makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World's many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet - trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thoughts are heard, all movements are seen - as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they've learned to call home.  Stars: Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen and Daisy Ridley. Based on the Patrick Ness story.  Trailer here.

Synchronic
Anthony Mackie stars as doomed man for whom time is unraveling in a way remeniscent of that Stanislaw Lem might depict.  He and Jamie Dornan are New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents. They chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene and doing the rounds. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself... This film has a very limited theatre release in the autumn (2020) but now gets a general release.  Directed by independent filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead who co-directed the 2017SF cult, The Endless, as well as 2014's Spring (which was wll received at the Toronto International Film Festival that year) and 2012's Resolution (which takes place in the same universe as The Endless).  Trailer here.

 

February 2021

Thor: Love and Thunder
The sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga. Even if you are not that into Marvel superhero foilms, this one comes recommended. Action and some dry humour. Stars: Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale.  Trailer here.

The Ghosts of Borley Rectory
British horror.  Harry Price investigates the ghosts of Borley Rectory during his stay there.  Stars: Julian Sands, Colin Baker, Toyah Willcox and Toby Wynn-Davies.

 

March 2021

The Batman
The latest iteration of Batman.  Filmed in Britain with on location in Liverpool. Director: Matt Reeves. Stars: Robert Pattinson, Charlie Carver, Peter Sarsgaard, Colin Farrell (as The Penguin) and Paul Dano (The Riddler).  Trailer here and Trailer here.

Raya and the Last Dragon
Animation, fantasy adventure.  In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.  "My whole life, I trained to become a guardian of the Dragon Gem. But this world has changed, and its people are divided. Now to restore peace, I must find the Last Dragon. My name is Raya."  Trailer here.

Morbius
Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.  Spin-off from the Marvel Comics character that first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man in 1971. In the comics, he went on to become a brooding and gritty, albeit heroic and tragically flawed antihero in his own series and other titles.  Director: Daniel Espinosa.  Stars: Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, J. K. Simmons, Adria Arjona and Jared Leto.  Trailer here.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Sequel to the 2016 Marvel film Doctor Strange in which parallel universes interact. Director: Sam Raimi. Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Trailer here.

 

April 2021

BIOS
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his creator's beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human. Stars:Tom Hanks, Skeet Ulrich and Caleb Landry Jones.  Trailer here.

Mummy Resurgance
Forget the recent Hollywood movies: evil has been released in this British horror film.  A group of archaeology students awaken an ancient mummy. After being trapped in a time loop, the only way they can escape, is to defeat the mummy. As the body count rises, it seems the Mummy has to collect the souls of those who woke him to be able to walk the Earth - for good..  Trailer here.

 

May 2021

Infinite
A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. Based on the D. Eric Maikranz novel.  A US film shot in England.  Director: Antoine Fuqua.  Stars Dylan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg and Toby Jones.

 

June 2021

Jurassic World: Dominion
Follows Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the dinosaurs are now loose on the wide world.  Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, and Sam Neill.    Trailer here.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Sequel to the Venom.  Director: Andy Serkis.  Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris.  The film was originally intended to be released in North America on 2nd October 2020. But due to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, the film's release date was pushed to 25th June 2021.  Trailer here.

Micronauts
Miniturised science fiction adventure.

 

July 2021

The Tomorrow War
A man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past. Stars Yvonne Strahovski and Chris Pratt.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The movie, based on Marvel Comics, will focus on Shang-Chi; 'The Master of Kung-Fu'. Stars:Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Simu Liu.

 

August 2021

Stowaway
A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences.

The Suicide Squad
Sequel to Suicide Squad.  Director: James Gunn.  Trailer here.

Time Rewind
A man must unravel the mystery of his own past to find his way back to 1989 and save his trapped teenage daughter from a bullying accident that is destined to claim her life.  Director: Lincoln Fenner.

 

September 2021

 

October 2021

 

November 2021

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3
The third installment of the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander. Stars:Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Katherine Waterston.

 

December 2021

The Matrix 4
More robots, computer virtual reality hijinks with Neo, Trinity and Agent Johnson.  Director: Lana Wachowski. Stars:Keanu Reeves, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff.

 

 

2022

Avatar 2
The sequel to Avatar (2009).  Director: James Cameron.  Stars: Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.  The film is apparently being filmed back-to-back with Avatar 3.

 

 

2023

Rogue Squadron
Star Wars film about the group of ace pilots — of X-Wings and snowspeeders, among other zippy ships — first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and who headlined theBallantine and Del Rey books in the late 1990s.  This is set in the future beyond The Rise of Skywalker.

 

 

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