Best Upcoming New Sci-Fi Movies of 2017 & 2018

Space, the apocalypse, superheroes, and more.


With there being only a few new sci-fi movies left coming in 2016, we’re ready to look ahead at what movies are coming in 2017 and beyond. And, judging by the slate of films we’ve compiled here, 2017 and 2018 are going to be big for sci-fi film junkies.upcoming sci-fi movies

From alien invasions to space battles to post-apocalyptic adventures to everything else in the realm of endless possibilities, there are plenty of potentially great (and probably some not-so-great) science fiction movies on the horizon.

We tried to stay away from the sci-fi horror stuff, because that’s a rabbit hole we didn’t want to go down in this post (and it also deserves its own list in the future). But, we thought a handy sci-fi movie release calendar would be great (we were right).

So without further ado, here are the 56 best upcoming new sci-fi movies of 2017, and 2018 to look forward to:


 **Updated 10/7/17: The first Replicas trailer (starring Keanu) has been added!

MovieRelease Date
Transformers: The Last KnightJune 23, 2017
War for the Planet of the ApesJuly 14, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsJuly 21, 2017
The Dark TowerAugust 4, 2017
Iron Sky: The Coming RaceAugust 2017
FlatlinersSeptember 29, 2017
Blade Runner 2049October 6, 2017
GeostormOctober 20, 2017
God ParticleOctober 27, 2017
Ready Player OneDecember 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last JediDecember 15, 2017
The Six Billion Dollar ManDecember 22, 2017
ReplicasTBA 2017
MuteTBA 2017
Future WorldTBA 2017
Star Wars Anthology: Han SoloMay 25, 2018
The PredatorAugust 3, 2018
InversionTBA 2018
Star Wars Episode 9May 24, 2019
Avatar 2December 18, 2020
The BlobTBA
Alien Sleeper CellTBA
Tron 3TBA
Space InvadersTBA
Only YouTBA
The Black HoleTBA
Mass EffectTBA
Independence Day 3TBA

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Upcoming New Horror Movies of 2017 & 2018

2017 New Sci-Fi Movies



Release Date: September 29, 2017
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Charlotte McKinney

Flatliners will follow a group of medical students whom experiment on near death experiences involving past tragedies until they’re faced with dark consequences that jeopardize their own lives. It’ll star Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev. It’s a remake of the original sci-fi horror film from 1990 with Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 trailer

Release Date: October 6, 2017
Cast: Robin Wright, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista

We don’t have any of the juicy Blade Runner 2 details yet, but we do know that it’ll star Dave Bautistia, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright, with Harrison Ford returning. What’s more, we know that Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario) will be directing. Filming is expected to begin in July, and we’ll certainly keep our readers updated once we learn more about the project. Of course, Blade Runner 2 is one of our most anticipated upcoming movies of 2017.

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Release Date: October 20, 2017
Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Gerard Butler, Jim Strugess, Ed Harris

Geostorm follows the story of two brothers tasked with saving the planet from a worldwide Geostorm that could engulf the planet. To do so, they must venture to a worldwide net of satellites surrounding Earth that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off natural disasters. It sounds like the Geostorm movie will venture into existential territory with the battle between nature and science.

I’m not sure how many times we need to see a tsunami wipe out a city, but other than that, Geostorm looks like it could be a fun time at the theater.

Ready Player One

ready player one movie

Release Date: December 15, 2017
Starring: TBA

One of the most exciting films on this list is Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel of the same name (one of the best sci-fi books to read). It follows the story of a virtual contest set in what’s called the OASIS, the world’s biggest MMO that has transcended from just being a game to a way of life. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg, and we can’t wait to hear who will be starring as Wade Watts, aka Perceval the gunter. Read more…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 title

Release Date: December 15, 2017
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Director: Rian Johnson

Rey will continue her epic journey with Poe, Finn and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter in the epic sci-fi opera, Star Wars. After Rogue One‘s success, we’re now more excited for more Star Wars films than ever before. We still believe The Force Awakens was the best movie of 2015, and we’ll stand by that, despite what the majority of critics had to say about its place in the Star Wars universe. We’re excited to learn more about Episode VIII soon, but at least we now know that it’s titled The Last Jedi.

Obviously, it’s one of our most anticipated must-see movies of 2017, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the new gang of heroes.

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The Six Billion Dollar Man

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Release Date: December 22, 2017
Starring: Mark Wahlberg

We can rebuild him. We have the technology. The film will star Mark Wahlberg as Steve Austin, a military officer who becomes part of a top-secret government program after a near-fatal accident. Using cutting-edge technology, he’s turned into the world’s first truly bionic man: better, stronger, faster. It’s based on the TV series of the same name. While we’re not much a fan of Mark Wahlberg, we realize we’re in the minority, and sci-fi lovers are going to be looking forward to this movie.

Release Dates TBA


Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves is definitely seeing a resurgence in popularity following his latest string of movies, which includes 47 RoninJohn Wick (which we included on our list of the top 50 most underrated action movies of all-time), and Knock KnockReplicas is just one of Keanu’s seven upcoming projects, and it looks to have a lot of promise. The movie will follow a scientist who becomes obsessed with bringing back his dead family members following a tragic traffic accident. The film is being directed by Tanya Wexler with a story written by Stephen Hamel (who just so happened to help produce John Wick).


duncan jones scifi

Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Justin Theroux, Sam Rockwell, Paul Rudd
Director: Duncan Jones

One of the more interesting concepts on this list of the best upcoming sci-fi films is Mute, a sci-fi thriller from director Duncan Jones of Moon and Warcraft fame. The story is set in Berlin 40 years into the future, and it will follow a mute bartender that goes up against his city’s gangsters as he attempts to find out what happened to his missing partner. It’s being described as a science fiction Casablanca. 

We don’t know much about what sort of sci-fi elements to expect, but the casting call lists names like Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd), Duck Teddington (Justin Theroux), and Sgt. Robert Klowskowski — so we can expect some interesting characters, for sure.



anon 2017 movie

Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore
Director: Andrew Niccol

Anon is an upcoming futuristic sci-fi thriller that’s set in a world without anonymity or crime, and it’ll follow a detective who meets a woman who threatens their security. The detective, Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) will try to get to the bottom of the young woman’s (Amanda Seyfried) identity while attempting to find her and stop her from restarting crime in the world.

Future World

Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Milla Jovovich, James Franco, Lucy Liu
Director: James Franco, Bruce Thierry Cheung

We don’t know much about James Franco’s upcoming Future World movie, but the synopsis reads as follows: “A young boy searches a future world wasteland for a rumored cure for his dying mother”.  The boy will journey with a robot named Ash as they embark on a daring adventure of self-discovery. Cast photos show a strong Mad Max meets Waterworld vibe.

2018 Sci-Fi Movies

God Particle (Cloverfield)

Release Date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl
Director: Julius Onah

The premise of God Particle sounds a lot like Life, with a team of astronauts finding a shocking discovery aboard a space station causing them to fight for survival while their reality has changed. We’re pretty sure God Particle is going to play out more like a horror movie, though.

It was revealed that God Particle is actually going to be the third installment of the Cloverfield series. More details to come…


Release Date: February 23, 2018
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson
Director: Alex Garland

Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation, will see a movie adaptation hit theaters in February 2018 from the writer and director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland. The film follows a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition of the unknown where the laws of nature don’t apply. It’s the #1 best-selling post apocalyptic book on Amazon right now, and it’s well worth the read. The film will star Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, and Tessa Thompson, and it’s one of our most anticipated sci-fi films of 2018 so far.

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo

Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cast: Michael K Williams, Emilia Clarke, Alden Enrenreich, Donald Glover
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Focusing on a high teens/early 20s Han Solo and the story of how he became the smuggler and scoundrel we’ve been a fan of all of this time.

For more on the Han Solo movie, check out our running Star Wars Movies Calendar.

The Predator

The predator release date

Release Date: March 2, 2018 August 3, 2018
Cast: Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, 50 Cent, Thomas Jane

We don’t know much about the upcoming The Predator revival, except for the fact that “you’ll never see him coming” and it’ll be directed by Shane Black. According to the official synopsis, it’ll be a direct sequel to the 1987 sci-fi film. We do know that The Predator recently added Thomas Jane into the mix, although details of his role are still unknown.

We also learned that it will have a new release date, as it has been pushed back to August.

Avatar 2

Release Date: December 21, 2018
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver

We don’t have any plot details for Avatar 2 yet, but it will be the sequel to 2009’s biggest movie, with James Cameron returning behind the camera. Of course, James Cameron also announced Avatars 3, 4, and 5, but we don’t think the series will make it that far.


inversion movie

Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Yifei Liu
Director: Peter Segal

What happens when Earth gradually loses her gravity? A Chinese scientist (Yifei Liu) and an American street-man (Jackson) try to stop the chaos. More to come as news comes in.

Upcoming Sci-fi Movies with No Release Windows Yet

The Blob

the blob movie 2016

Release Date: TBA
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

Of course, we all remember the original The Blob movie, and then the new iteration in 1988. Now, The Blob will get a third Hollywood redux. This time, hopefully, it won’t look like a ball of cherry Jello. The movie will be directed by Simon West (Con AirLara Croft: Tomb Raider), with Samuel L. Jackson attached to star. Is it possible to make such a ridiculous concept relevant to today’s horror sci-fi audience?

Alien Sleeper Cell

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA

Wachowski brothers’ protege James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) is set to direct Alien Sleeper Cell, a sci-fi thriller with elements of The Bourne Identity and TV’s The Americans set in an alien invasion scenario.

Tron 3

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA

No details available yet, but according to CinemaBlend, it’s still happening (for some reason).


robotech movie release

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA

A live-action Robotech movie is in the works, and originally was set to star Leonardo DiCaprio. He probably won’t star in the lead role now that the movie has actually been greenlit, but we don’t know for sure just yet. Hopefully, we’ll get some Robotech casting news soon.

Space Invaders

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA

We’re not so sure that a Space Invaders movie is such a good idea, especially since the game didn’t have any backstory or lore to it. And, given the failure of the most recent video game movie, Pixels, the studio might want to hold off on rushing this out. Still, it’s in the works.

Only You

Release Date: TBA
Cast: David Oyelowo
Director: Jacob Estes

A time travel thriller from Blumhouse that’s being directed by Jacob Estes, the writer of 2017’s Rings. That’s pretty much all we know at this point, but stay tuned for more.

The Black Hole

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA

The Black Hole is a “reinvention” of the 1979 sci-fi movie of the same name, and it will be directed by Oblivion director Joe Kosinski. The original followed a research vessel that finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (Note: This is not the same as 2015’s The Black Hole, which starred Dean Cain).

Star Wars Episode 9

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Starring: TBA
Director: Colin Trevorrow

Mass Effect

Release Date: TBA
Cast: TBA

There is a Mass Effect movie currently in production by Legendary Pictures with EA and Bioware in tow. We don’t know whether the movie will begin with Commander Shepard leading his team on a mission to defeat an ancient alien race.


Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: Roland Emmerich

It’ll follow the same story as the original, where an archaeologist and a group of marines discover a portal to another world. We do know that the film has been put on hold until after the Independence Day sequel has been completed.

Independence Day 3

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: Roland Emmerich

Plot is currently unknown, but it is a follow-up to Independence Day: Resurgence.

Upcoming Superhero Movies

The superhero genre is as popular as ever, and with the recent release of Logan — which many have called the best Wolverine movie to date — it’s clear that the genre isn’t going anywhere. The subgenre has a rabid fanbase, and the films have mass appeal, which means potential for box office domination. Here are all of the upcoming superhero movies that we know about right now, and we’ll update accordingly.

MovieRelease Date
Spider-Man: HomecomingJuly 7, 2017
Thor: RagnarokNovember 3, 2017
Justice LeagueNovember 17, 2017
Black PantherFebruary 16, 2018
The FlashMarch 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part IMay 4, 2018
Ant-Man and the WaspJuly 6, 2018
AquamanDecember 21, 2018
Captain MarvelMarch 8, 2019
ShazamApril 5, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War Part IIMay 2019
Justice League: Part IIJune 14, 2019
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2July 5, 2019
CyborgApril 3, 2020
Green Lantern CorpsJune 19, 2020
Gambit TBA
Justice League DarkTBA
The BatmanTBA
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3TBA
Suicide Squad 2TBA

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man Homecoming

Release Date: July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Logan Marshall Green

Tom Holland as Peter Parker was, at first, a headscratcher, and prior to seeing any footage, we pretty much already wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming off for being too teen-oriented. But then we saw that sweet, sweet first Spidey trailer, showing the awesome new suit. And as more details have trickled out, we’ve found ourselves more and more excited about the upcoming Spider-Man movie.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok

Release Date: November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo

Justice League

justice league movie

Release Date: November 17, 2017
Director: Zack Synder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams

Black Panther

black panther cast

Release Date: February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira

The Flash

the flash game

Release Date: March 16, 2018
Director: TBA
Cast: Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup

Avengers: Infinity War Part I

Release Date: May 4, 2018
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
Cast: TBA

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas


aquaman release date

Release Date: October 5, 2018 Delayed to December 21, 2018
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe

While it’s clear that Aquaman isn’t formidable enough for his own video game, he does appear to be able to support his own movie — at least, there seems to be enough buzz around the film. The casting of Jason Momoa for the leading role was a brilliant move for DC, and that’s definitely going to help the film see some success at the box office. Here’s to hoping by the time it releases in December of next year we haven’t already drowned in crappy DC movies.

*Update 4/13/17: We just learned that action movie star Dolph Lungdren has been added to the cast.

Captain Marvel

captain marvel casting

Release Date: March 8, 2019
Director: TBA
Cast: Brie Larson


Release Date: April 5, 2019
Director: TBD
Cast: Dwayne Johnson

Avengers: Infinity War Part II

Release Date: May 2019
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
Cast: TBD

Justice League: Part II

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Director: Zack Synder
Cast: Henry Cavil, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Director: TBD
Cast: Tom Holland


Release Date: April 3, 2020
Director: TBD
Cast: Ray Fisher

Green Lantern Corps

Release Date: June 19, 2020
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD


Release Date: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA


the inhumans show abc

Release Date: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA

Justice League Dark

Release Date: TBA
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: TBD

The Batman

The Batman movie canceled

Release Date: Likely 2019
Director: Who knows at this point.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Joe Manganiello, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons

The Batman is certainly going through the early stages of development hell right now. First, Ben Affleck dropped out as director, then there were rumors of him wanting to drop out as Batman entirely, then Matt Reeves was director, wasn’t director, and then became director again. The latest? The Batman is going through an entire rewrite from scratch, meaning Reeves won’t be getting someone’s sloppy seconds.

We’re certainly okay with Warner Bros. taking their time this time around, so here’s to hoping that The Batman turns out great. For now, just know that it’s one of the most anticipated superhero movies of 2019.


Nightwing Live-Action Film To Be Directed By Chris McKay

Release Date: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Release Date: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA

All we have at this point for the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie is that it has been officially confirmed by director James Gunn. We assume he’s going to take the reins for it as well, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Still, know that Guardians 3 is on the way at some point in the future.

Suicide Squad 2

Release Date: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA

The only thing we know about the Suicide Squad sequel at this point is that it’s on the way, and that Adam Cozad will write it.

Somehow, someway, Suicide Squad 2 is happening. Here’s to hoping it’s a bit better than the original.

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  • OndeVai

    Like 2015, mostly crappy, with some potential gems.

    • donl

      That really depends on how much one likes science fiction now doesn’t it?

      • sandeesandlz98

        true yeah, but even if we’re big fans we still can’t like it all

        • donl

          Plan 9 from outer space and the original ‘Thing’ with Arness were two that I can think of offhand..the latter ‘War of the Worlds’ w/Tom Cruise was no winner!, I saw the originals..thankfully for thinking entities plan 9 was never remade to a more updated would still stink!..I liked Prometheus, Battleship was great!..Cowboys and Aliens ,w/that cast of cast was a winner….people tend to be way to critical about science fiction movies,not really thinking that much of science fiction becomes science fact!

          • scotsims

            Plan 9 From Outer Space is the worst movie ever made. How could they remake it?

          • xunk16

            It actually had some pretty good idea and dialogue. I know this movie is supposed to be bad, I studied cinema and we kinda learn it was supposed to be bad… But watching it, I couldn’t help myself being amused, then thinking about the message it got delivered. It certainly isn’t a perfect movie, but with the crap we have to deal with today, Plan 9 From Outer Space is climbing the ladder slowly, but certainly. With a decent remake, it could actually be better than most can imagine. Or it could be as bad as the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, which was truly empty and terrible.

          • Eye of Horus

            I wholly agree with you re: Battleship. It was an underrated film. And, yes the original “War of the Worlds” was way better than the Tom Cruise crap. The cast of “Cowboys and Aliens” was really good. I still don’t understand much of the movie. Maybe the comic book answered the empty questions.

      • robWeeve

        bet that took a while to come up with

      • John Black

        You’re joking right? So if you really really like Sci-Fi then you can’t question the crap that Hollywood wants to spoon feed you?

        Those talentless hacks couldn’t come up with an original thought if their lives depended on it.

        • donl

          Not really John, I like lots of things but not every part! I prefer my Sci-fi in book form ,and know that Hollywood can only do so much, and like everything else, they put out crap as well, doesn’t mean I have to like it! try see if you can do better before calling them talentless hacks!!

          • John Black

            Apparently you have lower expectations than I do.

          • donl

            How so ?John!, I know that it would be almost impossible to make a movie of DUNE,..It’s been attempted but Why?.. there are movies made that do match their original books,,.It’s very difficult w/science fiction,…employ your own imagination seeing through your minds the books!.and your expectations will rise.

  • sandeesandlz98

    most of these i know i won’t watch…& this is my main genre besides horror

  • AngryGoomba

    the black hole plot sounds exactly like event horizon

  • Pop Chaser

    this list is missing some important films – the one I am most looking forward to besides Star wars is Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’.
    I hope Hollywood will surprise us by making more original sci-fi epics instead of sequels and remakes. Many Japanese anime and French comics and classic sci-fi novels are great sources for new movies! I would love to see Evangelion, Gundam, Macross (not Robotech), Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Incal chronicles, anything by Mobius and Jadorowsky, Dune sequels, Ring world (rumor it’s being made..), Wheel of Time (not exactly sci-fi but great novels),…I am sure many people have great ideas/suggestions…
    If Hollywood is smart, they would invest in these new franchises…and not F** it up with their stupid ideas of how audiences want to see… more Transformers please!!!
    Really worried about they screwing up Ghost in shell, one of my favorites of all time!

    • Thanks for commenting. This story was originally posted in June 2015, and then updated along the way. It’s about due for another update, which is why it’s missing some films. We’ll be sure to update soon! Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Randee

        Looks like we’ll be getting a new Stargate trilogy as well :)

    • robWeeve
  • KellyVanRijn

    Wow. A bunch of sequels and remakes. So much for innovation and creativity.

    • jason1000

      In order to continue the story you have to have creativity. Be gone.

    • Daylight18

      Unless you can do a better job yourself, you have no right to complain :D

  • gmxusa

    Pulse: when gravity fails would be awesome as a movie.

  • JohnLee

    theres a movie im trying to find but i can’t. i saw the trailer once and forgot the name of the movie. it starts off with a guy making a phone call leaving a message that they found him and then he hangs up and runs up a building to the roof where he’s about to jump when a group of killers come out and shoot him. then there’s a girl who;s a journalist listens to the message and she finds a map in a painting about the apocalypse and it’s a prophecy saying human race will be gone

  • Lee Barclay

    When will Hollywood step up and make a worthy sequel to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ? We’ve waited long enough ! Are you listening Steven Spielberg ?

  • Corbin Dallas

    So, Blade Runner 2049 starts filming in July and will be in theaters 3 months later. K.

  • Kelvin Walker

    The Wachowski siblings haven’t been brothers for some time now.

  • Cameron Calabrese

    Any more news on the Red Rising Trilogy finally making
    it to film?

    • Nothing as of yet :-(. We’ll definitely keep you posted if we hear anything.

      • Cameron Calabrese

        Thanks BMB! Really looking forward to that adaptation!

  • midnightz

    I find this list of 2017 sci-fi movies pretty useful to plan my cinema trips for this year:

  • Chad Duncan

    How about something like Pandorum or The Road ? Something new and innovative to much for these people now day’s ? Most everything they put out is a love story or a superhero movie or just plain dumb and boring.

    • Bobby Bernstein

      The Road is one of my personal favorites.

  • Muhamad Ihsan Fauzi