A science fiction film is a film with science fiction themes, usually involving space travel, aliens, or high technology. A fantasy film is a film with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds.

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Should a question about a Sci-Fi Movie/TV Show be asked in “Science Fiction & Fantasy” or “Movies & TV”? [migrated]

I'm not sure if there is a subsite to ask about Stack Exchange itself. If I have a question about a Sci-Fi movie or TV show, is it better to ask this question here or under the Movies & TV ...
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Movie about an alien probe that burns astronauts trapped on a planet

I am looking for an old B-rated science fiction movie. All I remember are the astronauts are trapped on a planet, and there is a stationary alien probe that burns them every time they get near it. ...
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In the movie Contact, did they get the theory of relativity wrong?

In the movie Contact, at around the 1 hour 20 minute mark, Palmer and Ellie are having a conversation about Einstein's theory of relativity. Palmer confirms with Ellie that if the machine works and ...
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Can Green Lantern make things? [on hold]

For instance, he could make a machine which allows him to teleport. We know it exists because Superman uses a boom tube. Also Green could make a potion which grants him permanent super strength.
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Adventure movie about a boy collecting magic coins

I don't know the year, but the main character was a boy who was collecting magic coins (at least, I think it was coins). The last item was in his eye. It may be like 5-6 coins that he must find. I ...
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I am having trouble keeping up with the Johns(es)

I recently watched Riddick and I enjoyed the film and it felt like it was trying to be more like Pitch Black. Not really a spoiler but there were some references to the earlier film namely that ...
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Movie about prehistoric planet and cure from [all] horrible diseases on it

Few years ago I saw movie about a special forces team, that was send to wild planet through teleport for searching the missing team. In the end it turned out that their goal - to find a wonder drug ...
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Does the exterior appearance of Hogwarts really change throughout the series?

The exterior appearance of Hogwarts castle has a unique and easily recognisable look. This article is about the incredible detailed model of the castel, that has been used for every film in the ...
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A movie where airplane accidentally flies into space and passengers are saved by space-shuttle

I am looking for a movie where an airplane accidentally flies into space and the passengers are saved by a space-shuttle. Specifically by a space tunnel that connects the plane and space shuttle. It ...
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Post apocalyptic movie, perhaps about a world with no women? [migrated]

I am building up a collection of sci-fi movies and there's one I saw about 20 years ago. However, I do not know how old the movie was when I saw it, so the best I can tell you is that it was produced ...
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What do the Russian scientists say in this scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

29 minutes into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is a scene where some Russian scientists are speaking to each other in Russian. The subtitles on the DVD don't show what they're saying. ...
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What clubs or school organizations exist in Harry Potter?

Inspired by this question, what clubs are there in Harry Potter, overall? This includes both school clubs and organizations, as well as clubs for adult wizards. This includes all media, so film-only ...
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What is the meaning of 'drunk with the power the wand had given him' in DH 3 brothers story? [closed]

In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Hermione reads the story about the three brothers. At some point the following is said about the second brother: "Drunk with the power that the elder wand ...
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Why did the Kryptonian colonies fail?

I recently re-watched Man of Steel after seeing the new Batman v Superman movie. It occurred to me that I couldn't explain the reasoning behind the failure of the Kryptonian colonies in Man of Steel. ...
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Can Gandalf be killed? How powerful is he?

I am not super into the LOTR franchise but, my friend was telling me that Gandalf is super over powered and they don't display it correctly in the movie. His exat words "Gandalf could fart and destroy ...
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In movie Contact, why would Hadden live on an airplane or space station?

In both the movie, Contact, the billionaire owner of Hadden industries lives on an airplane that is almost always airborne. He later moves to the Russian space station, Mir, saying the low gravity and ...
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Searching for a 80s/90s alien sci-fi (tv?) movie inspired by Lonnie Zamora incident

I am looking for a probably 80s or 90s sci-fi movie or TV series inspired by the Lonnie Zamora incident, also refers to Socorro ufo landing. I watched part of the movie in the 90s as I was a child. ...
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What title of space movie where girl's hologram asks: “to be or not be that's the question”?

A sci-fi movie maybe from 90s, where cargo spaceship with some people on it that try to unlock spaceship computer that has recorded women hologram that asks various questions and riddles, one of them ...
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Evidence of what the big alien at the end of Men in Black looks like?

At the very end of Men in Black (the movie), we zoom out into space and then eventually it appears that our galaxy is just something inside a marble that some huge alien is playing with, but we never ...
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Cyborgs chasing humans for parts

I am not exactly sure of the year I saw it. I rented it from Blockbuster Video somewhere between the late 1990s to the early 2000s. (?) What I remember is that it was a hand-drawn animated film. One ...
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Movie where written messages are transmitted to someone's vision to help them avoid capture

Usually Google zeros in immediately on any movie I'm trying to remember (yes, it happens to me not infrequently) but this one I just can't find. It's very roughly ten years ago I think. There is a ...
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Anime movie: kids wearing masks in abandoned city/town to protect against spirits

I saw this anime movie in the early 2000s and unfortunately I don't remember much. All I really remember is that it revolves around a bunch of kids that go to an abandoned city/town and they have to ...
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Who is Dumbledore talking about “who made all the wrong choices”?

Albus Dumbledore: " Draco. Years ago, I knew a boy, who made all the wrong choices. Please, let me help you." Draco Malfoy: " I don't want your help! Don't you see?! I have to do this! I ...
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Movie about astronauts returning to a post-apocalyptic Earth and starting to fight each other

Maybe related to Film seen on television sometime in the late 1970s with astronauts returning to a changed Earth I saw a movie in the early 80's that could be from the late 70's and I remember that ...
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I need help with Project Almanac's ending

Although i understood it. Untill the point of the two cameras scene i do not get the "jess, i think we will change the world" scene, i watched it on tv, so i do not know if that is an extra scene or a ...
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Did “The Machine Stops” inspire “The Matrix”?

Somewhat surprisingly, E. M. Forster, the author of A Passage to India, wrote a science fiction short story, The Machine Stops, that was published in 1909. Many works, both fiction and non-fiction, ...
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Olaf Stapledon stories screen treatments

While researching an answer for an unrelated matter I came across some references to Olaf Stapledon. Arthur C Clarke, James Blish, Brian Aldiss, and Freeman Dyson among others all credit him with ...
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Whose voice was dubbed in for Flash Gordon?

In the 1980 film Flash Gordon, the lead actor, Sam J. Jones playing Flash Gordon himself, departed from the project before post-production, leading to many of his lines being dubbed over by another ...
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What horror movie features half human crawling creatures with no eyes?

I am asking about a movie. I remember, near the end, there were crawling creatures like humans, but with a half-man body (I can't remember well). A woman is stuck at the same home but unseen, and she ...
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What spell was Gandalf summoning in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

In the movie the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies, during Gandalf captivity in Dol Guldur (inside the cage), he and Radagast were whispering a spell, what kind of spell is that and what does it do?
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Why did they have to attack the Capitol?

All the districts have formed a coalition and they have cut off power supply and food supply to the Capitol. That mountain hangar in district 2 has been disabled as well, so the Capitol cannot mount ...
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Trying to identify zombie movie from 80's or 90's

I'm trying to find the title of a movie from the 1980's or early 1990's that released in the US. It was a serious movie with more of an action vibe than straight horror - very Resident Evil-ish. In ...
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Stargate: Continuum, time travel, people vanish from timeline at different moments

In the movie Stargate: Continuum, is there an in-universe explanation about why and when Ba'al's failsafe plan was triggered, and why there was a delayed timeline ripple as individuals disappeared at ...
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When did zombies become “infected” rather than corpses raised from hell?

I am curious as to the evolution of the zombie concept. In old horror movies from the 60s and into the 80s, zombies were depicted as "true" undead beings; people who have died and been inhumed, and ...
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Why did they change Harry Potter's wand From the first and second movie to the third and so on?

In the first Harry Potter movie and the second they get Harry Potter's wand wrong. The real one is looking like the wood of a tree but you can see it in the troll's nose and when Tom Riddle is ...
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Movie where suddenly nobody knows the protagonist [closed]

It's a bit old, not a TV Series, my guess in about 80/90s era. In the film suddenly nobody knows the protagonist, there's a conspiracy involved, and at the end of the movie, he blew up all the bad ...
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Film where a man's head gets squashed

I'm trying to remember a film in which a black man's head is squashed by a man with some sort of super powers, the man puts his thumbs on the black man's forhead and pushes until his head is ...
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Why weren't Ron and Hermione allowed to enter the Three Broomsticks?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film), why were Ron and Hermione kept from entering the Three Broomsticks by the shrunken heads for being underage, when Hogwarts students went in there ...
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Identifying a film where students take a drug that causes craving for blood

The basic premise is that someone rediscovers the formula for a drug that induces a state of ecstasy in the user. However, the side effect is that the user ends up craving blood. I suspect I would ...
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80's SciFi short-movie where the domestic devices come to life and takes over from humans

I'm looking for a short movie, probably from the 80s, I remember having watched when I was a kid... It was on a VHS (yes, I'm started to be old already), a compilation of several "horror" short ...
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Movie about a sandy planet

The title I'm looking is for a movie from the 70's or 80's about one man in a planet with sand driving a truck and a woman who asks for a lift to go to her father's home, which is under the sand. The ...
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Why doesn't Elrond want to re-forge the sword?

In the Return of The King, we see that Elrond doesn't seem so enthusiastic to re-forge the sword. Why is that?
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Why did Teddy Sanders say Ares IV would launch in 5 years?

In both the movie and the novel, when Venkat (Vincent) Kapoor is trying to persuade Teddy Sanders to allow satellite imagery of the Ares 3 site, Sanders says that Ares 4 wouldn't launch for another ...
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Martian makeshift door should break under pressure? [duplicate]

I recently watched the movie the Martian - in that movie, the airlock breaks off and he puts a plastic or such cover and tapes it over the door with duct tape to hold the pressure of the facility. My ...
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Low Budget Science Fiction Movie involving an alien laser weapon and a dead dog

Ok, not sure if this is Laserblast or not, but I remember seeing a movie back in the mid to late 80s about a loner teenager from a small town in AZ I believe who finds an alien weapon. It sounds like ...
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Deep space voyage with cryosleep and murder

I'm looking for a sci fi movie from the 80s or 90s. The crew headed out on a mission into deep space. When on Earth in the beginning they used a breathing apparatus and they went to a fast food ...
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Which characters have been recast in the Harry Potter films?

Which characters in the Harry Potter films have been recast? As the same character being played by two different actors in different films. Which characters from the Harry Potter films have been ...
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Is there a movie that is based on or very similar to Robert Heinlein's “Tunnel in the Sky”? [closed]

One book that I've always wished there was a good movie for, was Robert Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky". I really loved that book when I read it as a teen. I was just wondering if there was ever a ...
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What kids film had two flying spheres, one red, one yellow?

I am trying to remember a film, from the '80s maybe. I think it was a children's movie. In the film there were flying spheres. It may have had a sequel with the wedding the two of the spheres: one of ...
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Underwater sci fi movie in English but with italian actors or director

I'm looking for a science fiction movie (with some type of Italian influence) about an underwater community that runs into some type of problem. I am older and this movie could date around the 70's or ...