Space Movies to Look Up for in 2014
From a murderous alien to a rip in spacetime, 2014 is jam-packed with movies for space geeks of all kinds. Here are eight space movies to check out during your free time this year.
FIRST UP: Fly with a rocket ...
'The Rocket' Takes a Lucky Flight
This coming of age tale follows the life of a boy who wants to build and enter a rocket into a dangerous competition in Laos. He needs to prove to himself and his family that he isn't bad luck. "The Rocket" won three awards at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Watch the trailer. "The Rocket" was released earlier in 2014.
NEXT: Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP!
Build a Spaceship with 'The LEGO Movie'
Okay, it's not pure sci-fi per se, but there are the vintage LEGO spaceships that captured our hearts as kids. "The LEGO Movie" follows the adventures of a normal LEGO guy named Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) as he makes his way through the vast brick-built universe trying to save his friends and the planet. The movie also features Benny (voiced by Charlie Day), a spaceman obsessed with building his complicated LEGO spaceship to help his friends. The blue character is a call back to an early line of cosmic LEGO toys, and is sure to delight space fans of all ages.
Watch the trailer. "The LEGO Movie" is in theaters now.
NEXT: You don't want to wake up, do you?
'Under the Skin' Brings Aliens and Horror Together Again
"Under the Skin" looks intense. The movie follows an alien (Scarlett Johansson) as she makes her way around Scotland leaving dead hitchhikers in her wake. The trailer ends with what looks like the intact skin of a person floating in blackness. Creepy.
Watch the trailer (probably not safe for work). "Under the Skin" is set for U.S. release in April 2014.
NEXT: Live. Die. Repeat ...
Repeat Each Day with 'Edge of Tomorrow'
The action movie "Edge of Tomorrow" is like "Groundhog Day" brought into the science fiction realm. Tom Cruise stars as a soldier forced to endlessly repeat his last day in a raging alien war. He starts to use each day as a way to become more skilled and continues fighting the same battle again and again.
Watch the trailer. "Edge of Tomorrow" is scheduled for release in June 2014.
NEXT: Expand your universe ...
Fly Through Space with 'Jupiter Ascending'
Jupiter Jones (played by Mila Kunis) is destined for cosmic greatness. Although Jupiter works as a toilet cleaner without much luck, she dreams of the stars. She is the next person in line for an inheritance that could balance the cosmos, according to a plot description. Because of this, the "Queen of the Universe" wants her destroyed.
Watch the trailer. "Jupiter Ascending" is set for release on July 18.
NEXT: No one will ever believe our story ...
'Earth to Echo' Phones Home
"Earth to Echo" is about a band of kids that run across an amazing cosmic find: an alien that has landed on Earth and needs help. They find the alien after getting strange messages on their cellphones.
Watch the trailer. "Earth to Echo" is set for release in July.
NEXT: You're welcome ...
Run with the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
From the looks of the trailer, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is going to be fun. Based on a comic book of the same name, the story follows Peter Quill (also known as Star-Lord), who stole an orb sought out by the evil villain Ronan. Quill teams up with a band of misfit heroes (including a bipedal raccoon named Rocket) to stop Ronan, who threatens the safety of the universe.
Watch the trailer. "Guardians of the Galaxy" is set for release in August 2014.
NEXT: Bring NASA back with "Interstellar"...
'Interstellar' Launches into Theaters
The newest film from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan ("Inception"), "Interstellar" explores a future where governments have collapsed and NASA is merely a memory. When a rip in spacetime opens, the remnants of the space agency must explore it to "offer up hope for humanity," according to a movie description. The plot is based on the ideas of Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist at CalTech. FULL STORY: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Trailer Lifts off with NASA Footage (Video).
Watch the first official trailer for "Interstellar." "Interstellar" is set for U.S. release on Nov. 7.
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Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight. Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.