The Signal, and Ten More Recent Sci-Fi Flicks You Might Have Missed

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Olivia Cooke in The Signal.
Some genres of film don't get as much talk and praise as they deserve. Take sci-fi, for example; it's so heavily loaded with big-budget flicks that the smaller works get lost over the years. And that means a lot of great works that never get seen by large audiences. Sure, science fiction die-hards are always on the look-out for something more, whether it's a glossy art flick or a ridiculously enjoyable b-movie, but some still slip through their fingers.

With The Signal -- one of our most anticipated summer indie flicks -- releasing this Friday, without as much advertising as a cool-looking film like it deserves, it's time to look back at some other fairly recent sci-fi flicks that the world might have missed.

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10. Moon
You'll hear the name Moon thrown around every so often as one of the best sci-fi films of the last decade, and it rightfully deserves that title. Preceding the pretty entertaining Source Code, director Duncan Jones' debut is basically a one-man show. More specifically: it's the Sam Rockwell show. You might know him as the guy who was fantastic in practically everything he's ever done, including but not limited to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, Galaxy Quest, and even Iron Man 2. If watching a mind-bending flick with him trapped alone on a spaceship isn't enough to pull you in, maybe knowing that Kevin Spacey voices the ship's creepily optimistic robot GERTY will do the trick.

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9. The Congress
So maybe this is cheating a little bit, because the film still isn't out officially in the US, and makes its wide release in July on demand. However, The Congress has been making a lot of festival runs, two screenings of which were at the Miami International Film Festival earlier this year. Part animated fantasy, part family drama, part ambitious sci-fi, The Congress is a hell of a movie. Not only is the way it flows between live-action and animation top-notch, but the way it takes Robin Wright's real life and blends it into a narrative that critiques an industry uninterested in the filmmakers it supposedly cares about is just plain fascinating.


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