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The Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2022 (So Far)

Escape today and enter tomorrow with sci-fi films that take you deep into the multiverse.

In today's technological future we have more ways to escape reality than ever before, and yet, the movie still reigns supreme. Almost everything has been granted to us from sci-fi epics of the past as we go about our daily lives interacting with smart phones, VR headsets, face identification, and self-driving cars. Even so, we all sit down at the end of the day and enjoy a good film.

Whether we're exploring how our new connection to technology emotionally affects us, or just escaping into a wild adventure, the best sci-fi films of 2022 have everything we need. We can enter the multiverse, save the world from destruction, and even have a good cry talking to robots and clones. Below, we've rounded up our seven favorite sci-fi films of the year (so far).

Everything Everywhere All at Once

With her life in shambles and a struggling laundromat to save, Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) experiences other potential timelines of her life and uses her newfound strength to try to repair her family. A zany, action-adventure flick that showcases every conceivable version of Michelle Yeoh throughout the multiverse, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a thrill with comedy and heart to boot.

Read our full review.


Belle, the beautifully animated Japanese film by Mamoru Hosoda, adapts Beauty and the Beast into a digital VR fantasy. Using the guise of an avatar to live out her singing career online, "Belle" is the only person in this digital space who can connect with "The Beast," a violent yet misunderstood user being hunted by a self-righteous moderator.



After Yang

After a small family's robot boy, named Yang, suddenly malfunctions beyond repair, they are forced to grieve his untimely absence and process how to move forward. By viewing his memory banks through his eyes, they are able to appreciate Yang less as a robot and more like a brother and a son.



Roland Emmerich is the king of natural disaster sci-fi films. Over the years, he has graced us with Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012, garnering him the title of "master of disaster." Moonfall, his latest film about the moon heading for a collision course with Earth, is the next best entry into "so bad its good" filmmaking that depicts the end of the world as we know it.



Quirky and disarmingly deadpan, Dual exists in a future when a clone of yourself can live on in your place if you come down with a terminal illness. The clone never mentions to your family and loved ones that you actually died, and everyone goes about their lives none the wiser. What could possibly go wrong?

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Director Richard Linklater returns to the idea of boyhood--one of his favorite subjects--in Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, a film about a young kid who fantasizes about being one of the astronauts to land on the Moon. The animated feature is playful, inspiring, and nostalgic for a time when the space race meant more than billionaires building rockets.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Marvel fans have never experienced a film like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which follows threads laid in three prior MCU entries: Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Disney+'s television series WandaVision. It may be baffling to anyone just joining in now, but for Marvel's devoted viewers this pseudo-sequel of bent realities and fan casting is movie paradise.

Read our full review.

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