Every year, OMSI turns over its the Empirical Theater—and it’s ginormous screen—to their Sci-Fi Film Fest, showcasing a slew of sci-fi movies. This year, the offerings are particularly excellent.
Things kick off tonight with the throughly shrug-worthy Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but starting tomorrow, you’ve got John Carpenter’s all-time classic The Thing, and this weekend’s offerings include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tom Cruise’s criminally underrated Edge of Tomorrow, and fan-favorite Serenity.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar‘s next weekend (alongside Gravity, that’s a film that should never be watched at home, only on a screen like OMSI’s), plus you’ve got Fantastic Planet and A Clockwork Orange (the latter being a “Reel Eats” screening that comes with “10-12 curated bites arranged in numbered boxes matching key moments in the film,” which should be… interesting) and some excellent, newer films: Not one but two from the brilliant Denis Villeneuve (Arrival and Blade Runner 2049), Jonathan Glazer’s jaw-grindingly creepy Under the Skin, and Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful Children of Men.
There are also triple features (!) of both the recent, Kelvin-verse Star Treks (I very much want to hear that song from Star Trek Beyond blasting out of the Empirical Theater’s speakers) and all of the Matrixes (Matrices?), alongside heartwarming stuff like E.T., Terry Gilliam-y stuff like Time Bandits, and soul-strangling stuff like Aniara.
That’s a pretty phenomenal lineup of movies that should be phenomenally fun to see on a really big screen. (Except Aniara. That movie will slaughter your will to live, haha!) More info on the festival is here, and here are the Mercury‘s OMSI movie times.