The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010).
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010).
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If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and your pile of Arthur C. Clarke books has been exhausted, you could do worse than to tune into Netflix. The streaming service is constantly acquiring new films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.

1. Under the Skin (2013)

Scarlett Johansson explores alien seduction as a being from another world who arrives on Earth to pursue companionship. Unfortunately, she prefers short-term commitments. This erotic sci-fi drama was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTA awards, the British equivalent of the Oscars.

2. Back to the Future (1985)

Great Scott! The enduring comedy and sci-fi classic starring Michael J. Fox as decade-hopping Marty McFly remains a highlight of '80s cinema. Revisit Marty's rivalry with Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), his weird pseudo-romance with his mother (Lea Thompson) and his bromance with Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd.)

3. Snowpiercer (2013)

In a dystopian future—in sci-fi, there may not be any other kind—a train carrying cars separated by social class circles the globe. Soon, the have-nots (led by Chris Evans) decide to defy authority and get answers from those in charge.

4. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Heavily maligned for booting original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in favor of Ron Howard, Solo doesn't break any new ground for the storied Star Wars franchise. What it does do is manage to navigate its well-publicized production troubles to deliver a generally satisfying and entertaining origin story of reluctant hero pilot Han Solo, played with sufficient swagger by Alden Ehrenreich. His space scoundrel charm doesn't come as easily as it did for Harrison Ford, but the production design and pulp novel-paced narrative make for a movie that might be the most light-on-its-feet of the Disney-era Star Wars chapters to date.

5. Ex Machina (2015)

Alex Garland's quiet—and quietly subversive—robot parable didn't arrive with all the hype of a major studio sci-fi release, but still manages to outdo most big-budget android tales. As the enigmatic CEO of a robotics company, Oscar Isaac uses an underling (Domhnall Gleeson) to test his eerily lifelike AI (Alicia Vikander). But Gleeson may be the one who's really being tested.

6. The Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves utters many a "whoa" on his way through this sci-fi classic about a computer programmer who discovers reality is just an artificial simulation. Bullet Time is still just as spectacular as it was when the film premiered 21 years ago.

7. Her (2013)

The perils of falling in love with artificial intelligence are at the core of Her, which features a terrific performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a rumpled office worker who finds his soulmate in something without a soul: An Alexa-esque disembodied voice (Scarlett Johansson).

8. Equilibrium (2002)

A pre-Batman Christian Bale is a gun fu expert in this Matrix-inspired story of a man who rebels against the dystopian society holding emotions at bay.

9. Minority Report (2002)

Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg collaborate on this high-concept feature about PreCrime expert John Anderton (Cruise) who investigates crimes before they're committed and soon finds himself the anticipated and unlikely perpetrator of a murder.

10. Inception (2010)

Christopher Nolan directs Leonardo DiCaprio in a sci-fi thriller about a group that can enter and influence the subconscious mind, calling reality into question for both themselves and the viewer.

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

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Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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Mark Hamill Revealed the One Line From Star Wars: A New Hope That Wasn't Scripted

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Michael Tran/Getty Images

Mark Hamill is truly the ultimate resource when it comes to behind-the-scenes knowledge of the Star Wars franchise. He has previously revealed his favorite scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and his thoughts on his final appearance as Luke Skywalker in The Rise of Skywalker, as well as giving hilarious explanations for old set photos. Hamill often responds to fan questions about the films on Twitter, and he recently gave an inside look at a moment from Episode IV.

Twitter user @CharlestonBrian posted an image with text that read: "Luke's line in A New Hope, 'I can't see a thing in this helmet,' was not scripted. Mark Hamill said this to Harrison Ford when he thought the cameras had stopped rolling. They, however, decided to leave it in." Naturally, Luke Skywalker himself had something to add.

"It was not scripted, but I said it when I knew the cameras were rolling. I knew it didn't matter because I had the helmet on & no one could see my face anyway. Everyone liked it, so George [Lucas] let me keep the line in subsequent takes. #TrueStory," Hamill explained. You can check out the exchange below.

It's fun to hear about unexpected movie moments that made the final cut despite not being planned. With any luck, Hamill will continue to reveal Star Wars facts and trivia for years to come. And in the meantime, all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are currently available to stream on Disney+. Watch with a subscription here.

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