2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

An alien civilisation makes a series of contacts with life on Earth; one provokes a space mission. Still-extraordinary piece of mainstream SF with philosophical ambitions, plus a technical marvel. Essential viewing, even if it remains impenetrable to some.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, dir. Julius Onah)

A space station tasked with saving the Earth from energy crisis is transported to a parallel dimension. Good-looking, well-cast, but dumb-as-rocks sidequel to Cloverfield / 10 Cloverfield Lane that steals indiscriminately (Gravity to Evil Dead II) but can’t settle in terms of tone or logic.

Passengers (2016, dir. Morten Tyldum)

A deep-space vessel malfunctions; a passenger wakes from cryosleep 90 years early. Odd SF flick which initially plays interestingly with The Shining in space, only to default to creepy romance mode which doesn’t work at all; Act 3 shows evidence of much surgery.

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You Only Live Twice (1967, dir. Lewis Gilbert)

Bond investigates stolen spacecraft so he can avert a nuclear war. Fifth in the franchise and the cracks are starting to show. Connery is jaded, and the Roald Dahl script is awkwardly dated at best. Impressive production design and a couple of neat directorial moments lift some of the tiredness.

Red Planet (2000, dir. Antony Hoffman)

The first manned mission to Mars goes awry. Straightforward SF disaster/bodycount movie with the usual nods (astronaut called Bowman etc), though more contrivances than usual. Seriously, guys, don’t take a robot with its “military” mode enabled.