'Beyond,' a short story in the Matrix-inspired animated anthology 'The Animatrix.'

‘The Animatrix’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The Wachowski Siblings conceived and produced The Animatrix (2003), an anthology of nine original animated short films, as a companion piece to their Matrix trilogy and a tribute to Japanese anime, one of their visual inspirations. The best pieces are short stories in the Matrix-verse concocted by the Japanese animation veterans: Beyond, a fanciful Miyazaki-in-Matrixland story […]

Matt Smith and David Tennant as different generations of The Doctor in 'Doctor Who.'

‘Doctor Who: Seasons 1-8’ on Amazon Prime

Whovians rejoice! The 21st century revival of the British TV’s greatest contribution to cult science fiction is streaming once again and Amazon Prime has it. The first eight seasons of Doctor Who (2005-2014) are now available, with season nine to follow later this year. After a 26-year run and seven different actors portraying the good doctor […]

The animated feature "Justice League: War"

Animated heroics: ‘Batman’ and ‘Justice League’ movies on Netflix

Marvel Comics dominates the superhero world on the big screen but the DC Comics Universe has produced an interesting run of original animated movies that they released direct to disc and digital purchase. This is not the polished animation of theatrical features but it’s a step up from TV animation and these features are adapted […]

Interstellar Christopher Nolan

‘Interstellar’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Christopher Nolan used his clout as the director of the hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy and cerebral caper film Inception to makes his big-budget science fiction epic Interstellar on a scale that otherwise would be out of reach. It’s set in a near future where overpopulation and global climate change has been catastrophic for the food supply and […]

Rachel Nichols stars in the time travel series 'Continuum' seen on SyFy.

‘Continuum: Season 4’ – the series concludes on Netflix

Continuum: Season 4 (2015) concludes the science fiction drama from Canadian about time-traveling guerrillas in modern-day Vancouver, one of the better original shows on SyFy of last few years (and one of the only shows shot in Vancouver that doesn’t pretend it’s another city). A mix of time-travel science fiction and urban cop show, stars […]

Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina

‘Ex Machina’ on Amazon Prime

Ex Machina plays the man-vs.-machine story as a chamber drama. Domhnall Gleeson is the socially naïve computer programmer Caleb who wins a company contest to spend a weekend in the private retreat of visionary company CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a software genius who can’t wait to show Caleb his new project: a sophisticated artificial intelligence […]