Sci-Fi Films We Loved in 2015

Of course, no discussion of 2015 science fiction movies would be complete without mention of this year’s modest little endeavor from Disney/Lucasarts: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” On the meta level, the film doesn’t have much direct conjecture on contemporary technology — everything happened a long time ago, after all, in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, “Star Wars” has always been more about space fantasy than hard sci-fi, anyway. But those interested in the “soft sciences” of sociology and anthropology will find plenty to chew on. The movie is basically a masterclass on how mythology works — how we tell ourselves the same story, over and over, in different times and places. You can tease out some interesting threads on fascism and feminism, too. The year’s second-tier sci-fi films…


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