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Movie Marathon: 10 Best Robot Movies for New Years Eve

[fa icon="clock-o"] Dec 28, 2016 11:15:15 PM [fa icon="user"] Jessica Pan [fa icon="folder-open'] robotics


After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, how are you ringing in the New Year? It’s time to give yourself a break. Kickback, relax and enjoy an evening movie marathon. If you are a fan of robots like us, we have the perfect suggestion. Here is a roundup of robot-themed films to watch with your family and friends on New year's Eve. Enjoy and happy new year!



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The events depicted in the Star Wars franchise take place in an unnamed fictional galaxy. Many species of alien creatures (often humanoid) are depicted. Robotic droids like R2-D2, BB-8 and C-3PO are also commonplace and are generally built to serve their owners. (Source: Wikipedia)

Critics Consensus: The latest episode "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" draws deep on Star Warsmythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

If you’ve ever watched a Star War movie, here are more for you:

2. Wall-E (2008)


In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Wall-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers -- and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 97 minutes)

3. HUGO (2011)


In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 126 minutes)

4. Robot and Frank (2012)

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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frankworks as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 90 minutes)

5. Big Hero 6 (2014)

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The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 90 minutes)


6. WESTWORLD (1973)


A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.(Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Yul Brynner gives a memorable performance as a robotic cowboy in this amusing sci-fi/western hybrid. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 88 minutes)

7. Terminator (1984-2015)


Arnold Schwarzenegger serves as the linchpin of this time-traveling sci-fi saga, which centers on a band of human survivors struggling to prevent the future rise of a sentient artificial intelligence bent on the eradication of human life.(Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Critics Consensus of the first episode "The Terminator (1984)": With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Other recommended episodes are:

8. ROBOCOP (1987)


In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 103 minutes)

9. HER (2013)


A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 153 minutes)

10. Ex Machina (2015)

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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (Source: IMDb)

Critics Consensus: Ex Machinaleans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

(Runtime: 108 minutes)

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