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Movie Marathon: 10 Best Robot Movies for New Years Eve

Wednesday December 28, 2016

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!

FAMILY-ORIENTED LIST

1. STAR WARS

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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-D2BB-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)

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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)

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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)

ADULT FRIENDS LIST

6. WESTWORLD (1973)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)