Last chance

8 stellar sci-fi movies leaving HBO Max in September 2022

“You are what you choose to be.”

Warner Bros.

8. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

September 30

If you’ve seen Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, you probably understand why it didn’t launch an era of CGI movie stars as its director intended. It’s worth seeing nonetheless for the sheer audacity of trying to make a photorealistic CGI movie in 2001.

Sony Pictures

7. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

September 30

The original 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth is a sci-fi classic with charmingly aged special effects. While the 2008 reboot doesn’t rise to the same level, it’s still a fun adventure flick (and we’ll never turn down a chance for more Brendan Fraser).

Warner Bros.

6. Steel

September 30

There’s no denying that Steel (based on a DC character) is a bad movie. Not even so-bad-it’s-good, just regular bad. But it’s also part of Shaquille O’Neal’s unexpected run of ‘90s action movies, which makes it interesting if nothing else.

Warner Bros.

4. Super 8

September 30

J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is an emotional, nostalgic throwback to ‘80s family blockbusters. It’s not the most original sci-fi movie out there, but it turns out “kids befriend a monster” is a pretty compelling story no matter how fresh it is.

Paramount Pictures

3. The Book of Eli

September 30

The Book of Eli is deeply divisive, and not just because of its overt religious angle. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, keep in mind it also stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, who make it a lot more enticing.

Warner Bros.

2. The Iron Giant

September 30

Simply put, The Iron Giant is one of the best sci-fi movies for kids ever made. Its smart anti-war story is full of heart, matched by its spectacular animation.

Warner Bros.

1. Warm Bodies

September 30

Based on a 2010 novel, Warm Bodies is a great zombie romance movie — not that there’s a lot of competition. Its so-so story is balanced out by solid performances and humor.

Summit Entertainment