Science in film can mean futuristic sci-fi, with faster-than-light-speed spacecraft; laser battles on distant planets; or an uprising of humanlike, intelligent androids. It could also accompany stories of global disasters fueled by exaggerated versions of modern threats, such as pandemics, nuclear war, extreme weather or climate change. It could even present thoughtful portraits of real women and men who were scientific pioneers and innovators, whose discoveries shaped the world as we know it today. Grab some popcorn and settle in with Live Science at the movies.
Books adapted for the screen regularly rack up critical acclaim – think of Life of Pi, Argo, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight.
For every The Social Network, however, there is a Hackers; likewise, rare accomplishments such as 2001: A Space Odyssey tend to be followed by a flurry of ill-advised imitators.
Male lions outnumber female lions several-fold. What happens to the rest of the lions, born in equal numbers to females? A new film answers that question.
Special effects made by Andrew Clement's Creative Character Engineering include Freddy Krueger's make-up and an array of gruesome corpses.
The zombie apocalypse on the "Walking Dead" can be modeled just like other diseases, and those models spell trouble for humans.
There's now a ranking of the top brain science movies of all time, thanks to a database complied by cognitive science researchers who are also movie buffs, of sorts.
Scientists found that upcoming films with high Wikipedia activity tended to do well at the box office.
Famed actor William Shatner, TV's Captain Kirk, called astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station.
The Obama Administration's refusal to build a real Death Star has provoked a disturbance in the Force.
The more you believe in portrayals of romance on TV, the less likely you are to be committed to real-life relationships, a new study finds.