After Hours

What geek movie is worth paying theater prices to see?

Help Geekend contributor Nicole Bremer Nash from wasting time and money in a movie theater by letting her know which geek film you think is worth checking out.

I have to admit that I was sorely disappointed by this summer's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. If I were a 12-year-old girl, I probably would have gone back to see it half a dozen times, but this film fell short of keeping the adult fan in mind. Keep the teenage love angst in the books, please. Kids need more reason to become literate.

My disappointment in Harry Potter has led to me to seek the best geek movie of the year. Upcoming geek movies that spark my interest include:

  • District 9, which opened August 14. Aliens in South Africa really appeals to me.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife, which also opened August 14. I read the book, and it is an interesting perspective on time travel. The only problem is that it seems too mushy romantic, and Eric Bana is certainly no David Tennant as Doctor Who.
  • Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is set to open in September. The animated movie appears riddled with scientific facts, particularly regarding the sun, photons, neutrons, and electrons, but with enough science fiction thrown in to create an engaging tale. Bonus: It seems child friendly, so the whole family might enjoy this picture, while teaching the little geeks a little something. Plus, the voice talent includes Samuel L. Jackson and James Earl Jones.
  • Gamer opens September 4. The film looks like it will walk the line between science fiction and horror, one of my favorite genre combos. Throw in a little gladiator, and this movie has a lot going on. The premise is simple and has been done before -- video games join reality. Though in this version, the game is a MMORPG, and players control real people. If it's done well, Gamer could be one of this year's favorites. If the directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, don't stir the mix just right, this movie is apt to disappoint fans across all three genres.
  • Surrogates is set for release September 25. The film caught my attention, and not only because it features Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. This feature film feels like a mix of I, Robot and I Am Legend. Humans stay home and live their lives via robotic surrogates. Enter Bruce Willis to save humanity from itself. This one has blockbuster written all over it.

In an effort to save me from wasting time and money in a theater, let me know what geek movie you're most interested in checking out this year. It can be any of the ones I've listed, but feel free to make other suggestions. (For more upcoming releases, check out Jay Garmon's post about this year's 53 geek movies.) I don't get to the movies often, and if a film is going to fall short of wonderful, I'd rather wait to rent it.

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Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

25 comments
Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

no film justifies the theatre price any more. It's not just the ten to thirty dollars each person (based on movie and how new and theatre) but the charging of triple rates for drinks and food. The local cheap theatre which has ten dollar tickets still ends up costing nearer thirty dollars a head by the time you factor in a drink or two and something to eat. Everything is so over priced it's not funny at all. Even the recently released videos are over priced by a factor of three or more, thirty to forty dollars each. All the above are Australian prices. Wait for it on video and pay over the odds for the video and you still save a packet, wait a few months and the video drops in price to half, another few months and it's around a third of the initial price and still making a good profit.

jsaubert
jsaubert

Comments like this always make me feel glad about the local theater where I live. Tickets are $6-$7 but most folks buy the 6 tickets for $30 pack. The "bottomless" popcorn and soda combo is $8 which will feed a whole row of people easy. They have specials all the time, cult movies like Princes Bride and Lost Boys for $2 and a movie marathon once a month or so (the last one was Lord of the Rings, $20 got you all three movies and the "bottomless" popcorn and soda). A night at the movies for me and 3 friends runs us $30 tops even for midnight premiers when they have parties and events.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

gloating about being such a lucky bastard. I do wish we had such deals here, I'd go if they did as those prices make it worth while.

jsaubert
jsaubert

*is being strangled* Well, if you ever do manage to end up in the States and over in South Florida look me up and I'll make sure you find the theater.

mjstelly
mjstelly

We all know that the movie is the loss-leader and the profit is made on $10 popcorn/soda combos...yada yada. I interpret her request as asking for suggestions regardless of the obvious capital expenditures. Ms. B-N, you forgot the much-hyped Tim Burton "stitch punk" feature -- 9. Like Deadly, I don't want to pay the overhead to see it, but my 10-year old son and wife may have me outnumbered on this one. Take a tip from grocery shopping, stuff your face at home before going. You won't be so inclined to splurge.

seanferd
seanferd

D9 actually looks pretty good, but not at theatre prices. The Time Travellers Wife looks awful, but sometimes ads can make a good movie look bad. Looks more like a regular romance with a little sci-fi as an excuse for the plot. As part of a larger story, I might buy it. Then again. I suppose I might be persuaded otherwise, but not at theatre prices. v/ edit: emoticon malfunction in title

valduboisvert
valduboisvert

Agree with Ernest. This is why I am having this strict rule about what movies are worth to watch in the theatre or not. If they have plenty of panoramic special effects then it is worth going to theatre. If not wait for the DVD. LOTR comes in my mind as a good example and it is a very different experience in theatre than on your big screen TV at home. So according to this rule: maybe District 9 is worth considering. dunno yet about Quantum Quest

stephanisat_z
stephanisat_z

is how I go to the movies as well. Having said that, Star Trek was well worth the ticket price. District 9 is the only other film I can think of that fits the bill. Time Traveler's Wife has gooey romance written all over it. Wait until it's on HBO to watch it, if then.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

The last movie I saw in theater was Wolverine. It was a lunch date so we paid matinee prices, but even that wasn't cheap after the drinks and snacks. I remember the total was about $35.

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

Deadly Ernest, I must agree with you. Also, as a parent, I rarely want to spend my little free time (and money) in a frigid movie theater. But I did go see Harry Potter, and generally try to make it for the biggies like that. LOTR just isn't the same at home! (Which doesn't stop me from watching it again and again). -Nicole Bremer Nash

baldeagle30
baldeagle30

Hi I use to pay the top price for movies, but now I have learned. I go to the afternoon movie. I also eat right before I go. I know it takes some of the fun out of going no popcorn or soda's but if you want to save and still enjoy give it a try. I night move here in CT USA $15.00 Mid day $7.50. I will admit I took my daughter to see the time traveler wife and we paid top dollar had popcorn soda, she had pizza & soda, total price $55.00 way to much for a movie. Oh and yes it was a bit mushy and I was only one of three guys in the whole movie, but I will also admit I did cry. I also enjoyed it very much. Have a great summer or what is left of it

dvanduse
dvanduse

AMC here is $5 if you go before noon. I'm an early bird anyway. I haven't got a drink or popcorn at the movie in years. Just not worth the mark up. But some movies you just have to see on the Big Screen. GI Joe, Star Trek etc. is just not as good on the TV, Jurrasic Park is one as well. Of course I haven't got HDTV yet.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

about the people. The last movie I saw in a theatre was because I was going with a bunch of friends and relatives and it was all about spending the night out together, the movie was the first local screening of a movie on it's first day of release, started and 12.0a am AFTER one hell of an evening that started at 6.00 pm. The cost wasn't so much a concern as the movie wasn't the issue, the friendship was. And the atmosphere of the midnight start added to the fun.

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

The last place I would want to take them is a movie. I like listening to my friends. Les.

TNT
TNT

I like grabbing my friends for a late dinner and then seeing the last showing of a horror movie, so you're getting out of the theater at like 1AM... The last movie I saw like that was "Drag Me to Hell" and it was a great time!

DadsPad
DadsPad

A family of four could easily spend $100 at a theatre. The last movie i saw, and that was many years ago for the time before that, was the new Startrek prequel. My friend and I had to drag our wifes, wait in line for over an hour. Not something I want to repeat.

pam.rickey
pam.rickey

We go on bargain Tuesdays when tickets cost $5.50 each and we get free popcorn. Throw in a very large $4.00 drink which we share (free refills) and it costs us $15.00 total for a night out for two. This is for first run movies. On other nights it costs us $7.25 each plus $15.00 for a mega popcorn/two drink combo. Still not bad for a nice theator, compared to costs other places.

qwertyomen
qwertyomen

here we pay six dollars for a ticket before five and seven for the late night dates... but we have to buy the overpriced food, with free refills though so it's not too bad:)

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I plan on seeing District 9 sometime this week. I also have been interested in Surrogates for a while. One notable omission from this list is Avatar. It seems like Cameron is really trying to push the envelope in cinematography; from what I've read.

qwertyomen
qwertyomen

Looks awesome! I've seen the show on Cartoon Network and if done right it will be just as awesome as the show. I am really excited for that to come out!

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Multiple of the above: Gamer District 9, The Time Traveler?s Wife and Gamer. Also, add Sherlock Holmes to my list, I never pass up on a Holmes flick.

doug m.
doug m.

I saw the director's cut of "Blade Runner" last year on the big screen and it was worth every penny. And two days ago I saw the 70th anniversary cut of "The Wizard of Oz", which although it isn't a geek movie per se, was incredible to see in Hi Def on the big screen. I like to take advantage of seeing old movies on the big screen, especially sci-fi or ones that I've only seen on television, like Wizard. Saw District 9 the day before that. Strange movie...I'm still digesting that one.

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

mix of I, Robot and I Am Legend. Humans stay home and live their lives via robotic surrogates. Enter Bruce Willis to save humanity from itself. This one has blockbuster written all over it. Les.

maecuff
maecuff

Sherlock Holmes look really good. I can't wait to see that. I read The Time Traveler's Wife. I liked the book, but I don't know if I want to see the movie. Maybe on DVD.