Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in Star Trek Beyond

Hulu’s stock in trade may be television, but it’s also the home of a healthy selection of feature films. While it doesn’t boast as many essential titles as HBO Max or the sheer volume of Netflix or Amazon Prime, Hulu maintains a steady rotation of recent releases from major studios to bolster its library of independent films and forgotten gems. If you filter through to the Sci-Fi Movies section of Hulu this month, you’ll find underrated franchise sequels, international critical darlings, and a few bulletproof classics, plus a handful of hip titles gained from Hulu’s partnership with indie distributor Neon. Hulu’s sci-fi offerings tend to be geared toward a more mature audience, but within those parameters there’s a fair amount of variety to be found, from grim space epics to goofy tongue-in-cheek comedies.

Updated on December 2, 2021: Hulu’s movie offerings change frequently, so we’ll be keeping our list up to date with the latest arrivals and departures. Check back each month to see what box office hits and festival darlings have come to the big green streaming machine.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

David holding Teddy

Meet David, the first-ever android with the capacity to perfectly emulate — perhaps even experience — love. Given the form and emotional maturity of an 11-year old boy, David embarks on a quest to reunite with his "mother," the human woman who he’s programmed to love unconditionally. Divisive for its often misunderstood ending and for being by far the most bleak feature in Steven Spielberg’s filmography, "A.I." is nevertheless fascinating for its unsettling post-climate change future, its unique style synthesis of Spielberg and his late friend Stanley Kubrick, and its haunting lead performance by young actor Haley Joel Osment.

  • Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 145 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Akira

Kaneda slides on his motorcycle in Akira

In the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Tokyo, a street punk named Tetsuo is abducted by a government agency seeking to unlock his psychokinetic potential. Kaneda, Tetsuo’s surrogate older brother from their motorcycle gang, is determined to rescue him, but if Tetsuo is as powerful as he seems, then no force on Earth may be able to save him from himself. "Akira" is a monumental achievement in animation, one of the best-designed and best-rendered films of all time. Its influence has reverberated throughout animation, cinema, and pop culture in general for decades.

  • Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
  • Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Rating: R
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