This was a pretty good year to be a fan of genre movies. More and more low-budget movies had the courage to tackle science fiction and fantasy themes, and meanwhile Hollywood seemed to step up its game a little. But at the same time, there were still tons of boring sequels and prequels, and mountains of crap.
Here are our picks for the year's best and worst science fiction and fantasy movies. Let the debate begin!
10. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell's centuries-spanning novel, with its six interlocking stories, poses a nearly impossible challenge for a movie adaptation. But the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer found a way to create a complex structure in which the six time periods dovetail together and create resonances and harmonics, almost like the piece of music that gives the movie its name. The theme of oppression and liberation comes through powerfully, and by the end of the film you see how the past informs the future, and how it's all one fabric of loss and struggle. (Disagree with this assessment? Scroll down!)