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Matt Damon in The Martian

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Ryan Gosling in "Blade Runner 2049."
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Question 1 of 12 Score: 0

'Blade Runner 2049' is set this many years after the events of the original:

Directed by Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and starring Americans Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Israeli Hiam Abbass, "Blade Runner 2049" picks up 30 years after the original. Movie critic Katie Walsh called it "a meditative and moving film."

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Matt Damon plays an astronaut who has to survive after being abandoned on Mars in the new Ridley Scott film "The Martian."
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Question 2 of 12 Score: 0

What NASA probe does Mark Watney hack in 'The Martian'?

In the film, based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, Watney recovers the NASA Mars Pathfinder and hacks it to regain communication with Earth. The probe, which landed in July 1997, lasted three months on the red planet's surface before finally failing.

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A porg in "The Last Jedi."
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Question 3 of 12 Score: 0

The porgs in 'The Last Jedi' were inspired by this real-life bird:

Helmed by American director Rian Johnson and prolific Israeli filmmaker Ram Bergman, "The Last Jedi's" most adorable creatures were the diminutive porgs that live on the alien world of Ahch-To. According to Johnson, the porgs were inspired by the copious puffins that dotted the film location of Skellig Michael Island.

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Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens 3.'
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Question 4 of 12 Score: 0

A xenomorph took on a shaved-head Ripley in this sci-fi horror:

In 1992, American actress Sigourney Weaver reprised her role of Ellen Ripley in "Alien 3" with a shaved head. "It made me feel colder," she told Starburst Magazine. "It’s amazing how much your head stays warm when you’ve got hair. So I just felt colder most of the time, and other than that, I just felt lighter."

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A scifi film about the future of cyborgs.
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Actress Scarlett Johansson starred in this 2017 film based on a popular Japanese comic:

Produced by Israeli legend Avi Arad, "Ghost in the Shell" is a futuristic thriller that revolves around an advanced human cyborg named Major who must stop an evil force from wiping out the technology that powers her abilities.

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Mel Brooks' classic 1987 film 'Spaceballs' is considered one of the funniest scifi comedies of all time.
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In 'Spaceballs,' what kind of jam does Lonestar use to disable the enemy's radar?

American filmmaking legend Mel Brooks' 1987 space comedy "Spaceballs" is by all accounts the greatest spoof of the "Star Wars" franchise ever conceived. In the film, the hero Lonestar fires a jar of raspberry jam at Dark Helmet's spaceship to disable the radar. Adding insult to injury, raspberry is Dark Helmet's least favorite jam.

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The Space Between Us
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Question 7 of 12 Score: 0

This interplanetary romance involved a boy from Mars and a girl from Earth:

Helmed by Israeli producer Sasha Harari, "The Space Between Us" tells the story of a boy born on Mars who strikes up a long-distance romance with a girl from Earth. When he gets the opportunity to visit her, his (red) world is turned upside-down at the beauty of life on our blue marble.

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Corn in Interstellar
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Question 8 of 12 Score: 0

Christopher Nolan grew 500 acres of corn for a pivotal scene in this 2014 film:

Instead of using CGI, British director Christopher Nolan chose to plant 500 acres of corn for the farm scenes in the black hole-focused scifi hit "Interstellar." After filming was completed, the corn was harvested, sold, and ultimately returned a profit.

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An alien 'prawn' from the film "District 9."
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Question 9 of 12 Score: 0

In 'District 9,' what food are the aliens hopelessly addicted to?

In "District 9," directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, the alien "prawns" exhibit a strong liking to wet cat food. Apparently, it has the same euphoric effect on them as catnip on cats. They also enjoy eating rubber because of the taste and texture.

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The USS Enterprise from "Star Trek."
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Question 10 of 12 Score: 0

'Star Trek' marked the film debut of this actor, a future Marvel superhero:

In 2009, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth made his Hollywood debut as George Kirk in the "Star Trek" reboot. Two years later, as the newest member of the Marvel family, he made his debut as Thor, the god of thunder, in the 2011 film of the same name.

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A scene from the film "Gravity."
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Question 11 of 12 Score: 0

Deadly space debris becomes the villain in this 2013 sci-fi thriller:

Starring American actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" tells the story of an astronaut stranded in space after debris from colliding satellites destroys her space station. Directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, the film won seven Oscars.

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Natalie Portman in a scene from the scifi thriller "Annihilation."
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Question 12 of 12 Score: 0

This film features a mysterious, off-limits corner of the Earth called Area X:

Starring Israeli-American Natalie Portman, "Annihilation" tells the story of a group of scientists sent to research an environmental disaster zone on Earth called "Area X." Based on the trailers, the film appears to retain the eerie beauty, drama and dread from the best-selling book it's based on.

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