With the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World laying waste to the box office in 2015, science fiction had a big year. Just a month into 2016, we’ve already got two entries into this arena, The 5th Wave and Synchronicity, but this is already shaping up another big one for the genre.

There are sure to be massive spectacle blockbusters, as some of our favorite franchises are returning to the big screen. But on the other side of the coin there are smaller, more idea driven sci-fi films that are worth seeking out, too. With this in mind, here are 15 of the science fiction movies, big and small, that we’re dying to see in 2016.

One note, we’re leaving out superheroes on this list, even those with more explicitly sci-fi elements. With them this would become an unwieldy beast, and we have plenty of comic book movie themed lists to check out.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (March 11)
Cloverfield hit in 2008 there’s been talk that a super-secret sequel or spinoff, or a movie somehow tangentially related to the found footage creature feature, was in the works. Last month the notoriously enigmatic Bad Robot dropped a trailer and was like, Boom, here’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. We don’t know a ton about it or how it connects to the earlier film, but it revolves around a young woman who is in a car crash and wakes up in a survivalist’s underground bunker. He tells her there’s been an attack that rendered the outside world uninhabitable, but there’s obviously much more going on. A viral marketing campaign just kicked off, so expect the mysteries to keep swirling around this one until it opens.

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