Movies to Watch With Ad Astra

Sure, Brad Pitt saving the galaxy from space vibrations is good, but what about Pitt fighting the crushing despair of the endless void? How fun is that?

An unofficial sequel to Space Cowboys, James Gray’s Ad Astra represents the newest incarnation of the waxing/waning trend of interstellar travel as metaphor for mankind’s internal search for meaning – a far cry from the rubber-suited aliens of the 20th century.

Naturally, that’s no big surprise from an auteur whose personal brand is interpersonal relationships with a dash of daddy issues, but it taps into a current, deepened fascination with what’s out there and whether it has sharp teeth.

Here are 6 options to double feature with Ad Astra that will make you, finally, jealous of Brad Pitt.

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IMAX Ad Astra Trailer

Two years ago, writer-director James Gray took the epic, true-life adventure story The Lost City of Z and turned it into a dark treatise of obsession and its engulfing dangers. His latest film, the big-budget science-fiction story Ad Astra, is as massive a canvas as he’s had to work on so far, with one of the biggest movie stars in the world as his lead. Yet Ad Astra is just as haunting, unexpectedly emotional, and perceptive as Lost City was, making for a remarkable companion piece and one of the most thoughtful and riveting genre films in years.

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Ready to head to space with handsome astronaut Brad Pitt? If so, you might want to check out these two new Ad Astra clips, showing Pitt front and center in director James Gray‘s new sci-fi epic. The first clip has Pitt firmly on terra firma, while the second finds him on another planet, having a terse conversation with Ruth Negga. Watch the clips below.

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20th Century Fox reveals more about James Gray‘s mysterious sci-fi drama every week, with a new Ad Astra clip debuting ahead of the film’s theatrical release later this month. But where previous trailers highlighted the more cerebral parts of the film, the latest Ad Astra clip previews an action-packed scene involving Brad Pitt and space pirates on the moon. Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds.

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ad astra special look

James Gray‘s mysterious sci-fi drama Ad Astra is set to make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week, and in anticipation of that premiere, 20th Century Fox is unveiling a special look at the film. The Ad Astra special look focuses on Brad Pitt‘s astronaut Roy McBride, who is sent on a mission to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones). But there seems to be more to this mission than a simple recovery, as tantalizing imagery and unanswered questions are peppered throughout the teaser. Watch the Ad Astra special look below.

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IMAX Ad Astra Trailer

Even though The Walt Disney Company seems to be mostly disappointed with the movies they picked up for release this year from 20th Century Fox, there’s one that seems like it might really have the goods: the mysterious sci-fi drama Ad Astra.

Directed by James Gray (We Own the Night, The Immigrant), Ad Astra follows astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) who is sent on a mission to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones). Up until now we didn’t know why it was necessary to track down a man who is believed to be lost somewhere in the outer solar system, but a new IMAX Ad Astra trailer lays out the plot a little more clearly, and it also shows off some stunning visuals that make it mandatory to see this on the biggest screen possible. Read More »

Ad Astra Trailer

When a peculiar cataclysmic event creates chaos on Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is tasked with trying to figure out what went wrong. That’s the set-up for the new movie Ad Astra, in which NASA and the military thinks this Earth-shattering event is somehow tied to a secret mission that Roy’s father (Tommy Lee Jones) embarked on 20 years ago. What follows is a psychological mystery that looks like it will warp our minds and give us a sci-fi drama on par with the likes of Arrival and Interstellar. Watch a new Ad Astra trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »

ad astra trailer

James Gray, one of the best directors working right now that you’ve probably have never heard of, is back with Ad Astra. The sci-fi epic finds Brad Pitt traveling into space to find his missing father, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Gray has been working on Ad Astra since 2017, spending a large amount of time making sure the special effects were just right. Now, we finally have our first look at the film. See the Ad Astra trailer below.

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James Gray Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival won’t be sending director James Gray a nice Edible Arrangement anytime soon. The We Own the Night and Lost City of Z filmmaker has some harsh words for the fest, claiming that the folks running Cannes are stuck in the past, and “protectors of the status quo.” The filmmaker also offered an update on his sci-fi film Ad Astra, which stars Brad Pitt and Ruth Negga – a film Gray is determined to take his time working on.

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Ruth Negga will be reuniting with her World War Z co-star Brad Pitt in James Gray‘s upcoming sci-fi epic, Ad Astra.

The Lost City of Z (which if you haven’t seen it, is entirely unrelated from the aforementioned World War Z unless you really stretch it) director has been building anticipation for his next movie, which will be the first genre film he tackles after working mostly on historical and contemporary dramas.

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