Midnight Special (2016)
The "other" 1980s sci-fi throwback from this year is close to a masterpiece (and might just be one in a few years). From Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special is about a father and a cop who struggle to keep a strange little boy from falling into the hands of a cult, and later the FBI. The pursuit is clouded in mystery; there are numerous surprises regarding heroes, villains, and the source of the desperate kid's seemingly otherworldly powers. Like Stranger Things, Midnight Special lifts from the likes of Spielberg and John Carpenter, but still stands as an impressively original story. Brace yourself for one hell of an ending.
Where to watch it: Rent on iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon Video