Whether I was admiring the aesthetic design of multiple killer robots, or just enjoying other people's vision of what life could be like several centuries from now, Alita's pros far outweighed its cons.
The Shape of Water is an artistic period film that aims to redefine what's socially acceptable, with great acting and even a dash of sci-fi. (I'm a Michael Shannon fan from his Boardwalk Empire days. Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins do a fine job as well.)
I saw a tweet earlier today about Judge Dredd, and it reminded me of a lot of great sci fi that I've seen that hasn't been a Disney property or epic blockbuster. Ex Machina is a great example of a recent film that falls into this category.