25 best movie CGI effects ever

From liquid metal killer robots to the very first CG animal, we take a look at some of the best eye-massaging visuals from the gates of Tinseltown recently visited visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic to find out how they conjure up virtual worlds on the silver screen – you can check out the full feature in the October issue of Stuff magazine, out now. Fired up with enthusiasm, we've decided to bring you the best computer generated visuals seen in movies. Note: we haven't included full-length CGI animated features like Toy Story and WALL-E in the list. So without further ado, the 25 best movie CGI effects ever:

District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Neill Blomkamp’s ET “invasion” movie didn’t move the CGI cheddar, but it did supply photorealistic exoskeletal aliens on a a shoestring budget of US$30m. The (non-special) effect was to open the SFX door to bedroom filmmakers, paving the way for Gareth Edwards’ Monsters (2010, shot for US$500,000) and Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block (2011, £9m).