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2GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

(2014) ★★★★

Sky Movies Greats: Sunday 19 April, 10.35am and 8pm
(see below for other showings)

The Marvel Avengers are assembling again and already it’s hard to see the virtues of Ultron through the hype. The global fanboy hysteria can be wearing. Which is why a left-field glitch like Guardians of the Galaxy is so refreshing. A comical galaxy quest in the company of space scavenger Chris Pratt and his motley crew of losers, it’s a giant step away from Marvel’s usual costume hero fare (Green Lantern anyone… anyone?). Credit writer-director James Gunn, reuniting with his blue-meanie Slither star Michael Rooker, for a romp that refuses to take any of this stuff seriously. Glenn Close is in Mars Attacks! mode (with a madder hair-do) and Avatar gal Zoe Saldana is now green (at least there’s no tail this time). Quite the light show, although the extravagant eye candy doesn’t deflect from the facetious tone. It’s a likeable bit of nonsense that makes Jupiter Ascending look like a bad joke. It gets a bit Cloud Atlas crazy at the end but it’s a lot of fun getting there. The real star of the show is Bradley Cooper’s cocky raccoon Rocket. The Beatles should have written a song about him. Incidentally, Age of Ultron isn’t even the half of it. The already commissioned Avengers’ Infinity War is being split into two parts. Hollywood really should break this bad hobbit.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 121min

Channel Name Start Time
Sky Movies Greats Friday, 24 April at 14:30:00
Sky Movies Greats Friday, 24 April at 23:20:00
Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Monday, 27 April at 15:00:00
Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Monday, 27 April at 21:00:00
Sky Movies Showcase Thursday, 27 April at 16:10:00
Sky Movies Showcase Thursday, 27 April at 22:20:00

1Edge of Tomorrow

(2014) ★★★★

Sky Movies Greats: Tuesday 21 April, 1.40pm and 10.50pm
(see below for other showings)

Since starring in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report in 2002, Tom Cruise has had the happy knack of choosing quality sci-fi action projects. So, nothing by L. Ron Hubbard, then. After a few years accepting impossible missions and other odd jobs, Cruise followed Spielberg’s stunning War of the Worlds remake with the beautifully bleak Oblivion and the supersized chunk of high-grade pulp that is Edge of Tomorrow. In a canny bit of switch-casting, Cruise is not a soldier but a uniformed desk-jockey. The problem for the cowardly Major Tom is that he’s ordered to the front line in the world’s war against alien invaders. Now he’s trapped with Emily Blunt in a timeloop which always ends badly. Because an enemy that knows the future can’t lose. Making a quantum leap forwards from his feeble-minded fantasy Jumper, director Doug Liman has found his way back to the nimble stylist who made Go and The Bourne Identity. With impressive FX work and scarily chaotic combat scenes, this is a thrilling and surprisingly funny action spectacular assembled with verve and precision. It’s far superior
to Source Code. And to dismiss it glibly as ‘Groundhog Day with aliens’ is to seriously underestimate its cinematic skill and invention.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 114

Other Showings Date & Time
Sky Movies Action/Adventure Friday, 24 April at 12:10
Sky Movies Action/Adventure Friday, 24 April at 20:00
Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Thursday, 30 April at 13:30
Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Thursday, 30 April at 21:00