Seven Space Movies That Are Out Of This World

We have lift-off! This week sees Discovery Channel dedicating an entire seven day’s programming to the great beyond, as Space Week takes over Virgin TV 219. So we thought, why let the fun stop there?! We’ve flicked on the afterburners and rushed to gather a bunch of the best space-based movies around, so that you can get extra extra-terrestrial…

Spectacular Space Movies


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If you’ve ever felt a little bit lonely, then spare a thought for this poor bloke, abandoned on Mars and left to fend for himself! Matt Damon is predictably engrossing as the leading man, with an impressive cast of – presumably very guilty! – mates trying to bring him home in a film that is exquisitely crafted, with some sparkling humour thrown in for good measure!






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Steven Spielberg’s own imaginary childhood friend was the inspiration for a creature you can’t help but love, an alien trapped on earth who just wants to get home. An evergreen story of friendship, it has few equals when it comes to raw emotion, and nearly 40 years later remains one of the finest family films ever committed to celluloid.







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Hans is the hero of his very own outing in this spin-off from the Star Wars universe. The impertinent pilot, played by Alden Aldenreich, is front and centre in a film that’s every bit as action-packed as a summer blockbuster should be, and if you’re pining for Episode IX to arrive next year then this is the perfect thing to plug the gap!







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The sort of jaw-dropping visual spectacle that takes your breath away, Alfonso Cuaron’s nerve-wracking masterpiece is a tense and thrilling movie that will stick with you long after the credits roll. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are excellent in their roles, but it’s the vast expanse of outer space that really steals the show…







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A horror, a thriller, and a detailed drama all rolled into one fascinating package, Ridley Scott’s 1979 stunner is regarded a seminal piece of work; indeed, one look at the sequels, the recent prequel series beginning with Prometheus (all available to rent on Virgin Movies) or the most recent Covenant (now showing on Sky Cinema) tells you what an impact it had on film history!







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It was made in the sixties, and set in the noughties – yet somehow Stanley Kubrick’s work remains light years ahead of any imitations! Epic in every way possible, it’s a veritable feast for the senses, and revolves around a story that’s only grown more poignant and powerful with time.






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Planet-hoppers of the very highest order, the inter-galactic gang need to be on their toes like never before when the evil Thanos starts eyeing up Infinity Stones. The comic-book cracker is just about the biggest movie hit of this year, and features an ending that needs to be seen to be believed; super-sized cinema at its very best!





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