What’s leaving Sky and NOW TV in May and June 2016?
James R | On 20, May 2016
Summer’s almost here, but before you run outside to soak up those rays, make sure you stay in to catch some of the titles about to leave Sky On Demand and NOW this month. From Star Wars’ most recent animated series to the equally underrated Edge of Tomorrow, this is your last chance to stream the following…
Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Rebels – 24th May
Sky and Disney recently signed a deal for the exclusive streaming rights to the whole of the Star Wars saga. While the movies remain available for streaming, though, the last seasons of animated series Rebels and The Clone Wars will be removed on Tuesday 24th May.
Dog Day Afternoon – 28th May
Al Pacino is on stellar form in Sidney Lumet’s classic American crime thriller that sees a hostage situation turn into a media circus – and an oddly romantic drama.
Scream 2 and 3 – 1st June
How do you follow up a post-modern horror? Give the tradition of the sequel a meta treatment too. Impressively, the laughs – and the scares – are just as potent. The third entry follows hot on Scream 2’s heels. Not a patch on Scream 4, it nonetheless proved a fun reunion for the cast three years after the previous outing, with Courteney Cox and David Arquette enjoying sending themselves up.
Beyond the Hills – Saturday 9th May
Christian Mungiu’s drama is the epitome of a film that only works when its ending arrives. The film follows two girls – Alina and Viochita – as they attempt to rebuild their friendship following Viochita’s conversion to a nun. The closeted community in which she now lives, though, are less welcoming to the outsider. What happens emerges as a scathing look at the relevance of the church in the modern age. The only catch? It takes two and a half hours to get there.
Superman Returns – 2nd June
Bryan Singer’s underrated reboot of Superman sees Kal-El return to Earth after a long time away – only to be challenged by a familiar foe… Brandon Routh delivered a starmaking turn as the pre-Henry Cavill Superman, while Kevin Spacey is having a whale of a time playing the bad guy.
Toy Story That Time Forgot – 2nd June
This delightful, witty short does the only thing you can do to make Toy Story better: add more dinosaurs.
Godzilla (2014) – 5th June
Gareth Edwards goes from tiny Monsters to the biggest one of all in this remake of Godzilla, which updates the original’s horrifying context to a less traumatic modern day – but still retains the awe and terror of a gargantuan beast laying waste to a city.
Lucy – 11th June
After an experimental drug enters her bloodstream, Lucy finds herself able to use 100% of her brain. As she discovers new powers and senses, she finds herself head-to-head with the dealers who manufactured the pill. Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller, though, doesn’t stop there, leaping into the unknown to answers questions about philosophy and our own existence. Scarlett Johansson is synoptic.
Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat – 12th June
Tom Cruise and Emily Brunt are superb in this hugely underrated sci-fi thriller, which sees a US military PR officer trapped in a never-ending loop of combat against an alien foe. Skilfully edited and charismatically performed, the title may not be very clear – is it called “Live Die Repeat” or not? – but the film knows exactly what it’s doing: having lots and lots of fun.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 16th June
Hiccup and Toothless return for another animated adventure, which sees the young Viking face the prospect of one day taking over from his dad as chief of the tribe, as well as the threat of an alpha dragon master with his own flame-breathing army. Loyalty, parenthood and kick-ass flying sequences combine to make a mature and moving family story. Who said sequels had to be rubbish?
Other films leaving NOW soon:
Balls of Fury
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Proof of Life
The Art of the Steal
The Big Green
Ghosts of the Abyss
A Thousand Times Good Night
Curse of Chucky
Dennis The Menace
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Kill The Irishman
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
The Bone Collector
The Longest Week
The Remains of the Day
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Deep Blue Sea
By The Gun
Next Goal Wins
Very Good Girls
Mad Hot Ballroom
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Greatest Game Ever Played
Oliver & Company
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers