We take a look at what’s available now and throughout the rest of November on Sky Movies Premiere and on demand.
A small and frighteningly talented cast is brought together for the directing debut of Alex Garland, screenwriter of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. In Ex Machina, Domhnall Gleeson’s programmer, Caleb, wins a week’s visit to the secluded home of his company’s CEO, Nathan, played by the ever-impressive Oscar Issac.
Upon arriving, Caleb finds out that he is there to participate in an experiment involving the world’s most advanced example of artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander).
Once Caleb begins interacting with Ava a bond inevitably forms, and he soon starts to question Nathan’s morals and motives, whilst also believing that Ava may genuinely need his help to escape.
It’s an excellent slice of sci-fi, which survives on a surprisingly small budget. The questions raised in the movie, as well as its overall execution, make it an enjoyable and thought-provoking watch.
Ex Machina is a available to watch now with Sky Movies.
Inherent Vice is the cinematic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. In what can only be described as a drug-induced crime comedy-drama, Joaquin Phoenix plays private investigator and committed dope fiend Larry “Doc’ Sportello, who is hired by his ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth.
She believes that her current lover and wealthy real estate developer, Mickey Wolfmann, is in danger of being abducted and sent to an insane asylum by his wife and her lover, and she wants Doc to help her stop this from happening.
Doc is also hired to find a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who owes money to one of the Black Guerrilla Family, and he is further hired by a former heroin addict who wants to find her husband.
The plot of Inherent Vice weaves out of control and becomes ridiculously complicated, but that is part of its appeal. It’s more of an experience than a movie, with some vibrant cinematography and a captivatingly daft performance from Phoenix. The cast is nothing short of stellar, with appearances and impressive turns from the likes of Josh Brolin, Katherin Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio del Toro.
It's gloriously assembled by Paul Thomas Anderson, whose eye-catching résumé includes Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master.
Inherent Vice has seen almost universal praise from critics, and you can catch it now on Sky Movies.
Fifty Shades of Grey
The long-awaited film version of the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is coming to Sky Movies. The S&M-themed novel from EL James is brought to the screen by Brit director Sam Taylor-Johnson, with The Fall’s Jamie Dornan taking on the role of Christian Grey, successful entrepreneur and bondage enthusiast.
Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia Steele, a college student who meets Grey and becomes fascinated by his sexual tastes, his fierce dominance and his shirtless upper torso. The film explores their relationship, with plenty for fans of the book to enjoy in this slick, sexy adaptation.
Fifty Shades of Grey will be available from Friday 20 November.
The directors of The Matrix return with indulgent sci-fi fantasy epic Jupiter Ascending. Mila Kunis is Jupiter Jones, a cleaner unaware that she is destined for greatness until Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum, tracks her down and saves her from a precarious scenario.
As the unknowing heir to an intergalactic dynasty, she is seen as a threat by three squabbling siblings, and her life is in danger unless she embraces her real heritage and her future beyond Earth.
The Wachowskis bring their signature blend of action set pieces and dazzling effects, alongside enjoyable, campy efforts from Tatum and Kunis.
Jupiter Ascending is available on demand from Friday 20 November, and debuts on Sky Movies Premiere on Friday 27.
Get Sky Movies – Half price for six months
If you’re looking to upgrade to Sky Movies, or get Sky Moves as part of your new subscription to Sky, then there is currently an offer of half price for 6 months.
Existing customers can add the package and get access to thousands of movies, and it’s just £8.50 extra a month, then £17 extra after the offer period. If you have Sky Sports then it’s £4.50 a month, then £6.
If you’re new to Sky, then you can save an extra £10 a month as an introductory offer on the Sky Movies Bundle. That makes it £18.50 in total each month for 6 months, then £37, and you get a free Sky+HD 2TB Box, worth up to £249, letting you record over 180 hours of standard definition TV.