This month on Sky/Now TV, Neo is resurrected, a very big dog causes havoc, and a small English town is invaded by aliens. Paramount+ also makes its UK debut and if you’re a Sky Cinema subscriber, you won’t have to pay a penny for the service. Sadly, Now TV and other Sky subscribers will have to pay the £6.99 fee on top of their other subscription charges. There are no confirmed dates for Paramount’s offerings just yet, but we do know that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Halo, and the movie Jerry & Marge Go Large will be making an appearance at some point close to launch.
The following are the titles that are coming to Sky/Now TV this June. These are correct at the time of writing but titles and dates are subject to change.
The Midwich Cuckoos: Season 1
Midwich is a small English town where nothing much seems to happen…until a mysterious blackout occurs and people start passing out on their feet! If this wasn’t bad enough, the female residents of this sleepy town suddenly fall pregnant and when their children arrive, they are anything but normal! This isn’t the first adaptation of John Wyndham’s 1957 novel but even if you are familiar with the story, this might still be worth a look, if only to convince you that your kids are not as badly behaved as the telepathic little urchins in this chilling series.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
A fourth movie in The Matrix franchise wasn’t really needed as the story came to a natural conclusion in the third of the original trilogy. But here we are with another instalment and while it isn’t as groundbreaking as the previous movies in the series, it’s still a fun movie that pays homage to what came before while doing something new with the narrative.
A young woman returns to her hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father only to discover somebody else has got to him first. The plot thickens from then on but this move about backwater corruption and dark family secrets isn’t a very good one according to critics. Fans of lead actress Bella Thorne might want to tune in regardless but it’s probably a no-no for anybody looking for a decent thriller.
Sadly not a remake of the classic Steven Spielberg movie Duel – it’s spelt differently for starters – this is a sci-fi action movie about a woman who has to face off against her decommissioned clone in a televised deathmatch. Karen Gillan stars in this futuristic tale that has been praised by critics for its jet black humour and clever satire.
We Own This City: Season 1
This six-part miniseries tells the story of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption that surrounded it. It’s executive produced by George Pelecanos (The Deuce) and David Simon (The Wire) so the series certainly has strong credentials and it has a cracking cast, including Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Wunmi Mosauk (Lovecraft County). Police corruption dramas are nothing new but as this has been well-received by critics, it should still be worth a watch.
Last Seen Alive (2022)
Gerard Butler stars in this thriller about a man who desperately tries to find his wife after she goes missing at a gas station. The plot is nothing new – 1997’s Breakdown is just one movie that comes to mind – but if you’re looking for a thriller with a few twists and turns and the occasional burst of action, you might still get a kick out of this one.
The Gateway (2021)
Shea Whigham stars as a social worker who tries to help a mother and daughter when the father tries to lure them into a life of crime after returning home from prison. Frank Grillo and Olivia Munn also star in this thriller but by all accounts, it isn’t a very good one.
Harvey Keitel stars in this biopic about ageing mobster Meyer Lansky who recounts his life story to a journalist (Sam Worthington). Critics have praised the movie for Keitel’s performance but that’s about it as far as commendation goes as it has been criticized for being too similar to the many mob movies we have seen before.
The Lazarus Project Season 1 (2022)
There are no reviews at the time of writing for Joe Barton’s (Girl/Haji) new thriller but the plotline – a man joins a secret organisation that has the power to turn back time whenever the world faces extinction – certainly sounds quite promising. All episodes drop at once on this date so unless somebody turns the clock back for real to an earlier time, you will be able to binge-watch this if it takes your fancy.
Last Night in Soho (2021)
Edgar Wright’s time-bending thriller about Eloise, an aspiring young fashion designer who finds herself transported back in time to 1960s London is a very good one and is well worth a watch if you haven’t yet seen it. Thomasin McKenzie stars as the woman at the heart of this baffling tale and Anya Taylor-Joy also stars as the 60s glamour girl whose life Eloise finds herself caught up in.
White Elephant (2022)
Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Olga Kurylenko star in this thriller about an ex-marine enforcer who has to battle his code of honour when he starts to take on work for the mob. There are no reviews for this at the time of writing but if it’s anything like the other movies Willis recently starred in before his forced retirement, you shouldn’t expect very much from this one.
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the eccentric British artist whose surreal cat paintings at the end of the 1900s transformed the public’s perception of these feline animals forever. This is a charming and sweet film and is a guaranteed must-watch if you’re a cat lover. But as is so often the case in movies about artistic geniuses, there is an undercurrent of sadness, so you can expect a few tears as the story progresses.
Young Rock: Season 2 (Sky Comedy)
Before Dwyane Johnson became a superstar wrestler he was known as Pebble and he spent his days playing on the beach with his best friends Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick the Starfish. I’m joking of course but if you ever wanted to know what Dwayne was really like when he was a kid, this comedy series based on his life will fill you in on some of the details.
Clifford: The Big Red Dog (2021)
Thankfully, this isn’t as bad as that other big dog movie, Marmaduke, the dog-awful mess that debuted on Netflix earlier this year. Instead, it’s a mostly enjoyable live-action adaptation of the children’s book series of the same name. Jack Whitehall tries out his American accent again as the uncle to young Emily Elizabeth, the girl whose love for her puppy makes it grow to an enormous size. John Cleese and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) also star in this big-hearted movie.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
If you’re a fan of the Resident Evil game series, you will be pleased to know that is a more faithful take on the games than Paul W.S. Anderson’s terrible movie franchise. Scenes from the games are faithfully recreated so you will have fun spotting the many references to the first two Resident Evil videogame titles. If you’re not a gamer, you probably won’t share the same appreciation for the movie as it’s the usual zombie fare you have seen before. Still, it’s not as bad as some of the movies in this well-worn genre so you might still gain some enjoyment from it.
The Survivor (2021)
Ben Foster stars in Barry Levinson’s true-life drama about Harry Hall, the Auschwitz survivor who was made to take part in boxing matches with his peers at the concentration camp where he was forced to reside. Foster gives a terrific performance in this well-made movie and while it’s sometimes heartbreaking to watch, it is still a story that offers hope, despite the darkness of the Holocaust setting.
Westworld: Season 4
We don’t know much about the fourth season of this futuristic sci-fi drama but despite the promise of a ‘perfect day’ in the Season 4 trailer, it is unlikely that life will be easy-going for the humans or the A.I. beings at the core of this Emmy-winning series.
Girls5eva: Season 2
The Real War of Thrones
The Toolbox Killer
Scouting For Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret
Bomber: Terror of WWII
Charles Hazlewood: Reinventing the Orchestra
The Good Doctor: Season 5 – Part 2
The Smile: Forget Everything You Knew
Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story
Hotspots: The Last Hope
The Real Manhunter: Season 2
The Isle of Wight Festival
Blue Bloods: Season 7