My Sky + … Movies in April

April is gangbusters month on Sky Movies with an invasion of war movies in HD, ranging from classics (The Dambusters, Battle of the Bulge, Black Hawk Down) to also-rans (Hart’s War, Windtalkers, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) to the Australian documentary The Charge of the Anzacs.

Black Hawk Down, which has had numerous HD screenings on Sky and network TV, has been relicensed for a Movies Greats season but this will be our first chance to see The Dambusters in HD, even though it was released on Blu-ray nearly five years ago in the UK.

Battle of the Bulge, which has been out on Blu-ray in the US since 2007 —  “looks far better than any film from 1965 has a right to” — also languishes for a local release.

Next month’s also notable for two mini-series premieres: The Driver (two parts) and Sons of Liberty (three parts).

The former, a thriller about a taxi driver working for a Manchester gang that The Guardian called “bitterly realistic, aired two years ago in the UK and the latter, a History Channel Revolutionary War dramatisation, in January in the US.

Liberty’s reviews were solid. Purists carped about its historical liberties but as the San Francisco Chronicle observed: “If you want a history lesson, stay in school. Otherwise, there are enough facts in Sons of Liberty to add some ballast to a ripping good saga.”

Other Sky Movies highlights in April include the HD premieres of X-Men: Days of Future PastPredestination and Edge of Tomorrow.

Screening in order of their appearance are:

MOVIES PREMIERE

  • Draft Day
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • The Butterfly Room
  • Sex Tape
  • Wild Card
  • Predestination
  • Roadside
  • Knights of Badassdom
  • Divergent
  • 2nd Serve
  • The Reckoning
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Joy Ride 3: Road Kill
  • The Wedding Bros.

MOVIES EXTRA

  • The Driver
  • Authors Anonymous
  • The Boy Who Smells Like Fish
  • House of Versace
  • A Short History of Decay
  • The Longest Week
  • He’s Way More Famous Than You
  • Somewhere Slow
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Louder Than Words
  • Sons of Liberty

MOVIES GREATS

  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Night at the Museum
  • Gladiator
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Kinky Boots
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • The Host
  • He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Old School
  • Your Highness
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

MOVIES CLASSICS

  • The Charge of the Anzacs
  • Hart’s War
  • The Dam Busters
  • Windtalkers
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • Prince of the City

MOVIES ACTION

  • The 13th Warrior
  • Joker
  • The Liquidator
  • The Sanctuary
  • 24 Hours
  • Beyond Justice
  • Guardian
  • Brick Mansion
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Checkmate
  • Decommissioned
  • Deadtime
  • Contract Killers
  • American Justice
  • Mercenary: Absolution.
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