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The Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise, all trussed up in robo-exoskeleton, plays havoc with quantum theory as a future soldier who can die and be resurrected via a fancy fandangle the film-makers are calling a "time loop". Doug Liman directs a script based on the Japanese young adult novel All You Need is Kill, which sees an extra-terrestrial race known as the Mimics invade earth. Emily Blunt's on hand to help Tom kick evil alien bottom.

Opens 20 May in the UK and 6 June in the Us

Transcendence

Christopher Nolan proved that brainiac sci-fi could make clever at the box office with Inception. Now his long-term cinematographer, Wally Pfister, puts his mind to directing with a similarly cerebral thriller. Johnny Depp plays Dr Will Caster, an »

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