Outland

 
 

Our pick this week is the little-seen thriller Outland - the movie that made everyone think you explode in space! Sean Connery stars as a middle-aged Marshal trying to make good in a no-good town - and if that sounds like a western, it's because it's based on one - it's High Noon to be precise. But this one trades in its dusters for spacesuits and clay-jug whiskey for poly-dichloric euthimal. Directed by MG favorite Peter Hyams and looking like the spiritual successor to Ridley Scott's Alien, this A+ B-movie is a masterpiece of worldbuilding, and features all-time great performance from Frances Sternhagen as the grumpiest doctor in the solar system.