Science fiction movies have never been bigger business.

2017 is going to be one of the biggest ever years for the genre. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Alien Covenant were critical and commercial hits and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049 and the ambitious space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets still to come.

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Ahead of the summer of release of Valerian at cinemas, here are five more intergalactic sci-fi smashes to check out on BT TV Store right now.

1. Ghost in the Shell – Available to buy now from BT TV Store and rent from August 7th

Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson leads this science fiction action film set in a futuristic world where the lines between humankind and robots are rapidly merging into one. Scarlett plays Major, the first human to be cyber-enhanced to be the perfect soldier.

Told that she was saved from a horrible accident and turned into a super-soldier, Major is shocked to discover that this is a massive lie and that her identity has been stolen. Visually stunning, Ghost in the Shell is based on the cult manga series written and illustrated by Masamune.

2. Life – Available to buy and rent now on BT TV Store

Life

Life is an intense sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, Life is an Alien-esque space thriller, with an incredible cast and mesmerising, unnerving plot.

3. Star Trek Beyond – Available to buy now on BT TV Store

Star Trek Beyond

The latest instalment in the rebooted Star Trek film series comes from British comic Simon Pegg, who teamed up with director Justin Lin on this action-packed adventure.

Featuring Idris Elba as the latest villain for the Enterprise and Captain Kirk to battle, Beyond is a powerhouse film that raised the bar yet again for the new era of Star Trek movies.

4. Arrival – Available to buy and rent now on BT TV Store

Arrival

A Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, this sophisticated sci-fi film from director Denis Villeneuve, includes career best performances from Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

The story of linguistics and physics specialists brought in to assist the US government with extra-terrestrial spacecraft packs in plenty of twists, heart and is a mesmerising and moving watch.

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5. Wall-E – Available to buy and rent now on BT TV Store

Wall-E

One of Pixar’s greatest ever films, the animation giant’s step into sci-fi is an emotional and powerful experience.

WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) lives alone on planet Earth as the last robot. He’s been there 700 years and he’s developed a personality and feelings – and he’s now more than a little lonely. But when he suddenly sees EVE, a probe sent to Earth on a scanning mission, he decides to follow her across the galaxy in the hope of a new, more exciting life.

WALL-E wasn’t just a huge commercial hit when it was released back in 2008, many prestigious film reviewers also ranked it as one of the best films that year.

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To buy or rent these films and more, press the BT Player button on your remote control, scroll across to Film and browse now. Alternatively, press the blue button to search for the film you want.