Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017, dir. Luc Besson)

Two elite agents work to uncover a dark secret at the heart of a gigantic space station. Clunkily-scripted and unevenly-acted but undeniably spectacular and well-designed SF fantasy; a $200m auteur piece, for good or ill, and all the better for its distinctiveness.

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The Fifth Element (1997, dir. Luc Besson)

A New York cabbie teams up with an alien to save the planet from invaders. A delirious delight, The Fifth Element isn’t for everyone, but its over-the-top camp and stunning design work makes it an ideal double bill with Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon.