All week Go see sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow It’s not summer until you’ve eaten your first ice cream or Tom Cruise has saved the planet. At 51 (but looking like a man of 35), Cruise is battling a spidery race of aliens called Mimics in Doug Liman’s action sci-fi blockbuster. The film’s Groundhog Day-meets-Independence Day plot is actually pretty genius. Cruise is Bill Cage, the army’s top PR guy – a total coward with a salesman’s smile. After winding up the wrong general, Cage finds himself demoted and on the frontline, where he’s killed in two minutes flat. But (and here is where it gets Groundhoggy) he wakes up in a loop, forced to fight the same battle over and over again. Each day, it takes a little bit longer to die, and Cage teams up with the army’s toughest fighter, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).
Liman directed The Bourne Identity and goes for gun-metal realism here too. As for Cruise, he’s on to a winner for approximately half the film. In coward mode it almost looks like he’s taking the mick out of Tom Cruise, action hero. He sweats and squeaks, looking petrified. Then he starts with the search-for-the-hero-inside-yourself routine and goes on to autopilot like he’s barely got a thought in his head.
Thursday 5 Groove away at Casa Latina This indie shindig weighs in with its last party of the year. Expect a beguilingly diverse range of tunes – punk, indie, electro, a thoroughly relaxed vibe and, er, the night’s now-trademark blow-up animals. Guest DJs this month include The Egyptian and The Lemon. Really. Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha www.facebook.com/thebadhouseparty.
Thursday 5 The last cheese supper at Certo Italian restaurant Certo’s cheese promotion, serving a menu that includes as many as 15 Italian varieties, ends today. Prices vary. Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Until June 5. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Any day The Beach waterpark Cool down at The Beach waterpark, an inflatable playground on the sea. There are slides, trampolines, ramps and even an ice tower. Dhs50 per hour per child, Dhs60 per hour per adult or Dhs195 day pass for kids and adults. Daily 10am-7pm. Ongoing. The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number).
Friday 6 Buy stuff in the dark, sort of Dubai Flea Market continues outdoors for the summer, with a new evening time slot. The market area will be close to the exhibitor gate entrance between Gate 4 and 5 so you don’t have to walk far. Dhs3 entry. 7pm-11pm. Gate 4, Safa Park (055 452 6030).
Friday 6 See Jamie Jones at Blue Marlin Following a cancelled gig earlier this year, the founder of trendsetting imprint Hot Creations this summer session represents one of the last big beach bashes of the season. Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).
Friday 6 Last chance to join the party Mexican restaurant Fuego’s week of first anniversary celebrations and promotional deals comes to a close this weekend. Prices vary. Noon-1am. Until June 7. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 449 0977).
Saturday 7 FIFA World Cup 2014 inspired offer from The Nail Spa As well as football-inspired nail art (Dhs20 per nail), ladies can enjoy Brazilian World Cup-inspired packages while their other halves are glued to the telly. The ‘first half’ package includes a classic mani and half Brazilian wax (Dhs149 for 80 minutes), while the ‘second half’ package includes a classic mani and full Brazilian wax (Dhs175 for 95 minutes). The Nail Spa, various locations including The Lakes, Emirates Hills (6005 44001).
Saturday 7 Row your boat on the Palm Beat the heat and discover coastal rowing in sea-faring boats that are easy to row. Dhs200 per hour, Dhs700 per quarter. Daily. 5am-8pm. Ongoing. Monty’s Rowing School, Riva Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah, www.montysrowingschool.com (050 738 0910).
Saturday 7 Watch a Greek comedy Babades With Chantilly is about families and money. It will be performed in Greek by Dubai’s Hellenic community actors. Dhs100. 4.30pm, 8pm, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).