Casablanca (1942, dir. Michael Curtiz)

A US expat nightclub owner has his neutrality threatened in wartime Morocco when confronted by his ex-lover. Splendid wartime romance/film noir/political allegory balancing cynicism, comedy and menace in equal measure. Loads of fun.

Street Kings (2008, dir. David Ayer)

An alcoholic LA detective with a reputation for violence comes under scrutiny from internal affairs. Generally solid double-cross-tastic bad cop-worse cop rough-and tumble that teeters on the brink of melodrama, but just about holds it together.

Maniac Cop (1988, dir. William Lustig)

A kill-happy cop returns from the dead to get revenge on the NYPD. Patchy late entry in the slasher cycle, this has some of the quirkiness of writer/producer Larry Cohen’s best work, but is let down in places by flat performances and unimaginative direction.

Pet Semetery (2019, Dir. Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer)

A family discover a mysterious burial ground with hidden powers of reanimation. A well adapted movie which ably captures the horrific nastiness from the novel and plays nothing for laughs. Grim enough for a classic ‘bleak-end’ and worth your time!

The Medusa Touch (1978, Dir. Jack Gold)

A clever late 70s psychological thriller about a man convinced he can cause deaths and disasters.

A clever late 70s psychological thriller about a man convinced he can cause deaths and disasters. With a chilling central performance from Richard Burton that adds real weight to the film, this remains a great film with some startling visual effects for the time.