Arachnophobia (1990, dir. Frank Marshall)

A spider-phobic doctor’s home is the centre of a killer arachnid invasion. Hugely enjoyable comic horror flick, expertly playing as a family-friendly and icky jump-fest. Lots of fun; a rare example of a lightweight genre move which works with all audiences. Recommended.

Frost/Nixon (2008, dir. Ron Howard)

Peter Morgan’s adaptation of his own play about the 1977 David Frost/Richard Nixon TV interviews. A riveting docudrama which plays like a thriller, anchored by two standout performances in the title roles, supported ably by a strong cast. Recommended.

The Bad Batch (2017, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

After losing an arm and a leg to cannibals, a young woman patrols a prison-like wasteland. Good-looking and not without striking moments, this is nevertheless a nigh-plotless mooch around potentially-interesting territory. 80 mins of movie packed into two hours.

The Black Room (2017, dir. Rolfe Kanefsky)

A couple move into a house already occupied by an incubus summoned by occultists. Tawdry haunted house flick more interested in softcore satanism than in horror scares. The eagle-eyed will spot Al Jourgensen and (Crazy World of) Arthur Brown among the bit players.

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982, dir. Ken Finkleman)

A mad bomber and a faulty computer threaten the first passenger Space Shuttle flight. Cash-in sequel to the far superior Airplane! with most of the same cast and jokes. A couple of great sight-gags aside, this is a shoddy money-grab.