Dunkirk (2017, dir: Christopher Nolan)

Cementing Nolan as one of the best directors working today, this is an incredible film. Surprisingly lean, this is still powerful stuff. Entirely lacking in sentiment, the depiction of the Dunkirk escape is both terrifying and unbearable. Amazing stuff.

Want some more takes: here’s Eamonn’s and Xussia’s reviews.

Get Santa (2013, dir. Christopher Smith)

An ex-con has to restore his relationship with his son by rescuing Santa and Christmas. Modest but quirky Brit festive flick which goes for the usual emotional gubbins but scores with some appealing casting, and decent poo and fart jokes.

The Terminal (2004, dir. Steven Spielberg)

After a bureaucratic foul-up leaves him stateless, a man is forced to live in an airport terminal. Well-directed comedy-drama which starts brilliantly and then gets bogged down in sub-plots and a shift from existential malaise to schmaltz.

What We Do In The Shadows (2014, dir. Taika Waititi)

A documentary crew follows a band of New Zealand vampires over several months. The mock-doc format is the weakest element here, but this is a funny and inventive flick made with real affection and a sense of depth in the characterisations. Recommended.

Wall-E (2008, dir. Andrew Stanton)

A beat-up robot falls in love with a sleek new model. Superior SF comedy/romance from Pixar; the last hour is knockabout fun with an environmental/healthy living message, but the first 30 minutes is a sublime silent (apart from music from Hello, Dolly! of all things) movie of its own.