Ghostbusters II (1989, dir. Ivan Reitman)

The Ghostbusters have to reunite to battle another supernatural threat to New York. As much a remake of the 1984 original as a sequel, this passable reprise lacks the first film’s freshness, but has a few good lines and performances nevertheless.

Spacewalker [AKA The Age of Pioneers] (2017, dir. Dmitriy Kiselev)

An account of the first Earth orbit with a spacewalk, the 1965 Voskhod 2 mission with Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyayev. Excellent true-life drama; a counterpart to The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 in its mix of mythic modern heroism and actual space danger. Recommended.

Shin Godzilla [AKA Godzilla: Resurgence] (2016, dir. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi)

A giant creature invades Tokyo. Effective reboot of the long-running monster movie franchise. Godzilla 2016 draws on contemporary concerns, offering a satire of governmental bureaucracy alongside good-looking man v monster mayhem.

The Seven-Ups (1973, dir. Philip D’Antoni)

An elite cop squad comes up against a kidnapping crew targeting underworld figures. Effective thriller drawing on some of the same material as The French Connection; great wintry New York location work and a fine car chase too.

The Lady In The Van (2015, dir. Nicholas Hytner)

A writer finds he has no option but to allow an old lady to live in a van in his drive. Charming and semi-fantastical comedy-drama which makes much of its strong lead performances, and offers some neat asides about writing and processes of adaptation along the way.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi [AKA Episode VIII: The Last Jedi] (2017, dir. Rian Johnson)

The last remnants of the rebellion flee the First Order. Superior eighth instalment of the space opera, daring to ring a few changes on the template re-established by its predecessors while bringing new characters further to the fore.

Other opinions? Here’s Lemonsquirtle’s, and here’s Xussia’s.

 

The Ritual (2017, David Bruckner)

Four friends on a camping holiday in memory of their murdered friend take a short cut through a forest. Well-sustained Scandinavian backwoods horror (from the Adam Nevill novel) with some emotional depth and an intriguing mythology.

Mindhorn (2016, dir. Sean Foley)

A failed actor gets a chance to reprise his greatest character in the solving of a murder. Patchy comedy with some lovely moments and depth in detail, game performances, touristy Isle of Man locations, but an inconsistent script.