Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018, dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

Ethan Hunt and his team battle a nuclear conspiracy involving followers of Solomon Lane. Splendid series continuation from Part 5, with hugely-impressive stuntwork and the usual emphasis on twists and double-crosses. Recommended.

The Meg (2018, dir. Jon Turteltaub)

A deep-sea research team unearths a giant breed of prehistoric sharks. Fun though patchy aquatic action-adventure, saddled with an inconsistent script and the overbearing hand of producers, but delivering some monster fun nevertheless.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018, dir. J. A. Bayona)

A mission to rescue dinosaurs from Isla Nublar turns out to be a double-cross. Awkward sequel which doesn’t make a lick of sense, being a string of chase and rescue set-pieces stitched together; the third act is the best, with a horror movie feel to it.

The Equalizer 2 (2018, dir. Antoine Fuqua)

McCall vows to take revenge on the rogue CIA element who killed his friend. Clunky sequel that struggles to find meaningful things for its protagonist to do. One of those series entries that has to invent new backstory to make its plot-points stick. Kinda disappointing.

The First Purge (2018, dir. Gerard McMurray)

Staten Island is chosen as a Purge trial zone; residents have to fight to survive the night. Effective prequel (and fourth in the series), upping the social commentary and overtly satiric elements while drawing also on blaxploitation and action/horror tropes. Perhaps the best in the series yet.

BlacKkKlansman (2018, dir. Spike Lee)

A black policeman goes undercover to investigate the Klan. Hugely impressive true story, expertly linking the early 70s with the contemporary USA. Highly recommended, with great playing from its leads.