Close (2019, dir. Vicky Jewson)

A bodyguard is assigned to protect the wayward daughter of an embattled corporate executive. Smart, tight little thriller with a focus on relationships as well as on low-key but still effective action, marking out the director as one to watch.

The Predator (2018, dir. Shane Black)

A special forces sniper has his son targeted by extraterrestrials. Odd belated series continuation with some awkward and distasteful ideas and no sense of clarity about its reason to exist. Some neat moments and in-jokes, but this is a disappointing and contrived mess nevertheless.

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Mile 22 (2018, dir. Peter Berg)

An elite anti-terrorist squad battles to get an asset across a hostile city. Clunky actioner mistaking thuggishness for badassdom; unlikeable characters don’t help, and the wasting of Uko Iwais is nigh unforgivable. Fourth and least of the Berg/Wahlberg flicks to date.

The Last Days [AKA Los Ultimas Dias](2014, dir. David Pastor & Alex Pastor)

After an apocalyptic event, two mismatched co-workers battle across Barcelona’s tunnel system to find their families. Deft and imaginative thriller, with an emphasis on character and humanity as much as on action. Plenty of good stuff to be found here. Recommended.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996, dir. Jonathan Frakes)

Picard and crew time-travel to mid-21st century Earth to ensure the Borg do not disrupt human space development. Action-centric first full feature for the Next Generation crew; this series continuation does a lot of stuff right, though there’s a lot of fan-service here.