The Nun (2018, dir. Corin Hardy)

A priest and a novice nun investigate an ancient evil linked to a convent. Daft sidequel to The Conjuring, following from a plot thread in the second movie. Good-looking in places, but po-faced and reliant on jumpscares over much in the way of narrative logic. For series completists only.

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Leprechaun Returns (2018, dir. Steven Kostanski)

The building of a remote sorority house disturbs an ancient evil. OK sequel that ties directly back to the first in the long-running series. Plenty of kills, some splattery gore, and a couple of reasonable gags, even if there’s little here for series newbies.

The Kid (2019, dir. Vincent D’Onofrio)

A brother and sister, on the run from their vengeful uncle, cross paths with both Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. Deliberately-paced Western focusing on character playing, landscape, and on actorly performances as much as on its narrative approach to an oft-told bit of genre history.

All The Devil’s Men (2018, dir. Matthew Hope)

A manhunt for a rogue CIA operative. Utterly rote action flick that aspires for grittiness, but is hampered by a clunky script more focused on working around a meagre budget than on being inspired into creativity by it, and by a po-faced lead performance. A guesting Bill Fichtner enlivens things early on.

Willow (1988, dir. Ron Howard)

An apprentice sorcerer has to protect a prophecied infant saviour from an evil witch. A patchy grab-bag of fantasy tropes enlivened by some spirited playing, a keen visual sense, and some then-groundbreaking effects work. No classic, but OK for undemanding genre fans.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019, dir. Martin Scorsese)

A quasi-documentary (archive footage, plus new interviews and other – fabricated –  material) about Bob Dylan’s 75-76 US tour. Splendid and slippery attempt to capture/deconstruct a party on wheels masterminded by a playful set of hosts: Dylan, then Scorsese.