The first manned mission to Mars goes awry. Straightforward SF disaster/bodycount movie with the usual nods (astronaut called Bowman etc), though more contrivances than usual. Seriously, guys, don’t take a robot with its “military” mode enabled.
A scientific expedition travels to a newly discovered Pacific island to perform geological tests, and King Kong is very unhappy to see them. With an unsubtle and wobbly man-is-the-enemy narrative, this is nonetheless fabulous entertainment. Go watch!
A Soviet cop comes to Chicago to extradite a prisoner. Dated but effective and brutal mismatched buddies thriller with comic touches, this doesn’t recapture the magic of Hill’s 48 Hrs, but makes great use of Arnie and of Chicago locations.
A covert US incursion in Afghanistan goes awry. Effective mission-gone-bad thriller which sensibly avoids close scrutiny of politics, focusing on Hawksian camaraderie and on delivering a sensational sustained action set-piece.
Classic Sci-Fi re-imagining with stunning VFX but clunky narrative. Tom Cruise plays ‘overwhelmed’ well, but the film is hindered by disjointed modernising of the plot and some stitched in, though well realised, action set pieces. Worth an Ooh laa!
An Arizona sheriff finds his old hometown involved in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Mexico. Straightforward borderlands thriller with a couple of good performances and aspirations to be No Country For Old Men, which is no bad thing.
Jack Sparrow is hunted down by an old ghostly enemy. The fifth entry in the series is tedious in the extreme, a laboured and unfunny recycling of story elements from previous episodes, with a plainly bored cast of veterans. Time to lay these bones to rest.