Cargo (2018, dir. Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling)

A race against time to get a baby to safety following her father’s zombie virus infection. Quirky z-movie, both effective in places and slightly undone by its episodic nature. Good performances and a keen sense of place anchor the drama.

Titanic II (2010, dir. Shane Van Dyke)

A centenary cruise commemorating the first voyage of a new Titanic suffers a similar fate. Typically tatty mockbuster from The Asylum featuring inadequate CG, a slumming character actor (hi, Bruce Davison), and a variable approach to science. Not even fun if watched as camp.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017, dir. S. Craig Zahler)

A mechanic turned drug mule has to battle the prison system to save his pregnant wife from the dealers he owes. Slow-paced but inexorable, this crime drama/horror mash-up isn’t for everyone, but is both brilliant and brutal if you can go with it.

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.

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.