Nightbreed (1990, dir. Clive Barker)

A young man is troubled by visions of monsters, and of a place called Midian. Ambitious but confusingly-told fantasy/horror hybrid with plenty going on, and lots of ideas, though not all of them well-executed enough to make for a fully-coherent movie.

Happy Death Day (2017, dir. Christopher B. Landon)

A female student has to relive the day of her murder again and again. Sprightly campus-based slasher horror-comedy, fairly unashamed in its mashup of Groundhog Day and Scream. Pretty good, within its limitations.

You Were Never Really Here (2017, dir. Lynne Ramsey)

A hitman struggling with mental health issues accepts a contract to rescue a trafficked child. Deliberate, beautiful, and cryptic, this noir drama isn’t for everyone in its mix of arthouse and genre, but is nevertheless well worth your time. Recommended.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018, dir. Wes Ball)

Thomas and friends mount a rescue mission. Third and last of the OK YA dystopian franchise. It doesn’t make much plot sense, but the action is capably handled, production design is good, and there’s a refreshing physicality to proceedings. For series fans only tho.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, dir. Chris Columbus)

Harry and friends search for a hidden part of Hogwarts. Second and perhaps the least of the Rowling adaptations, this mimics the structure of the first, though adds enough novelty to please fans, and begins to develop the series mythology.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, dir. Chris Columbus)

An orphan boy finds that he’s a famous wizard child; his education begins. The first Potter movie is a straightforward breeze through the book. Awkward early performances and under-par CG aside, this is reasonable family fun, though no classic.

Flatliners (2017, dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

Medical students investigating near-death experiences find themselves haunted. Slick though bland reprise of the 1990 original; a guesting Kiefer Sutherland is the best thing here in this half-hearted and bloodless horror full of over-age and unlikeable med students.