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.

The Hollow One [AKA The Darker Path] (2015, dir. Nathan Hendrickson)

A mother’s secret identity may be mixed up with an ancient artefact. Oddball SF/horror that tries to do zombie movie, family secret flick, and an existentialist SF movie all in one. The whole thing collapses under its awkwardness, tho it gains a point for daft ambition.

Ninja Assassin (2009, dir. James McTeigue)

An international police agency investigation uncovers the existence of a secret society of ninjas. Clumsy backstory and some awkward plotting aside, this is enjoyable and well-directed action fluff, with gonzo fight scenes galore and much spectacular CG-augmented gore.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017, dir. David Soren)

Based on the books by Dav Pilkey, this is a fun big screen debut for the eponymous captain. Superbly animated and never less than entertaining, there is much fun to be had here, even if it is based on a series of jokes about bodily functions. Parp.