Always (1989, dir. Steven Spielberg)

A dead pilot returns to allow his former partner to move on with her life. A patchy and sentimental piece (remaking 1943’s A Guy Named Joe), happier in its flying, comic and firefighting action sequences than with the emotional scenes; some pleasures to be had, tho.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999, dir. Gil Junger)

US high-school revisioning of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Effective and funny throughout with just enough Bard to justify its existence, and a slew of breakout performances, though most credit goes to the sublime Larry Miller as an overprotective dad.

Flirting With Love (AKA Loitering With Intent) (2014, dir. Adam Rapp)

Two wannabe screenwriters try to get their heads together in the countryside. Shambling indie comedy-drama which doesn’t really go anywhere  – which is kinda the point – though is at least mercifully brief.

Mr Right (2015, dir. Pabo Cabezas)

A young woman falls for a hitman trying to redeem himself. Kooky black comedy which hits pretty much all the right notes in delivering on action, jokes, romance, and some surprising moments. Great performances and fine dancing. Recommended.

Armageddon (1998, dir. Michael Bay)

A crack team of misfit oil drillers is sent into space to blow up an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Bombastic basic training/mission action flick with some comic moments and all of the director’s penchant for wearying excess when unrestrained.

Colossal (2016, dir. Nacho Vigalondo)

A woman returns home after a breakup and finds she can control a monster. Splendidly quirky black comedy about alcoholism, obsession, and childhood friendships. Oh, and kaiju. Well worth your time.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, dir. David Fincher)

A man’s life runs backwards, from old age to being newborn. Button is overlong, meandering, episodic, and sometimes overly in service to its impressive VFX, but it’s nevertheless an effective though melancholy audience-pleasing tearjerker