Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, dir. Jon Watts)

Spidey battles black marketeers selling alien weapons tech. Minor but enjoyable Avengers spinoff, with a great central performance from Tom Holland and a lot of heart, esp. in the first two acts before the CG team takes over.

Independence Day (1996, dir. Roland Emmerich)

Aliens invadeĀ Earth. Patriotic, team-oriented, and generally satisfactory War of the Worlds update which shoehorns in Wells’ ending and makes space for an ensemble cast having fun plus then-state of the art effects work. Slyly tongue-in-cheek throughout.

The Omega Man (1971, dir. Boris Sagal)

After a biowarfare apocalypse, one man survives in a standoff against the remaining infected. This second version of Matheson’s I Am Legend is very much of its time, with blaxploitation, Hammer horror and counterculture elements, plus Heston in messiah mode.

The Circle (2017, dir. James Ponsoldt)

A perfect job opportunity at a Facebook-ish company goes awry. Muted adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel that gets some things right (the casting, the production design) but fails in delivering either a propulsive narrative or in nailing the book’s ending.

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.