I Am Mother (2019, dir. Grant Sputore)

A girl is raised by an android in an underground bunker as part of an Earth repopulation project. Well-designed and acted SF that sustains itself for an hour, but which doesn’t have the nous to engineer a third act; ultimately frustrating, even if there are many pleasures along the way.

Triangle (2009, dir. Christopher Smith)

A single mother becomes trapped in a temporal loop on an abandoned liner. A smart little thriller that plays fair by its premise, doesn’t over-explain, and takes a rigorous approach to its plotting. A couple of genuinely nasty ideas embedded as well.

Death Trench [AKA Trench 11] (2017, dir. Leo Scherman)

In the last moments of WWI, a team go behind German lines to investigate a mysterious compound where chemical weapons may be being developed. Okay addition to the period military zombie subgenre: the 1918 setting is a bonus. The usual infighting, mad doctor, odd alliances plus marauding infested shenanigans ensue.

Look Away [AKA Behind The Glass) (2018, dir. Assaf Bernstein)

A bullied teen starts to think she has a doppelganger. Low-key and wintry chiller that cribs bits from the genre – Carrie, Damien: Omen II – though offers some pleasures of its own, not least in its Cronenbergian look and some good, if muted, performances.

Predators (2010, dir. Nimrod Antal)

A disparate collection of human killers find themselves prey in an alien game reserve. Efficient series reboot that rings enough engages initially to distinguish itself from the 1987 original, though by the end defaults to remake rather than continuation setting. The best of the sequels though.

Captain Marvel (2019, dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck)

An alien warrior works to prevent a rival species from gaining a foothold on 1995 Earth. Slow-starting but generally entertaining superhero origin flick, wisely not overdoing its nostalgic comedy; the film’s hampered somewhat by the low-stakes storyline.

Daughter of the Wolf (2019, dir. David Hackl)

A mother trackers her son’s kidnappers across a snowy wilderness. Okay DTV thriller with some decent production values but a perfunctory plot and awkward action direction. Richard Dreyfuss offers up some enjoyable supporting ham.