Two US soldiers are pinned down by a sniper. Low-key but well-sustained thriller with a straightforward premise, anchored by a couple of good performances and by direction that’s well-conceived enough not to make the piece stagey.
A space station tasked with saving the Earth from energy crisis is transported to a parallel dimension. Good-looking, well-cast, but dumb-as-rocks sidequel to Cloverfield / 10 Cloverfield Lane that steals indiscriminately (Gravity to Evil Dead II) but can’t settle in terms of tone or logic.
Although harking back to Empire, the second in the new trilogy of SW films still manages to carve out its own identity. Hamill is excellent as a grizzled Luke, and any flaws are washed away by the sheer spectacle of it all. Divisive, but still excellent.
An idealistic volunteer learns the brutality of war the hard way. Simplistic but undeniably effective Vietnam War morality play, with a soldier’s-eye perspective throughout; an excellent ensemble cast supports the drama.
Cementing Nolan as one of the best directors working today, this is an incredible film. Surprisingly lean, this is still powerful stuff. Entirely lacking in sentiment, the depiction of the Dunkirk escape is both terrifying and unbearable. Amazing stuff.
Chapter 7 in the Skywalker saga. This rebooted SF/fantasy is a calculated pleasure, riffing on no end of series themes and on the structure of the 1977 movie in particular. Slightly soulless, but a decent reintroduction to the mythos.
A bereaved father vows to get revenge on the drone operator who killed his family. Flawed (too soapy in places) but nevertheless interesting drama about the moralities of surveillance, drone usage, and private military contracting. Strong performances throughout.