The Darkness (2016, dir. Greg McLean)

A dysfunctional family comes under attack from ancient demons. Standard Blumhouse jump-scare oooga-booga with a clear debt to Poltergeist, though enlivened by a strong cast (Bacon, Mitchell, Reiser) and confident direction from Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean.

Imperium (2016, dir. Daniel Ragussis)

A nerdy FBI agent goes undercover to thwart a fascist domestic terrorism plot. Standard will-he-get-found-out scenes and some clumsy storytelling mar this otherwise proficient thriller, which takes some time to explore a spectrum of neo-Nazi subcultures.

Big Hero 6 (2014, dir. Don Hall & Chris Williams)

A boy genius – and his personal care robot – battle the supervillain who’s stolen his invention. Slick, straightforward, and gorgeous to look at, this manga-influenced Disney ‘toon is a linear but fun ride, with some effective emotional moments.

The Greasy Strangler (2016, dir. Jim Hosking)

A man starts to think his live-in disco-loving father is The Greasy Strangler. Almost too-deliberately cultish, this is nevertheless funny and weird with bags of chutzpah, deliberately lo-fi gore, plenty of WTF moments, and a clear visual sensibility.

Darling (2015, dir. Mickey Keating)

A housesitter is driven mad by her new job. Light on plot, but heavy on black and white style and with moments of jumpy weirdness, Darling is a tidy and minimalist psychological horror that makes the most of its limited resources.

The Angry Birds Movie (2016, dir. Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly)

Misfit birds have to channel their anger to rescue the eggs stolen from their village by piratical pigs. Unexpectedly superior animated comedy packing in buckets of slapstick, porky puns, and a little pathos into an engaging 90 minutes of game-based fun.