Independence Day (1996, dir. Roland Emmerich)

Aliens invade 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.

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.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989, dir. Steven Spielberg)

Jones goes in search of his lost father, and the Holy Grail. The third Jones adventure is a sparkling comedy with heaps of good set-pieces and a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Some iffy early CG and plotting aside, this is rip-roaring stuff, though the lightest in the series.

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.

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.

¡Three Amigos! (1986, dir. John Landis)

Three silent movie actors are hired as gunmen to defeat a Mexican bandit. Inevitably patchy, but with moments of genius and genuine heart, this early Hollywood/Seven Samurai spoof passes the time admirably and is generous to its large cast.

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.