Octopussy (1983, dir. John Glen)

Bond battles a rogue Soviet general intent on starting a nuclear war. Lacking the restraint of predecessor For Your Eyes Only, this is lesser Bond, with an eye as much on laughs as on thrills or plausibility. Louis Jourdan, though, makes for an elegant adversary.

I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016, dir. Billy O’Brien)

An isolated teen is caught in a series of murders in a small town. Initially slow-moving, this dark horror piece gathers momentum as it proceeds, ending in places quite distant from its beginning. Christopher Lloyd puts in a lovely supporting performance.

XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2016, dir. DJ Caruso)

Cage is re-recruited to find a satellite-crashing McGuffin. Self-aware but still dumb-as-rocks threequel, tooled after the latter Fast and Furious flicks in its teenage lad-friendly collision of heists, chases, and bikinis. Toni Collette camps it up in support.

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Nocturnal Animals (2016, dir. Tom Ford)

A woman reads her former husband’s novel. Good-looking though bleak slow-burn thriller intercutting between a novel and its reading; the fiction within the film is more interesting than the frame narrative, though. Michael Shannon superb in support.

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Phantasm (1979, dir. Don Coscarelli)

A funeral home turns out to be a portal to another dimension. Hugely enjoyable horror/fantasy with elements of Argento and its own distinctive dream logic. Defiantly odd, and with moments of genuine weirdness, plus effective scares.