The Day of the Jackal (1973, dir. Fred Zinnemann)

1963. An international hitman is hired to assassinate Charles de Gaulle; a manhunt ensues. A meticulous and clinical film, almost documentary in its approach, which expertly captures Рand in some areas improves on Рthe bestseller its based upon. Highly recommended.

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.

Ben-Hur (2016, dir. Timur Bekmambetov)

Two half-brothers fall out, ending up on different sides of a war. An intermittently spectacular version of an oft-told tale of early Christian times. Ben-Hur 2016 is old-fashioned, but none the worse for it, and there are two great set pieces.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, dir. David Fincher)

A man’s life runs backwards, from old age to being newborn. Button is overlong, meandering, episodic, and sometimes overly in service to its impressive VFX, but it’s nevertheless an effective though melancholy audience-pleasing tearjerker