Alien (1979, dir. Ridley Scott)

A commercial space vehicle answers a distress call. Perhaps showing its age in some of its choices, nevertheless Alien is a storming piece of cinema, is outstandingly designed, directed and acted, and remains both relevant and influential 40 years on. A classic.

Desierto (2015, dir. Jonas Cuaron)

A group of Mexican illegal migrants crossing into the US are hunted by a self-appointed border official. Stark body-count thriller which makes full existentialist use of its arid landscapes, slim plot, and light characterisation.