The Princess Bride (1987, dir. Rob Reiner)

A grandfather reads a fairy story of true love to his ill grandson. Excellent distillation of the William Goldman novel, with the right balance of thrills, jokes, well-sketched characters, and a cast that knows exactly the movie they’re in. Lots of fun throughout.

Here’s the trailer

The Unholy (2021, dir. Evan Spiliotopoulos)

A disgraced journalist stumbles across what appears to be a religious miracle. Autumnal modest adaptation of James Herbert’s novel Shrine, transplanted to New England. Fudges its approach: part investigative thriller, part jumpscare horror. One or other would have been better, though a solid cast does what it can.

Here’s the trailer.

Black Christmas (2019, dir. Sophia Takal)

Sorority members are attacked over Charistmas break. This second remake of the 1974 giallo/slasher classic takes only its setting, adding a new story. Unfortunately, it’s really not a good one. A shame, as the film wants to say something, but can’t find a way to. The cast – especially the reliable Poots – do what they can.