The Terminal (2004, dir. Steven Spielberg)

After a bureaucratic foul-up leaves him stateless, a man is forced to live in an airport terminal. Well-directed comedy-drama which starts brilliantly and then gets bogged down in sub-plots and a shift from existential malaise to schmaltz.

What We Do In The Shadows (2014, dir. Taika Waititi)

A documentary crew follows a band of New Zealand vampires over several months. The mock-doc format is the weakest element here, but this is a funny and inventive flick made with real affection and a sense of depth in the characterisations. Recommended.

Evan Almighty (2007, dir. Tom Shadyac)

God chooses a new senator to build an ark. Bland sequel to Bruce Almighty which scrapes by on slapstick, some decent supporting turns, and on Steve Carrell doing his best against iffy CG backdrops. No surprises; one for the unquestioningly faith-friendly.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005, dir. Garth Jennings)

Decent-enough adaptation of the Douglas Adams radio series/book/TV show which suffers – inevitably – from over-familiar source material; the new stuff works best. The cast works hard, production design is great, and there’s a sense of affection for the material and Adams throughout.

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982, dir. Ken Finkleman)

A mad bomber and a faulty computer threaten the first passenger Space Shuttle flight. Cash-in sequel to the far superior Airplane! with most of the same cast and jokes. A couple of great sight-gags aside, this is a shoddy money-grab.

Evolution (2001, dir. Ivan Reitman)

A pair of misfit science teachers find an Arizona meteor strike hiding an alien invasion. OK SF comedy modelled on Reitman’s earlier Ghostbusters, down to a gunge/giant monster/Dan Ackroyd finale. Julianne Moore on sprightly pratfall form.