The Martian (2015, dir. Ridley Scott)

An astronaut is marooned alone on Mars; he develops a plan to survive. Smart, funny and upbeat space peril movie with winning ensemble performances, clean visuals, and a diligent script from the Andy Weir bestseller. A thoroughly professional and entertaining job all round.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018, dir. Ron Howard)

A Han Solo origin tale. After a clunky and stagey first act, this heist western SF hybrid finds its feet, even though its nominal lead is a black hole around which much more interesting support stuff occurs. Inconsequential.

The Lazarus Effect (2015, dir. David Gelb)

Attempts to create a serum to reanimate the dead go predictably awry. Flatliners meets Lucy in this by-the-numbers lab-bound horror/thriller in which a decent cast try their best to get through a rote script.