Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Biopic of Italian-American boxer Jake LaMotta. Unflinching warts-and-all account of the turbulent life and times of the New York middleweight, based on LaMotta’s autobiography. One of Scorsese’s finest, and thus one of the greatest American films.

John Wick (2014, dir. Chad Stahelski & David Leitch)

A retired assassin returns to the fray. A glorious stylised neo-noir action flick with a neat mythology, splendid choreography, crisp direction, some sly humour, and committed performances all round. The 2014 state of the action movie-making art.

Carnage Park (2016, dir. Mickey Keating)

A bank-robbing couple on the run stray onto a psycho’s personal amusement park of murder. Grim though effective retro-horror drawing inspiration from the likes of Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Much blood in the desert dust ensues.

The Trust (2016, dir. Alex Brewer & Benjamin Brewer)

Vegas, present day. Mismatched burnout cops Cage and Wood plan a heist on a mob-controlled safe house. Smart little black comedy thriller with a focus on character rather than action. Low-key, but worth your while, and with some decent twisty plot work.