Star Wars [AKA Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope] (1977, dir. George Lucas)

An orphaned farmhand finds he is the chosen one to lead an intergalactic rebellion. Splendid and modest SF/fairy story hybrid, unfairly weighed down by later expectations. In its own terms, a sprightly and successful adventure, nothing more.

Nightbreed (1990, dir. Clive Barker)

A young man is troubled by visions of monsters, and of a place called Midian. Ambitious but confusingly-told fantasy/horror hybrid with plenty going on, and lots of ideas, though not all of them well-executed enough to make for a fully-coherent movie.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, dir. Chris Columbus)

An orphan boy finds that he’s a famous wizard child; his education begins. The first Potter movie is a straightforward breeze through the book. Awkward early performances and under-par CG aside, this is reasonable family fun, though no classic.

Flatliners (2017, dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

Medical students investigating near-death experiences find themselves haunted. Slick though bland reprise of the 1990 original; a guesting Kiefer Sutherland is the best thing here in this half-hearted and bloodless horror full of over-age and unlikeable med students.

It [AKA It: Chapter One](2017, dir. Andy Muschietti)

A gang of misfit teens battle a supernatural beast which feasts on their hometown once a generation. Excellent version of the ‘then’ portion of the Stephen King novel (1950s in the book, now 1989), with good performances and effective scares all round. Recommended.

Want another perspective? Here’s Xussia’s take.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017, dir. Luc Besson)

Two elite agents work to uncover a dark secret at the heart of a gigantic space station. Clunkily-scripted and unevenly-acted but undeniably spectacular and well-designed SF fantasy; a $200m auteur piece, for good or ill, and all the better for its distinctiveness.

Another view? Here’s Lemonsquirtle’s thoughts.

Highlander (1986, dir. Russell Mucalhy)

Immortal warriors battle across time; matters come to a head in contemporary New York. Daft but entertaining SF/fantasy hybrid, with decent performances, flashy direction and now-quaint visual effects. As 80s as it gets.