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.

Den of Thieves (2018, dir. Christian Gudegast)

An elite LA cop unit versus a notorious bank robber and his crew. The film wants to be Heat so badly, but can’t make its characters both appalling and fascinating. Some good detail, but cliches, awkward plotting and indifferent action weigh matters down.

The Hurricane Heist (2018, dir. Rob Cohen)

A meteorologist and a US Treasury agent combat thieves using a hurricane as cover for a robbery. Underpowered mashup of Twister and Hard Rain with some good moments – Ralph Ineson’s baddie is fun – but an over-reliance on cliche and CG storms.

Going In Style (2017, dir. Zach Braff)

When their former employer reneges on their pension deals, three old men decide to rob the bank involved. Easy-going remake of a 1970s caper comedy. No surprises, but it coasts by on twinkly-eyed performances and some nice moments.

Bullet Head (2017, dir. Paul Solet)

Three criminals hide out after a bungled heist, but find they’re in the disused warehouse lair of a dog-fighting gang. Decent little thriller, with plenty for its decent cast to do; a competent job all around with some arty moments.

London Heist [AKA Gunned Down] (2017, dir. Mark McQueen)

A professional thief tracks down those responsible for his father’s killing. Straightforward low-budget East End/Marbella robbery and double-crossery shenanigans, with some flair in the execution though the script deals in stereotypes and cliches at times.

The Sweeney: Paris [AKA The Squad; Anti-gang] (2016, dir. Benjamin Rocher)

An elite anti-crime squad faces internal pressures and a new gang of bankrobbers. Superior French remake of the Nick Love/Ray Winstone Sweeney reboot, with an emphasis on strong action and humour. No classic, but efficient and brutal.