Things Heard & Seen (2021, dir. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)

A dysfunctional couple and their daughter move into an old house in 1980s upstate New York: matters go awry. Patchy, overlong and over-stuffed horror/drama that struggles to fillet its source novel (All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage) to suit a movie. A couple of good moments, though, and F Murray Abraham and Karen Allen are always welcome.

Here’s the trailer.

The Perfect Storm (2000, Dir. Wolfgang Petersen)

A fishing vessel and crew head into mortal danger during an enormous storm. Genuinely impressive VFX lend this true story adaptation some real weight. The script is a little corny and the acting suffers as a result – but there is no denying the film delivers some punch. Worth a watch!

The Perfect Storm (2000, Dir. Wolfgang Petersen)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, dir. Steven Spielberg)

An American archaeologist races the Nazis to locate a fabled Biblical artefact. Still-dazzling homage to adventure serials, cleverly balancing thrills, comedy, action, horror, romance and a love of the movies. Made with skill and passion, with all involved at the top of their respective games. Recommended. Sequels followed.

Scrooged (1988, dir. Richard Donner)

A mean TV executive is visited by a series of ghosts intent on teaching him the true meaning of Christmas. A raucous, overlong, and often unfunny retelling of A Christmas Carol, overly keen to cash in on its star’s links to Ghostbusters. Inevitably, some bits work nevertheless, and the film’s become something of a Yuletide perennial despite its weaknesses.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, dir. Steven Spielberg)

An American archaeologist races Nazis to a mystical artefact. Peerless action-adventure, expertly balancing thrills, romance, danger, comic moments, old-school stunt work and still-impressive visual effects. Still the state of this particular art.