Hammer (2019, dir. Christian Sparkes)

An estranged father and son are forced to work together when a drug deal goes wrong. Smart, lean all-in-one-day indie thriller with as keen a focus on character and relationships as on the narrative’s spiralling complications. Lots to appreciate and enjoy; recommended. Great to see Will Patton in a leading role too.

Ready or Not (2019, dir. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett)

On her wedding day, a bride finds that the games dynasty she’s marrying into has an odd – and potentially murderous – ritual. Generally solid black comedy horror with a great lead performance from Samara Weaving. Bonus points for the gratuitous Kazuo Ishiguro shoutout.

Anon (2018, dir. Andrew Niccol)

In the near future, a detective investigates a woman without a data presence. Minimalist thriller typical of its director’s concerns with surveillance. Well-designed, and with plenty of good stuff along the way, but maybe a touch too austere, falling between arthouse and genre piece.