Dragged Across Concrete (2018, dir. S. Craig Zahler)

Two suspended detectives needing money plan to hijack the proceeds of a crime. Slow-burn minimalist neo-noir procedural thriller that takes time with its characters, allowing you to understand – if not agree with – their actions. Long, but enthralling, and brutal at times. Recommended.

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985, dir. George Miller & George Ogilvy)

Max Rockatansky encounters a fledgeling civilisation in the desert. The third (though chronologically fourth, after Fury Road) Mad Max flick is glossier, talkier and generally lighter than its predecessors, but nevertheless works as a hugely detailed action fantasy riffing on Peter Pan and Riddley Walker while delivering a fantastic chase sequence.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (AKA Get The Gringo) (2012, dir. Adrian Grunberg)

A nameless bankrobber has to work his way out of a Mexican prison while evading the mob. Splendidly stylised black comedy action thriller, making best use of its star’s talents, and exploiting every opportunity to indulge itself in grim jokey chuckles.