The Greatest Showman (2017, dir. Michael Gracey)

A musical about showman PT Barnum. That rarest of things these days – an original live-action movie musical. You’ll either love it or hate it, that’s for sure. Good-looking and well made, but goes for the simple and easy trick every time. Eyes and teeth!

You’ve Got Mail (1998, dir. Nora Ephron)

An independent bookshop owner and a corporate bookstore exec fall in love pseudonymously by email. Slick update of (among others) Lubitsch’s The Shop Around The Corner, though now a 90s period piece itself in respect of its tech, its fascination with bricks-and-mortar retail, and some of its assumptions.

Safe (2012, dir. Boaz Yakin)

A hunted ex-cop and a young girl with mob secrets go on the run together. Terrific New York chase thriller, balancing stunts, action and rock-solid fight choreography together to make a daft but supremely entertaining package. For genre fans, but highly recommended nevertheless.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994, dir. Les Mayfield)

A department store Santa may just be the real thing. Saccharine remake of the 1947 original. Okay if you’re indulgent, and there’s strength in depth in the casting (JT Walsh!) but this is no classic.

Madagascar (2005, dir. Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath)

Four New York zoo animals find themselves accidentally marooned in the wilds of Madagascar. Fast and funny CG animation, with enough going on by way of slapstick, good gags, pop culture references and keen voicework to keep all ages entertained.

Hostile (2018, dir. Mathieu Turi)

In a post-apocalypse America, a female scavenger is trapped inside her upturned vehicle by a marauding creature. Single-location thriller – with sustained flashbacks – which almost deserves its running time except for a groan-worthy and well-telegraphed climax.

Imitation of Life (1959, dir. Douglas Sirk)

An actress finds stage fame against adversity, but is troubled by success. Broadway melodrama typical of its director, dealing with issues of race, gender and of class, while also working to present a star vehicle. Of its time, but fascinating, and hugely enjoyable.