Molly’s Game (2017, dir. Aaron Sorkin)

The true story of Molly Bloom, who ran high-stakes poker games in New York and LA. Excellent drama, balanced by a fine central performance and swaggering writing, chronicling a perhaps typical rise and fall-style story, but done with class and confidence.

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The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009, dir. Tony Scott)

A ruthless crew hijacks a New York subway train. Glossy but stirring second remake of the 1970s Walter Matthau/Robert Shaw classic. Inevitably the movie is opened up to the story’s detriment, but this is nevertheless an exciting and well-played flick.

The First Purge (2018, dir. Gerard McMurray)

Staten Island is chosen as a Purge trial zone; residents have to fight to survive the night. Effective prequel (and fourth in the series), upping the social commentary and overtly satiric elements while drawing also on blaxploitation and action/horror tropes. Perhaps the best in the series yet.

2.22 (2017, dir. Paul Currie)

An air traffic controller starts to believe that the same events are repeating themselves as a warning from the past. A love story with bits of Groundhog Day, Pushing Tin and 12 Monkeys thrown in; the complex backstory and the resolution don’t work.

You Were Never Really Here (2017, dir. Lynne Ramsey)

A hitman struggling with mental health issues accepts a contract to rescue a trafficked child. Deliberate, beautiful, and cryptic, this noir drama isn’t for everyone in its mix of arthouse and genre, but is nevertheless well worth your time. Recommended.

Men In Black (1997, dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)

An NYPD cop is recruited into a secret anti-alien taskforce. Brisk SF comedy-thriller with some good moments and neat odd-couple playing from its leads, but too concerned with sub-Ghost Busters slapstick than with exploring the potential of its premise.

Escape From New York (1981, dir. John Carpenter)

An infamous criminal is sent into the island prison of Manhattan to rescue the US President. Defiantly odd post-apocalyptic piece, much happier with its production design and oddball characters than delivering on action/horror. Not quite the film you remember.