Chef (2014, dir. Jon Favreau)

A former high-flying chef finds himself again as a food-truck operator after being humbled. At once obvious and sentimental yet fun, sweet and charming, bolstered by great character actor performances, Chef is a treat if you go with it.

Flatliners (1990, dir. Joel Schumacher)

A group of medical students investigate near-death experiences and come face to face with their guilty secrets. Glossy but stupid Brat Pack quasi-supernatural thriller, with some gothic touches. Remade in 2017.

2012 (2009, dir. Roland Emmerich)

A geological event threatens global disaster. Another of Emmerich’s gently-satirical throw-em-to-the-lions iconoclastic pictures, this time playing with Mayan prophecies and CG tectonic plates shifting. Fun if you go with it.

Frost/Nixon (2008, dir. Ron Howard)

Peter Morgan’s adaptation of his own play about the 1977 David Frost/Richard Nixon TV interviews. A riveting docudrama which plays like a thriller, anchored by two standout performances in the title roles, supported ably by a strong cast. Recommended.

Year One (2009, dir. Harold Ramis)

Two neolithic losers stumble into Old Testament-era civilization. Patchy lowbrow comedy ticking off every genitals-related gag in the scrolls. Some funny moments; the always-welcome Oliver Platt steals the show as a lascivious high priest.