Don’t Tell A Soul (2020, dir. Alex McAulay)

Troubled brothers fleeing a robbery accidentally trap a security guard. Lean, effective thriller with a keen sense of autumn and of blue-collar lives. Works effectively in focusing on the implications of its set-up, and on impacts on its well-sketched characters. A fun, impressive little movie.

Here’s the trailer.

The Meg (2018, dir. Jon Turteltaub)

A deep-sea research team unearths a giant breed of prehistoric sharks. Fun though patchy aquatic action-adventure, saddled with an inconsistent script and the overbearing hand of producers, but delivering some monster fun nevertheless.

Cooties (2014, dir. Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott)

Teachers are held under siege when their summer-school pupils contract a deadly virus. Serviceable horror-comedy which gets some mileage out of a game cast and script, and from its gleeful approach to child-centric gore.