Iceman (2017, dir. Felix Randau)

A neolithic man seeks revenge on the marauders who killed his family. Splendid prehistoric Western, using genre tropes to comment on grief, loss, religion and human relations with the natural in all kinds of interesting ways. Recommended.

Upgrade (2018, dir. Leigh Whannell)

An augmented car mechanic tracks down the men who killed his wife and left him in a wheelchair. Fast, fun and brutal SF/horror hybrid with an excellent physical lead performance and lots to recommend it. The kinda genre movie they don’t often make any more.


Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos)

A rural couple is kidnapped by cultists, triggering a revenge spree. Dazzling and trippy horror/road movie hybrid, set in a stylised 1983. A movie with its own rules that fully rewards going with it and its excesses, in both narrative and visuals. Recommended.

Skyfall (2012, dir. Sam Mendes)

Bond battles a former MI:6 agent intent on revenge on M. Superior series entry with lots to recommend it, not least a back-to-basics siege third act. A couple of wobbly moments (beware the oddly-empty tube car), but apart from those, this is superior genre entertainment.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, dir. Martin McDonagh)

A woman pursues justice for her murdered daughter. Offbeat black comedy-drama with little concession to likeability or straightforwardness. Hugely enjoyable, though, with great performances, and keeps always on the right side of quirky.

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Winchester ’73 (1950, dir. Anthony Mann)

A cowboy relentlessly pursues an outlaw, and the prized rifle stolen from him. The first Mann/Stewart western is a splendid thing, creating a new rugged persona for Stewart and delivering in all manner of genre pleasures. Highly recommended.

American Assassin (2017, dir. Michael Cuesta)

A headstrong young man joins a CIS black ops team to get revenge on the terrorists who killed his fiance. Straightforward basic training and first mission movie (adapted from the Vince Flynn novels) which escalates awkwardly from fisticuffs to stolen nukes and an iffily CG-ed armada. Patchy.