Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, dir. Chris Columbus)

Harry and friends search for a hidden part of Hogwarts. Second and perhaps the least of the Rowling adaptations, this mimics the structure of the first, though adds enough novelty to please fans, and begins to develop the series mythology.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, dir. Chris Columbus)

An orphan boy finds that he’s a famous wizard child; his education begins. The first Potter movie is a straightforward breeze through the book. Awkward early performances and under-par CG aside, this is reasonable family fun, though no classic.

The Wild Geese (1978, dir. Andrew V McLaglen)

Middle-aged mercenaries attempt to rescue a politician being held hostage in central Africa. The Expendables of its day; a breezy though dated serio-comic actioner with an all-star cast and some familiar TV faces having a whale of a time playing soldiers.