Countdown (1968, dir. Robert Altman)

With the Soviets poised to reach the moon first, the US scrambles to respond by sending a Gemini astronaut into space. Talky and somewhat passive Cold War-era basic training/mission flick enlivened by NASA access, and by getting earlier to material explored by later, better films. No classic, despite interesting credits.

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Colors (1988, dir. Dennis Hopper)

A veteran and a rookie struggle to work together while patrolling LA’s gang neighbourhoods. Still-influential drama that tries for nuance while establishing the look and tone of two generations of movies. Worth revisiting, not least for its direction, cinematography, and its Herbie Hancock score.

Widows (2018, dir. Steve McQueen)

Owing money after her husband is killed in a botched robbery, a woman assembles the wives of dead men into a new crew. Stately thriller from the ITV mini-series, balancing an examination of race, city corruption and street politics with genre thrills. Recommended.

Jack Reacher (2012, dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

Reacher investigates a mass-murder committed by a former sniper. First and better of the Tom Cruise adaptations of the Lee Child books, with a focus on old-school lo-fi tough guy thrills, and on a reasonable mystery backed up with excellent character acting.