A deep space mission to engage with humanity’s distant ancestors finds more than it bargained. Great-looking but ultimately dumb and pretentious Alien prequel, with a fine cast largely wasted on a grab-bag script of variable ideas. Alien: Covenant followed in 2017,
Ethan Hunt and his team battle a nuclear conspiracy involving followers of Solomon Lane. Splendid series continuation from Part 5 (MI: Rogue Nation), with hugely-impressive stuntwork and the usual emphasis on twists and double-crosses. Recommended.
An inexperienced soldier is trapped behind enemy lines in Belfast during the Troubles. Outstanding chase flick which wears its superbly-realised political context lightly to support its well-sustained and tense thriller narrative. Highly recommended.
A Norfolk teen clashes with his mother’s violent partner. A great little movie of a Fenland redneck summer – stock car race meets, roadside cafes, and gangmasters – with unshowy performances and a palpable sense of threat and place. Big sky and pylons.