Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, dir. Nicholas Meyer)

An old adversary returns, seeking vengeance on Kirk. Second and perhaps the best of the movie adventures, this captures the series well in its sense of adventure, while delivering both in action and SF spectacle, as well as in some deliriously hammy acting. Huge fun.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, dir. Julius Onah)

A space station tasked with saving the Earth from energy crisis is transported to a parallel dimension. Good-looking, well-cast, but dumb-as-rocks sidequel to Cloverfield / 10 Cloverfield Lane that steals indiscriminately (Gravity to Evil Dead II) but can’t settle in terms of tone or logic.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016, dir. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan)

Sidequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, minus the first film’s lead. Oddball attempt to craft a continuation; good casting in depth helps a bit, but the story’s a secondhand grab-bag of old tales that have been better retold by others.

Evan Almighty (2007, dir. Tom Shadyac)

God chooses a new senator to build an ark. Bland sequel to Bruce Almighty which scrapes by on slapstick, some decent supporting turns, and on Steve Carrell doing his best against iffy CG backdrops. No surprises; one for the unquestioningly faith-friendly.

Jurassic Park III (2001, dir. Joe Johnston)

Alan Grant is lured to Isla Sorna to help find a missing child. Contrived but watchable threequel which wisely ditches the spectacle of the first movie and focuses on delivering effects-driven chase-based monster mayhem, with a few good jokes.

Out of the Shadows [AKA The Devil’s Toy Box] (2017, dir. Allen Kellogg)

A documentary team investigate a supposedly-haunted asylum, the site of a reality show gone wrong five years before. Straightforward jumpscare found-footage horror sequel (to Seven Nights of Darkness), effective for an hour before collapsing in on itself, storywise.

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982, dir. Ken Finkleman)

A mad bomber and a faulty computer threaten the first passenger Space Shuttle flight. Cash-in sequel to the far superior Airplane! with most of the same cast and jokes. A couple of great sight-gags aside, this is a shoddy money-grab.