The Accountant (2016, dir. Gavin O’Connor)

A forensic accountant with social skills issues is also an assassin, specialising in killing international criminals. Oddball action drama with a weird premise and a lead character with the kind of autism found only in movies. Not terrible, but feels like three different spec scripts combined into one.

Eliminators (2016, dir. James Nunn)

An ex-agent under an assumed identity has his cover blown; now he has to rescue his child. Straightforward DTV actioner with plenty of decent fist fights and some okay gunplay; a slightly clunky script and some variable acting aside, this is fun, and works well within its limited budget.

The Limehouse Golem (2017, dir. Juan Carlos Medina)

A spree killer – The Limehouse Golem – terrorises London; four suspects must be eliminated. Theatrical and ambitious adaptation of the Peter Ackroyd novel with lots to recommend it. Not wholly successful, but interesting and entertaining throughout. Worth your time and thought.

Stratton (2017, dir. Simon West)

A Special Boat Service operative races against time to prevent a terrorist attack. Utterly secondhand and dull thriller, lacking in decent action, watchable performances, or a script with an iota of originality. Astonishing this got a cinema release, when stronger fare goes straight to download/DVD.

The Day of the Jackal (1973, dir. Fred Zinnemann)

1963. An international hitman is hired to assassinate Charles de Gaulle; a manhunt ensues. A meticulous and clinical film, almost documentary in its approach, which expertly captures – and in some areas improves on – the bestseller its based upon. Highly recommended.

The Hollow Point (AKA Desert Gun) (2016, dir. Gonzalo López-Gallego)

An Arizona sheriff finds his old hometown involved in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Mexico. Straightforward borderlands thriller with a couple of good performances and aspirations to be No Country For Old Men, which is no bad thing.