Captain Marvel (2019, dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck)

An alien warrior works to prevent a rival species from gaining a foothold on 1995 Earth. Slow-starting but generally entertaining superhero origin flick, wisely not overdoing its nostalgic comedy; the film’s hampered somewhat by the low-stakes storyline.

Daughter of the Wolf (2019, dir. David Hackl)

A mother trackers her son’s kidnappers across a snowy wilderness. Okay DTV thriller with some decent production values but a perfunctory plot and awkward action direction. Richard Dreyfuss offers up some enjoyable supporting ham.

Point Blank (2019, dir. Joe Lynch)

A trainee doctor is forced to go on the run with an escaped prisoner. Straightforward chase thriller that holds itself together via its lead performances. The usual double-crosses and switches, though the movie undercuts its committed leads with some awkward comedic juxtapositions and musical cues.

Cold Pursuit (2019, dir. Hans Petter Moland)

A snowplough driver seeks revenge on the drug dealers who killed his son. Black comedy English-language remake of the director’s 2014 In Order of Disappearance/Kraftidioten. Lacks the transgressive edge of the original; a good cast doesn’t have much to do.

Shaft (2019, dir. Tim Story)

A preppy junior FBI agent teams up with his estranged and unreconstructed PI father. Shaft 2019 is a scattershot culture-clash comedy, with action beats, a predictable plot, and a late nod to the 70s original trilogy. Tries to do everything, and ends up not meaning anything.

All The Devil’s Men (2018, dir. Matthew Hope)

A manhunt for a rogue CIA operative. Utterly rote action flick that aspires for grittiness, but is hampered by a clunky script more focused on working around a meagre budget than on being inspired into creativity by it, and by a po-faced lead performance. A guesting Bill Fichtner enlivens things early on.