The Hurricane Heist (2018, dir. Rob Cohen)

A meteorologist and a US Treasury agent combat thieves using a hurricane as cover for a robbery. Underpowered mashup of Twister and Hard Rain with some good moments – Ralph Ineson’s baddie is fun – but an over-reliance on cliche and CG storms.

A Monster Calls (2016, dir. J. A. Bayona)

A creature is summoned to challenge a boy whose mother is dying. Splendid dark fantasy, equal parts The BFG/ET and something more akin to Pan’s Labyrinth, which pulls out all the emotional and VFX stops in its ultimately uplifting tale about the power of stories and truths.

Ben-Hur (2016, dir. Timur Bekmambetov)

Two half-brothers fall out, ending up on different sides of a war. An intermittently spectacular version of an oft-told tale of early Christian times. Ben-Hur 2016 is old-fashioned, but none the worse for it, and there are two great set pieces.

Warcraft (2016, dir. Duncan Jones)

Humans and renegade orcs band together to save a world. Lovingly-made, detailed, and well-shot for 3D, this is nevertheless a standard greenscreen-heavy sword and sorcery flick which offers little by way of originality in either its characters or story.