The King’s Man (2021, dir. Matthew Vaughn)

The origins of an independent spy agency, set against the Great War. Messy and inconsistent prequel, showcasing series strengths (brio, some startling moments) and weaknesses (tonal awkwardness) in equal measure. A freewheeling approach to both history and emotion throughout render this flashy, but empty.

Here’s the trailer.

Bird Box (2018, dir. Suzanne Bier)

After an apocalyptic event, a woman battles to get her two children to safety. Initially interesting though ultimately very straightforward survival yarn with some good supporting performances.

And here’s Xussia’s review.