Outlaw/King (AKA Outlaw King) (2018, dir David MacKenzie)

Robert the Bruce rebels against Edward I. Straightforward historical action drama in the Braveheart mould, with plenty of detail, production values aplenty and some gusto in the playing. Blood, mud and a trebuchet/mangonel device.

12 Strong (2018, dir. Nicolai Fuglsig)

A special forces team is dropped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan to take out an enemy stronghold. Well-shot but uninvolving post 9/11 drama, based on a true story. The usual battle movie cliches, though with occasional interesting Western genre flourishes.

Alien Invasion S.U.M.1 (2017, dir. Christian Pasquariello)

A lone watchtower soldier begins to doubt his solitary 100-day mission. Low-budget but generally well-sustained single-location SF thriller, owing something to films like Moon and The Village.

The Wild Geese (1978, dir. Andrew V McLaglen)

Middle-aged mercenaries attempt to rescue a politician being held hostage in central Africa. The Expendables of its day; a breezy though dated serio-comic actioner with an all-star cast and some familiar TV faces having a whale of a time playing soldiers.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014, dir. Matt Reeves)

Ten years after the events of Rise, apes and humans come into contact with each other. Superior monkey military parable fun, with hawks and doves in human and ape camps alike, arguing for armageddon and peace respectively. Inevitably, though, war erupts.