15. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
The film: After all the bizarre marketing hoopla surrounding this superb sci-fi actioner, it's no surprise that it didn't fare well at the box office. Edge of Tomorrow, Live Die Repeat... I mean, what's the film actually called? It's based on a Japanese novel called All You Need Is Kill (another great title) and has Tom Cruise in a time loop that involves giant monsters trying to take over Earth.
Why it's worth watching: Extraterrestrials, stonkingly violent action sequences (like a sci-fi Saving Private Ryan) repeated over and over and Emily Blunt as one of the best action heroes in modern cinema.
14. Attack the Block (2011)
The film: Years before he yielded a lightsaber, John Boyega took the lead in Joe Cornish's directorial debut. This savvy homage to alien invasion movies takes place on a council estate in London, where it's up a bunch of young street kids to save the planet from extraterrestrials.
Why it's worth watching: There's a lot to love about Cornish's movie, from the sly winks to sci-fi icons J.G. Ballard and John Wyndham. Yet its biggest win is the sterling cast of youngsters.
13. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
The film: Two young boys are startled by the sudden change in their mother when she arrives home after undergoing cosmetic surgery. Is she really their mother? Has the hospital instigated some kind of mix-up and sent them an impostor instead? The brothers decide it's best to err on the side of caution and put the bandaged woman through the wringer.
Why it's worth watching: This is tense stuff, that you won't so much watch, as catch glimpses of it through your fingers.
12. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
The film: It's the end of the world... or is it? For Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character, it may as well be. After a car crash, she wakes to find herself captive in John Goodman's underground bunker without any chance of escaping. This is one helluva taut thriller, all the more tense because of its claustrophobic setting and seriously unhinged antagonist.
Why it's worth watching: A double-whammy of brilliance, is this. For starters, Goodman delivers one of his best performances in recent years, perhaps outdoing his villainous turn in Barton Fink. Second, there's one insane "WTF?" ending that I advise NOT GOOGLING AT ALL. Just watch it.
11. 99 Homes (2014)
Region: UK, US
The film: Zod and Spider-Man - sorry, Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield - co-star in this thrilling tale about the housing market. Think it sounds dull? I assure you, it's not. Garfield's recently-unemployed single dad is on the cusp of being turfed out of his home by Shannon's housing mogul. There's a caveat, however: he can keep his home if he helps the greedy so-and-so evict a load of other people from their houses.
Why it's worth watching: Another corking turn from Shannon, who manages to make a not-very-nice guy into a compelling character.
10. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Region: US (UK - watch it on Netflix)
The film: This slow-burning western starring Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and Richard Jenkins descends into a genre-blend of horrific proportions when a Sheriff leads his gang into the desert to retrieve three hostages. What they find is far, far worse than parched prisoners.
Why it's worth watching: It's really all down to the unexpected swerve towards the end.
9. The Mist (2007)
The film: The adaptation of Stephen King's novella is one of the best screen versions of the horror author's works. It's scary, yes, and it's also densely-packed with tons of fully-formed characters that make us really care when their lives are invaded by monsters from another dimension. Thomas Jane takes charge when citizens of a small town hole up in a supermarket to wait out the attack.
Why it's worth watching: Okay, other than its bold, brave ending (seriously, it's brilliant) it's got to be all the great King stuff: a strong good vs. evil battle between the people in the store. There might be monsters just outside the doors, but there's a much more dangerous villain inside.
8. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The film: Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, a high school junior whose life isn't going to plan. Sounds like a lot of movies, right? This dramedy from last year misses a lot of the obvious teen movie cliches and carves out its own path, making Nadine a sharp-witted teen who isn't a "good guy" or a "bad guy" - she's just a kid figuring out life, in a very funny way.
Why it's worth watching: It touches on all the elements that made stuff like Fast Times, Ferris Bueller, and Juno such classics; a watchable lead, great set-ups and a strong supporting cast. Its R-rating allows it to delve into some murkier waters than the usual high school fluff.
7. Interstellar (2014)
The film: A year after space drama Gravity came Christopher Nolan's mega-blockbuster. Packed with existentialist ponderings and CGI-worm holes Matthew McConaughey leads a top tier cast into the far reaches of space as he tries to secure a future for mankind away from our sterile planet.
Why it's worth watching: It received a bit of a drubbing for some of its questionable plot points (time loops, grandfather paradoxes, etc.) but it's still a riveting watch. Hans Zimmer's sweeping score is to die for.
6. Drive (2011)
The film: Ryan Gosling stars in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 critical darling as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. Quite the hook, right? He also doesn't really say anything - and he's not got a name either. Drive mooches around following the driver as he navigates a neon-tinged Los Angeles, eventually getting caught up with some unsavory types.
Why it's worth watching: A gorgeous soundtrack, some sublime cinematography (no, I'm not just talking about the Gosling), and a gritty, urgent feel that's a throwback to the '70s. This is cracking cinema.