Sunday, 23 April 2017 16:39

The Fate of the Furious Review

Given that The Fate of the Furious is the eighth entry in the surprisingly enduring Fast & Furious franchise, we all know what to expect from a Fast film by now: muscular men in muscle shirts driving muscle cars, scantily clad women cheering them on, increasingly outrageous action set-pieces and, most important of all, family. As much as the series’ focus has shifted from street racing toward grand-scale heists and globe-trotting espionage, it has also doubled down on its focus on the family at the centre of it all. Familial themes powered both Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 and are once again integral here, with one particularly juicy hook: fiercely loyal patriarch Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) has turned on his makeshift family.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 21:41

Eye in the Sky Review

Drone warfare is understandably a hot button topic. It is often depicted as a callous and impersonal act of killing carried out with video-game detachment by soldiers hundreds of miles away from the situation. Not so in Gavin Hood's tightly constructed new thriller Eye in the Sky which focuses entirely on the decision to greenlight a drone strike on a house full of terrorists in Nairobi.

Saturday, 15 December 2012 22:24

Oscar Buzz: Best Actress Analysis

While it's easy to call at least four of the five Best Actor nominees, there's no such luxury in the Best Actress category. A lot has been made of how weak the field is this year but a closer look reveals there's actually a depth of options here and recent critics' awards has thrown a few names back into the mix.