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.

Saturday, 15 October 2016 17:21

The Girl on the Train Review

It’s normal for an adaptation of a best-selling book to have some hefty expectations to live up to but The Girl on the Train – based on Paula Hawkins’ 2014 novel of the same name – has another spectre looming over it: David Fincher’s excellent potboiler Gone Girl. Don’t feel too bad for it though, the studio was clearly hoping to capitalise on that film’s popularity. In that regard, the film will likely be a big success but creatively, it falls far short of matching the complexity, insight or gleeful nastiness of Fincher’s pulpy gem.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 23:23

High-Rise Review

Based on J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel of the same name, Ben Wheatley's High-Rise is, naturally, a bleak, violent exploration of class and consumerism, shot through with a rich streak of jet-black humour. Even forty years on, Ballard's novel is as relevant as it ever was, especially as the divide between the rich and the poor is currently a hot button issue and consumerism seems to grow and grow every year.

Monday, 13 April 2015 19:22

Fast & Furious 7 Review

Beginning life as a humble rejig of Point Break for the street-racing world before eventually morphing into a huge, unwieldy, action movie behemoth, the Fast & Furious franchise has been on a long, strange journey in the 14 years since it began. The tragic real-life twist of star Paul Walker's death late in 2013 left the franchise in a state of flux but with the use of Walker's younger brothers and some slick CGI, latest instalment Fast & Furious 7 has made it to cinemas and it's a fitting tribute to its fallen star.

Peter Jackson's second stab at Middle Earth has finally come to an end with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third instalment in a relentlessly epic and tediously drawn out adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's novel. As with the previous instalments – 2012's An Unexpected Journey and 2013's The Desolation of SmaugFive Armies is an occasionally entertaining but often immensely dull affair that fails to justify any creative reasoning behind splitting one novel into three films.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 20:50

Fast & Furious 6 Review

The trajectory of the Fast & Furious franchise is almost inconceivable. Starting all the way back in 2001 with The Fast & The Furious, the series looked to be running out of gas pretty quickly with dismal sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious and seemingly unrelated Tokyo Drift signalling a steady decline in box office receipts.

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:41

Final Fast & Furious 6 Trailer

Due for release in only a couple of weeks, the sixth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise got a new - and supposedly final - trailer today. Fast & Furious 6 sees the return of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), this time hot in pursuit of a master criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in London. In order to catch Shaw, Hobbs enlists the old Fast & Furious crew (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang) and some ridiculous action takes place, including a chase scene involving a tank...

Thursday, 02 August 2012 20:59

10 Actors Who Could Play The Dark Knight

Even before Christopher Nolan closed out his spectacular Dark Knight series, there was already plenty of noise coming out of Warner Bros. that the Batman franchise will be rebooted within a couple of years. Looking at the box office dollars that Nolan's films have raked in over the years, it's no surprise that the studio will be desperate to cash in as quickly as possible. Particularly now that there are plans for a Justice League movie to come along and try to imitate The Avengers.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 21:07

The Raven Review

John Cusack led gothic thriller The Raven brings a touch of Se7en to the mid 19th century but is a goatee going to be enough for us to take Lloyd Dobler seriously as the aging alcoholic, Edgar Allan Poe?