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.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 13:15

Best of the Year: Top 20 Films of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and we head into 2016, it's time to take a look back at the very best the year in cinema had to offer with the top 20 films of the year. As ever, this list is limited to films that were released in UK cinemas in 2015, but spans every style and genre, from the biggest of blockbusters to little-seen indies, fascinating documentaries and the best of world cinema.

Friday, 06 November 2015 23:44

The Last Witch Hunter Review

Other than his voice work as sentient tree Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel hasn’t played anyone other than Fast & Furious leading man Dom Toretto or all round space badass Riddick since 2008’s Babylon AD. That makes The Last Witch Hunter a rare step out of his existing franchises, perhaps with an eye on creating a new one. Diesel is pretty vocal about his love of Dungeons and Dragons and general geekery so it’s no surprise he’s ushered this one to the screen, giving himself the chance to dabble in a world of witches and warlocks.

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.

Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Despite an overriding sense that Marvel Studios is intent on sticking to safe blockbusters that fit an increasingly formulaic house style – and recent news that further backs up that notion - 2014 has actually been a year of refreshing projects for the studio. Coming off the back of 70's espionage throwback Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Guardians of the Galaxy, a fun, fast-paced space opera written and directed by James Gunn, the man behind twisted dark comedies Slither and Super.

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...