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Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

24 Apr 2015

Vin Diesel confirms that eighth installment of the movie franchise is a go-er

So, you’d just about gotten over the excitement of Fast & Furious 7’s release, when Vin Diesel goes and announces there’s to be a Fast & Furious 8. Speaking at a ComicCon event in Las Vegas, the actor confirmed that the film will be released on Fri…

Avengers: Age of Ultron

21 Apr 20154 stars

Joss Whedon is back at the helm for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

'None of this makes sense,' admits Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a way that suggests logic matters little. The 11th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble once again combines the irreverent charm of its…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

John Wick

6 Apr 20154 stars

Elegant, exciting actioner marking a return to form for star Keanu Reeves

A dog dies. But a sharp-suited Keanu Reeves fighting the good fight is more than enough consolation in bonny existential action fantasy John Wick. A retired hitman mourning his wife (Bridget Moynahan), Wick's striving to keep an even keel. Reclusive in…

Profile: Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan

30 Mar 2015

We put James Wan’s most notable films in the driving seat, as the world gears up for Furious 7

Inspired by a magazine article about street racing (as well as the entire plot of Point Break), 2001's The Fast and the Furious was a modest commercial (if not critical) success. Certainly no one could have predicted it would go on to spawn six sequels…

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Fast & Furious 7

30 Mar 20153 stars

The franchise's latest insane instalment adds Jason Statham to the mix

In Fast & Furious 6 a character was afflicted with amnesia in a bid to reboot the romance. If that suggested that the filmmakers were running out of ideas then the continued, not inconsiderable, presence of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the casting of…

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

30 Mar 20152 stars

Anthony Hopkins distinguishes himself in an otherwise curdled caper

The true story of the 1983 kidnapping in the Netherlands of the chairman and heir of the Heineken brewing company, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual, is told here in the language of the superficial, blokey caper movie.

Jesse Eisenberg looks terrifying as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

25 Mar 2015

First image of actor as evil genius is far more intimidating than Hackman or Spacey ever were

We've all met Ben Affleck as Sad Batman already, and we know Henry Cavill as Superman took the whole 'man of steel' thing quite seriously. But for those who have been waiting and wondering what kind of Lex Luthor we're getting our of Jesse Eisenberg…

The Russo brothers to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2

24 Mar 2015

Anthony and Joe Russo set to take over the superhero blockbuster franchise from Joss Whedon

After their sterling work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo Bothers are set to become two of the most important players in the world of Marvel movies as they take on the company's flagship Avengers franchise. Winter Soldier was probably…

Seventh Son

23 Mar 20153 stars

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges enliven a thoroughly daft fantasy

'Help yourself to the blood-cakes, little one,' coolly enjoins Julianne Moore as witch Mother Malkin in Sergei Bodrov’s demented fantasy. Such ripe dialogue abounds as Moore and Jeff Bridges struggle valiantly to make sense of an effects-heavy…

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Robot Overlords

23 Mar 20152 stars

Derivative British sci-fi adventure featuring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson

The worldwide popularity of young adult franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent certainly hasn't escaped the attention of UK filmmakers. After Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now mined the dystopian sci-fi seam, Robot Overlords – from Northern Irish…

Wild Card

18 Mar 20151 star

Messy, misjudged actioner from Simon West, starring Jason Statham

Jason Statham has gravitated towards certain types of characters to such a degree that his name has become cinematic shorthand for 'thug with a heart of gold'. His latest, Nick Wild, is cast from exactly the same mould, but operates in an environment so…

The Gunman

16 Mar 20152 stars

Clumsy thriller which reinvents Sean Penn as an action star

Sean Penn is not an actor known for vanity projects. But there’s no other way to describe this risible thriller, produced by the man himself. Directed by Pierre Morel, who gave Liam Neeson a career injection as an ageing action star in Taken, it would…

Back to the Future with live orchestra score at Edinburgh International Film Festival

12 Mar 2015

Film festival and RSNO to present 30th anniversary screening with Alan Silvestri’s legendary score

Edinburgh International Film Festival is celebrating timeless classic Back to the Future by teaming up with Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the 30th anniversary of the festival’s UK premiere of the film with a live scored performance at the…

Run All Night

10 Mar 20153 stars

Liam Neeson has yet more men to find and kill in this serviceable actioner

The Liam Neeson actioner has become a sub-genre of its own, invariably delivering exactly what it says on the tin, which is 'Liam Kicks Ass'. He still looks the part, too, so we are content to watch him keep doing what he’s doing. Run All Night is third…

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Chappie

6 Mar 20152 stars

Disappointing third film from Neill Blomkamp that melds Short Circuit and RoboCop

Do androids dream of electric sheep? A question Neill Blomkamp’s third feature (co-written with his wife Terri Tatchell) approaches with a childlike sensibility, often recalling the PG-rated Short Circuit (thankfully minus Fisher Stevens browning-up…

EastEnders star Ben Hardy announced for X-Men: Apocalypse

25 Feb 2015

Bryan Singer’s X-Men sequel gets a new addition to the cast, while Fox’s superhero universe expands

After a week of shocking revelations and argy bargy on Albert Square as part of EastEnders’ 30th anniversary celebrations, Ben Hardy (aka Peter Beale), a key player in the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline, should be well prepared for future film work.

Neill Blomkamp's Alien project gets green-light

19 Feb 2015

District 9 and Elysium director to direct new film in the franchise

It's one of the most beloved yet badly treated properties in Hollywood. Its first four films were helmed by some of the best directors in the world, and now District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp is to join the illustrious list after confirming…

Blackhat

16 Feb 20152 stars

Chris Hemsworth heads up Michael Mann's disappointing cyber-crime thriller

With a plot that couldn't be more timely, Michael Mann's latest thriller tackles the subject of computer hacking. However, while there's some fun to be had in the urgent, explosive action sequences, Mann's characteristic style can't conceal the…

Predestination

16 Feb 20153 stars

Confident, puzzling sci-fi from the Spierig Brothers, starring Ethan Hawke

Strangely alluring and memorably absurd, Predestination – written and directed by the German-born, Australia-raised identical twins Peter and Michael Spierig – is a guilty pleasure sci-fi that’ll almost have you leaving the cinema believing you’ve just…

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Kung Fu Killer

16 Feb 20154 stars

Stylish and fast-paced martial arts thriller from Teddy Chan, starring Donnie Yen

However hard they try, action stars like Jason Statham, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dwayne Johnson can't hope to match the speed and grace of their Asian counterparts. Over the years Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and…

Behind-the-scenes video from new James Bond film Spectre released

13 Feb 2015

New footage shows Daniel Craig and co-stars filming in the Austrian mountains

Lights, camera, beautiful snow-covered mountain: it can only mean that filming has begun on the new James Bond film. A behind-the-scenes video has been released which shows the cast and crew shooting a scene from Spectre in Austria.

A new cinematic direction for Spider-Man

12 Feb 2015

What exactly are the implications of the rights for Spider-Man reverting to Marvel/Disney?

Spider-Man is Marvel’s figure head. He’s has been the comic publishers’ mascot pretty much since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko invented the character back in 1962. The scarlet webslinger has appeared on TV and was almost brought to the big screen by James…

BAFTA 2015 winners include Eddie Redmayne, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel

9 Feb 2015

Redmayne picks up Best Actor gong, and The Lego Movie wins Best Animated Film

Eddie Redmayne won best actor at last night's BAFTA Film Awards for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The film won a trio of gongs, rounded off with outstanding British film and adapted screenplay. Julianne Moore…

Jupiter Ascending

3 Feb 20152 stars

Derivative sci-fi from the Wachowski siblings comes crashing down to Earth

It’s clear that Jupiter Ascending is a labour of love for its creators Andy and Lana Wachowski, who have jam-packed their ambitious intergalactic fantasy adventure full of ideas concerning genetics, reincarnation, the growing wealth divide and the…