Widows (2018) Review

With the pedigree of talent behind and in front of the camera, you’d be forgiven for expecting “Widows” to be something very special. And you’d be right, too. Director Steve McQueen, sharing screenwriting duties with Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) in adapting a 1983 British TV series by Lynda La Plante, creates a polished, compellingly multi-layered … Continue reading Widows (2018) Review

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

The Fast & Furious franchise continues to surprise and delight in equal measure as it resumes its metamorphosis into a Saturday morning cartoon brought to lavish live-action life. When his honeymoon is interrupted by the appearance of the notorious cybercriminal Cypher (Charlize Theron), Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) finds himself blackmailed into betraying his team and … Continue reading Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Review

Ditching the hybrid live action of the previous instalment for a purely animated outing, the Smurfs are back, and this time they’re still obsessing over Smurfette. While the Smurfs live happily in their topless blue utopia of nominative determinism, Smurfette frets that she doesn’t have a purpose like her brethren. But a chance encounter with … Continue reading Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Review

Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review

Arriving in cinemas like a soothing balm for those still nursing their sense of loss over the “Top Gear” fracas, “Fast and Furious 7” offers salvation through madcap motoring stunts using extraordinary supercars in exotic locations. But the “Fast & Furious” franchise is nursing its own sense of loss and it infuses itself throughout the … Continue reading Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review

Turbo (2013) Review

"Turbo" is the latest animated features to show that it’s not enough to have a cute and clever concept and a great voice cast if you haven’t really got a good story to hang the whole thing on. It starts brightly enough, with Theo the snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) dreaming of being the fastest … Continue reading Turbo (2013) Review

Machete (2010) Review

Ah, that's better. Leaving behind the pretensions of certain other films, "Machete" is a down and dirty, unabashedly fun and silly movie which single-handedly both redefines and subverts the genre of "Mexploitation". Developed from a fake movie trailer created for the underwhelming grindhouse tribute double bill of Tarantino's "Death Proof" and Robert Rodriguez' "Planet Terror", … Continue reading Machete (2010) Review

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6: Given it's the sixth instalment of the franchise, you really should know what you're getting when you buy your ticket. Unlike, for example, the people sitting behind us for whom ridiculously OTT car stunts and physics-defying driving and leaping apparently came as an unwelcome surprise, requiring immediate tuts and disgusted comments. … Continue reading Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review