Hobbs and Shaw is dumb, bordering on ludicrous, but dripping with self awareness. Which ultimately makes it a big ol bag of fun. I personally hate when people suggest they just “switch their brain off” when they go into a film, because it implies a lack of connection with the screen. I understand what they’re saying though, they want a movie that does what it says on the box. Let me tell you my friends, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is just that kind of movie.

Is it any good? Well here’s the thing, the action is plentiful without ever being too original, the jokes flow thick and fast and the chemistry between the leads is palpable. So yeah, I’ll go so far as to say it’s good. It’s worth a watch on a Friday night with mates after a few post work beers.

I predict Hobbs and Shaw will dominate at the global box office, not only cause of brand recognition but mostly due to Dwayne Johnson’s goliath presence and Jason Statham’s well established charm/athleticism. Idris Elba let’s us see a glimpse of what he could’ve been as James Bond and it’s frustratingly beautiful. Vanessa Kirby however matches the boys blow for blow, almost out shining the lot of them . Kirby is quickly becoming the secret sauce that blockbusters need. I first saw her in my beloved Mission Impossible: Fallout and immediately craved what she brought to the table. Sprinkled throughout are some superb cameos, which land to maximum comedic effect. Which I won't spoil here.

I won’t even attempt to break down the plot, because like most Fast & Furious entries, the plot is flimsy at best. Someone needs to do something and there’s the people who don’t want them to or something something or other. You know what I mean. You’re not lining up for lengthy exposition and deep dives into the human experience when you slap down your cash to watch the Rock v Transporter v Stringer Bell duke it out.

Fast & Furious fans will dig the ridiculousness of Hobbs and Shaw. It knows that it’s all a little silly, but IT’S A BIG POPCORN FILM, IT’S MEANT TO BE SILLY! Sorry but that was more for the people polluting the world with their takes that this film needs to judged like it's high art. It's not pretending to be anything more than that which it is. A refreshing change from recent Fast & Furious films.

Watch the trailer, it’s that for a smidge of 2 hours. Doesn’t seem like your thing? Then don’t bother. But if you’re up for some easy laughs and things going bang, then this might just scratch that itch.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is in cinemas everywhere. If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts, please drop a line below or hit me on twitter @stu_watches

7.5/10

- Stu






Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam – amid a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his dispersed company of 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,000 soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer, and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.

Thanks to the generous folk at Transmission Films, we’ve got 10 in-season double passes for Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan to give away.

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Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan in cinemas August 8


First look at Tom Cruise’s return to his iconic role of Maverick. There’s a bunch to love about this trailer. We’re ready to get inverted!

TOP GUN: MAVERICK IN CINEMAS JUNE 25, 2020



When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable.

PLAYING WITH FIRE, starring John Cena, in cinemas JANUARY 9 2020







As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Based on the Comic Book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance

In cinemas FEBRUARY 13, 2020

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When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears. From director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and producers Craig Flores (300), Sam Raimi (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) and Alexandre Aja, Crawl is a nail-biting horror thriller in cinemas NOW.

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Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.



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DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 12

The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.



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When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Mulan opens in Australian cinemas on March 26, 2020

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After more than 170 episodes, and 130 hours, unpacking the 1995 LA crime saga, HEAT, one minute at a time, the “One HEAT Minute” Podcast receives its fairy-tale ending by enlisting four-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Mann as its final guest scheduled to air on 6 July, 2019. “One HEAT Minute” Podcast, conceived and executed by film journalist Blake Howard, has proven to be the most original, informative, entertaining and painstakingly detailed analysis of Michael Mann’s classic film HEAT, which has earned its place over time among similarly celebrated and analysed masterpieces.

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Christopher Nolan

“Genuinely exciting”
KQED

“Blake Howard’s Cine-essential ‘One HEAT Minute’ podcast may be the most delightfully detailed dissection of a single film since Roger Ebert’s shot-by-shot explication of CITIZEN KANE, and possibly more entertaining! It’s one of the few podcasts in recent memory that could stand the test of time to become a valuable resource for film theorists and casual movie lovers alike. And to have Director Mann, himself, for the final episode to discuss his classic film is just like the final shot in HEAT....the perfect ending to an epic journey.”

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"It's a brilliant idea, relentlessly executed with charm, wit, and enthusiasm. Every time I listen to it, I feel the need to rush back to my TV and watch the whole movie again.”

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Like Captain Ahab before him, friend of the site Blake Howard has chased Michael Mann across the journalistic and cinematic world. This maddening journey was often been treacherous to say the least, but after several years, he’s finally landed his white whale.

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Listeners can find “One HEAT Minute” Podcast at OneHeatMinute.com or Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher. The highly anticipated finale with Michael Mann airs on 6 July, 2019.