At the cinema: Fast, furious, cocky and cool

At the cinema: Fast, furious, cocky and cool

In 2001, had you told any avid moviegoer that "The Fast and the Furious" would start one of the most successful film franchises ever and survive the death of one of its two biggest stars to release nine blockbuster films over the next 20 years, they probably would’ve laughed at you and then sped off going zero to 60 in about three seconds.

Nevertheless, here we are a score of years later with "F9" as the latest instalment in this action-crammed story of humans and the vehicles they destroy. Dom (Vin Diesel) and the team are enjoying the comfort of their homebody lives when Jakob (John Cena), Dom’s estranged brother, returns to seek vengeance. "F9" opens at Camana Bay Cinema on 25 June.

The time to be a wingman has finally come. More than 30 years has passed since "Top Gun" first captivated audiences and now Tom Cruise is coming back to reprise his role as Pete Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick." Mitchell has completed three decades of service to the U.S. Air Force and now acts as a test pilot. However, he must act carefully to not get promoted to a rank that would leave him out of the skies and into administration. Val Kilmer comes back as Iceman — now an admiral — and Jennifer Connelly plays Mitchell's love interest.

"Top Gun: Maverick" flies into Camana Bay Cinema on 2 July.

The 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" was extremely loyal to the source material and the script was virtually identical to its animated predecessor, giving us with an entertaining story of inner beauty being the key to true love. Emma Watson masters all her musical numbers as Belle as she shares the screen with a hall-of-fame cast that includes Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Ian McKellen. See "Beauty and the Beast" as a Kids Club feature for one showing on the morning of 5 June.

They don’t make ’em like Steve McQueen anymore, do they? The original King of Cool, McQueen delivered in his roles that often concerned guns, cars, motorcycles and just being a cool, anti-hero type of character. McQueen's role as Lt. Frank Bullitt is no exception. Considered one of 1968's best films, "Bullitt" tells the story about a cop who goes off the rails to find the man responsible for killing a witness that he was assigned to protect.
It's as good as film noir gets and the late ’60s cinematography makes fantastic use of the San Francisco landscape in the film’s iconic second-half car chase. "Bullitt" plays on 6 July for one night only as part of the "Classics at the Cinema" programming.

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