Fast & Furious 6
Director Justin Lin takes the high-speed action franchise to London, with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson along for the ride
John Ford's landmark western starring a young chap called John Wayne. Wonder what ever happened to him?
John Wayne guns down the Apaches in John Ford's rip-roaring Western about a mixed coachload of stock characters - the tart with a heart of gold, the whisky-slugging doctor, the prudish small-town woman - dodging the attacks of Geronimo and his friends.
In taking an ensemble cast on a perilous journey across back-projected landscapes, Ford anticipates the slew of 1970s disaster movies that sent complements of stars on similarly dangerous trips. But here the notion seems as fresh as a prairie daisy. The politics, however, were as naive and thoughtless then as they are now, and demonstrate the director's unblinking attachment to a mythical version of 19th-century American history: a comforting dream from which, in the 1960s and 1970s, audiences were forced to awake.
But heck, this is 1939, so love the thing for what it is: the maiden voyage of a celebrated cliche - with a climax that's one of the great masterpieces of editing.
Modern movies began here.
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray gives her thoughts on Asghar Farhadi's The Past My third Competition film seems the most likely Palme d'Or contender so far: Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi's The Past
For an event that generates so much excitement and carries with it such potential for surprise, it's remarkable how - year after year - the experience of being at the Cannes Film Festival always feels