Stories about Helena Bonham Carter

Given its stellar cast, Ocean’s 8 is not the masterpiece one would expect

While Hollywood has always been very fond of remakes and spinoffs, it has more recently developed a fascination with female-centred continuations of beloved cinematic adventures and established franchises. From the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot to the upcoming The Expendabelles, The Hustle and The Rocketeers, several female-led reimagining are bringing old tales back to the big screen with a new twist. An example of this phenomenon currently in cinemas is, of course, the much-talked-about Ocean’s 8, the all-female spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy. The action-comedy is centred on the character of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) – the younger sister of the (probably) late Danny Ocean – who is trying to pull off ...

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Sorry George Clooney, but no one carries out a diamond heist better than women, and Ocean’s 8 proves just that

Sixteen years ago, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 wowed audiences by offering a slick, stylish and entertaining new take on the crime-caper/heist genre. The movie had a star-studded cast led by George Clooney as the smooth-talking Danny Ocean, while also featuring the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia, among others. The film went on to spawn two sequels (Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13) and received both critical and commercial acclaim with the trilogy itself grossing over a billion dollars worldwide. Sixteen years later, Ocean’s 8 attempts to do something similar but with a strictly feminine twist, with some of the biggest female actresses ...

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Alice’s unnecessary journey Through the Looking Glass

Following through with Lewis Carrolls’ two-book series, the movie Alice: Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bohin, was recently released in theatres, but it did not fare so well at the box office. It felt like an unnecessary sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010). Alice (Mia Wasikowska) inevitably returns to Underland through a giant mirror in order to help her dear friend, The Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is lamenting the “loss” of his family. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) inevitably returns to Underland through a giant mirror in order to help her dear friend, The Hatter (Johnny Depp), who ...

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