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Simon Morris looks at some big franchises that are coming to an end this week, including the beginning of the end for The Fast and the Furious.  He also looks at two film with intriguing partnerships, including one with a New Zealand connection.


Fast X is the tenth, if not quite the final, episode of Vin Diesel’s petrol-head epic.  Co-starring Rita Moreno, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and, as the film’s villain, a showboating Jason Momoa.




The Mother sees Jennifer Lopez challenge Liam Neeson as a homicidal parent protecting her daughter.   Directed by Kiwi Niki Caro (Whale Rider, Mulan), it features Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in love) out to kidnap J-Lo’s 12-year-old daughter.




And A good person sees Zach Braff, better known as an actor (TV’s Scrubs), write and direct the story of two people damaged by tragedy.   Can someone who did bad things still be a good person?  Starring Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy) and Florence Pugh (The Wonder).