Patrick Swayze

Point Break $100m remake: What's the point, dude?

The 1991 action thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze has been remade into a globe-trotting, 3D extravaganza. Why bother, asks Tim Walker, they'll never top a soulful flick that changed the face of film-making

Cultural Life: Jackie collins, author

An unputdownable, dazzling thrill-ride is 'City of the Sun' by David Levien. Not for the fainthearted. 'My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands' by Chelsea Handler is a hilarious trip through her early love life.

Patrick Swayze dies aged 57

Friends and family have announced that Patrick Swayze, the actor who smouldered his way into the limelight in Dirty Dancing and went on to became one of the most influential leading men of his generation, had died in Los Angeles, following a two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Big screen blasts from the past

The new 3D animation film Monsters vs Aliens takes its characters from Fifties sci-fi B-movies – and makes them cuddly. Expect more of these retro-cultural mash-ups in a cinema near you, says Kaleem Aftab