Review: Paddington

25 November 2014, 5:18pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Michael Bond's much-loved children's books, which first appeared in 1958, were previously adapted into an animated BBC TV series in the 1970s, which Bond himself lovingly produced. The author's physical involvement in the new movie adaptation extends to a cheery cameo (he's briefly glimpsed early on, waving to Paddington as he goes past in a taxi), but the heart and soul of his creation remains very much intact and Paddington will delight both young audiences and nostalgic adults alike.

Review: Horrible Bosses 2

25 November 2014, 4:41pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

The first Horrible Bosses movie became an unexpectedly huge hit when it was released in 2011 – it took $117 million in the US alone, meaning that a sequel was pretty much inevitable. This time round, the filmmakers are wise to the fact that their key strength lies in the comic chemistry between the three leads, so the script (by incoming director Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris) plays to their strengths, rather than forcing them into a sequel-dictated “bigger”, more complicated plot set-up. The result is a solidly entertaining, if largely forgettable comedy sequel that won't disappoint fans of the first film, even if it's unlikely to win over any detractors.

“Who is Peter Quill? How can a raccoon shoot a gun? What’s a Groot?” – most of us, this time last year.

 “Peter Quill is hilarious! Rocket Raccoon is awesome! WE WANT A DANCING GROOT!” – all of us, now.

Who would have thought it?

Marvel is just a cinematic juggernaut at the moment. It rules the roost on superhero movies and has been responsible for some of the biggest movies of all time ever since it first introduced us to Robert Downey Jr’s sardonic tin-man just six years ago. 

Virgin Movies: Best Of November 2014

24 November 2014, 4:39pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

November was just bursting at the seams with fabulous new movies to watch on demand: just check out our picks from the last few weeks!  Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

2001: A Space Odyssey - The Legacy

24 November 2014, 3:40pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

Between November 18th and January 28th, the BFI's re-issue of Stanley Kubrick's awe-inspiring 1968 classic 2001 A Space Odyssey will play out on screens across the UK. It's fitting that this milestone of science fiction should return to cinemas just weeks after Christopher Nolan's similarly-minded Interstellar boggled the minds of audiences worldwide, so it seems as good a time as any to look at just what it is about 2001 that's so majestic, and why it's had such a lasting impact on sci-fi filmmakers for nearly half a century.

Creepiest moments in children’s movies

22 November 2014, 6:23pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Aargh! Look at those dead eyes! That eerie smile! That old duffel coat! The suspicious suitcase that looks like it might just contain severed limbs! At least this isn't the first time that a children’s movie has included moments of pure horrifying creepiness...

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

20 November 2014, 11:14am

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

Two years after overtaking Twilight as the most popular YA movie franchise and turning Jennifer Lawrence into an inescapable movie star, we’ve reached the thrilling climax of Suzanne Collins’ series. An action-packed finale that’ll see the corrupt Capitol and their evil Father Christmas-looking leader probably meet the pointy end of Katniss Everdeen’s arrow. Oh wait, sorry, that’s next year; before that we have a completely dull and totally redundant 120 minute movie to sit through that adds nothing to the surprisingly decent franchise.

Superheroes are everywhere right now. You can't move at your local cinema without tripping over a cape or a magic hammer or a talking raccoon. Some people might say this is a problem, that the over-saturation of comic-book movies is detrimental to the longevity of the genre and is crushing genuine original creativity. These people are idiots; MORE superheroes, we say! MORE!

What can we learn from Supergirl?

18 November 2014, 12:56pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

As Supergirl celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, what lessons can we learn from the first female-led comic-book film to ensure the success of our future cinematic superheroines?

Jennifer Lawrence: a very modern movie star

17 November 2014, 2:23pm

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

Talented and successful? Check. Admired by women and fancied by men? Check. At the tender age of 24, film star Jennifer Lawrence would seem to have it all right now – but none of this came by accident. A key part of being a popular movie star is how you behave, what image you project to the world, and how you fit into the current cultural climate. So how did the lady they like to call JLaw (also an affectionate compliment) score so big?