Can actors sing?

9 July 2014, 2:04pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

This week sees the release of Begin Again, in which Keira Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who has a chance encounter with Mark Ruffalo’s disgraced record label exec... and yes, Knightley uses all her own vocal chords in the film. But how has Hollywood royalty fared with singing on screen? Let’s take a look.

Transformers. They have come to Earth bringing with them a raging war from the dying planet of Cybertron. But they are also more than meets the eye. How much more? Let's find out.

After last year's relatively low-key action comedy Pain & Gain, Michael Bay returns to the comfort of a nine-figure budget this week with the $210 million rock 'em sock 'em blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction. But like so many of today's biggest directors, Bay got his start in the considerably smaller domain of music video. Here are ten achingly cheesy videos from the back catalogues of Hollywood's directing elite.

Forrest Gump turns 20 years old this week and it shows no sign of leaving the public consciousness. Its success and popularity just keeps on running and running, just like... well, you get the idea.

Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

3 July 2014, 12:18pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

In 2010 DreamWorks' hit-starved animation studio was finally gifted with How To Train Your Dragon, a film that satisfied older audiences as well as the many young fans of Cressida Cowell's best-selling book series. The movie came close to Pixar at its best with a memorable score, top-notch animation and an instantly loveable lead character, and while most sequels usually reek of money-hungry desperation, How To Train Your Dragon 2 not only continues the story of Hiccup and his toothless friend but gives us a totally new one.

What makes Spider-Man 2 so amazing?

3 July 2014, 6:45am

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Our Spidey sense is tingling this week as Spider-Man 2 celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Heralded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, what did it get so right that so many other comic-book films get so wrong? And, indeed, what made Spider-Man 2 more amazing than The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Let’s attempt to untangle its web of brilliance.

I am untroubled by the fact that the Transformers franchise is an outlet for a man to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to watch things blow up. The co-opting of a children's toy line as an excuse to ogle women's bottoms is a stickier wicket, but more of that later. No, the real problem, as you might expect of a bunch of stories about alien robots that turn into cars, is its lack of humanity.

Virgin Movies: Best Of June 2014

30 June 2014, 1:51pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

The World Cup continues, but there are still great new movies available on demand: just look at this cracking selection from the last month! Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

25 Things You Didn't Know About Batman

24 June 2014, 10:27pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

25 years ago to the week, Tim Burton's Batman was released, changing Hollywood (and film merchandising) forever. To celebrate the film's anniversary, here are 25 Bat Facts about the first true cinematic outing for the caped crusader.

Review: Chef

20 June 2014, 1:45pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Having kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first two Iron Man movies and then come a cropper with high profile misfire Cowboys & Aliens, it's perhaps not surprising to find director Jon Favreau making a return to small scale personal pictures like his screenwriting debut Swingers. It's also next to impossible to avoid reading between the lines in this gentle feelgood comedy-drama, though that only adds to the enjoyment.