Review: The Last Five Years

14 April 2015, 11:34am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

It’s hard to imagine anyone falling out of love with Anna Kendrick, but this musical begins with her character, Cathy, mourning the departure of her husband Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), looking back on their five-year relationship. Each key scene has an original song to go with it: while those from Cathy’s point of view work backwards from the break-up, Jamie’s start at the beginning, meaning this is a series of musical numbers you have to slot together like a jigsaw.

Kevin James: rise of the pratfaller

13 April 2015, 8:16pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

25. That's how many times Kevin James falls over in Paul Blart: Mall Cop – that's an average of one pratfall every 3.5 minutes, a special kind of clumsiness usually reserved only for those with chronic inner-ear infections. But America's most unbalanced individal was clearly onto something – Paul Blart tumbled his way to a record-breaking $146m box office take in January 2009 (the first movie ever to do so with that release slot) and star Kevin James segued – pun very much intentional, thank you – that commercial success into what has so far been a lasting career. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 stumbles into cinemas this week, so it's time to take a closer look at how Kevin James pratfalled his way to stardom.

Though he'd been acting steadily since making his debut in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), it was Viggo Mortensen's role as hirsute warrior Aragorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003) that really made audiences sit up and take notice. More recently, Mortensen has gained critical acclaim for his work with director David Cronenberg, including A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.

Mortensen's latest film is Jauja, an existentialist western in which he plays an engineer searching for his teenage daughter in the Patagonian wilderness. We caught up with him to talk about his love of sports, his plans to direct and naked wrestling for David Cronenberg.

Ryan Gosling is a Candian-born actor best known for his roles in Drive, The Ides of March and countless feminist memes.  He's also the most perfect human being to walk amongst mere mortals.  Don't believe us? Here are only 10 things he's more talented at than you...

He's the smouldering heartthrob who quietly but efficiently became one of Britain's top actors – but how much do you really know about Edward Thomas Hardy? From breakfast TV to Hollywood idol, Tom Hardy has become a star and we barely know him from Adam. Here are 10 essential things you must know about the man before you enjoy any more of his movies.

When the initial reviews started flooding in for Keanu Reeves’ 57th feature film John Wick, the collective response was fittingly Bill & Ted-ish. Whoa!  Because after roughly 15 years in the (at least critically acclaimed) cinematic wilderness, Reeves is - whisper it - back at aged 50, reinvigorating a career that’s seen soaring Hollywood highs, laconic lows and everything in-between. 

Review: John Wick

7 April 2015, 12:30pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

What would you do if a gang of thugs broke into your Vogue Living house, stole your vintage Mustang, beat you up and killed your adorable Beagle puppy, just for kicks? If you’re anything like John Wick, you’d get suited and booted and go on a murderous rampage to find the men responsible, but then, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) isn’t your average Joe. 

Some movie stars crash and burn. Others simply meander along, cashing cheques until old age finally gets the better of them. And then there’s Bill Murray, a 64-year old pop culture icon with a face (and demeanour) as craggy as Yosemite National Park, and a devilish glint in his eyes that can only mean trouble. We love him because he operates defiantly outside of the Hollywood machine. He’s one of us. Except he isn’t: he’s gloriously unobtainable and notoriously uncontactable. And yet, at the same time, he’s everywhere. Basically he’s an alien.

 

Review: Fast & Furious 7

31 March 2015, 3:41pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Fast and Furious fans expecting the frenetic franchise to be fatally compromised by the tragic death of star Paul Walker will be pleasantly surprised by seventh instalment, which delivers everything you could wish for in the fast cars, punch-ups and outrageous stunts department, while also serving as a fitting and surprisingly touching send-off for its leading man. Though he had only completed half of his scenes before his tragic car crash in November 2013, the production used a combination of stand-ins (including Walker's brothers Cody and Caleb), CGI face-imposition and unseen footage to work around Walker's absence and the results are practically seamless, the cracks only showing in the film's final sequence.

 

 

Virgin Movies: Best Of March 2015

30 March 2015, 4:32pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

This month was out of this world on Virgin Movies, with a whole host of award-winning films making a perfect landing - just check out this selection below!  Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

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