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13 March 2014, 11:36am
Movies based on videogames are not generally well known for their high quality or craftsmanship, and given that EA's arcade racer Need For Speed is known mainly for its fast cars and bad behaviour, you'd forgive me for thinking that the movie adaptation wouldn't be troubling too many end of year lists. However, with Aaron Paul arriving hot from Breaking Bad and director Scott Waugh namechecking the likes of genre classics Vanishing Point and Two-Lane Blacktop as influences and not, say Fast & Furious, Need For Speed manages to outrun our preconceptions, leaving us kissing its asphalt instead of staring ruefully at its skidmarks.
13 March 2014, 7:31am
With Need For Speed gearing up for cinemas and hoping to be parked alongside the true greats of Hollywood's car movie genre, what better time to look at cinema's craziest car jumps, stunts, wheelies and pile-ups?
7 March 2014, 7:13am
300: Rise Of An Empire comes to cinemas this week and with it comes the promise of lots of CGI-ripped men roaring, lots of gore-spurting fights and lots of sword-swinging, sandal-wearing action. It also brings the promise that the film would be at least half an hour shorter if it was played at normal speed... because, much like its predecessor, this is a movie dripping in stylish slow-mo.
5 March 2014, 10:47pm
Golly... crikey... gosh... oh my! Who would believe that Richard Curtis' quintessentially British rom-com turns 20 this week?
5 March 2014, 3:28pm
Post-Oscar releases are always a bit on the light-hearted side since the "important" films are strategically held until the opportune months, and it doesn't get lighter than this 3D, slo-mo extravaganza. A sequel that takes place before, during and after the events of 2007's 300, 300: Rise of an Empire doesn't veer far from formula apart from placing the battles at sea and the inclusion of a female leader.
4 March 2014, 10:13pm
Classic mock-rock-documentary This Is Spinal Tap is 30 years old this week. That's 30 years of some of the most quotable lines and classic comedy moments to ever grace a screen. 30 years of Big Bottom, Stonehenge, Lick My Lovepump, "none more black", "bizarre gardening accidents" and, of course, things going up to 11... all courtesy of rock's loudest band.
3 March 2014, 9:50am
Brad Pitt is an Academy Award winner, Jared Leto really loves his mum, and Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep co-star in what is officially the most popular selfie in the world. These are the takeaway headlines from this year's Oscars, a night of few surprises and several crowd-pleasing victories presided over by a smiling, composed Ellen DeGeneres.
28 February 2014, 5:18pm
I was lucky enough this morning to join a group of journalists – dubbed by director Gareth Edwards as "the most important people in the world… just don't tell the others they're less important" – to see 20 minutes of footage from his new Godzilla movie. The footage we saw was raw, with temporary music and in some cases unfinished special effects, but we can say without doubt that Godzilla is going to be the blockbuster to beat this summer – and I say that with authority, being one of the first people on the planet to see the original atomic lizard back in action.
27 February 2014, 10:40am
It's been mentioned by more than a few people that Liam Neeson's career has gone the opposite way of Matthew McConaughey's, in that he was once a serious, Oscar-nominated thesp who's now happy starring in brainless movies that pay the bills but don't win him any accolades. And why not? Perhaps after paying his dues the 61-year old wants to have a little fun with B-movies that really belong on ITV2 in the middle of the night instead of every cinema in the world? So, after training Batman, showing off his particular set of skills, chomping a cigar, punching wolves, and rocking an amazing beard in Clash Of The Titans and its sequel, we have Non-Stop aka Texts On A Plane.