So, did you dump them or did they dump you? It’s the horrible question everyone asks after any good break up, and while The Transporter franchise might be saying that Jason Statham’s absence from behind the wheel of this week’s The Transporter Refuelled is down to ‘a mutual agreement to start seeing other people’, there’s no doubt who the power player in this relationship is. 

Virgin Movies: Best of August 2015

2 September 2015, 10:20am

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Banish the glum from the lack of summer sun and treat yourself to one of the amazing films available to watch now on Virgin Movies. Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

The five greatest Max Landis pitches

1 September 2015, 10:00pm

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This week sees the release of stoner-action-thriller American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. The film is most notable, however, for coming from the pen of Max Landis, outspoken Hollywood wunderkind and son of movie legend John Landis. Max has become famous as a young screenwriter in recent years, not only because of his great scripts - he wrote Chronicle for director Josh Trank and the forthcoming Victor Frankenstein - but because of his fun 'fan-fic' pitches that take iconic franchises and reboot them in new and exciting ways. Sure, sometimes they're just fun re-imaginings with no basis in reality, but a Max Landis pitch always guarantees a fresh take on an established classic. Here are his top five...

Meryl by numbers

31 August 2015, 6:44pm

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Awards-magnet and all-powerful goddess of Hollywood Meryl Streep returns to UK cinemas this week with yet another chameleonic role to add to the collection: a rock star with family issues in Ricki & The Flash. To celebrate her almighty career and the boundaries she's broken, we decided to break down Meryl Streep's career by numbers to see what makes her tick and to see if we can't crack her key to success...

Who’da thunk that a man usually known for his socially responsible documentaries would end up besties with a Disney starlet and one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men?  Not us.  But then Hollywood is full of odd pairings....

As Zac Efron returns to the big screen this week in DJ drama We Are Your Friends, we give you 20 reasons not to dismiss the High School Musical Heartthrob.

Review: Straight Outta Compton

26 August 2015, 2:31pm

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Bringing the summer movie calendar to a close in enjoyably un-PC style, Straight Outta Compton, from director F. Gary Gray, is the rags-to-riches tale of seminal US hip-hop group N.W.A. With artwork that smartly riffs on the 'parental advisory' sticker which would inevitably accompany their releases, the film plays up the pioneering gangsta rappers' anti-establishment, boundary pushing credentials.

From the moment she first rose to fame as sulky Bella in the Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has gained an unfortunate reputation as a bit of  twitchy character, trudging up red carpets with the look of a sullen teenager who's just been told to clean their room.  But unlike over young Hollywood stars, you can't deny that the girl previously known as K-Stew has got a bit of sass.  Here are 7 reasons why the American Ultra star is actually alright, really.

10 worst movie vacations

18 August 2015, 9:33pm

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Holidays are supposed to be blessed relief from the stresses of work, but movie holidays if anything end up being way more stressful than the 9-5 grind. With Vacation, the reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase classic, released in cinemas this week, we thought we'd look at the most disastrous movie getaways ever committed to film...

Review: Vacation

18 August 2015, 9:15pm

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"I've never even heard of the original vacation," says James Griswold, young son of Rusty, the poor kid dragged on the, um, original Vacation. "Doesn't matter," says Rusty. "The new vacation will stand on its own." It's a self-aware gag that offers a wink and a nudge to reboots past, present and future, but Rusty is right: the new Vacation is a comedy that gets by just fine without leaning too heavily on nostalgia. Pound for pound, laugh for laugh, Vacation might end up being the most consistently funny comedy of the year.

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