Review: Fury

20 October 2014, 4:26pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and executive produced by star Brad Pitt, Fury is a gutsy, solidly entertaining five-men-in-a-tank war movie that does a decent job of balancing ultra-gritty war-is-hell realism with the expected Hollywood conventions.

What do you do when you're Brad Pitt?

20 October 2014, 1:40pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

With a movie career stretching back over nearly thirty of his fifty years, William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is now one of the most famous people on the planet. He's come a long way since his first film role as "Guy At Beach With Drink" in 1987's Hunk (me neither) and is now believed to be worth around $250 million. So he'd be forgiven for putting his feet up, asking the missus to fetch him a nice warm mug of cocoa and enjoying retirement with his family; after all, with all that cash clogging up your bank account, you really don't have to work another day. But no. Brad Pitt cannot sit still. It's not in his nature. And anyway, Angelina makes rubbish cocoa.

This week marks 30 years since the cybernetic T-800 arrived from the future to prevent the birth of the future leader of the human rebellion, John Connor. It made a megastar of Arnold Schwarzenegger, put writer/director James Cameron on the map and made us all terrified of evil metal skeletons killing people with huge guns. As if we weren’t already afraid of that.

The many faces of James Franco

14 October 2014, 9:10pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Actor, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, author, Oscar nominee, poet, soap star, artist, Academy Awards host, peddler of men's fragrances... add butcher, baker and candlestick-maker and James Franco has officially tried all of the jobs. Now, as Palo Alto gets released in cinemas - a film starring James Franco, based on a book of short stories written by James Franco - let's take a look at how James Franco is singlehandedly responsible for maintaining the global economy.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

14 October 2014, 1:48pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

What does Michael Bay have against beloved '80s cartoons? After making a mess (and billions of dollars) of Transformers, he's turned his attention to the team of crime-fighting anthropomorphic turtles – because who doesn't want to see CGI reptiles with lips and Frank Sinatra's peepers?

It might not be as famous as Star Wars or as cool as Pulp Fiction, or as respected as The Godfather, but The Shawshank Redemption stands at the #1 spot in IMDB's list of the best films of all time... and this week it celebrates its 20-year anniversary! To honour the occasion we give you a whole new set of trivia, facts and little-known information to make you appreciate the film even more. Not that it needs it.

Review: The Maze Runner

9 October 2014, 9:00am

Ed Williamson posted by Ed Williamson

Teenagers, you might have noticed, are everywhere these days, mainly the bus. If it weren't enough that they be on the top deck, taking up eight seats with four arses and playing music from their phone speakers for no reason other than to annoy, they're also to be found on the side of the bus, aiming a bow and arrow at a thing or kissing a vampire. Films about teens and for teens are nothing new, but it's notable how modern teen cinema wants to promote proactivity among a group often seen – mainly by joyless, ageing husks like me – as self-regarding and indifferent.

Seth MacFarlane's funniest moments

7 October 2014, 2:48pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

He's the man of a thousand voices, and each one is the voice of a thousand controversial gags, but Seth MacFarlane has risen above his offensive cartoon sitcom status to make offensive live-action films instead. As his new film, A Million Ways To Die In The West becomes available to watch now on Virgin Movies let's take a look at his funniest moments to date.

How Young Adult movies took over the cinema

6 October 2014, 3:50pm

Tom Hawker posted by Tom Hawker

Beautiful people? Check. A sense of not belonging? Yup. An oppressive society looming over everyone? Affirmative. Less sex than an 86-year-old nun doing a crossword? That's a bingo.

20 incredible facts about Nicolas Cage

5 October 2014, 8:31pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

As gritty drama Joe becomes available to watch on Virgin Movies this week, it's a good reason to celebrate its enigmatic star - a man who gives a line reading like no other, an actor who has gone so far beyond parody, he has come back round to being brilliant again. We are, of course, talking about the walking, talking Internet meme that is... Sir Nicolas of Cage.

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