Review: Nightcrawler

28 October 2014, 4:29pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

"Why aren't we at the rape in Griffith Park like everyone else?" complains Rick, frustrated assistant to freelance news cameraman Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), as if the pair are missing out on a hotly-anticipated sporting event. Taken out of context, Rick's query is appalling, but in the scuzzy, ethically barren underworld of LA's competitive midnight newsgatherers, it's a perfectly valid question. Welcome to a world where one person's horrific crime is another's meal ticket; their chance for glory. Welcome to Nightcrawler.

With Daniel Radcliffe's new film Horns coming to cinemas this week - a movie that contains sex, nudity, drug use and violence - it's time to realise that the Harry Potter star has managed to shed the invisibility cloak of typecasting to graduate from Hogwarts and continue having a credible acting career. Surely some kind of Dark Arts magic is afoot?

Virgin Movies: Best Of October 2014

24 October 2014, 1:47pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

October featured some incredible new movies to watch on demand: just look at this brilliant selection from the last month! Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

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.