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

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

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.

Sometimes, an actor has all the right qualities for a part, but are lacking a certain something...When that happens, it's time for the make-up department to step up and get the modelling clay out.  Here are the best and most eye-boggling movie prosthetics we've seen:

There was a point earlier this year where you could barely move for Alicia Vikander movies: one minute she was the sexy intelligent robot in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, next minute she was a Russian call girl opposite Ewan McGregor in the Aussie thriller Son Of A Gun, then she was the iconic British diarist Vera Brittain in Testament Of Youth. Some people get famous mostly by luck: this Swedish girl has definitely got talent if she can convince us that she’s a robot one minute and cut-glass Brit the next. 

Amy Schumer's 15 funniest sketches

13 August 2015, 3:34pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

You might not have heard of Amy Schumer, but the release of her comedy Trainwreck (directed by Judd Apatow) this week is set to change that. Her ever-increasing popularity is due, in large part, to her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, which features excerpts from her stand-up shows and a series of brilliant sketches that take potshots at a number of cultural issues, from body image pressure to gender stereotyping, rape culture and sexism in Hollywood, alongside the standard subjects of relationships and sex. Fortunately, though the show doesn't yet air in the UK (series 2 starts on Monday 24th August), the good people of Comedy Central have made her work available on YouTube, so here's an Amy Schumer crash course, with 15 of her funniest sketches.

Review: Trainwreck

12 August 2015, 2:50pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

Rom-coms have always been tricky to get right, but when films started revolving around random holidays the genre was obviously in dire need of resuscitation. So on a wave of hype comes Trainwreck; a comedy written by and starring so-hot-right-now comedienne, Amy Schumer, and directed by Judd Apatow. But while various sketches from her show Inside Amy Schumer always push boundaries, Trainwreck is surprisingly conventional.

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