Get ready to feel old: Back To The Future turns 30 this week. Yes, as hard as it is to believe, it’s been three decades since the time-hopping, DeLorean riding, Biff punching franchise hit theatres and blasted its way straight to the top of many moviegoers’ fave films lists.

Review: Terminator Genisys

2 July 2015, 10:24am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

You’d be forgiven for thinking the newest addition to the Terminator series is the fourth in the franchise, because the previous entry – 2009’s Terminator Salvation – was so unremarkable that its very existence seems to be disappearing from our timeline. But yes, Terminator Genisys is in fact number five in a series whose temporal entanglements are now so baffling it’s a wonder it hasn’t been completely rebooted from the beginning, such is Hollywood’s way approximately two films after a series becomes irrelevant.

Cinema’s most iconic promise is about to be fulfilled with extreme prejudice in July. Not only will Arnold Schwarzenegger be back as the T800 in this summer’s worst spelt sequel, Terminator Genisys, but also showing off his acting chops in Maggie, as a dad comforting his infected-daughter in the midst of the zombie plague – this time, it’ll be her that’s coming back.

But first, moviegoers this week really should see Arnie’s first guarantee to return, James Cameron’s original Terminator movie from 1984. And coming back to it reveals what a perfect slice of sci fi this is… 

For a man who started out as generic Hot Guy #72 in an array of booty-shaking, bullet-spraying cheese-fests, Channing Tatum sure is doing pretty darn well for himself.  Between Oscar-teasing turns in Foxcatcher, guffaw-sparking LOLs in 21/22 Jump Street, and producing and starring in the so-wrong-it’s-kinda-oh-who-are-we-kidding-completely-right cinematic strip-fests Magic Mike and now its sequel XXL, he’s come a long way since he kickstarted his career as a dancer in Ricky Martin’s She Bangs video.  So join us as we celebrate all things Tatum and his rise to unadulterated awesomeness.


Attention movie-lovers! This July, Virgin Movies celebrates 100 million movie rentals with a massive competition! Rent any movie in July and be automatically entered into our competition to win a family trip to Hollywood!

Virgin Movies: Best of June 2015

30 June 2015, 11:11am

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

We're currently in the middle of a heatwave, so why not cool down with the help of the freshest titles available now on Virgin Movies? Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

Anna Smith hit Scotland’s festival city to pick her favourites from EIFF 2015


Beyond The Lights is probably one of the best films of the year that you've never even heard of. Here's five very good reasons to watch it now...

I first saw Back To The Future as a teenager, on TV in my bedroom on Christmas Day. Since then I’ve seen it in cinemas, in fields, in Secret Cinema’s recreation of Hilly Valley and projected onto the on the wall of my roof garden. But I’ve never seen it with the score performed live. When I sit down in the dress circle at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, the place is packed with fellow fans and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. An ingenious addition to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (where it first premiered 30 years ago), it’s attracted a crowd of genuine fans of the 1985 sci-fi adventure: I spot one guy sporting a holo-cap as seen in BTTF2, and several branded tops. One bloke is wearing a Goonies t-shirt - well, hey, it’s in the spirit of the era. As Marty McFly. Michael J Fox’s time travelling antics helped defined an decade dominated by world-class family adventures - and judging by the audience, its magic has stayed with them well into adulthood. 

Since their scene-stealing debut in 2010’s sci-fi slapstick comedy Despicable Me, the Minions have gone onto spawn mountains of cuddly toys, comics, short film spin-offs, video games, books, breakfast meals, amusement rides at Universal Studios Florida/Hollywood (replete with post-show dance party) and now - as of this week - their very own movie.

Oh, and gifs. Thousands and thousands of gifs.