Cannes 2015 Diary Day #3: Flat out

22 May 2015, 9:51am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

Women banned from red carpets for wearing flat shoes, playing teacher in film criticism lessons and late night erotic movies in 3D. Just another day in Cannes! 

 

Review: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

21 May 2015, 9:30am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

Director Brad Bird teams up with co-writer Damon Lindelof for this sci-fi mystery about a secret place where nothing is quite what it seems...

Cannes 2015 Diary Day #2: Le Weekend

19 May 2015, 2:59pm

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

From feasting on The Lobster and the new Amy Winehouse documentary, to partying with Mos Def and ending up in a curry house. Our reporter, Anna Smith, keeps it classy at Cannes. Here's day two of her blog, exclusively for Virgin Movies!  

Are you simply sick of superheroes saving the day yet again?  Tired of found footage horror flicks?  Bored by the latest best-selling book adaptations?  Are you longing for something, well, a bit more original? A black and white Iranian film might not be the first thing that tempts you for a night out at the cinema, but think again, because A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is likely to be one of the coolest films you’ll see this year.  Here are nine reasons why:

Cannes 2015 Diary Day #1: The Beginning

15 May 2015, 8:57am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

The sun is shining as my train rolls into Cannes station on opening day. It’s a good omen: we still remember the wash-out of The Great Gatsby red carpet with a shudder. Poor soggy Leo. Today’s opening film, Standing Tall starring Catherine Deneuve, has been received with a bit of a French shrug - it’s OK, the word goes.

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

14 May 2015, 9:13am

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

Anyone who thinks Australian filmmaker George Miller has lost his edge thanks to recent child-friendly offerings like Happy Feet and its sequel are in for a surprise. After a thirty-year wait, he’s taken what everyone loved about the originals, added four extra layers of crazy, swathed it in glorious blue and orange cinematography and crafted a near two-hour road race that’s far more inventive than it sounds. 

He played one of the most iconic characters in movie history in four movies across seven years, and he returns to screens this week in thriller Survivor - but how much do we really know about Pierce Brendan 'James Bond' Brosnan? Irish? Correct. Smooth? Definitely. People Magazine's Sexiest Man of 2001? Without a doubt. Here are 10 things you didn't know about Pierce Brosnan.

When Mel Gibson showed his face at the world premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road last week, it was a stark reminder of how little we see of him these days. His personal reputation in tatters after a series of high-profile breakdowns and bust-ups – culminating in several secret audio recordings of Gibson generating so much rage he could power a hot air balloon – Mel is now forced to stand aside and watch his movie legacy be slowly rewritten. With Tom Hardy now playing the lead role of Max Rockatansky in the hard-driving, explosion-filled thriller, Gibson is still recovering after crashing and burning in a very different way. With Mad Mel's own fury road at a crossroads, will Hollywood ever find a place for him?

Time has shown that Pitch Perfect is one of those movies no-one saw coming, and what started out as a small, weird comedy about a group of warbling misfits has become a true cult phenomenon since its debut in 2012.  Prince William and Kate Middleton requested a private screening at one of their castles, Brad Pitt is said to be a fan, and there are countless fan clubs, homages and ear-bleeding covers all too merrily sprawled across YouTube.

 

Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

6 May 2015, 11:29am

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

Given its fondness for killing off major names it's no great surprise that for Spooks 'the Movie' there are few stars left to call upon. Characters played by David Oyelowo, Richard Armitage and Rupert Penry-Jones all met violent ends over the course of ten seasons, while Keeley Hawes should perhaps count herself lucky to have simply been bundled out of the country in disgrace to escape incarceration. Filling the void is Game of Thrones' Kit Harington who joins old hand, and last pivotal player standing, Peter Firth.

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