The adventures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are now well into double figures, meaning new additions aren't greeted with quite the same fanfare they used to be. Even though this second Avengers instalment is by some way the biggest and most spectacular movie Marvel have made to date, it's hard to argue that it has the novelty and wow factor of its predecessor. By now, we are all well acquainted with the likes of Iron Man (five movies including cameos), Captain America (four movies) and Nick Fury (five movies plus TV show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.), as well as their fighting skills, their sense of humour and their turn-ons/offs. So while Age Of Ultron is undoubtedly a blockbuster par excellence, bursting with impeccably directed action, wit and spectacle, it is lacking the flying-by-the-seat-of-its-pants satisfaction that made Avengers Assemble such a joy. That movie was the mad and crazy experiment which worked against all odds; Ultron is another successful application of the now tried-and-tested formula.
13 April 2015, 8:16pm
25. That's how many times Kevin James falls over in Paul Blart: Mall Cop – that's an average of one pratfall every 3.5 minutes, a special kind of clumsiness usually reserved only for those with chronic inner-ear infections. But America's most unbalanced individal was clearly onto something – Paul Blart tumbled his way to a record-breaking $146m box office take in January 2009 (the first movie ever to do so with that release slot) and star Kevin James segued – pun very much intentional, thank you – that commercial success into what has so far been a lasting career. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 stumbles into cinemas this week, so it's time to take a closer look at how Kevin James pratfalled his way to stardom.
8 April 2015, 8:42pm
He's the smouldering heartthrob who quietly but efficiently became one of Britain's top actors – but how much do you really know about Edward Thomas Hardy? From breakfast TV to Hollywood idol, Tom Hardy has become a star and we barely know him from Adam. Here are 10 essential things you must know about the man before you enjoy any more of his movies.
30 March 2015, 4:32pm
This month was out of this world on Virgin Movies, with a whole host of award-winning films making a perfect landing - just check out this selection below! Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.
Sony have released a new teaser poster for the 24th 007 film SPECTRE, silencing months of speculation as to what James Bond's new look is going to be. This winter season it's all about Apple watches, sensible tweed slacks and tight roll-neck jumpers, together with a steely determination to deliver a box of Milk Tray.
3 March 2015, 9:59am
The year has only just begun, but already we've got loads of great films for you to enjoy! Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.
16 February 2015, 11:39pm
The Oscars are as predictable as they are entertaining, but if you're in the market for a good time, forget the glamorous antics of the Hollywood elite and focus your attention on our hastily-concocted Oscars Bingo card! Mark off the events as they happen on the night, and if you get a row, you win... er... our respect. Which is worth more than any gold statue, right guys?
15 February 2015, 8:05pm
When watching the calamitous adaptation of EL James' Fifty Shades Of Grey unfold on screen, you may have an awakening. Not a sexual one – although more power to you if you do – but an epiphany of sorts: it'll strike you around 10 minutes in that never before has a movie had so little reason to exist for anything other than financial reasons. Sam Taylor-Johnson – an arthouse director of no small repute – has done her best in bringing James' bonkbuster to the big screen, but in eliminating the truly cringeworthy content from the page (the inner monologues, the incessant lip-biting and blushing, the borderline schizophrenic mentions of "inner goddesses" and "sub-consciousnesses" and such), she's left with a film so bereft of the fundamentals of storytelling that it feels creatively bankrupt from the first orgasm to the last.
5 February 2015, 5:18pm
Given that it was shunted from a July 2014 release to the graveyard that is February 2015, it's probable that Warner Bros didn't have much faith in Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi epic from Lana and Andy Wachowski. Every movie they've made since The Matrix has lost money, and critics were not kind to either Speed Racer or Cloud Atlas. It's understandable that Warner Bros panicked and pushed Jupiter Ascending back: upon seeing it, the first reaction is one of confusion – how on Earth did this get made? Just be grateful it did: a heady mixture of space opera, Douglas Adams-esque satire and mid-90s fantasy action, Jupiter Ascending is the maddest movie of the year, and it's utterly irresistable if you're willing to let it wash over you.
29 January 2015, 3:13pm
Happy New Year! (are we still saying that?) We don't know about you, but it feels like Christmas was an age away and January's been going on forever. Research, by scientists, has shown that there's no better way to chase the blues away than to settle down with a good film or two, and luckily we've got loads. Read on for our rundown on what's great and new on Virgin Movies this month and start 2015 on a roll! Click through to watch online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.