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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.

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.

Oscars 2015 bingo card

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?

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.

Review: Jupiter Ascending

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.

Virgin Movies: Best of January 2015

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.

Why cinema needs the Wachowskis

28 January 2015, 10:14pm

The Matrix was released 16 years ago and every movie the Wachowskis have released since has flopped – it's fair to say that after a strong first innings, their batting average has slumped somewhat. With new sci-fi Jupiter Ascending on the horizon, Lana and Andy Wachowski – known collectively by those who know them as "the double-yous" – look set to add another misfit to the collection: originally scheduled for release in July 2014, it was ungainly shunted back to February 2015, a dead-zone for would-be blockbusters. But you should underestimate the Wachowskis at your peril – they may not have the box-office receipts to back them up, but they have in spades two things most directors lack: originality and ambition.

The curious case of Zach Braff

18 January 2015, 8:49pm

The critics were united: Garden State was one of 2004's most delightful cinematic surprises – and it was all thanks to debut director Zach Braff, best known for TV hospital sitcom Scrubs. "Braff's direction – of both cast and camera – is so confident that this debut could well mark the start of a major career," said one admirer. "One of the best directorial debuts in recent memory," said another. It seemed Braff, in his late 20s when the movie was made, was a major new discovery: a triple threat who couldn't just write, act and direct, but was funny too. What could stop him from conquering Hollywood?

Review: Big Hero 6

3 January 2015, 12:01pm

Big Hero 6 is a movie that makes you feel young and old all at the same time: young, because it's an invigorating, spirited, good-natured adventure that ignites the senses; old, because it's hyperactive to the point of exhaustion and visually relentless from start to finish. Even compared to something like the groundbreaking Toy Story in 1995, the first ever completely CG animation, Big Hero 6 looks advanced beyond its years. When sat flush next to the more sedate Disney classics - you remember, the ones with the quaint talking cats and dogs - Big Hero 6 looks like it's from a thousand years into the future. Uncle Walt could never have imagined a movie this bright, colourful and energetic.

Virgin Movies: Best of December 2014

18 December 2014, 9:45am

The year is almost over, but don't despair because we still have tons of great movies for you to unwrap! We'll see you on the flipside in 2015, but for now you can click through to watch online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV. Enjoy!

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