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Virgin Movies: Best Of October 2014

24 October 2014, 1:47pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

October featured some incredible new movies to watch on demand: just look at this brilliant selection from the last month! Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

Review: Fury

20 October 2014, 4:26pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and executive produced by star Brad Pitt, Fury is a gutsy, solidly entertaining five-men-in-a-tank war movie that does a decent job of balancing ultra-gritty war-is-hell realism with the expected Hollywood conventions.

What do you do when you're Brad Pitt?

20 October 2014, 1:40pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

With a movie career stretching back over nearly thirty of his fifty years, William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is now one of the most famous people on the planet. He's come a long way since his first film role as "Guy At Beach With Drink" in 1987's Hunk (me neither) and is now believed to be worth around $250 million. So he'd be forgiven for putting his feet up, asking the missus to fetch him a nice warm mug of cocoa and enjoying retirement with his family; after all, with all that cash clogging up your bank account, you really don't have to work another day. But no. Brad Pitt cannot sit still. It's not in his nature. And anyway, Angelina makes rubbish cocoa.

The many faces of James Franco

14 October 2014, 9:10pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Actor, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, author, Oscar nominee, poet, soap star, artist, Academy Awards host, peddler of men's fragrances... add butcher, baker and candlestick-maker and James Franco has officially tried all of the jobs. Now, as Palo Alto gets released in cinemas - a film starring James Franco, based on a book of short stories written by James Franco - let's take a look at how James Franco is singlehandedly responsible for maintaining the global economy.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

14 October 2014, 1:48pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

What does Michael Bay have against beloved '80s cartoons? After making a mess (and billions of dollars) of Transformers, he's turned his attention to the team of crime-fighting anthropomorphic turtles – because who doesn't want to see CGI reptiles with lips and Frank Sinatra's peepers?

Review: The Maze Runner

9 October 2014, 9:00am

Ed Williamson posted by Ed Williamson

Teenagers, you might have noticed, are everywhere these days, mainly the bus. If it weren't enough that they be on the top deck, taking up eight seats with four arses and playing music from their phone speakers for no reason other than to annoy, they're also to be found on the side of the bus, aiming a bow and arrow at a thing or kissing a vampire. Films about teens and for teens are nothing new, but it's notable how modern teen cinema wants to promote proactivity among a group often seen – mainly by joyless, ageing husks like me – as self-regarding and indifferent.

How Young Adult movies took over the cinema

6 October 2014, 3:50pm

Tom Hawker posted by Tom Hawker

Beautiful people? Check. A sense of not belonging? Yup. An oppressive society looming over everyone? Affirmative. Less sex than an 86-year-old nun doing a crossword? That's a bingo.

Review: Gone Girl

1 October 2014, 2:20pm

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

Gillian Flynn's smash-hit chiller Gone Girl represents quite the challenge in its transition to screen. It boasts not one but two - possibly unreliable - narrators, a heavy dependence on diary entries, a constantly shifting timeline, more plot than could be comfortably condensed into a movie, and more complex psychology than might be convincingly conveyed under the scrutiny of the big screen. Thankfully the adaptation is in the hands of director David Fincher, the modern master of the thriller - the man behind Seven and Zodiac, who even turned the story of an uber-geek into something slick and suspenseful. Also onboard is Flynn herself, to smooth her near 500-page novel into a screenplay.

Review: The Equalizer

23 September 2014, 10:42am

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

It must be nice being Denzel Washington. At 59 he's experienced critical and commercial success, kept his private life private, and still has the ability to make women of all ages swoon themselves into a tizzy. Left with nothing prove and no-one to impress, he can happily take on any role and any movie without it ruining his pristine reputation because, hello, he's Denzel Washington. Thirteen years after Training Day and his Oscar-winning performance, Washington has re-teamed with director Antoine Fuqua for The Equalizer; a big screen adaptation of a forgotten 1980s TV show of the same name.

Review: The Riot Club

17 September 2014, 2:41pm

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

Privileged students cause havoc in this adaptation of the stage play Posh, helmed by An Education's Lone Scherfig. It's Oxford University Freshers Week, and nice guy Miles (Max Irons) forms an instant bond with down-to-earth northerner Lauren (Holliday Grainger). Quietly seething in the background is Alistair (Sam Claflin), a wealthy but socially awkward new student who's feeling the pressure of being in his older brother's shadow. Turns out his bro was a 'legend' and a member of The Riot Club, a secret dining society of posh boys who make a virtue out of trashing every establishment they frequent. Alistair is duly selected for membership, while Miles is surprised but flattered to be asked to join their ranks. Ridiculous initiation rituals commence, along with a potentially dangerous rivalry.

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