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Virgin Movies: Best Of February 2015

3 March 2015, 9:59am

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

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

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

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.

The recent announcement that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig intends to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast (including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy) sent the internet into a spin, with opinion decidedly divided on the idea. As far as we're concerned, it's a brilliant idea whose timing couldn't be more perfect. What's more, we can think of several other films that deserve a gender-reversed reboot. Here's a selection of them.

Review: Jupiter Ascending

5 February 2015, 5:18pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

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.

Review: Selma

4 February 2015, 3:24pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

‘Selma’s snub is shocking,’ said The Guardian. ‘Selma was robbed,’ according to The Daily Beast. “People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” explained Captain America’s Anthony Mackie. If you haven’t heard about Selma’s lack of Oscar nominations, you haven’t been paying attention, because everyone and their dog has an opinion on it. But while people spout and share statistics of the overwhelmingly white male Academy, on this side of the pond we have yet to find out if Selma is actually any good. Until now, that is.

Virgin Movies: Best of January 2015

29 January 2015, 3:13pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

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

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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.

Review: Ex_Machina

22 January 2015, 10:07am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

Nearly twenty years since he published his first novel, The Beach - during which time he's written two more books and four highly acclaimed screenplays - Alex Garland has taken the plunge and directed his first movie, Ex_Machina, from his own original script. It's the latest step in a fascinating career, and one which proves that Garland is entirely adept at pretty much anything he chooses to turn his hand to.

The joyous appearance of an unexpected dance sequence in a film that is not otherwise dance-related is undoubtedly one of the great unsung movie pleasures. A particularly great example occurs in this week's sci-fi thriller Ex_Machina, when, out of nowhere, computer genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) launches into a full-tilt boogie with his domestic help (Sonoya Mizuno) in front of boggle-eyed programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson). It's a sublime and ridiculous moment that smartly undercuts the intensity of the cat-and-mouse game played by the rest of the film. Inspired by Ex_Machina's example, here is our pick of the best unexpected dance sequences.

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