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True fact: before Whiplash was an Oscar-winning movie (including best suppporting actor for J.K. Simmons), it was also an award-winning 18 minute short which won the Sundance jury award in 2013.  The orginal, which also starred Simmons as shouty music instructor Fletcher, also had the famous "Are you rushing, or are you dragging?" scene which at first look hasn't changed much for the longer version.  Both clips are below - can you spot the subtle differences between the two?  Answers underneath!

Marvel unleashes new Ant-Man poster

29 May 2015, 11:35am

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

Marvel have revealed the new poster for the summer release of Ant-Man, showing the teeny, tiny hero dodging some equally teeny, tiny bullets.

Introducing: Lake Bell

27 May 2015, 3:00pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

Lake Bell may have a bigger presence in the US where she's a talented actress, writer and director, but she’s still an up-and-coming star over here in the UK.  She's about to star opposite our own national treasure Simon Pegg in British rom-com Man Up, so to celebrate Lake Bell’s talents (both in front and behind the camera), here are a few fast facts to introduce you:

The 10 best movies at Cannes 2015

26 May 2015, 10:20am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

As the sun sets on another Cannes Film Festival, here's a run down of the top 10 films which premiered this year: sensible footwear may be required. 


Review: San Andreas

24 May 2015, 8:01pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

It's an obvious joke, but Dwayne Johnson's new disaster movie San Andreas does indeed have its faults. In fact, it's riddled with plot holes the size of tectonic plate shifts. San Andreas might be the dumbest disaster movie ever made, and for a genre that usually only operates with critical faculties in the 'off' position, that's saying something. Put simply: the earth will not move for you.

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! 


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:

World cinema can be a curiously alienating beast, and a hard sell for those who like their cinema-going as broad and bombastic as possible.  But what if we told you there was a movie as insanely ridiculous as your average Michael Bay-fest, as adrenalised as The Raid, as bold as a Tarantino flick, and as indescribably unique as cinema comes?

Welcome to Tokyo Tribe, a movie as weird as it is unrelentingly entertaining, and completely worthy of dipping your toe into the foreign cinema waters. Here are five 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.