Holidays are supposed to be blessed relief from the stresses of work, but movie holidays if anything end up being way more stressful than the 9-5 grind. With Vacation, the reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase classic, released in cinemas this week, we thought we'd look at the most disastrous movie getaways ever committed to film...
18 August 2015, 9:15pm
"I've never even heard of the original vacation," says James Griswold, young son of Rusty, the poor kid dragged on the, um, original Vacation. "Doesn't matter," says Rusty. "The new vacation will stand on its own." It's a self-aware gag that offers a wink and a nudge to reboots past, present and future, but Rusty is right: the new Vacation is a comedy that gets by just fine without leaning too heavily on nostalgia. Pound for pound, laugh for laugh, Vacation might end up being the most consistently funny comedy of the year.
18 August 2015, 1:39pm
Sometimes, an actor has all the right qualities for a part, but are lacking a certain something...When that happens, it's time for the make-up department to step up and get the modelling clay out. Here are the best and most eye-boggling movie prosthetics we've seen:
12 August 2015, 2:50pm
Rom-coms have always been tricky to get right, but when films started revolving around random holidays the genre was obviously in dire need of resuscitation. So on a wave of hype comes Trainwreck; a comedy written by and starring so-hot-right-now comedienne, Amy Schumer, and directed by Judd Apatow. But while various sketches from her show Inside Amy Schumer always push boundaries, Trainwreck is surprisingly conventional.
5 August 2015, 2:19pm
Fantastic Four will become the latest superhero franchise to don the spandex and hit the silver screen when it arrives at the multiplex later this month. The Fox backed reboot is attempting to breathe new life into Marvel’s first family, the cosmically irradiated collective who previously made the switch from silly pages to celluloid back in 2005.
So what’s the film about and is it any good? Luckily the Explainer is on hand to tell you everything you need to know.
5 August 2015, 1:21pm
Are you sick of superheroes and sequels? Fed up with found footage? Bored by banal blockbusters? Longing for a spot of old-fashioned case-solving and a solid slice of detective thrills? Then step this way, because Marshland is the best detective thriller of the year, hands down.
1 August 2015, 9:17pm
Ever get that familiar feeling of déjà vu? Superhero fatigue reaches new heights this week as the freshly rebooted Fantastic 4 ambles into cinemas almost apologetically, asking you forget about its questionable past and instead look to its future. Unless you're under 10, you probably remember Marvel's fantastic foursome from their 2005 outing (the less said about the awful sequel the better), but even that wasn't the first screen adventure for the Fantastic 4; Roger Corman's trashy 1994 flick was a cynical attempt by the studio to hold on to the comic-book rights. It does beg the question, though: if Josh Trank's Fantastic 4 doesn't work out, when will we see the next reboot? 2025? Then again in 2035? A new beginning for Reed Richards and co every decade, each time feeling a little less super?
31 July 2015, 3:39pm
If you're wondering where the summer has gone, why not take your mind off the lack of sun and watch a movie instead? Virgin Movies has a cracking selection from the last month to entertain you: click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.
Check out this exclusive featurette from While We're Young, available now on Virgin Movies. In it, actors Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts , and Star Wars star Adam Driver talk about what it was like working with director Noah Baumbach on his latest generation-gap comedy.
29 July 2015, 9:57am
If the latest Spectre trailer has got you itching for seriously slick spy action, good news: no need to wait until October for your fix. Tom Cruise is back as agent Ethan Hunt in another efficient, well-paced blockbuster that deliver its action with a wink and a nod - just like its hero.