Two years after overtaking Twilight as the most popular YA movie franchise and turning Jennifer Lawrence into an inescapable movie star, we’ve reached the thrilling climax of Suzanne Collins’ series. An action-packed finale that’ll see the corrupt Capitol and their evil Father Christmas-looking leader probably meet the pointy end of Katniss Everdeen’s arrow. Oh wait, sorry, that’s next year; before that we have a completely dull and totally redundant 120 minute movie to sit through that adds nothing to the surprisingly decent franchise.
17 November 2014, 2:23pm
Talented and successful? Check. Admired by women and fancied by men? Check. At the tender age of 24, film star Jennifer Lawrence would seem to have it all right now – but none of this came by accident. A key part of being a popular movie star is how you behave, what image you project to the world, and how you fit into the current cultural climate. So how did the lady they like to call JLaw (also an affectionate compliment) score so big?
13 November 2014, 4:59pm
When pictures of a bearded Tom Hardy snuggling a pit bull puppy surfaced recently they proved to be unsurprising internet catnip, a viral heart warmer of ‘hard man does soft thing’. This week the movie that spawned those pics (and stars that dog) finally arrives - The Drop, a crime thriller featuring Hardy alongside the late James Gandolfini, in which Hardy’s troubled tough guy adopts a beat up stray that, if movie history has shown us anything, might just be the only thing capable of teaching the unemotional Hardy about himself.
13 November 2014, 10:35am
A rousing, awards-chasing interpretation of an inspiring, eventually desperately sad story, The Imitation Game is the antithesis of the searingly combat-focussed Fury. It makes its focus brains over brawn, showing another way in which World War II was won. Benedict Cumberbatch dons the tweed and tenacity of code-breaking hero Alan Turing, a mathematician who saved an estimated 14 million lives when he helped defeat the Enigma machine, and who significantly advanced computing, but was later cruelly vilified for his homosexuality.
29 October 2014, 11:58am
Since The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's films haven't just been films, they've been events: each movie since his Batman returned has been bigger, grander, and more ambitious than the last. And so we arrive at Interstellar, which deals with nothing less than the salvation of the human race through space travel to other galaxies. It's an admirably bold movie from an undeniably important filmmaker, but Nolan's ambition has finally outstripped his storytelling skills on this occasion, leaving you pining for the smaller-scale likes of Memento and The Prestige.
28 October 2014, 4:29pm
"Why aren't we at the rape in Griffith Park like everyone else?" complains Rick, frustrated assistant to freelance news cameraman Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), as if the pair are missing out on a hotly-anticipated sporting event. Taken out of context, Rick's query is appalling, but in the scuzzy, ethically barren underworld of LA's competitive midnight newsgatherers, it's a perfectly valid question. Welcome to a world where one person's horrific crime is another's meal ticket; their chance for glory. Welcome to Nightcrawler.
24 October 2014, 1:47pm
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.
20 October 2014, 4:26pm
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.
20 October 2014, 1:40pm
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.
14 October 2014, 9:10pm
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.