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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.

The bizarre career of Liam Neeson

16 September 2014, 3:50pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

This week sees the release of A Walk Among The Tombstones, the second thriller this year to see Liam Neeson holding a gun and looking glum on the poster. In truth, the Liam Neeson Thriller has become its own genre in recent years thanks to the runaway success of Taken; Neeson, an actor of no small repute, has been reaping the benefits ever since, even if the critical reactions to his action movies haven't quite matched audiences' enthusiasm. His career is a complete anomaly in Hollywood terms: from trashy fantasy movies to hardcore action flicks via Oscar-winning dramas, Neeson has done it all. But where does he go from here?

Great Scott! Those people lucky enough to become residents of Hill Valley at this summer's hot-ticket Back To The Future screenings probably didn't realise that they were undergoing a little time travel of their own. If they clambered into Virgin Media's DeLorean and let us gun her up to 88mph, they'd discover that the same principles that made the Secret Cinema events such a hit will also be helping save the cinema of 2064.

Review: Pride

9 September 2014, 3:15pm

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

If ever a film lived up to its title it's Pride – bursting at the seams with passion for its cause, it bounces along spreading cheer and goodwill like a kid at Christmas. Revered theatre director Matthew Warchus' second film (after 1999's Simpatico) produces a tsunami of sentiment and a carnival's worth of fun; we witness a stirring sing-along and the improbable sight of The Wire's Jimmy McNulty (aka Dominic West) vigorously shaking his thang during a disco dance routine.

Preview: Fast & Furious 7

8 September 2014, 12:25am

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Most film franchises are showing signs of wear and tear by their seventh instalment but the Fast and Furious juggernaut isn’t even close to applying the brakes. With each new film getting bigger and bolder, with more ridiculous stunts and more muscle-bound stars being added to the roster, it seems that nothing can get in the way. Not even personal tragedy.

Two years ago, in a boardroom far, far away from anyone’s wildest expectations, The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm and announced immediately that Star Wars: Episode VII would be on the way. Do you have a bad feeling about this?

Virgin Movies: Best Of August 2014

19 August 2014, 12:01pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

We're knee-deep in the summer holidays so movies for all the family just keep on coming: check out this little lot! Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

Review: Million Dollar Arm

18 August 2014, 4:41pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

The true story behind Disney's unabashedly heart-warming sports drama practically screams its own pitch, given that it is essentially Jerry Maguire meets Slumdog Millionaire. Fortunately, the combination of Craig Gillespie's assured direction and Thomas McCarthy's (The Visitor) terrific script ensure that the film is so much more than that somewhat reductive tag-line suggests and the result is worthy of that most sought-after of accolades, "the feel-good movie of the year."

Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

18 August 2014, 4:21pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

It's nine years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller grabbed a handful of the latter's graphic novels off the bookshelf and splattered them onto the screen for 2005's Sin City. Comically gory and with katana-sharp style, it plundered film noir for a refreshing, modern take on the genre. Nearly a decade on, the sequel arrives with the same bag of tricks stashed in its trunk, but without a single new idea to use them on.

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