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Review: Monsters: Dark Continent

29 April 2015, 2:18pm

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

Fusing a battle against an alien threat with the war on terror, the follow-up to Monsters takes an entirely different, considerably brasher tack from its 2010 predecessor - an indie romance set against a backdrop of extraterrestrial invasion. Taking place ten years after the events of the original, the American military are fighting armed rebels, otherworldly colossi and ultimately each other. 

Has technology killed the slasher movie?

28 April 2015, 10:21pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

A lone teenage girl clings to the shadows in the corners of the old abandoned warehouse, as her supernatural stalker scours the grounds for signs of life, the bloodied blade of his machete scraping along the floor. Her promiscuous friends lie slain at her feet. Her breathing gets heavier, as do the footsteps around the corner... The helpless young victim closes her eyes and accepts her fate... but thanks to the GPS-locator in her cellphone and the four-dozen WhatsApp messages she sent members of her family via her powerful 4G connection over the last 30 minutes, the police arrive with plenty of time to rescue her and save the day. What the hell, man? This movie ended after only 15 minutes!

It’s likely you’ve heard of ‘the big six’ movie companies - Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, Disney and Sony have been around for decades, snaffling up Hollywood real estate and dominating the system with blockbusters, sequels and franchises for as long as we can remember.

Yes we're all excited now, but believe it or not there was a time when Joss Whedon would struggle to get the green light for one of his projects. In honour of the writer/director/producer/unofficial ruler of the Marvel cinematic universe latest release Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we take look at the Whedon movies we'll probably only ever see in an alternate timeline.

Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron

21 April 2015, 8:53pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

The adventures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are now well into double figures, meaning new additions aren't greeted with quite the same fanfare they used to be. Even though this second Avengers instalment is by some way the biggest and most spectacular movie Marvel have made to date, it's hard to argue that it has the novelty and wow factor of its predecessor. By now, we are all well acquainted with the likes of Iron Man (five movies including cameos), Captain America (four movies) and Nick Fury (five movies plus TV show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.), as well as their fighting skills, their sense of humour and their turn-ons/offs. So while Age Of Ultron is undoubtedly a blockbuster par excellence, bursting with impeccably directed action, wit and spectacle, it is lacking the flying-by-the-seat-of-its-pants satisfaction that made Avengers Assemble such a joy. That movie was the mad and crazy experiment which worked against all odds; Ultron is another successful application of the now tried-and-tested formula.

Review: The Last Five Years

14 April 2015, 11:34am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

It’s hard to imagine anyone falling out of love with Anna Kendrick, but this musical begins with her character, Cathy, mourning the departure of her husband Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), looking back on their five-year relationship. Each key scene has an original song to go with it: while those from Cathy’s point of view work backwards from the break-up, Jamie’s start at the beginning, meaning this is a series of musical numbers you have to slot together like a jigsaw.

Kevin James: rise of the pratfaller

13 April 2015, 8:16pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

25. That's how many times Kevin James falls over in Paul Blart: Mall Cop – that's an average of one pratfall every 3.5 minutes, a special kind of clumsiness usually reserved only for those with chronic inner-ear infections. But America's most unbalanced individal was clearly onto something – Paul Blart tumbled his way to a record-breaking $146m box office take in January 2009 (the first movie ever to do so with that release slot) and star Kevin James segued – pun very much intentional, thank you – that commercial success into what has so far been a lasting career. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 stumbles into cinemas this week, so it's time to take a closer look at how Kevin James pratfalled his way to stardom.

Though he'd been acting steadily since making his debut in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), it was Viggo Mortensen's role as hirsute warrior Aragorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003) that really made audiences sit up and take notice. More recently, Mortensen has gained critical acclaim for his work with director David Cronenberg, including A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.

Mortensen's latest film is Jauja, an existentialist western in which he plays an engineer searching for his teenage daughter in the Patagonian wilderness. We caught up with him to talk about his love of sports, his plans to direct and naked wrestling for David Cronenberg.

He's the smouldering heartthrob who quietly but efficiently became one of Britain's top actors – but how much do you really know about Edward Thomas Hardy? From breakfast TV to Hollywood idol, Tom Hardy has become a star and we barely know him from Adam. Here are 10 essential things you must know about the man before you enjoy any more of his movies.

Virgin Movies: Best Of March 2015

30 March 2015, 4:32pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

This month was out of this world on Virgin Movies, with a whole host of award-winning films making a perfect landing - just check out this selection below!  Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.