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Review: Dumb and Dumber To

17 December 2014, 9:56am

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

It’s 20 years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels goofed around in Dumb And Dumber - so what have their slacker characters been up to? Well, naturally, not a lot. Lloyd (Carrey) has managed to combine both laziness and pranking by faking being catatonic in a hospital. In the first of many scatological jokes, Harry (Daniels) has been coming to see him and patiently wiping his bottom, among other undignified things. How hilarious, then, for Lloyd to reveal that this has been one almighty wind-up and that he’s been pretending all along.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies is the final whisk to Middle Earth to what director Peter Jackson claims is 'the most powerful and emotional’ of this epic trilogy.

Review: St Vincent

4 December 2014, 11:25am

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Written and directed by first-timer Theodore Melfi, St Vincent is the movie that Bill Murray fans have been waiting for, giving the much-loved comic actor his first live-action lead role since Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers in 2005. With a favourable wind, it's a role that could even land him a Best Actor nomination come Oscar time.

Review: Paddington

25 November 2014, 5:18pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

Michael Bond's much-loved children's books, which first appeared in 1958, were previously adapted into an animated BBC TV series in the 1970s, which Bond himself lovingly produced. The author's physical involvement in the new movie adaptation extends to a cheery cameo (he's briefly glimpsed early on, waving to Paddington as he goes past in a taxi), but the heart and soul of his creation remains very much intact and Paddington will delight both young audiences and nostalgic adults alike.

Review: Horrible Bosses 2

25 November 2014, 4:41pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

The first Horrible Bosses movie became an unexpectedly huge hit when it was released in 2011 – it took $117 million in the US alone, meaning that a sequel was pretty much inevitable. This time round, the filmmakers are wise to the fact that their key strength lies in the comic chemistry between the three leads, so the script (by incoming director Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris) plays to their strengths, rather than forcing them into a sequel-dictated “bigger”, more complicated plot set-up. The result is a solidly entertaining, if largely forgettable comedy sequel that won't disappoint fans of the first film, even if it's unlikely to win over any detractors.

Virgin Movies: Best Of November 2014

24 November 2014, 4:39pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

November was just bursting at the seams with fabulous new movies to watch on demand: just check out our picks from the last few weeks!  Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

2001: A Space Odyssey - The Legacy

24 November 2014, 3:40pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

Between November 18th and January 28th, the BFI's re-issue of Stanley Kubrick's awe-inspiring 1968 classic 2001 A Space Odyssey will play out on screens across the UK. It's fitting that this milestone of science fiction should return to cinemas just weeks after Christopher Nolan's similarly-minded Interstellar boggled the minds of audiences worldwide, so it seems as good a time as any to look at just what it is about 2001 that's so majestic, and why it's had such a lasting impact on sci-fi filmmakers for nearly half a century.

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

20 November 2014, 11:14am

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

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.

Jennifer Lawrence: a very modern movie star

17 November 2014, 2:23pm

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

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?

Why dogs matter in the movies

13 November 2014, 4:59pm

Nathan Ditum posted by Nathan Ditum

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.