"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.
14 October 2014, 1:48pm
What does Michael Bay have against beloved '80s cartoons? After making a mess (and billions of dollars) of Transformers, he's turned his attention to the team of crime-fighting anthropomorphic turtles – because who doesn't want to see CGI reptiles with lips and Frank Sinatra's peepers?
9 October 2014, 9:00am
Teenagers, you might have noticed, are everywhere these days, mainly the bus. If it weren't enough that they be on the top deck, taking up eight seats with four arses and playing music from their phone speakers for no reason other than to annoy, they're also to be found on the side of the bus, aiming a bow and arrow at a thing or kissing a vampire. Films about teens and for teens are nothing new, but it's notable how modern teen cinema wants to promote proactivity among a group often seen – mainly by joyless, ageing husks like me – as self-regarding and indifferent.
6 October 2014, 3:50pm
Beautiful people? Check. A sense of not belonging? Yup. An oppressive society looming over everyone? Affirmative. Less sex than an 86-year-old nun doing a crossword? That's a bingo.
1 October 2014, 2:20pm
Gillian Flynn's smash-hit chiller Gone Girl represents quite the challenge in its transition to screen. It boasts not one but two - possibly unreliable - narrators, a heavy dependence on diary entries, a constantly shifting timeline, more plot than could be comfortably condensed into a movie, and more complex psychology than might be convincingly conveyed under the scrutiny of the big screen. Thankfully the adaptation is in the hands of director David Fincher, the modern master of the thriller - the man behind Seven and Zodiac, who even turned the story of an uber-geek into something slick and suspenseful. Also onboard is Flynn herself, to smooth her near 500-page novel into a screenplay.
23 September 2014, 10:42am
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.