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Review: Terminator Genisys

2 July 2015, 10:24am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

You’d be forgiven for thinking the newest addition to the Terminator series is the fourth in the franchise, because the previous entry – 2009’s Terminator Salvation – was so unremarkable that its very existence seems to be disappearing from our timeline. But yes, Terminator Genisys is in fact number five in a series whose temporal entanglements are now so baffling it’s a wonder it hasn’t been completely rebooted from the beginning, such is Hollywood’s way approximately two films after a series becomes irrelevant.

Attention movie-lovers! This July, Virgin Movies celebrates 100 million movie rentals with a massive competition! Rent any movie in July and be automatically entered into our competition to win a family trip to Hollywood!

Virgin Movies: Best of June 2015

30 June 2015, 11:11am

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

We're currently in the middle of a heatwave, so why not cool down with the help of the freshest titles available now on Virgin Movies? Click through to watch them online or select 'On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

I first saw Back To The Future as a teenager, on TV in my bedroom on Christmas Day. Since then I’ve seen it in cinemas, in fields, in Secret Cinema’s recreation of Hilly Valley and projected onto the on the wall of my roof garden. But I’ve never seen it with the score performed live. When I sit down in the dress circle at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, the place is packed with fellow fans and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. An ingenious addition to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (where it first premiered 30 years ago), it’s attracted a crowd of genuine fans of the 1985 sci-fi adventure: I spot one guy sporting a holo-cap as seen in BTTF2, and several branded tops. One bloke is wearing a Goonies t-shirt - well, hey, it’s in the spirit of the era. As Marty McFly. Michael J Fox’s time travelling antics helped defined an decade dominated by world-class family adventures - and judging by the audience, its magic has stayed with them well into adulthood. 

When first-time US director Justin Simien used his tax return to make a trailer for a theoretical film, little did he know how much support it would generate. Dear White People doesn’t just address our own perceptions of race, but also of the journeys and treatment of independent cinema. Here’s five very good reasons to watch...

Review: Entourage

17 June 2015, 10:42am

Emma Simmonds posted by Emma Simmonds

HBO's Entourage, which ended in 2011, is an odd choice for a movie spin-off; it's hardly the jewel in the crown of a stable which has produced the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Game of Thrones (and if we're talking shows which were cut off in their prime can't we have a Deadwood movie instead?). Conceptually, it felt thoroughly exhausted by the end of the eighth season, with over 40 hours of pretty superficial, pretty samey shenanigans notched up. But here we are anyway, the boys are back in town and the show's creator Doug Ellin returns as writer / director.

Review: Jurassic World

11 June 2015, 3:22pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

“These people, they never learn.” So says a raptor trainer who clearly saw 1993’s Jurassic Park and knows that playing God and inviting thousands of people onto an island with powerful prehistoric beasts probably isn’t a good idea. 

This week sees the long-awaited release of Jurassic World, the third sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster par excellent Jurassic Park, but crucically, the first sequel that truly feels like a continuation of the story and themes of the original. With Spielberg present as executive producer and filmmaker Colin Trevorrow insistent the movie pays homage to its predecessors, the watch-word is 'respect': Jurassic World is a carefully considered follow-up that was over 10 years in the making. All of which makes this utterly bonkers scrapped version of Jurassic Park, pitched in 2007, all the more spectacular in its wrongheadedness.

Review: Spy

3 June 2015, 2:27pm

Anna Smith posted by Anna Smith

Melissa McCarthy is a great comic actress, but she hasn’t always had the material to do her talents justice. Both Identity Thief and Tammy were a bit of a disappointment – so it’s a relief to see her back with the director who appears to bring out the best in her: Paul Feig.

True fact: before Whiplash was an Oscar-winning movie (including best suppporting actor for J.K. Simmons), it was also an award-winning 18 minute short which won the Sundance jury award in 2013.  The orginal, which also starred Simmons as shouty music instructor Fletcher, also had the famous "Are you rushing, or are you dragging?" scene which at first look hasn't changed much for the longer version.  Both clips are below - can you spot the subtle differences between the two?  Answers underneath!