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24th Nov 2017

We look at the best movies and TV shows on Virgin TV On Demand

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These days, everyone wants entertainment on demand. We want great movies at the touch of a button and we don’t want to wait a week to see the next episode of our favourite show. We want to stock up on snacks and binge watch an entire series in one sitting.

So we took a look at what Virgin TV has to offer in their On Demand section. You can catch up on 22 TV players, watch complete boxsets, rent the latest new releases or choose from their extensive selection of new and old movies Here are a few of our top picks that you can choose from their On Demand menu.

1. Logan

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Rodriguez

Imagine a comic book film reinvented as a mix between a futuristic Western and a violent examination of the soul. That’s Logan. This terrific film is a fitting bookend to Jackman’s run as Wolverine. Jackman and Stewart excel as jaded versions of the former X-Men and Rodriguez gives the film some much-needed heart. Even if that heart comes complete with adamantium claws.

2. Spider-Man Homecoming

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was one of the highlights in Captain America: Civil War. This film builds on that cameo by combining the best elements of a Marvel movie with a John Hughes film. It’s full of quickfire, quirky humour and a youthful enthusiasm that’s a refreshing change for a genre that sometimes takes itself far too seriously. It’s witty, relatable and as much fun as a friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man movie should be.

3. War for the Planet of the Apes

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

There’s an argument that the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy has been the best big budget trilogy in recent years. It’s quite a claim for the franchise, which is rooted in complex examinations of morality, war, and fear of otherness. Flawed but intriguing characters – both apes and humans – have helped the films to build a believable sci-fi world. The third film delves even deeper into this rich vein of inspiration to produce a rewarding final chapter. It’s available On Demand from 27 November.

4. It Comes at Night

Starring:  Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

It Comes at Night was part of new wave of horror films that ditched the jump scares and the gore to deliver a truly chilling experience. It’s a psychological thriller that will make you wish it was over while also keeping you hooked right up to the credits. It’s uncomfortable but brilliant, terrifying in its banality, and it reminds you just how intense the feeling of dread can be!

5. Up

Starring: Edward Asner, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai

Don’t be put off by the fact that Up is an animation. This Pixar classic is an uplifting film that’s underpinned by genuine emotion and a surprisingly affecting storyline. The opening sequence of the film tells you more in a few minutes than many films manage in their entirety. It’s a very funny, touching movie that everyone should watch at least once.

6. No Country for Old Men

Starring: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones

The Coen Brothers adapted a Cormac McCarthy novel for this amoral masterpiece of brooding tension and brutal minimalism. Bardem is terrifying as the cold killer with a weird weapon and an even weirder hairdo. Brolin relaunched his career on the back of his performance as the film’s hero/loser and Jones is perfect as the grizzled sheriff who’s following the unravelling threads. The result is one of the great American movies of our generation.

7. Birdman

Virgin TV On Demand

Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone

Many films have a gimmick and nothing more. This isn’t one of them. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu famously made the whole film appear to be one long, continuous shot. He cleverly immerses you in the action as we follow a washed-up actor’s descent down a personal and artistic wormhole. Keaton brings a burning intensity to the role as the manic events unfold around him. It’s a dark film that’s equal parts funny, bleak and bewildering but you’ll still be thinking about it after the credits stop.

8. Kingdom

Virgin TV On Demand

Starring: Frank Grillo, Joanna Going, Kiele Sanchez

This series combines the worlds of MMA and family, so you can expect more than one type of fighting. Grillo stars as a former MMA star who now owns his own gym, with the violence of the ring forming the backdrop for the show’s volatile relationships. This isn’t a soap opera. Expect plenty of internal/external conflicts in a world of father-son tensions, machismo, competition and personal rivalries.

9. Battlestar Galactica

Virgin TV On Demand

Starring: Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer

This revival of the old seventies series ditched its camp origins for a grittier, morally ambiguous take on the sci-fi classic. The robotic Cylons of the original remain but the creators added Cylons who’ve evolved to look like humans. It’s a TV show that’s drenched in post 9/11 politics and the battle for the high moral ground. It still has all the usual action and surreal events that you’d expect from a sci-fi but it also indulges in some unexpected dramatic leaps along the way.

10. Black-ish

Starring:  Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne

Black-ish has gained a huge following by looking at family, race and identity in a sharp, funny way that everyone can relate to. Anderson stars as an ad executive who’s worried that his kids are losing their cultural identity, Sure, it mines racial politics for laughs but what makes it work is the authentic characters and sharp writing. That and the fact that the jokes just keep on coming. Black-ish is available from 1 December.

11. Ash vs the Evil Dead

Virgin TV On Demand

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless

The Evil Dead franchise needs no introduction. Fans will welcome any TV show that brings back Campbell’s Ash, one of the horror genre’s favourite sons. Creator Sam Raimi is back as well so it’s a compelling return for the wisecracking, zombie-killing franchise. It’s hard not to get a thrill when Ash dons his chainsaw hand and it’s a welcome antidote to the grim sobriety of modern zombie shows.

12. Broad City

Virgin TV On Demand

Starring: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

Originally a cult web series, Broad City’s migration to TV hasn’t seen it lose any of its trademark cringey humour. Its slacker heroes are crude, embarrassing and desperately failing at adulthood. It has plenty in common with Seinfeld and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in that the characters aren’t very likeable. But they are funny, and that’s what matters.

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