Friday, 21 October 2016

LOGAN Official Trailer #1 (2017) Hugh Jackman Wolverine X-Men

In Theaters - March 3, 2017
Logan is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic superhero-drama film based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is intended to be the tenth installment in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film. It is loosely based on the comic book series Old Man Logan by Mark Millar. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, and Stephen Merchant. The film also marks Jackman's final performance as the titular character after appearing in every main entry in the X-Men series to date. It is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2017, in IMAX and premium large formats.

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren't sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen

Directed by James Mangold

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge and Robert Knepper

What's it all about?

Jack Reacher must uncover a major government conspiracy to clear his name. On the run, Reacher discovers a secret from his past that could change his life forever.

What are my thoughts?

It's been four years since we have seen Cruise portray lone wolf Jack Reacher. I enjoyed the first movie, which was directed by Christopher McQuarrie who also directed Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow and MI: Rogue Nation. McQuarrie serves as producer on this project.

For this second installment which is based on Lee Child's 18th book "One Shot", Cruise returns on equally familiar ground with the same director, Zwick, who helmed his 2003 Japanese themed historical action piece The Last Samurai.

Movies aside I have read a few Jack Reacher novels and I can certainly see why they are made into movies. Never Go Back serves as Tom Cruise’s first ever sequel outside the Mission Impossible universe. Maybe therefore he should stick to single entry movies when he’s not playing Ethan Hunt as this movie was a total dud.

The movie never really seems to get going. It’s two hours but feels longer, for an action thriller it really drags. At the heart of the story is the framing of both Reacher and Cobie Smulder’s character. The two go on the run whilst trying to clear their name. Heard that before? Yeah, like only in about a hundred movies. This movie committed the worst sin for action thrillers - it was boring. The central story is very weak.

​Cruise and Smulders work ok together but the chemistry between the two was never that great. They never really clicked. Certainly when you compare Cruise’s chemistry with Rebecca Ferguson in last years MI: Rogue Nation. Danika Yarosh who plays Samantha Dayton, a girl who may or may not be Reacher’s daughter is very weak though. As the three find themselves together, the movies makers try to force them to become like a “Sudo-family” and it really doesn't work.

One thing you can always say about Tom Cruise is that even though some of his movies have not been any good, he himself has always given 110% as the expression goes. I suppose in this movie you can say that but to be completely frank, I felt for the first time the 54 year old is starting to show his age. If you read the books of Reacher you know that he is an unstoppable force. In this movie though although he handles himself really well, the character of Reacher is fallible and I think that is playing more in deference to Cruise’s age than the source material. He also gave a fairly flat performance.

The movie as I say never really gets into gear and it feels like an endless set of tired excuses for Reacher to a) have a fight, b) have a car chase or c) be chased after by cardboard cut out villains. There is NOTHING here you have not seen before and seen done a lot better.

As for the bad guys they are pretty well..bad. Robert Knepper as General Harkness (The villain in the suit) is pretty bad, has little to do. Patrick Heusinger who is the hired muscle known simply as “The Hunter” is suitably menacing at times but ultimately boils down to a one dimensional bad guy who has the inevitable showdown with Reacher at the end.

The movie’s tagline is…Never Go Back. Which is pretty much what the audience is going to do with this franchise after seeing this movie.

Don’t waste your money on this phoned-in, predictable action thriller. Even die-hard fans of Cruise can wait for this to be streamed.

Never Go Back – more like – Don’t Go At All.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is on general release in the UK from today.
Review by Carleton Rutter

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Rupture (Noomi Rapace) In Cinemas 4th November

Young mother Renee (Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) has her life thrown into chaos when she is randomly abducted, drugged and taken to a secret lab facility. As her captors traumatically experiment on her, Renee must discover why she was chosen and fight to escape her prison.

Produced by Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Kerry Bishé (Argo) and Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Rupture is a complex and terrifying tale of fear from writer/director Steven Shainberg (Secretary).

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Jet Trash - First Trailer Released

Starring BAFTA nominated Robert Sheehan (Misfits, The Mortal Instruments and Sky Atlantic’s upcoming second season of Fortitude), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, StarTrek: Beyond and The Mummy) and Screen Daily’s 2015 ‘star of tomorrow’ Osy Ikhile (Tarzan, Mission Impossible 5, In the Heart of the Sea), this fast paced feature film brings trouble to paradise and proves there’s no such thing as the perfect getaway.

Jet Trash follows twenty-somethings Lee (Robert Sheehan) and Sol (Osy Ikhile) as they escape from cold, grey London to the exotic beaches of Goa.  Leaving their murky past behind, the boys live-it-up in an X-rated wonderland of sex, drugs and all-night parties.

The dream rapidly becomes a nightmare, as the boys can’t run from their past forever. The arrival of Lee’s old flame, the beautiful but mysterious Vix (Sofia Boutella) brings their problems into sharp focus. Vix steps off the plane with some serious baggage – in the form of vengeful, violent London gangster Marlowe (Craig Parkinson).

In the face of the lovely interloper Vix, the menacing Marlowe and their past transgressions, Lee and Sol must find the strength to stop running away from the past and finally face up to the consequences of their actions.

The creative team behind Jet Trash features exceptional talent; including the award-winning director Charles Henri Belleville and producers Robert Sheehan and Andy Brunskill. Andy is a founding member of the SUMS Film and Media production company, known for producing Lilting, winner of the Best Cinematography at Sundance 2014. The script is adapted by Dan M Brown and Simon Lewis from Simon’s critically acclaimed novel Go.

Robert Sheehan (LEE)
Robert Sheehan has received rave reviews for his performances on both stage and screen.  From his BAFTA award nominated appearance as Nathan in sci-fi comedy drama Misfits, Robert will hit international television scenes, appearing in Season 2 of Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude, out later this year.  Going on to star in feature films The Messenger and The Mortal Instruments, Robert has also appeared in Moonwalker alongside Harry Potter leading man Rupert Grint.  In a case of life imitating art, Irish heartthrob Robert has entered into a romance with his co-star, the beautiful and accomplished Sofia Boutella (Vix).

Sofia Boutella (VIX)
Multi-talented actor, dancer and musician Sofia Boutella used her skills as a classically-trained dancer to become a key member of the StreetDance franchise.  Moving from the world of dance, Sofia went on to star alongside Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service and will join the likes of Idris Elba in this summer’s blockbuster Star Trek: Beyond. The star’s assent seems unstoppable, with recent confirmation that Sofia will play The Mummy opposite movie mogul Tom Cruise in the fourth film of the series.

Osy Ikhile (SOL)
Featuring in everything from independent British films to US blockbusters, Vogue Drama’s ‘one to watch’, Osy Ikhile’s meteoric rise has been marked with appearances alongside Hollywood heroes Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 5 and Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea.

Craig Parkinson (MARLOWE)
Blackpool-boy Craig is a familiar face on British screens. His major TV credits include a bewitching performance in thrilling police drama Line of Duty, Channel 4’s Indian Summer and a stint in Misfits alongside Jet Trash co-star Robert Sheehan (Lee).  Making his feature film debut in 2007 with Anton Corbijn’s Control, Craig went on to play alongside Dame Helen Mirren in Brighton Rock and starred in coming-of-age drama SoulBoy.

Redwood - Official Movie Trailer

After some bad news back at home, Musician Josh and his girlfriend Beth head out to a secluded national park in search of some clarity on the situation they’ll face when they return. But the couple get more than they bargained for when they ignore the advice of Park Rangers and venture off the trail, coming face to face with The Redwood’s legendary wildlife. REDWOOD brings a fresh spin to a well worn mythology to create an edge of your seat horror movie that will shred your nerves and have you thinking twice about going camping again.

Mike Beckingham
Tatjana Nardone
Nicholas Brendon
Muzz Khan
Luke D'Silva
Jessica Jane Stafford