Friday 25 December 2015

Deadpool - Red Band Trailer 2

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Trailer

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Friday 11 December 2015

Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens IMAX® Behind The Frame featurette

The new IMAX Behind-the-Frame featurette takes you behind-the-scenes to see how IMAX cameras were used to put Star Wars fans into the centre of the action like never before. The featurette provides exclusive commentary from Director J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars cast – including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver.

On December 17, the latest installment in the world-renowned series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will hit theatres and the only way that fans can truly become part of the action is by experiencing it in IMAX® 3D.

Director J.J. Abrams commented: “That feeling of going to the movies and having a fully immersive, powerful, high-quality presentation of the film is something that is more valuable than ever and I think IMAX stands for that. When you go to see a movie in that format you know you are going to get something that is the best version of going out to the movies.”

Abrams shot key sequences of Star Wars: The Force Awakens using IMAX cameras - the highest-resolution cameras in the world. Only in IMAX theatres will these sequences expand vertically to fill the entire screen with breathtaking image quality for a truly immersive experience.

About Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

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Thursday 10 December 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens China Trailer (New Footage)

The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order, respectively, and follows new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.

The Legend of Tarzan - teaser trailer & poster

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou, and directed by David Yates

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.  Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).  But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

Monday 7 December 2015

Jane Got A Gun - Trailer

JANE GOT A GUN is the story of Jane Hammond (Portman), a young mother living in a secluded ranch on the vast New Mexico prairie. When her family’s life is threatened by a conniving gang of outlaws led by the nefarious John Bishop (McGregor), Jane is forced to seek help from her former fiancé (Edgerton), now a gunslinger.

Sequestered at her ranch with a limited stockpile of weapons and supplies, they await the epic showdown with the Bishops, whilst a tense romantic triangle unfolds inside.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich and Todd Stashwick.

Thursday 3 December 2015

Adele's Hello - Remade using movie quotes!

So someone remade Adele's Hello song using quotes from films! Brilliant!

Made by Matthijs Vlot

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Grandma - Trailer

Elle Reid (Tomlin) has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage (Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

GRANDMA screened at the BFI London Film Festival, and opens throughout the UK on December 11 through Sony Pictures Releasing (UK).

Tuesday 24 November 2015

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 - Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, War
Strapline: "The Fire Will Burn Forever"

So, in a nutshell?
After being symbolized as the "Mockingjay", Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

So, what are my thoughts?
The Hunger Games franchise for me falls in with the same crowd as The Maze Runner and Divergent series' of movies. Not on the obvious point that they are all adaptations of Dystopian teen novels, but inasmuch as I never caught the first installments at the cinema. So in preparation for this last chapter,  I caught the three previous entries at home at the start of September. 

The were good if unremarkable. I happen to catch the Divergent films first though, this was unfortunate as many parallels can be drawn between the two franchises,  i.e. a gifted and gutsy heroine front and centre who becomes a symbol of hope against an autocratic government. The Hunger Games of course came first, so in retrospect this is the order in which I should have seen them.

Anyhoo, Jennifer Lawrence did well in the lead, but again parallels in real life can be drawn with Shalene Woodley in the Divergent series in the sense that an entire franchise seems to rest singularly on their shoulders. Both though, are more than up to the task.

So here we are with the inevitable last part of the final book, which has been the norm now in Hollywood for sometime, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Divergent being just three examples. Only with The Maze Runner has it been decided will keep the last book to one film. 

Of the three first installments on balance my favourite was probably Catching Fire with The Hunger Games clearly being the set up movie and Mockingjay Part 1 being too much talking and not enough action. 

This last installment certainly readdresses the lack of action in Mockingjay Part 1, but to be honest little else. Mockingjay part 2 is a dark final chapter as one would expect. However I did not expect it to be so boring, flat and predictable. I really wanted Part 2 to rise above the relative mediocrity of the series thus far, but alas it does not. 

The first issue I have with the movie is the pacing, it's all over the place. The first act is a real slow burn as it seems to take ages to distance itself from the pacing of Part 1. This portion of the movie could have been expedited and we would have been none the wiser. The second act where Katniss and her crew commence their assault on the Capital and President Snow is the movies best part, but it was rushed! As for the last act, I found this to be very disjointed, to the extent I was thinking, "Have they cut out scenes here?" I found it also to be frankly predictable and boring. 

As I say the best part of the movie is the middle act, as our band of rebels do their best to navigate the Capital as the games makers throw obstacles in their path called "Pods". These pods take the shape of several things such as a wave of tar, underground monsters known as "Mutts" and a wall of fire. All very nice I'm sure but not really original and rather bland. It's very much the case of the best bits are in the trailer.

My other issue with the movie is the cast. Jennifer Lawrence front and centre provides another strong central performance but at this stage in her career the role offers her no real challenge so she kind of phones in the performance. Josh Hutcherson is good in support as the troubled Peeta, but the two have zero chemistry. 

All other central returning characters like Gale, Finnick, Cressida, Ross and Henson get their share of screen time as does newcomer Michelle Forbes (Star Trek's Ro Laren) But the big hitters are woefully brushed over. Donald Sutherland's deliciously evil President Snow is rendered impotent in this movie, his gravitas is missing. This trend of under using the main returning actors does not stop with Sutherland. Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright and Elizabeth Banks all fall into this camp. Finally, as for Stanley Tucci's brilliantly creepy TV host Caesar Flickerman, he is literally just shoehorned in for a few scenes. 

My Rating  

Far from the rousing finale, Mockingjay part 2 is a let down with a very anticlimactic ending. It features a descent series of action sequences in the middle chapter but that's all really. Jennifer Lawrence continues to hold this franchise together with sticky tape. I was very disappointed with the under utilisation of the major players in particular President Snow. If you've watched the previous entries then you might as well see this last chapter. However for any of you thinking of checking this one as a movie in its own right, avoid it. It's more lukewarm than flaming hot. 

Review by Carleton Rutter

Bridge of Spies - Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda and Amy Ryan
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Strapline: "In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for"

So, in a nutshell?
James Donovan (Hanks) an American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

So, what are my thoughts?
Steven Spielberg is my favourite director of all time. There are other great directors in Hollywood today such as J.J Abrams, Christopher Nolan, and Ron Howard to name just three. However nobody can quite capture the magic of Spielberg himself. So whenever he releases a movie it is always an event. Tom Hanks is also perhaps my favourite actor in Hollywood as well. The two men have collaborated over the years on many projects most notably Saving Private Ryan (1998). ​Their partnership however can be traced all the way back to 1986, when Spielberg produced Money Pit which starred Hanks.

​Bridge of Spies marks the fourth time Spielberg has directed a movie starring Tom Hanks. The others being, Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me if You Can (2002) and finally The Terminal (2004). ​

So, what do I make to their fourth collaboration? Well I enjoyed it, based on a true story, Bridge of Spies is an excellent film which perfectly captures the tense existence during this unprecedented time in history. One of the beauties of this movie is I knew very little about it going in, so this really aided to the general level of suspense. Although the movie clocks in at a lengthy 2 hours 20 mins, for a drama based on the Cold War, it flew by.

This was largely due to Spielberg's brilliant and confident direction. Tom Hanks in the central role excels. He is as this stage of his career like Morgan Freeman someone who now just plays himself, or at least our personification of him. This is fine though as he fits like a glove. Special mention should also be mentioned to the writers Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers, yes the Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo and The Big Lebowski) wrote this movie.

Bridge of Spies ​also features a great cast, with the likes of Alan Alda and Amy Ryan but without doubt the star player is Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel the Russian spy. I wouldn't be surprised if he was shortlisted as Best Supporting Actor come the awards season. Such an understated but subtle performance.

The movie looks stunning and is very well shot, this is no surprise when you learn it was shot by Janusz Kaminski who has provided some of the most startling and memorable images from Spielberg's movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List. Kaminski has done for the Cold War in this movie what he did for the beach landings in Ryan and the concentration camp in Schindler's List. The movie is extremely evocative of the Cold War era.

As for the movie itself, it essentially has two main acts, Hanks defending Rylance and then the story of the shot down U2 Spy plane Air Force Pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) and how the two are exchanged by the authorities. Bridge of Spies is very much a Spielberg movie for adults, not for the masses. There is hardly any "action" as you might call it but there are welcome sprinklings of humour.

It's not for everyone, but for me this is an old school spy movie. This is what it would have been really like, forget the gadgets, girls, and humour of other spy entries this year, this is what a spy movie should be like, suspenseful and intriguing. It's very much the thinking man's spy movie.

My Rating 

Bridge of Spies is as good as I had hoped it would be. Featuring assured confident direction from Spielberg with an equally assured central performance from Tom Hanks, this movie did not disappoint. Add to that a strong quality cast with a great performance by Mark Rylance in support, and a movie that is so evocative of the era, this is one movie which I hope you will enjoy. It will prove too slow for some people and given the nature of the movie, is equally effective on the small screen as the big, but if you are looking for a classy quality drama this month, you will do well to check this out. You won't catch a cold.

Bridge of Spies is released in the UK on Friday 27th November

Review by Carleton Rutter

Thursday 12 November 2015

Finding Dory - Trailer

Everyone's favorite forgetful fish is back! Check out this exclusive first look at the much-anticipated film.

Taking place six months after the first film, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about "the jewel of Monterey, California", accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank the octopus, who becomes her guide.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Official Trailer (HD)

Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Waking Ned Devine) directs the next chapter of the film that will be once again produced by Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Paul Brooks and Steve Shareshian return to executive produce alongside Vardalos and Scott Niemeyer. Universal Pictures will distribute the comedy domestically and in select international territories.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Triple 9‏ - First UK trailer

When a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist, they realise the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". The chaos that ensues when a police officer is shot in the line of duty is just the diversion they’ll need to do the job, but whether they have the will to kill one of their own is an entirely different matter, triggering a breakneck, action packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Casey Affleck
Kate Winslet
Woody Harrelson
Aaron Paul
Anthony Mackie
Norman Reedus
Gal Gadot
Clifton Collins Jr

Thursday 29 October 2015

The Dressmaker - Official Trailer - Out in UK Cinemas 20th November

The Dressmaker

Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (KATE WINSLET), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (JUDY DAVIS) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (LIAM HEMSWORTH), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Tangerine - UK Redband Trailer - In Cinemas 13 Nov


Starring: Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian
Director: Sean Baker

Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumour. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Monday 26 October 2015

The Hallow - 30 Second Trailer

The Hallow - in UK cinemas Friday 13th November.

When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces' relentless attacks.

Starring Joseph Mawle (The Awakening, “Game of Thrones”) and Bojana Novakovic (Devil, Burning Man), THE HALLOW marks acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy's feature directorial debut. Hardy, who has recently been tapped by Relativity Studios to direct its remake THE CROW, displays a technical elegance and sophisticated approach to the macabre in this modern and disquieting horror fable.

Friday 23 October 2015

Carol - New Quad Poster - In Cinemas November 27

CAROL will be released in cinemas on 27 November.

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.  As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light.  As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt, adapted by Emmy nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, CAROL stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Sarah Paulson and is set for release on 27 November.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie - Sing Along Trailer

Twentieth Century Fox releases Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie on December 21st.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The World Is Watching - Featurette for The 33‏

The 33‏

A poignant featurette for The 33 has been release showcasing how the groundbreaking rescue of the Chilean miners became the news story that gripped the world.

The incredible real-life survival story of The 33 shows the never-before-seen personal journeys that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a global phenomenon. Starring Antonio Banderas & Juliette Binoche, The 33 comes to cinemas January 29.

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Joy - Trailer starring Jennifer Lawrence

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love

The 33 – Official Trailer – Warner Bros. UK

The 33


In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the collapse of a gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked tirelessly in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people they had never even met, waited anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, provisions—and time—were quickly running out. A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, exploring the private lives and psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of those who refused to give up.

Based on the gripping, real-life survival story—and filmed with the cooperation of the real-life miners, their families and their rescuers—“The 33” shows the never-before-seen personal journeys and miraculous events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a global phenomenon.

Paper Planes - Official Trailer - In cinemas and on Digital HD 23rd October

In cinemas and on Digital HD 23rd October
Starring: Starring: Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Sam Worthington (Avatar) and David Wenham (Legend of the Guardians: the Owl of Ga’Hoole)
Directed by Robert Connolly

Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) and David Wenham (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) star in this inspiring movie about a young boy’s passion for flight. Eleven-year-old Dylan (Oxenbould) is getting a hard time from a school bully, but when a regional paper plane tournament is announced at his primary school, Dylan soon discovers his natural talent for creating the ultimate paper plane. During a whirlwind adventure that takes him all the way to Japan for the world championships, Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion, Kimi, and they develop a close bond challenging each other to build the most beautiful paper plane ever made.
Inspired by his carefree ex fighter-pilot grandfather and a kite hawk he feeds on his way to school, Dylan learns that if at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again!

Tuesday 13 October 2015

FROM A TO B - Trailer

Sometimes to find yourself you have to get a little lost... From the director of CITY OF LIFE comes a road dramedy from Abu Dhabi to Beirut.
Director Ali F Mostafa
Producers Paul Baboudjian, Mohamed Hefzy, Ali F Mostafa
Screenwriters Mohamed Hefzy, Ali F Mostafa
With Fahad Al Butairi, Shadi Alfons, Fadi Rifai

Saturday 10 October 2015

Halloween 1978 Revisited - By Joeyy

Special thanks to Aaron Jones for this request i bring you probably the most popular Halloween movie ever so sit down and join me as i review this timeless classic.
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Tuesday 6 October 2015

Deep Dark - Post, Synopsis and Trailer

The uniquely disturbing Deep Dark, from writer/director Mike Medaglia, comes to DVD and Digital in November.

“Dark, twisted and utterly captivating..." (Horror Cult Films) and featuring  “great performances” (Scream Horror Magazine) from the likes of Sean McGrath (Grimm, Twilight) and John Nielsen (Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen),  Deep Dark has played to a resoundingly positive response at film festivals right around the world. It’s highly anticipated DVD and VOD release  has been skedded for November 10 via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Official Synopsis : Hermann, a failed sculptor, is about to kill himself when he finds a strange, talking hole in the wall. The creature in the hole (Denise Poirier, the voice of ÆON FLUX) has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams, but things go horribly wrong and when the killing starts, Hermann is thrust into the worst nightmare of his life. Deep Dark is a twisted tale warning you to be careful what you wish for, because it just might get you.

Monday 5 October 2015

Krampus - The Reckoning

From director Robert Conway (The Encounter) comes the most frightening film of the festive season. Meet Santa’s dark companion in Krampus: The Reckoning, gift-wrapped with fear this November 3 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Zoe is a strange little girl, with a not so imaginary friend the Krampus who is the dark companion of kindly old St. Nicholas. The Krampus has been unleashed upon a small town and the legendary demon will seek out all the naughty people to punish them at Christmas time. No one is safe as the Krampus hunts them down, tortures them and then drags their helpless souls to the depths of hell.

Krampus : The Reckoning is out on DVD and Digital November 3.

Wednesday 30 September 2015

The Martian Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels & Sean Bean
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Strapline: "Bring Him Home"

So, in a nutshell?
A manned mission to Mars goes badly wrong when a fierce sandstorm leaves NASA astronaut Mark Watney missing, presumed dead. He is however alive and must work out a way of contacting NASA and creating enough food for himself to survive alone on this desolate planet whilst NASA come up with a way of rescuing him.

So, what are my thoughts?
In anticipation of seeing The Martian I decided to read or in actual fact listen to the novel written by Andy Weir, via my Audible subscription. I thoroughly enjoyed the book due not only to its content, but also the excellent narration by R.C Bray, anyway, I digress. Ridley Scott was given the task of translating the book into a movie. If not anything else, The Martian rocks a stellar cast. Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, and Jeff Daniels, the movie reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood. However, that is not always not a recipe for success, but in this case it certainly was.

Heck, I'll not beat about the bush, I'll come right out and say it, The Martian is my Film of the Year so far. Front and centre is Matt Damon who gives one of the best performances of his career. Having read the book and visualised all the characters in my head, no more so of course than Watney, Damon is PERFECT. He totally and utterly embodies this character and what horrendous physical and psychological highs and lows Watney has to endure. The actor himself had to undergo dramatic weight loss Tom Hank's style for his role. Hey, that gives me idea if I had to boil the The Martian down to three words it would be Castaway meets Contact.

The rest of the cast are on fine form. There is not one member who does not bring their A-game to the table. There is no phoning in performances here. Of all the cast (Excluding Damon) my favourites were Jeff Daniels as Teddy Sanders Director of NASA and Jessica Chastain as Commander Lewis, the commander of Hermes the crew's main ship. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also excellent as Mars Mission Director Venkat Kapoor. Side bar on his role, Irrfan Khan (Last seen in Jurassic World) was cast to play Kapoor but owing to a Bollywood contract obligation, it meant Ejiofor was cast only three weeks before filming commenced. It's ironic as after listening to R.C Bray's Kapoor on the audio book I always thought Khan would have been cast, and so he was, but it was not to be. Sorry I have strayed off the beaten track, let's carry on...

​The movie also has a superb visual style. The line between the spotless CGI and Jordan desert where it was filmed is seamless. This is all greatly enhanced by the fact I saw it in 3D. I implore you to see this movie in 3D. The movie was actually shot in Real3D, therefore seeing it in IMAX 3D does the full experience justice. The shots on earth are well done, but the movie really come into it's own when you see Watney set against this vast unforgiving landscape and the shots in space. The visuals are aided by a brilliant score penned by Harry Gregson-Williams.

The movie has Ridley Scott written all over it, huge credit also must go to Drew Goddard who adapted Weir's 369 page novel. Having read the book, I of course knew what to expect, and one could say therefore that this lessened my experience, as there were no surprises. On the contrary, it heightened the experience, as I knew what was coming. The Martian is also extremely accessible for the layman, the one criticism the book came under was that it was too heavy on the science. This is not the case in the movie, Scott and Goddard have managed to make it available to all, one of the things last years Interstellar fell short on.

The humour of the book also translates well to the big screen. There are some really funny moments, whether it be Watney "Sciencing the shit" out of Mars, his love-hate relationship with a crews taste in music or back home with equally funny moments with NASA. The Martian just hits the right spot on all fronts. This upbeat vibe is greatly aided by a soundtrack inspired by not only space, but Watney's peer's collection of music.

Being a huge fan of anything to do with NASA, it's natural therefore that some of my favourite movies of all time have been movies such as Apollo 13, Contact and The Right Stuff. The Martian is reminiscent of those movies in the tense nature of what man is accomplishing. My only issues with the movie would be sometimes it's a little predictable, and after the denouement, there are a few scenes that were not really needed.

My Rating 

Having read the book, I went into The Martian with much anticipation, and thankfully it did not disappoint. It excelled on all fronts, whether it be Damon front and centre or the superb supporting cast on top form. The movie is masterfully directed, shot, and the seamless CGI are made real by the superb use of 3D, making you feel that you are a really there with Watney. If there is one film you must make the time to see it's this one. As I said, The Martian is my Film of the Year so far, let's see if another movie set in space, come December will change that.

The Martian is released in the UK September 30th

Review by Carleton Rutter

Hail Macbeth - in cinemas Friday 2 Oct

Monday 28 September 2015

Regression Official Trailer - In UK and Ireland Cinemas 9th October

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

Sunday 27 September 2015

The Peanuts Movie - TRAILER # 2

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle—and flying ace—embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

An animated film directed by Steve Martino
Release Date :
Genre : Family, Kids, Animation

Friday 25 September 2015

Sicardo Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, and Josh Brolin
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Strapline: "The Deeper you go, the darker it gets"

So, in a nutshell?
Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is an idealistic FBI agent who is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Sicario features an excellent cast.

So, what are my thoughts?
Today, is the first day of fall, and with Sicario, summer is very much over. Despite featuring some impressive set pieces, the movie acts as more of an insight into the depressing and horrifying war on drugs as opposed to a summer blockbuster that may have championed it's action. What we are offered therefore is an unflinching look at this ruthless world.

Sicario marks the third English language drama for the 47-year-old French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, after his engrossing child kidnap movie Prisoners and Enemy which also starred Jake Gyllenhaal. Front and centre of this movie though is Emily Blunt through whose eyes the movie unfolds. Blunt proved her action credentials on last year's Edge of Tomorrow. The project for which the English actress was brought to Villeneuve's attention.

Sicario get's off to an explosive start, literally but unfortunately it then loses it's way in the world of Mexican Cartels. From a technical standpoint the movie is extremely impressive. Featuring thrilling sequences, that are well shot, lit and edited. My favourite of them being a high speed convoy in and out of Mexico to bring back a captured drug lord. The movie also features some beautiful aerial shots that are near perfection. All of this is aided by Jóhann Jóhannsson's chilling score that helps raise the tension to a steady series of crescendos that well never really happen.

And well, that's the problem, the movie walks the walk but it does not talk the talk. The movie is very well cast though with Blunt further proving her acting credentials front and centre as a plausible tough central heroine. Del Toro (My favourite character by far) is on fine form as the mysterious Alejandro. A sidebar on his character by the way, I read in the news that there may well be a sequel to Sicario with Del Toro's character taking centre stage. Del Toro's bad cop-bad cop partner is Josh Brolin who is also excellent as the hard hitting "Take no prisoners" Matt. Daniel Kaluuya who plays Blunt's on screen partner Reggie holds his own against more experienced hands and provides the much needed comic relief at times. Victor Garber and John Bernthal are the only actors that a really underused.

So all the ingredients are in place, but the movie just doesn't come though the way it should. With the quality of directing, cinematography, acting and film scoring on offer, Sicario whilst successfully hard hitting enough to distance itself from the popcorn summer fayre, never really hits it out of the park. The movie provides you with a series of set pieces that never really pay off. In style, one could say that at times it felt like several episodes of a TV series pinned together. They could have even called it CSI Mexico. 

My Rating 

Sicario is a missed opportunity. All the pieces are lined up, direction, acting, cinematography but they never really fall into the place. It's beautifully shot, and features another great central turn from Blunt with solid support from Del Toro and Brolin. My issue with Sicario is that it's all build up and no delivery, the cinematographer is writing cheques the script writers can't cash. From a visual standpoint this holds it's own on the big screen, and fans of Blunt, Brolin or Del Toro will no doubt check it out. But for the rest of us, just check this out when it's released at home.

Sicario is released in the US 2nd October and UK 9th October

Review By Carleton Rutter