Tuesday 30 June 2015

June's Best & Worst Movies By Carleton Rutter

Carleton takes you through the movies he saw in June!

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Saturday 27 June 2015

Minions Movie Review By Carleton Rutter

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.


Carleton review's the spin off to the Despicable Me movies featuring the lovable Minions. Kids will love it, that much we already know - but will the adults?

Minions Movie Review By Carleton Rutter

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

The Secret Life of Pets - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures)

Coming Soon to cinemas

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.


Filled with booze, sex, and all-night romps, Entourage: The Movie gives the Everyman a two-hour glimpse into the hedonistic, drunken debauchery of the Hollywood elite. Turtle has become a tequila aficionado, pioneering his own brand of the stuff and earning millions of his own dollars. “Drama”, seeking solace from the clutches of his career woes, drinks cocktails of molly and water. And then, of course, there’s our Golden Boy, Vince, kissing scantily-clad women just days after the dissolution of a nine-day marriage... The boys are back at it again – and showing us, perhaps, just what it means to have livers of indestructible steel. (Is “limitless stamina” hidden in those awards show swag bags?).

It’s no secret that many of today’s rich and famous enjoy honing not just their craft, but the art of boozing as well. It’s the era of La Lohan, after all, where the DUI’s and mug-shots of every twenty-something starlet have become front-page tabloid fodder...

What’s often over-looked, however, are the partying elite of Hollywood’s yesteryears – Sinatra, Burton, Warhol...Booze-fuelled and riding the crests of superstardom, some of cinema’s greatest legends have reputations that would make even Vince and his gang run for the nearest detox. Without the constant scrutiny of Internet gossip-mongers, Classic Hollywood could afford to be a little looser, drink a little more vodka, and hop from bed to bed with reckless abandon...

Take a look at some of Hollywood’s most notorious partiers below. Could the Entourage boys keep up? Could you?

Ava Gardner: With those heavy lidded cat-eyes and raw sensuality, Ava Gardner was a femme fatale of the rarest form. A man-magnet and booze-lover, Gardner was already a two-time divorcee by the tender age of 23 – a testament, perhaps, to the irresistibility of her appeal and often fickle temperament. Gardner was usually seen cavorting about on the town, flirting with her endless line of suitors and drinking everyone else under the table. Even legendary crooner and then-married man, Frank Sinatra, was no match for Ava’s charms. In fact, the pair’s relationship led to the demise of Frank’s marriage to Nancy Sinatra, earning Ava a few points in The Homewrecker’s Hall of Fame...They divorced years later after multiple break-ups and passionate reunions, spurring Gardner to find refuge in Spain amongst sexy bullfighters and late-night skinny dipping sessions with Ernest Hemingway. A lover of life and love, Gardner once stated she wished grow old “with a lot of wonderful chums, good music, and booze around.”

Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol was a man who surrounded himself with a variety of creative types. From fellow artists and musicians to drag queens and sexual radicals, the famous icon had a posse that surpassed even Entourage standards. Nowhere was this penchant for individuality and liberalism more apparent than in his famous “Factory” where he and his like-minded companions would gather to drown in an all-consuming cocktail of art, love, and drugs. A day in Warhol’s Factory was truly a feast of talent and debauchery that continued long past the sinking of the sun. Rampant amphetamine consumption, adult film production, and regular appearances from “superstars” like Edie Sedgwick and Bob Dylan were all part of the Warhol-“Factory” norm. Apart from being the mastermind behind this centre of bohemianism and artistic expression (in all its forms), Andy had a notoriously addictive personality. Extremism was his game, and this manifested itself in his art, shopping habits, and dalliances with harder drugs like heroin and prescription pills.

Frank Sinatra: With three marriages in his arsenal and a number of extramarital affairs, Frank Sinatra had garnered a bit of a reputation for womanising in his hey-day. Beyond a closet full of romantic scandals (one of which involved a staged suicide attempt to guilt-trip the aforementioned Ava Gardner), however, was the excessive boozing and subsequent violent tantrums. Sinatra loved throwing parties for his famous friends – dubbed “The Rat Pack”, each member clad in a monogrammed robe supplied by singer-actor – hosting legendary all-night fetes in his large California home. As time progressed and fame began to elude him, Sinatra’s depression and alcohol abuse increased. Notorious incidences include a drunken golf cart crash and a $500,000 gambling debt (all amassed in a single night)!

But what cocktail was most likely responsible for such debauchery, you ask? Frank’s perennial favourite: Jack Daniel’s whiskey with four ice cubes and a splash of water. Rumour even has it that his Twin Palms home sported a Jack Daniel’s flag which, when raised, signified the beginning of another round of rapacious schmoozing and boozing with friends. Maybe if Ol’ Blue Eyes were around today, Turtle could convert him into a tequila-lover...

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor: Arguably Hollywood’s most famous couple, the lore and legacy of the Burton-Taylor relationship is peppered with stories of alcoholism, incessant squabbling, and cheating scandals. Taylor, herself, married eight times throughout her life while Burton wrote repeatedly of his struggle with alcohol abuse. Together, the two raised hell on and off film sets, leaving a trail of extraneous demands (Taylor, well-known as one of Hollywood’s most high-maintenance stars) and empty bottles (Burton, whose diary highlights many of his drunken shenanigans) in their wake. Stories will have it that Burton and Taylor, along with party pals like Peter O’Toole, were often drinking on-set, regardless of the hour. Extravagant gifts were bought and exchanged, like the 68-carot diamond Burton gave Taylor in ‘69, as a tokens of their undying, roller-coaster love. However, this shared passion and zest for life often resulted in physical confrontations, ruthless verbal abuse...and temporary salvation found in liquor cabinets (and eventually each other’s arms).

Spencer Tracy: Spencer Tracy is yet another Old Hollywood actor known for his partying and loose behaviour. As with so many of his peers, Tracy endured a life-long battle with alcoholism that repeatedly interfered with his work schedule and inflamed the tempers of his employers. Furthermore, the actor was known to stray from his wife’s bed with the likes of Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman, and, most famously, Katherine Hepburn. Above all, though, were Tracy’s long and unpredictable drunken binges (one of which saw him blasted on several bottles of whiskey for days on end). Perhaps one of the most notorious incidences in Tracy’s roster of crazy antics is his strained relationship with MGM studios, who came to regard Tracy as both a significant asset and liability. At one point in his career, the studio required a team of medics, police, and security guards to be on-hand should Tracy stir up any trouble while on the job. This was even after Fox studios had reportedly fired the actor for similar behaviour. Star, trouble-maker, and partier indeed!


Monday 15 June 2015

Mr Holmes Movie Review By Carleton Rutter

In 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her young son, Roger. Holmes reflects on his life while writing in his journals, tending to his bees, and dealing with the deterioration of his once incredible mind. The film, like the novel, uses flashbacks to reveal events of the past, when he was still at the height of his fame and mental ability at his Baker Street consulting rooms, and during a visit to Japan.


Carleton reviews Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellan and Laura Linney.

Mr Holmes is on general release in the UK from Friday 19th June.

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Friday 12 June 2015

Kung Fu Panda 3 First Look Images

Po reunites with his biological father and returns to his birthplace — a secret panda paradise, where he does not fit in. There he meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who has been promised in an arranged marriage to Po. When an evil spirit called Kai terrorizes across China stealing powers of defeated kung fu masters, Po must learn to train a village of clumsy, fun-loving pandas to become the band of Kung Fu Pandas.

Jack Black
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
Lucy Liu
Seth Rogen
Jackie Chan
David Cross
James Hong
Randall Duk Kim
Rebel Wilson
Bryan Cranston
J. K. Simmons


Friday 5 June 2015

Cub - Trailer

Sam, an imaginative but vulnerable twelve year-old, heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts troupe.  Mistrusted by the pack leader Peter and isolated by the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them in the forest after he discovers a mysterious lair.  When Sam tries to warn them, they ignore him and his darkest fears soon come to life as one by one his fellow scouts are hunted down leaving him to fight back to survive.

"A delicious slice of nightmarish nostalgia," CUB also features a nightmarish soundtrack from Steve Moore (THE GUEST, YOU'RE NEXT).

Running Time: 84 minutes
Cert: TBC

Thursday 4 June 2015

Macbeth - First Trailer - Starring Michael Fassbender &Marianne Cotillard


The highly anticipated tale of war, ambition, love, murder and betrayal, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and starring Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) will see a UK release on OCTOBER 2nd.  

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.

MACBETH is from the producers of The King’s Speech and Shame. MACBETH also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).