Wednesday 26 October 2016

Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply - New Poster

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty) whom they work for.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behaviour intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

Produced and Directed by: Warren Beatty
Screenplay by: Warren Beatty
Story by: Warren Beatty and Bo Goldman
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen


Friday 21 October 2016

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

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

Monday 17 October 2016

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | In cinemas tonight only

Holy One Night Only! Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is coming in to cinemas nationwide TONIGHT for one night only.  Starring the legendary Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) this is an evening not to be missed.

Fans can find their nearest cinema showing the film and book tickets now by using this simple app:

The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD November 7 and Digitally from October 24.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by Batman’s most-evil opponents – The Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders pays homage to the original Batman series, reuniting Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar as they reprise their roles as Batman, Robin and Catwoman.

Monday 10 October 2016

War on Everyone Movie Review

Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Pena, Theo James and Tessa Thompson

What’s it all about?

Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn however when they threaten somebody who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?

What are my thoughts?

I last saw Alexander Skarsgard swinging from vine to vine in one of this year’s lacklustre summer entries The Legend of Tarzan. I last saw Michael Pena helping Matt Damon get home in last year’s The Martian, but perhaps most notably in his show stealing turn as Luis also last year in Marvel’s Ant-Man. When you think of casting two actors for a new buddy cop comedy, I wouldn’t have thought of pairing these two actors together in a million years.

Happily though it does work, and that and their chemistry is by far the best thing of this movie. Skarsgard is the loner who befriends Tessa Thompson a girlfriend of a former suspect. Pena though is a family guy and this dichotomy is at the heart of their relationship. They are both “bent” cops though and make no secret of this, having to be constantly kept in check by their chief as they tail Brit Theo James a plays a big time crook. As for Theo James he continues to be as flat as he was in the Divergent movies. (Albeit with a beard and native British accent).

As I say the chemistry between the lead stars is the movie is the best part and it features some funny dialogue between the two, although at no time is it on the same level as The Nice Guys earlier this year with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Pena is more at home with the comedy, but Skarsgard has some good lines and his 6ft 4’ hulking well built frame sits at home with the heavy of the police duo. He’s cut from the same cloth as Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys – hit first, ask questions later.

My issue with the movie is there is just not much too it, it's too light weight. It's running joke is too cops who revel in being bent, that's all. The plot itself is very thin.

​The comedy is very dark and it doesn’t pull it’s punches when it comes to violence. It’s a strong 15 for language, some sex and bloody violence. The movie looks good and has some nice fades between scenes and some nice tunes in the soundtrack, it was definitely going for The Nice Guys vibe but just couldn't get there.

That’s all I’ve got to say on this one, you don’t need to check this out at the cinema, just wait for it on stream.

War on Everyone is released from today in their UK.
Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

New Power Rangers teaser trailer and character posters

Saban’s POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Thursday 6 October 2016

GOLD - New Teaser Trailer

GOLD is the story of Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

GOLD - coming soon.

Monday 3 October 2016

New Clips from DreamWorks TROLLS + sing along to Justin Timberlake's CAN'T STOP THE FEELING

DreamWorks' TROLLS is a hair-raising comedy filled with unbelievable adventure and incredible music.  Known for their crazy, colourful, and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song. But their world of rainbows and cupcakes is changed forever, when their leader Poppy (Anna Kendrick,) must embark on a rescue mission that takes her far beyond the only world she’s ever known.

TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Ron Founts

DreamWorks TROLLS is released in cinemas from October 15 in 3D and 2D.