Monday, 31 October 2016

Doctor Strange Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton

What’s it all about?

Dr Stephen Strange a former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

What are my thoughts?

This year has been another strong year for Marvel, with Captain America: Civil War being arguably the movie of the summer and the year kicking off with the runaway success – Deadpool, ok that’s not a Marvel Studios property but it’s based on a known Marvel IP.

So here we are with 2016 starting to slowly wind down and Marvel release perhaps their most daring entry since The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). In Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch who is best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the wildly successful BBC drama Sherlock, assumes the mantle of Marvel’s newest cinematic super hero.

​Doctor Strange knocks another ball out of the park for Marvel. It’s a spellbinding psychedelic rollercoaster of a movie that does not disappoint. By far the biggest star of the movie are the visuals themselves. Taking cinema to the next level very much like The Return of the King did back in 2003.


Front and centre is Cumberbatch who plays brilliant but totally arrogant and self absorbed Doctor Steven Strange. The actor plays it as a mix between Sherlock and Tony Stark. Suitably detached as per the famous sleuth but never far away from a snarky quipped comment as per Iron Man’s alter ego. Being a fellow Brit and avid fan of Sherlock it took me a little while to adjust to the American accent, but it’s consistent and did not detract me from the movie.

The movie is one of Marvel’s best origin stories as this brilliant doctor (Early demonstrated by discussing music choices with a fellow surgeon whilst carrying out complicated brain surgery) is humbled and broken after suffering a terrible car accident, with above all his career giving hands taking the brunt of his injuries. If there is ever an advocate for not using the phone whilst driving – this is the movie. His path to redemption and self discovery starts as he travels to Tibet to meet The Ancient One played by Tilda Swinton.

Doctor Strange has a strong cast with Ejiofor and Swinton being my favourite with the exception of Cumberbatch himself. Ejiofor acts as a good foil to Strange and Swinton is perfect casting (Despite the whole white washing debacle in Hollywood) as the all powerful Ancient One. Benedict Wong is also excellent but slightly underused as Wong one of The Ancient One’s guardians.


Mikkelson as well as we know is no stranger to playing a movies main villain (Casino Royale, 2006) so his portrayal of Kaecilus (Former pupil of The Ancient One) is excellent. Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Strange’s colleague and love interest was good, but could have been played by any actress through.

The visuals though as I say are the main star of the show, I saw the movie in IMAX 3D and highly recommend that you do too as a large portion of the film is filmed in that medium. It is a visually stunning movie that really pushes the envelope on what audiences have seen so far. What I liked about the movie though was not just the visuals but how the characters were seamlessly integrated into their surroundings. The movie looses no time in showing you what it’s got with mind bending fight between Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelson in an Inception style London setting within the first ten minutes of the movie.

The pacing is good throughout and I became more invested in Strange’s story as the movie wore on. As this is a Marvel movie as well there is a healthy dose of humour which perhaps the funniest character being Doctor Strange’s cloak itself. Sound’s strange? Well that’s just the type of movie this is.


My only real issue was the relationship and chemistry between Strange and Palmer (McAdams). It wasn't particularly natural, seemed tacked on for the sake of having a love interest for the main character and as I said earlier she could have been played by any other actress.

The movie sits well within the whole MCU, I believed that this story exists in the same universe as Stark, Cap and the usual gang, they even get a reference at one point.

As for post credit scenes, there are two one. One mid credit (Which is very funny) and one post credit (Which leads you into possible spoilers for a Doctor Strange sequel).

I highly recommend that you check out Doctor Strange, not only for the continuation of the MCU which is enough in itself but even more for the mind bending visuals pioneered by ILM.

Treat yourself and enter The World of the Strange.

Doctor Strange is on general release in the UK.
Doctor Strange Movie Review by Carleton Rutter
http://www.moviemanuk.net

Rupture (Noomi Rapace) Brand New UK Poster & Clip - In Cinemas 4th November


Synopsis
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).

Signature Entertainment presents Rupture in Cinemas and On Demand 4th November 2016


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Assassin's Creed | Building the World | Official HD Featurette 2016


In cinemas 2017

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Khalid Abdalla, Michael K. Williams


Saturday, 29 October 2016

TRANSFORMERS 5 - Teaser Trailers Compilation ! (2017)


Transformers: The Last Knight (or simply Transformers 5) is an upcoming 2017 American science fiction-action film based on the Transformers toy line. It is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a direct sequel to 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film is directed by Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Age of Extinction, alongside Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro from the first three films. This will be the fifth and final Transformers film to be directed by Bay.

The film is scheduled to be released on June 23, 2017.

Friday, 28 October 2016

BAKED IN BROOKLYN (Alexandra Daddario Comedy) - TRAILER


A recent college graduate (Brener) decides to sell marijuana on the streets of Manhattan after losing his job at a consulting firm. He soon meets the girl of his dreams (Daddario). With an unsupportive girlfriend, an increase of clienteles, and the growing threats of being caught or killed, he soon realizes he is in way over his head.

A Movie directed by Rory Rooney
Cast : Todd Bartels, Evangelo Bousis, Josh Brener, Alexandra Daddario
Release Date : 14 October 2016
Genre : Comedy

© 2016 - Well Go USA Entertainment

The Pass - New Poster


THE PASS is a British drama from debut Director Ben A. Williams, starring Russell Tovey (Looking, Being Human, The History Boys) and Arinze Kene.

THE PASS is adapted for the screen by John Donnelly from his hit play first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, and is produced by renowned British film producer Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Eagle).

THE PASS is the story of three very different nights over 10 years in the life of a Premier League Footballer. Jason (Russell Tovey) is at the beginning of his career, and on the night before his first big international match he and long-time friend and team-mate Ade (Arinze Kene) share a hotel room, trying to beat the inevitable pre-match tensions with locker-room banter and teenage high-jinks. Out of nowhere Jason kisses Ade. The emotional repercussions of this pass, and the decisions that follow on and off the pitch, have a major impact on every aspect of the public and private lives of both men across the next decade, in a sporting world where image is everything.

The cast includes Hollyoaks heart-throb Nico Mirallegro and theatre and TV actress Lisa McGrillis. Tovey, McGrillis and Mirallegro all reprise the roles they originally performed on stage.

THE PASS will be released in the UK by Lionsgate Films on 9th December 2016.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

KILL RATIO (Action, 2016) - TRAILER


An attack on the new President of a fledgling Eastern European democracy pits an American covert operative against the country’s ruthless military leader determined to seize control of the government.

A Movie directed by Paul Tanter
Cast : Tom Hopper, Amy Huberman, Lacy Moore
Release Date : IN THEATERS: December 9, 2016 / AVAILABLE ON VOD AND ITUNES: December 13, 2016
Genre : Action
© 2016 - XLrator Media


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

SPLIT (Psychological Thriller, 2017) - TRAILER


Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

A Movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Cast : James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson, Brad William Henke
Release Date : In Theaters January 20
Genre : Thriller

Born again actors


It’s no secret that many actors feel they were born to act; that they wouldn’t know what they’d do if they couldn’t go on set or grace the silver screen any longer. Actors such as former child star turned cinematic chameleon Daniel Radcliffe have gone on record recently saying they’d be bereft if they were told they couldn’t act any longer, and cannot imagine another career path. Some, such as former comedian Kevin Hart, took a different road before finding their calling in life.

To celebrate the release of Hart’s latest hit comedy, Central Intelligence, which is available on Digital Download now and Blu-ray & DVD from 24th October, we take a look at actors who took a slightly different path on the road to superstardom.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Hart’s co-star in Central Intelligence and all round big screen titan, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson started out his career as a WWE wrestler, having played American Football to national championship level. From 1996 – 2004 Johnson was a major figure on the WWE circuit. A study in the art of multi-tasking, Johnson enjoyed an overlap between his wrestling and film career, making his feature film debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns as The Scorpion King; a role he reprised in 2002’s film of the same name. Roles in comedies Be Cool, Get Smart and Race To Witch Mountain followed, before Johnson got his big break in 2011’s Fast & Furious 5. Since then Johnson has been unstoppable, starring in the likes of Pain & Gain, Empire State and San Andreas; and with the likes of Baywatch and Jumanji on the horizon the Johnson juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Boasting California’s most famous biceps, before Austrian born Arnold Schwarzenegger became known as a Hollywood heavyweight (in more ways than one), he built a reputation as the best bodybuilder of all time; winning Mr Universe at the age of 20 and Mr Olympia seven times. Not content with his weightlifting prowess ‘Arnie’ turned to the big screen; earning his first major role in 1982’s Conan The Barbarian. This paved the way for Hollywood producers to come calling, and just two years later he starred in James Cameron’s The Terminator – one of his most iconic roles. He reprised the role again in 1991, 2003 and 2015’s reboot, giving moviegoers one of the most quoted lines of all time; “I’ll be back”. Whilst Arnie is the ultimate action hero, he is also something of a career chameleon, and in 2003 he became the 38th Governor of California; serving for two terms until 2011. His next trick? Arnie will host and lead the weekly sackings on US show The Celebrity Apprentice, taking over from Donald Trump.

Harrison Ford
One of Hollywood’s most famous leading men started out life as a carpenter, making film props for George Lucas Productions. Lucas gave him his first break with a small role in American Graffiti. Following that, when faced with a sick actor Lucas had him stand in to read lines for a film he was creating in 1977 called Star Wars. Ford impressed so much that Lucas gave him the role as Han Solo; a role which defined Ford’s career and undoubtedly catapulted him to become the star he is today – earning him the princely sum of $10,000 in the process! Ford continued to play Han Solo in every Star Wars movie (no doubt acquiring healthier pay packages) up to 2015’s The Force Awakens. Aside from Star Wars, Ford is best known as Indiana Jones; a role which started in 1981 and has spanned four films and counting, with the fifth instalment planned for release in July 2019. As well as being a hugely successful movie star, Ford is also a qualified pilot and has a collection of planes based in Santa Monica.

Mickey Rourke
Unlike the other stars on our list who turned to acting as a second career, Mickey Rourke – real name Philip Andre Rourke Jnr. – started off as an actor in the early 1980s, with roles in films such as the Charles Bukowski biopic, Barfly. Then, in 1991, Rourke turned his back on acting to become a full-time boxing professional. A stint of three years in the ring pushed Rourke back to his first love, and on he worked until he hit the big time in 2005’s dark thriller Sin City, and 2008’s The Wrestler. The latter earned him numerous accolades, including a BAFTA, Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Rourke is also a passionate dog lover; having owned numerous Chihuahuas, so much so, that in his 2009 Golden Globes acceptance speech Rourke attributed his success to his four-legged friends.

Jason Statham
Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley’s beau is not just a pretty face. The Derbyshire-born actor has many talents; and being a top sportsman is one of them. Most know Statham as the star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), The Transporter trilogy (2002 – 2008) and, of course, the Fast & Furious franchise. However a lesser known fact is that Statham started out as a footballer and diver, being introduced to the former through his old friend, Vinnie Jones. His dedication to and prowess for diving grew, earning him a place on GB’s National Diving Squad for 12 years and a spot at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Statham’s diving-honed physique then caught the eye of fashion brand French Connection, whom Statham went on to model for before starting his hugely successful movie career.


CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD NOW, AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 24TH OCTOBER 2016

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


Synopsis
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

COMING SOON

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL today announce SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 2


AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL today announce SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 2 Directed by
Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep Movie, Creature Comforts) and Produced by Paul Kewley
(Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Farmer’s Llamas). Pre-production will commence January 2017.
The world’s favourite sheep returns to the big screen in SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 2, the sequel
to his hugely successful and highly acclaimed Oscar nominated 2015 cinematic debut. Shaun
and the Flock are back for another epic and hilarious journey, in what will be their biggest and
most exciting adventure yet.

David Sproxton Co-founder and Executive Chairman at Aardman said: “Shaun’s move to the
big screen proved such a success with audiences around the world that he and the flock are very
excited to be embarking on another big screen adventure. Aardman is partnering with
STUDIOCANAL once again to produce another rip-roaring comedy, featuring Shaun and the rest
of the gang in a story that takes them to even greater heights of lunacy.“

Ron Halpern, EVP of International Productions and Acquisitions for STUDIOCANAL
adds: "All of us here at STUDIOCANAL are Aardman fans. To get to see the wonderful way they
work in Bristol as they have for 40 years now through to the first SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE was
an experience we will always cherish. Luckily we get to start again with what will definitely be
another film showcasing Aardman's unique humour, creativity and craftsmanship."

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 2 continues the production partnership with AARDMAN and
STUDIOCANAL following the success of SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE directed by Mark Burton
and Richard Starzak, which grossed $106 million worldwide and Nick Park’s highly
anticipated new prehistoric comedy adventure, EARLY MAN, currently in production.
STUDIOCANAL is co-financing and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France,
Germany, Australia and New Zealand, selling worldwide at AFM.

Monday, 24 October 2016

SOUL MATE Teaser Trailer | In Cinemas 10.11.2016


Nominated 7 Golden Horse Awards, SOUL MATE is based on same titled coming-of-age novel. July and Ansheng were friends since they were 13 years old. A twist of fate puts their friendship to test when they fall in love with the same guy.. Directed by Derek Tsang, starring Zhou Dongyu, Ma Sichun and Toby Lee. SOUL MATE opens in Singapore this 10th Nov!

PET (Horror, 2016) - TRAILER


Sweet but lonely Seth (Dominic Monaghan) spends his days working in an animal shelter. In a hopeless daze, he has a chance encounter with beautiful young waitress Holly (Ksenia Solo) who awakens something within him. Obsessed, he tries everything to win her over. Time and again, she rejects him, leading him to steal her journal and make a plan: to kidnap Holly. After Seth takes Holly, she wakes up in a cage beneath the animal shelter, treated like the dogs living above her. As Seth's lies begin to catch up to him, Holly toys with his emotions and his certainty of the situation falls apart. A bloody psychological battle begins where the line between prey and predator, victim and criminal blurs, leaving a deadly trail along the way.

A Movie directed by Carles Torrens
Cast : Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, Da'Vone McDonald, John Ross Bowie
Release Date : December 2nd, 2016
Genre : Horror, Thriller

PET Trailer
© 2016 - Samuel Goldwyn Films

Resident Evil The Final Chapter - Official International Trailer #5 (2017) Milla Jovovich Movie HD


Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice, Jill, Leon, Ada, and Becky are betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivors of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with her friends, and new, old, and unlikely allies, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities and Umbrella's impending attack, this will be Alice's most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.

THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook, 2016)


A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

THE HANDMAIDEN Trailer
A Movie directed by Park Chan-wook
Cast : Jung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim, Jin-woong Jo
Release Date : October 21st, 2016
Genre : Thriller, Romance, Drama

THE HANDMAIDEN Trailer (PARK CHAN-WOOK - 2016)
© 2016 - Amazon Studios / CJ Entertainment


Competition: Win The Lighthouse on DVD

The Lighthouse is released on DVD October 31st. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
THE LIGHTHOUSE follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s disastrous posting to Smalls Island Lighthouse to ‘keep the light’ 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish Sea.

The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.

Cast: Michael Jibson, Mark Lewis Jones, Ian Virgo, Stephen McDade, Jason May, Nathan Sussex

Win This:
The Lighthouse [DVD] [2016]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...


Competition Closed

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 07-11-16
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win The Library Suicides on DVD

The Library Suicides is released on DVD October 31st. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell), the debut feature from award-winning director Euros Lyn, and based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, is an offbeat thriller, set in the National Library of Wales, and explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling, and asks who has the right to tell the story.

When a famous author commits suicide, her librarian twin daughters are lost without her. Elena’s final words suggest that her biographer Eben murdered her. One night, the twins set off to avenge their mother’s death at the National Library of Wales, but are disrupted by night porter Dan who becomes unwillingly caught up in the saga.

The cast also includes Ryland Teifi (35 Diwrnod, Tir) and Sharon Morgan (Resistance, Torchwood).

Win This:
The Library Suicides [DVD]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...


Competition Closed


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 07-11-16
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

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.

Synopsis:
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


Synopsis
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.

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Competition: Win All Hallows' Eve - The Reaping DVD

All Hallows' Eve - The Reaping is released on DVD on October 24th And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
US horror anthology sequel. On Halloween night, a woman (Andrea Monier) receives an old VHS tape that a killer is using to find his next victim.

Unaware of the gruesome fate that awaits her, the woman watches the eight short tales of horror contained on the tape.

The characters featured in the stories include a group of trick or treating children, a boy struggling with night terrors, a man whose girlfriend has committed suicide and a young woman whose friend has been murdered.

But what will happen when the tales are over?

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All Hallows' Eve - The Reaping [DVD]

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Competition: Win Gods of Egypt (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)

Gods of Egypt is released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on October 24th And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on Blu-ray 3D to give away.

Synopsis:
Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star as warring Egyptian gods in this fantasy adventure, directed by Alex Proyas. Set in an alternate Egypt where deities live among mortals, the desert God Set (Butler) rules over the kingdom after killing his brother Osiris (Bryan Brown) and seizing the throne from its rightful heir, his nephew, Lord of the Air Horus (Coster-Waldau).

Tired of being subjected to Set's ruthless reign, mortal thief Bek (Brenton Thwaites) and his lover Zaya (Courtney Eaton) devise a plan to free Horus from his exile and convince him to once again battle his uncle Set. Together, they try to amass enough power to take down Set once and for all and put an end to his reign of terror. Upon hearing of Horus' plan, Set prepares for their impending duel by obtaining power from all of the gods who have refused to accept his rule and conquering their domains.

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Gods of Egypt (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2016]

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Monday, 17 October 2016

The Boss Baby - First Trailer feat. Alec Baldwin


DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby.  The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.  With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

THE BOSS BABY arrives in UK cinemas April 2017.




News release - Amazing double win for Balcony at Iris Prize 2016 PS



Balcony directed by filmmaker Toby Fell-Holden has been announced winner of the Iris Prize 2016, Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. This is the first time in its 10 years of existence that a UK filmmaker has won. The £30,000 prize will allow Toby to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the ninth Iris production. The film was part of Film London’s ‘London Calling Plus’ scheme.

Cheryl Dunye, the Chair of the jury said, “The conversations among the jury have been about what makes a film aesthetically and technically accomplished whilst being queer at the same time. We have looked at the creative decisions a director makes in pre-production, casting, cinematographically, and in editing”.                                                                                                              
Of Balcony, she said, “We felt that the director crafted a powerful film where not a single moment of its 17 minutes was wasted. The lead performance by Charlotte Beaumont was particularly outstanding as she took us on an internal transformation that left us speechless”.                                                          

“The film explored a myriad of social justice issues not only relevant to LGBT filmmaking but also with those that intersect with race, class, and gender issues in both the UK and the world today”.

Special commendations also go to:                                                                                                              
Thanks for Dancing (Takk For Turen) directed by Henrik Martin Duhlsbakken from Norway.                                                                                                                                                  
“The jury admired the chemistry between the two leads, the dynamic performance of the estranged daughter and its refreshing acknowledgement of homophobia in sports”.                                                                                  

Sunday Lunch (Le Repas Dominical) directed by Céline Devaux from France.                                              
“A witty animation where sound design, humour and a unique brand of story-telling drove home the universal feelings that many of us in the LGBTQ communities have felt with both our birth families and sometimes the families we call our own”.

Commenting on this year’s festival, Director Berwyn Rowlands said, “It has been an amazing time, and this year has proven to be the tipping point in the festival’s growth and awareness in its landmark tenth anniversary year, with a UK film winning the prize for the very first time against such strong international competition. What’s incredible about Balcony’s success is that two independent juries reached the same conclusion.  We’ve waited ten years for this to happen and I’m thrilled that British talent has been recognised in this year when BAFTA officially acknowledged the Iris Prize for award eligibility”.                                    

He added, “We’ve also seen many memorable moments, one of the highlights being Michael Sheen paying an unexpected visit to wish Iris a happy birthday”.

The Award was presented by Lord Glendonbrook, who also announced that the Michael Bishop Foundation’s sponsorship and support of the festival would increase from £35,000 to £50,000. This will enable the festival to continue to grow and also safeguards the future of the Iris Prize itself.

The sold-out Iris Award Ceremony was hosted by Capital FM’s Matt Lissack at Cineworld, Cardiff.

The other winners are:                                                                                                                             Best British Award, sponsored by Pinewood Studios                                                                                           
Balcony directed by Toby Fell-Holden was announced as Best British Short.

Frances Hendron, Chair of Best British award, said, “We watched 15 remarkable shorts. We encountered tales of beauty, loss, pain and joy.

“The winning film is Balcony. This is an assured confident film raising important themes and in particular, its confident shocking endings. The performance of Charlotte Beaumont as Tina is outstanding”.

Also highly commended were:                                                                                                                 
Oh-Be-Joyful directed by Susan Jacobson
“We commend this for its fine script, terrific performances, and its sheer joy”.                                

Souls directed by Daniel Gage    “This is a tale of loss and love, created and sustained for eight minutes”

The Carer directed by Christine Parker                                                                                                                    
 “This is a film that is unexpectedly uplifting, demonstrating the kindness of the human spirit (and how that can have an important impact and consequence)”

The Best British Award was presented by David Johnston from Pinewood Studios Group, who sponsor the £20,000 award.

Accepting both prizes, director Toby Fell-Holden said, “We are thrilled and humbled to have been awarded both the Iris Prize and Best British Award.  The film was a huge labour of love that tackled issues of perception around race and sexual identity”.

“It is a big honour to have Iris recognise the film”, he continued, “particularly given the current political climate around immigration and what it means to be ‘other’. Our deepest thanks goes out to the jury of the awards”.

Best Feature Award (£1,000), sponsored by Martin Briggs                                                                                                        
Real Boy directed by Shaleece Haas is the winner of the Iris Prize Best Feature Award. The jury said, “The film that took the jurors on a journey filled with a real emotion was Real Boy”.

Also highly commended were presented to Bullied To Death directed by Giovanni Coda from Italy.

Best Performance Award, sponsored by Gay Star News                                                                              

The performance awards sponsored by Gay Star News were presented to Tom Green for his role as Anthony and Kerry Fox who played Paige Levy, both performances from Australian film, Downriver, directed by Grant Scicluna, Iris Prize winner from 2012.

Iris Prize Youth Award, sponsored by Cardiff University                                                                              
Finally, the Iris Prize Youth Award was presented to Sign directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger from the US. Members of Pride Cymru Youth Council, who selected the films to be screened said, "Sign was a really powerful film, with both music and performances getting an emotional story across without the need for words”.

Eleven films considered age appropriate were offered to Pride Cymru Youth Council members who then reduced the number of films offered to voters to 5 films. During the Education Day on Wednesday, pupils aged from 12-18 from 5 schools each cast their votes for 1st & 2nd. On Saturday, young attendees of Pride Cymru Youth Conference cast their votes in the same way as above, with their combined decisions leading to the winner. The jury highly commended Queen’s Mile, directed by Martin Delaney.

Festival guests included directors Nathan Adloff (Miles, USA) and Sarah Rotella (Almost Adults, US); previous Iris award winners Till Kleinert and Magnus Mork. International Jury included last year’s Iris Prize winner Arkasha Stevenson from US and international musician Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Sarah Rotella, (director, Almost Adults), Andrew Murphy (director of Toronto’s InsideOut LGBT Film Festival), and Michael Gamilla from Rochester’s Image Out Festival).

The post-award reception was held at the Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff.

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, Gorilla Group, Cineworld, Chapter, Gay Star News, Pride Cymru, British Council Wales, Orchard.      

Further details of Iris Prize    www.irisprize.org                                                                                       Facebook:   IrisPrizeFestival   twitter:  @irisprize
The next Iris Prize takes place in Cardiff opening on Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th October 2017.

DOG EAT DOG - In Cinemas and On Digital November 18th SB


Ride shotgun on the craziest, funniest, most chaotic heist of the year as DOG EAT DOG, the psychedelic thriller starring Nicolas Cage (Kick-Ass, Face / Off) and Willem Dafoe (John Wick, Antichrist), is released in cinemas and on digital on November 18th, 2016 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Directed by visionary filmmaker Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), DOG EAT DOG is the story of three ex-cons attempting to adapt themselves to civilian life following extended stints in jail. Life is tough, until they are offered a job by an eccentric mob boss (played by Paul Schrader himself) with a payoff too rich to turn down, and enough dough to buy their way out of their criminal lives and start over. All they have to do is kidnap a baby, the child of a colleague who's ripping the mob boss off. With the ‘three strikes’ law for life sentences looming over each of them and in the midst of battling their own personal demons, the smart money would be on rejecting the offer… But what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way!

Troy (Nicolas Cage), an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban lifestyle is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe), is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one precarious situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. But somehow the law keeps catching up with them wherever they go.

Paul Schrader and Matthew Wilder wrote the script based on Edward Bunker’s 1995 novel of the same name, who used his personal experiences of the criminal underworld as inspiration for the story and its troubled central characters.

DOG EAT DOG IS IN CINEMAS AND ON DEMAND FROM NOVEMBER 18TH, 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: http://po.st/HolyCinemaBookingBatman

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.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

60TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL DRAWS ITS ANNIVERSARY YEAR TO A CLOSE

London – Sunday 16 October 2016: The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, closed its anniversary year tonight with the European Premiere of Ben Wheatley's FREE FIRE. Audience attendance for the 60th edition reached a record-breaking 184,700, an 18% increase from 157,000 in 2015, with the new temporary Embankment Garden Cinema contributing significantly to that growth.

 

A further 8,200 people enjoyed the Festival through satellite screenings across the UK of Opening Night film Amma Asante's A UNITED KINGDOM and Werner Herzog's LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF A CONNECTED WORLDwhich, in a first for the Festival, was also made available online as a virtual premiere. UK-wide access brought the overall audience total to 193,129.

 

The Festival welcomed over 840 international and British filmmakers to present their work from across the LFF programme at venues across the capital. The programme presented more Headline Galas and Special Presentations than ever before, with twelve and 5 respectively (an increase from 7 and 3 at LFF 2015), while the temporary purpose built venue Embankment Garden Cinema was the home for Strand Galas and films in Official Competition.

 

Filmmakers and cast attending the Festival in support of Headline Galas and Special Presentations included: the Opening Night Gala of A UNITED KINGDOM attended by director Amma Asante and cast members David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Arnold Oceng, Jack Lowden, Laura Carmichael, Charlotte Hope, James Northcote, Jessica Oyelowo, Terry Pheto - the Closing Night Gala of FREE FIRE attended by director Ben Wheatley and cast members Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy, Mark Monero, Armie Hammer, Tom Davis, Sharlto Copley, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Cessay, Patrick Bergin - AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Sasha Lane - ARRIVAL Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner – ASCENT Fiona Tan - BEFORE THE FLOOD Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio - THE BIRTH OF A NATION Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Chiké Okonkwo - IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD Xavier Dolan, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux - LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling - LION Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Divian Ladwa - MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams - A MONSTER CALLS JA Bayona, Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver - NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford, Amy Adams, Armie Hammer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ellie Bamber; QUEEN OF KATWE Mira Nair, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o - SNOWDEN Oliver Stone, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans, Eric Kofi-Abrefa - TROLLS Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn - THEIR FINEST Lone Scherfig, Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Rachael Stirling.

 

British and international film talent that attended for the Festival's Strand Galas included: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (Cult) André Øvredal - BLEED FOR THIS (Thrill) Ben Younger, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciaran Hinds - THE HANDMAIDEN (Dare) Park Chan-wook - MIRZYA (Love) Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher - NOCTURAMA (Debate) Bertrand Bonello, Finnegan Oldfield - TONI ERDMANN (Laugh) Maren Ade, Sandra Hüller, Trystan Pütter - andOfficial Competition presentations included:BRIMSTONE Martin Koolhoven, Emilia Jones, Jack Hollington, Jack Roth, Peter Blankenstein - CERTAIN WOMEN Michelle Williams - CLASH Mohamed Diab - ELLE Paul Verhoeven, Isabelle Huppert - FRANTZ François Ozon, Paula Beer - GOLDSTONE Ivan Sen - LAYLA M. Mijke de Jong, Nora El Koussour, Ilias Addab, Jan Eilander -MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe - A QUIET PASSION Terence Davies, Cynthia Nixon, Catherine Bailey  - UNA Benedict Andrews, Ben Mendelsohn, Tara Fitzgerald, David Harrower, Tobias Menzies, Ruby Stokes - YOUR NAME Makoto Shinkai.

 

At the annual BFI London Film Festival Award last night the LFF competition winners announced were:

CERTAIN WOMEN - Kelly Reichardt, won the Best Film Award (Official Competition)

RAW - Julia Ducournau, won theSutherland Award (First Feature Competition)

STARLESS DREAMS - Mehrdad Oskouei, won the Grierson Award (Documentary Competition)

9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO -Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van de Muelen, won the Short Film Award

This year the BFI Fellowship was received by Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen, and presented by Michael Fassbender. The Fellowship is the highest accolade the BFI can bestow.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

60thth BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 AWARD WINNERS

London – 15 October 2016: The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year's Festival Awards' winners at its high profile Awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Hosted by Michael Sheen and with an address from BFI Chair Josh Berger, guests included Abi Morgan, Alicia Vikander, Anna Friel, Anthony Chen, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Bola Agbaje, David Dehaney, David Nicholls, David Tennant, Edmund Coulthard, Florence Pugh, George Amponsah, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Guy Lodge, John Maclean, Kerry Fox, Lily James, Louise Osmond, Matthew Macfadyen, Oli Hyatt, Radu Jude, Sarah Gavron, Sara Ishaq, Sean McAllister and Michael Fassbender, who presented the BFI Fellowship to this year's recipient Steve McQueen.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION WINNER – BEST FILM:CERTAIN WOMEN, directed by Kelly Reichardt

Recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, the winner of the Best Film Award, went to Kelly Reichardt's CERTAIN WOMEN, the impeccable study of the lives of three very different women in Montana. The award was announced by President of the Official Competition jury, Athina Rachel Tsangari, whose film Chevalier won the LFF Best Film prize in 2015.

The film jury said "In a vibrant year for cinema it was the masterful mise en scène and quiet modesty of this film that determined our choice for Best film. A humane and poignant story that calibrates with startling vulnerability and delicate understatement the isolation, frustrations and loneliness of lives unlived in a quiet corner of rural America". 

Tsangari's fellow jurors were multi BAFTA-winning British screenwriter Abi Morgan whose credits include Shame, The Iron Lady, & Birdsong, the Primetime Emmy-winning The Hour and whose Suffragette opened the 2015 LFF; Anthony Chen, the Singaporean writer, director, producer who collected the Festival's Sutherland Prize in 2013 for Ilo Ilo; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, British star ofBelle who appeared in an episode of Black Mirrorwhich screened as part of the Festival's LFF CONNECTS programme and Radu Jude, the Silver Bear-winning Romanian director and screenwriter (Aferim! 2015) whose Scarred Hearts screened in this year's Festival.

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION WINNER – THE SUTHERLAND AWARD: Julia Ducournau forRAW

The long-standing Sutherland Award is presented to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature in the Festival, and this year's winner is Julia Ducournau for RAW, about a young woman's insatiable appetite for flesh in a playful coming-of-age body horror tale. The winner was announced by the jury president, and BAFTA-winning Sarah Gavron, director of last year's Suffragette.

About RAW, Sarah Gavron said "It is a film that shocked and surprised us in equal measure. We admired the way the director did something completely unexpected with the genre. We enjoyed the outrageousness of the story-telling, and the glee with which events unfolded. We loved the eerie originality of the setting, the dark, dark humour, the great score and the truly distinctive visual language. And the bold charismatic acting of the women at the centre of a film that is both unique and unsettling and will quite literally make some swoon".

The jury also gave a special commendation toUda Benyamina's DIVINES for its standout female performance from Oulaya Amamra and for its great energy and veracity.

Sarah Gavron's fellow jurors were novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day); director and producerGeorge Amponsah who's film The Hard Stopfeatured in the Debate strand last year (LFF 2015); chief UK film critic for Variety Guy Lodge; British actor Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina, Frost/Nixon); and Nira Park, the BAFTA-nominated British producer of Spaced and the celebrated Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION WINNER – THE GRIERSON AWARD: STARLESS DREAMSdirected, produced and written by Mehrdad Oskouei

The Grierson Award for the best documentaryrecognises outstanding feature-length documentaries of integrity, originality, technical excellence or cultural significance. The award went to STARLESS DREAMS, a thoughtful and complex portrait of juvenile delinquent women at the extreme margins of Iranian society, by veteran documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei. Announcing the winner was Jury President and Grierson, RTS and International Emmy-winner Louise Osmond

Louise Osmond commented "STARLESS DREAMS is the story of young women in a juvenile detention centre in Iran. By that description you'd imagine a dark film exploring a bleak world of broken young lives. This film was the very opposite of that. It took us into a world none of us knew anything about - the street kids, thieves and children of crack addicts of Iran - and showed us a place full of humour, life and spirit. Beautifully paced with great characterisation and a very strong sense of place, director Mehrdad Oskouei captured the fears and friendships of these teenagers with such humanity. The profoundly moving irony of the film is that it was in this detention centre, with others like them, that these girls finally found a sense of family and home; you feared for them most the day they were released back into their family's care. It's a film that stays with you for a very long time".

Joining Louise Osmond on the jury were the factual producer and director David Dehaney; producer, director and writer Edmund Coulthard whose credits include McQueen and I andHunger; the Vice Chairman of the Grierson Trust Sanjay Singhal and the director, producer and cinematographer Sian Mcallister, whose documentary feature debut A Syrian Love Storywas BAFTA-nominated.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNER – BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: 9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO, directed by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van de Muelen

This year marked the second year of presenting the Best Short Film Award which recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and confident handling of chosen theme and content. The award went to 9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO. The award was presented by John Maclean.

Jury president and Academy-Award®-winner, Mat Kirkby said "When Syrian photographer Issa Touma decided to pick up his camera and film events from his window in Aleppo, he did not know whether he would be alive to finish the filming. Not only does his documentary show what one person, one camera and a restricted view of an alleyway can do to reveal something as complex, confusing, and terrifying as a civil war, but also it demonstrates the power of film to reach the wider world, and make those of us more fortunate re-assess the freedom we take for granted."

Kirkby's fellow jurors comprised award-winning playwright and screenwriter Bola Agbaje; director-screenwriter, former Screen Star of Tomorrow and John Maclean who won a BAFTA for Pitch Black Heist (2011), and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Slow West in 2015; the ICA's Cinema and Film Programme Manager, Nico Manzano; co-founder of Blue Zoo Animation Studio, Oli Hyatt and the writer, director and Academy Award® nominee Sara Ishaq (Karam Has No Walls, 2012).

 

BFI FELLOWSHIP Steve McQueen (as previously announced)

This year's BFI Fellowship was presented to the visionary Turner-prize-winning video artist, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen by his frequent collaborator Michael Fassbender. McQueen was accompanied by his producer wife Bianca Stigter and close family and friends to celebrate his receiving the highest accolade the BFI Board of Governors can bestow.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Fantastic Beasts - European Premiere Date Announced 

London, 14th October 2016 –  The European premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' new big screen adventure "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is set to take place on Tuesday, 15 November, 2016, at London's Leicester Square, with the stars and filmmakers in attendance.  Marking the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time, the highly anticipated motion picture opens in cinemas across Europe and around the world beginning 18 November, 2016.
 
Commented Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment U.K, Eire and Spain:  "We're thrilled to hold the European premiere for 'Fantastic Beasts' in the UK, which has been the production home for not only the globally beloved 'Harry Potter' series of films but also this exciting new adventure from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.  It's sure to be a magical night for fans, guests and the talented people in front of and behind the camera."
 
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" features an acclaimed cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Colin Farrell, and will transport filmgoers to an enthralling new era of the Wizarding World – New York City in 1926.
 
The film reunites a number of filmmakers behind the "Harry Potter" blockbusters, including director David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" films, as well as producers David Heyman, who shepherded all eight "Harry Potter" films, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
 
The cast, filmmakers and guests attending the gala event will begin the night on the red carpet, with fans and the world's media in attendance, before making their way to the premiere screenings being held in Leicester Square's Empire and Odeon cinemas.