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Round-Up of London Film Festival 2018

The London Film Festival 2018 has now finished. There were some terrific films. Too many films to cover all here.

3 x iTunes code competition for MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

‘Path of Blood’ available on DVD 10th December

Path of Blood will be released on DVD on the 10th December. This critically acclaimed documentary is not a film for the faint of heart

Disobedience (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The film deals very sensitively with issues of an orthodox religion and its dictates coming into conflict with the modern world.

Three Identical Strangers (12A) | Close-Up film review

This is the amazing story of how three identical triplets, who had been separated at birth, met for the first time in 1980 after 19 years.

They Shall Not Grow Old – Available on Digital Download and on Blu-Ray & DVD 10 December

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Peter Jackson’s First World War film, They Shall Not Grow Old, is available from today on digital download and will debut on Blu-ray and DVD in December.

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Round-Up of London Film Festival 2018

The London Film Festival 2018 has now finished. There were some terrific films. Too many films to cover all here.

BFI Player releases Animation 2018 Shorts collection

BFI Player is releasing Animation 2018 – 13 new short films, from new and emerging animators commissioned through a prestigious initiative by the BFI, BBC Four, and BBC Arts to find the most exciting and original filmmaking talent from across the UK.

Most Memorable Antagonists

No great hero would reach acclaim without the challenges set by a menacing, fear-inducing villain.

It’s that time of year – Halloween is here!

It is that time of year again. The nights draw in, the leaves turn orange and the spooks and ghouls come out to play.

What makes Horror films scary?

Society can be a scary place…even more so now everyone questions what to and not to believe in. Some believe in aliens, some don’t. Some believe in the Bogeyman, some don’t. Some believe in the paranormal, and some don’t.

We take a look at the best heist movies ever made.

To celebrate the release of KING OF THIEVES, which tells the true story of the infamous Hatton Garden robbery, we take a look at the best heist movies ever made.

Calling All Earthlings: documentary explains the mysterious Integratron

Deep in the Mojave Desert in California is something white, wacky and wonderful – the Integratron – and until you visit yourself, you can learn about it from the irresistibly-titled new documentary Calling All Earthlings.

Tour The Millennium Falcon with Donald Glover

Join Donald Glover for a tour of the iconic Millennium Falcon in this featurette for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story

Feature: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy.

Feature: Netflix’s Lost in Space

Timmy and Lassie. Elliott and E.T. Will Robinson and the Robot. The strongest friendships aren’t always between humans.

Avengers: Infinity War “Groundbreaking Use of IMAX Cameras” Featurette

In the second IMAX Behind The Frame featurette for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Producer Kevin Feige reveal how they made Hollywood history

Featurette & Clip For The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

STUDIOCANAL are delighted to release the first clip and featurette for THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.

3 x iTunes code competition for MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

‘Path of Blood’ available on DVD 10th December

Path of Blood will be released on DVD on the 10th December. This critically acclaimed documentary is not a film for the faint of heart

They Shall Not Grow Old – Available on Digital Download and on Blu-Ray & DVD 10 December

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Peter Jackson’s First World War film, They Shall Not Grow Old, is available from today on digital download and will debut on Blu-ray and DVD in December.

Early Korean cinema to screen in UK for first time

As the 13th edition of the London Korean Film Festival comes to a close, BFI, Korean Film Archive (KOFA) and Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) announce a new cultural collaboration for audiences in the UK and South Korea to enjoy each other’s film heritage.

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Takes Home the Dorfman Best Film Award as the 22nd UK Jewish Film Festival Winners are Announced

The UK Jewish Film Festival are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s awards following this evening’s Closing Night Gala award ceremony at London’s Curzon Mayfair.

BFI Player releases Animation 2018 Shorts collection

BFI Player is releasing Animation 2018 – 13 new short films, from new and emerging animators commissioned through a prestigious initiative by the BFI, BBC Four, and BBC Arts to find the most exciting and original filmmaking talent from across the UK.

Nominations for the 31st European Film Awards.

At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions proudly announced the nominations for the 31st European Film Awards.

New chart will showcase UK’s biggest selling films on disc & download

The Official Film Chart, the first weekly chart in the world to count movie downloads, launched Wednesday November 7.

Mural inspired by Alexander Mcqueen unveiled in East London

A beautifully captivating and striking mural of a newly designed skull was today unveiled in the heart of East London, inspired by the notoriously fearless and rebellious designer Alexander “Lee” McQueen.

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Acclaimed Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Set to Direct, Write, and Produce Stop Motion Animated Musical.

November on Rakuten TV

If you’re looking for high octane action without having to move an inch from your sofa this November, Rakuten TV has everything you need. Enjoy the best entertainment at the click of a button on your Smart TV.

62nd BFI London Film Festival 2018

There is an exciting line up of films for this year’s London film festival 10-21 October, with almost half of the films directed by women.

Disobedience (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The film deals very sensitively with issues of an orthodox religion and its dictates coming into conflict with the modern world.

Three Identical Strangers (12A) | Close-Up film review

This is the amazing story of how three identical triplets, who had been separated at birth, met for the first time in 1980 after 19 years.

¡NaePasaran! (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This interesting and instructive documentary is at times quite moving. It is about a courageous group of workers and trade unionists at a Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in Scotland.

The Christmas Trap (U) | Close-Up Film

There have been several movies such as The Parent Trap, where typically twins are separated at birth and reunite many years later and switch places to experience the life the other has. The Christmas Trap has a similar theme

Widows (15) | Close-Up Film Review

There are three main things going for this film. Firstly, it is very well directed by Steve McQueen. Secondly, the movie has a terrific cast of mainly women. And lastly, it has an excellent script written by McQueen together with Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).

Siberia (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Siberia is a would be thriller which largely fails to thrill.  

Suspiria (18) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is based on the script of cult horror film maker Dario Argento’s 1977 film of the same name, but with a rather different take on the idea.

Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a very British black comedy, which more than makes up for its lack of a big budget with a deft script and direction and quality actors playing roles that are off beat and original.

They Shall Not Grow Old (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Peter Jackson’s documentary about the men who fought in World War I is a triumph on several levels.

Wildlife (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Actor Paul Dano makes a very creditable debut here as a director.  He also co-wrote the screenplay with life partner Zoe Kazan.

Overlord (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Produced by J.J. Abrams, the creator of hit television series Lost and the man behind the “when they were young” Star Trek and the latest Star Wars films, this is a promising idea which combines two genres – the war movie and the horror film.

An Actor Prepares (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Disappointing! The film is really a road movie in which a father and son attempt to bond together. Jeremy Irons plays the father, Atticus and Jack Huston is his son, Adam. The main difficulty is that Atticus is not a nice man!

Incredibles 2 (PG) | Home Ents Review

This time around, within Pixar’s The Incredibles 2, it is woman power that takes the spotlight with Helen (Hunter) as Elastigirl seeking to save the reputation of Superhero’s all over the world.

Bedevilled (15) | Home Ents Review

The life of this generation of teens (and the majority of adults) revolves around one thing…Technology!

Mad to be normal (15) | Home Ents Review

David Tennant has rightly gained much praise and renown for his television work, such as his stints on “Dr Who” and “Broadchurch”.  

2: HRS (12A) | Home Ents Review

What would you do if you only had two hours to live? What would be on your bucket list? What regrets would you have?

Never Steady, Never Still (15) | Home Ents Review

Shirley Henderson is a truly great actress. We see this in her latest film Never Steady, Never Still.

Ghost House (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Ghost House is one of those movies that you go into not really knowing what to expect and whether it will have the desired effect to be classed as a decent horror movie.

My Generation (12A) | Home Ents Review

For those now in their sixties and older, particularly if they spent their youth in London, “My Generation” is a fun trip down memory lane.  And for the younger generation it could be a revelation as to what Granny and Grandad got up to in their youth. 

The Old Dark House (U) | Home Ents Review

This pristine 4K presentation of the comedy-horror classic looks so good that the years melt away, and allow the brilliant tone of this film – uncanny, arch and witty – to shine through.

Breakheart Pass (PG) | Home Ents Review

A solid, stolid and slightly stodgy western that’s made special by Lucien Ballard’s nice camera work, the craggy presence of Charles Bronson and a nice collection of supporting character actors, together at last.

Intimate Lighting (PG) | Home Ents Review

It was once described by its own producer as “the most boring film ever made” and was banned in its country of origin for 20 years.

The Shannara Chronicles: – Season 2 (15) | Home Ents Review

The Shannara Chronicles started as an adaptation of The Sword of Shannara – a trilogy of novels written by Terry Brooks.

Murder on the Orient Express (12A) | Home Ents Review

Apart from his awful, huge moustache, Kenneth Branagh, in his own adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, is an absolute delight. Branagh directs a stellar cast in this new version of the 1934 novel.

Spielberg & Hanks discuss Trump, freedom of the press and their latest film

In this Friday’s issue of the i newspaper, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks talk about their latest project, The Post, which led nominations at the Golden Globes and is already generating major Oscar buzz.

The Ghoul – Interview with Director Gareth Tunley & Actor Alice Lowe

Director Gareth Tunley and Alice Lowe, who plays Kathleen, talk to Close-Up Film about the making of noir-ish thriller, THE GHOUL.

KELLY REICHARDT speaks to Carlie Newman about her new film Certain Women

Sitting quietly in the hotel room, it is hard to believe that Kelly Reichardt is responsible not just for directing the film CERTAIN WOMEN but also for writing and editing it.

Close-Up with… Eric Bana, on Special Correspondents

Laid back (quite literally on a comfy looking sofa) and relaxed, Eric Bana in real life is as far from his new onscreen persona of Frank Bonneville than you could imagine.

Brooklyn: Saoirse Ronan interview

A young woman must make the difficult choices that will define the rest of her life as the BAFTA and Academy Award®-nominated BROOKLYN arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and EST from February 29th

Interview: Armie Hammer & Henry Cavill

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Is Available On Digital HD, BLU-RAY And DVD ON 7TH December 2015

Interview: The Cast & Crew Of The Gift

“The Gift started for me with a simple premise: what would happen if a high school bully ran into his victim fifteen or so years later? What would or could be the effects? How might the past come to bear on the present? How could the past, unaccounted and unresolved, rupture a present situation?

Close-Up with… Adeel Akhtar

We grabbed a chat with BBC River sidekick Adeel Akthar on the eve of the final episode last week. The Utopia, Four Lions and Pan star is busy rehearsing ‘A Christmas Carol’ in preparation for a Christmas run at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Interview: FrightFest Festival founder Alan Jones

Mark Bartlett at Close-Up Film interviewed FrightFest Festival founder Alan Jones, who has just launched the new FrightFest Presents distribution label to VOD. The initial six titles (AAAAH!, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB, SAND, AFTERDEATH, SOME KIND OF HATE and ESTRANGED) are on on itunes now and have been carefully created to appeal to horror aficionados.

Director Paul Hyett Chats About Howl

Close-Up Film’s Mark Bartlett caught up with practical effects guru turned director Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House) ahead of the release of his second feature Howl.

Interview: Tom Payne Chats About The Physician

THE PHYSICIAN tells the story of Rob Cole (Tom Payne), a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine under the great Ibn Sina (Ben Kingsley).

Director Craig Roberts Chats About ‘Just Jim’

Close-Up Film recently caught up with actor-turned-director Craig Roberts, star of Richard Ayoade’s 2010 smash hit, black-comedy ‘Submarine’, now in the directorial chair for his feature film ‘Just Jim’ to discuss the pressures of being one of the youngest actor-turned-directors in recent history.

‘Path of Blood’ available on DVD 10th December

Path of Blood will be released on DVD on the 10th December. This critically acclaimed documentary is not a film for the faint of heart

The Predator: new red band trailer

With a warning for gore and naughty words, here’s the new red band trailer for The Predator…

Suspiria: first trailer for the horror remake

Dakota Johnson stars in the forthcoming remake of the 1977 classic, Suspiria. Here’s the eerie first trailer…

Trailer: Path of Blood

Deep in the Saudi desert, young thrill-seekers at jihadi boot camp sign up to a plot to overthrow the Saudi government.

Trailer: The Endless

A mind-bending sci-fi horror about two brothers who get caught up in a ‘crazy UFO death cult´

First Trailer For Hotel Artemis

Jean Thomas, aka THE NURSE (Jodie Foster) is the manager of the Hotel Artemis, an ultra-exclusive, members-only hospital hidden in a hotel redolent of faded ‘20s glamour.

New Clip For Acts of Vengeance

From the producers of The Expendables1 and 2, Rambo, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, comes Acts of Vengeance – an edge of your seat action thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Karl Urban.

New Clip From Wonderstruck

Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, WONDERSTRUCK tells the story of Ben and Rose – children from two different eras, who secretly wish their lives were different.

Chomp on this. Jason Statham stars in #TheMeg, in cinemas August 10.

A deep-sea submersible-part of an international undersea observation program-has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside.

The 50th Anniversary Big Screen Revival Of Yellow Submarine

The Beatles’ legendary animated hit film YELLOW SUBMARINE is returning to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July 2018 with tickets going on sale from 17 April.

Future World, co-directed by James Franco: first trailer

James Franco heads into the desert to star in his own Mad Max-style action film – alongside Milla Jovovich. Here’s a trailer

New poster for Journeyman

Paddy Considine’s second feature JOURNEYMAN will be released by STUDIOCANAL on 30th March 2018. Considine not only wrote and directed the film but also stars alongside Jodie Whittaker