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Native (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a really good sci fi story idea with some imaginative touches and a very effective twist but unfortunately it is not very dynamically told.  

Finding your feet (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The critical and more crucially financial success of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” demonstrated that there is gold in them there “old ‘uns” or to put it more politely, older audiences are worth courting.  “Finding Your Feet” appears to be another effort to chase the “grey pound”.

Dark River (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Following on from the award gathering success of the downbeat “God’s Own Country”, along comes another dour British social realism drama, this time set in the Yorkshire sheep farming world.  The story this time deals with the effects of sexual abuse with a subsidiary theme about the trials of being a tenant farmer with no land rights. 

New clip for The Ice King

From award-winning director James Erskine (Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Battle of the Sexes) and producer Victoria Gregory(Shooting for Socrates, Senna) comes a new feature about the figure skating legend John Curry. 

Trailer: A Gentle Creature

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender’.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London for its 22nd year from 8 to 16 March 2018, featuring 14 award-winning documentary and feature films – half of them directed by women.

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The Mercy – New Featurette

STUDIOCANAL are delighted to release a new featurette with interviews with Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz and director James Marsh, for THE MERCY coming to cinemas 9th February 2018.

Close-Up Film’s Oscar Round-Up

So, the Oscar nominations are in and, as widely anticipated, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has emerged as the front runner. Garnering 13 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director

15:17 to Paris – ‘Director’s Vision’ Featurette

From Clint Eastwood comes “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

Peter Rabbit – Flopsy Featurette, in cinemas March 16

In Peter Rabbit™, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy.

Feature | Flying in Hollywood

You breeze through security, and it’s just a few steps through the empty departure lounge to your gate. Out the window you can see your plane is ready for boarding, and then the tannoy calls out your flight number.

London Critics’ Circle 2017 Film Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were announced at The May Fair Hotel by actors Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner trilogy, Game of Thrones, Godless) and Morfydd Clark (The Falling, Love & Friendship, The Man Who Invented Christmas).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – European Royal Premiere Highlights

The European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the highly anticipated next chapter of the Skywalker Saga, took place at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall last night.

The BFI London Film Festival – Press Week 1 – Round-Up

Four weeks of press screenings precede the festival itself and continue during the public event proper. Here is a look at some of the titles appearing between 18-22nd September and our initial thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

IT – Facing Evil – New featurette released

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

Three Summers at MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has just come to an end. It featured hundreds of features and shorts over the 17 days, and this year’s theme was to “explore new worlds,” which saw matters of social justice, empathy and connection examined in many of the stories seen on screen – extremely apposite in an Australia that’s currently wrestling with marriage equality and the ever-present issue of Aboriginal rights.

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.

Dunkirk – Roundtable featurette

A candid roundtable conversation between young stars Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden in which they discuss their experiences making the film and their excitement for its upcoming release all of which is introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London for its 22nd year from 8 to 16 March 2018, featuring 14 award-winning documentary and feature films – half of them directed by women.

The Bafta Film Awards 2018

Cirque Du Soleil kick off proceedings at the BAFTA’s tonight with a routine from OVO – the show currently playing at at the Royal Albert Hall (although it’s having a night off tonight).

Screen Industries Unite Around New Anti-Bullyling And Harassment Principles

The first Set of Principles and Guidance to tackle bullying and harassment, specifically tailored to the screen industries was published yesterday in response to the urgent and systemic issues revealed over past months.

28 Months Later movie is unlikely now

A film to close off the 28 Days Later trilogy is unlikely now, Alex Garland has revealed.

Arrow Films to Release Sergei Loznitsa’s ‘A Gentle Creature’

Arrow Films are excited to announce the release of critically acclaimed Director Sergei Loznitsa’s Palme d’Or nominated A GENTLE CREATURE in UK cinemas 13th April.

Mobile Film Festival 2018

Since 2005, the Mobile Film Festival has been detecting and promoting new talents through a competition with simple rules: 1 mobile – 1 minute – 1 film.

Cinema Made In Italy 2018 Programme Announced

The eighth edition of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY will launch at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington on Wednesday 7thMarch.

Chronic Youth Film Festival at the Barbican – Sat 17 & Sun 18 March 2018

Specially curated by the Barbican Young Programmers, Chronic Youth Film Festival returns for its third year with a bold weekend of films and events presenting unlikely stories from young and little-known voices on and off the screen.

Lightening Entertainment pick up International sales rights to Nightshooters

Lightening Entertainment has picked up International sales rights to Ascendant Releasing’s Martial Arts action film NIGHTSHOOTERS starring upcoming action star and SAG Nominated Jean-Paul Ly (Jailbreak).

The Greatest Showman – No.1 at the UK Box-Office

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN continues a remarkable run at the UK Box-Office reaching No. 1 in its 6th week of release, taking an outstanding £2.206k over the 3-day weekend, bringing the cumulative total to £23,239k.

The Cloverfield Paradox – On Netflix now

Sunday night, during one of the world’s most watched sporting events, J.J. Abrams and Netflix thrilled fans all over the globe with a surprise drop of not just the highly anticipated trailer for THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, but the film itself – on Netflix now.

Live cinema broadcast of Kathy Burke’s critically acclaimed new production of Lady Windermere’s Fan

More2Screen is delighted to announce the live cinema broadcast of Kathy Burke’s critically acclaimed new production of Lady Windermere’s Fan on Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7.15pm.

Native (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a really good sci fi story idea with some imaginative touches and a very effective twist but unfortunately it is not very dynamically told.  

Finding your feet (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The critical and more crucially financial success of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” demonstrated that there is gold in them there “old ‘uns” or to put it more politely, older audiences are worth courting.  “Finding Your Feet” appears to be another effort to chase the “grey pound”.

Dark River (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Following on from the award gathering success of the downbeat “God’s Own Country”, along comes another dour British social realism drama, this time set in the Yorkshire sheep farming world.  The story this time deals with the effects of sexual abuse with a subsidiary theme about the trials of being a tenant farmer with no land rights. 

Lady Bird (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This vicious, funny, teen coming of age movie has rightly scored five Oscar nods (including for lead actress Ronan and writer/director Gerwig, but most deservedly for Laurie Metcalf) as it brilliantly encapsulates what it means to be a 17-year-old girl at war with the world — and your mother.

The Shape of Water (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Guillermo del Toro showed himself a master of dark fantasy from his very first feature film “Cronos”.   His early works in Spanish include the mystical “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the chilling ghost story “The Devil’s Backbone”. 

Phantom Thread (15) | Close-Up Film Review

With an absolutely riveting performance, Daniel Day-Lewis dominates this film. He plays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer in 1950s London. Reynolds has a number of romantic attachments, all supervised by his sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville), who looks after her brother’s every need including getting rid of the girls he has grown tired of.

Loveless (15) | Close-Up Film Review

An icy and ambivalent domestic tragedy, set amongst the selfish and self-important Russian middle class. This is a film that fairly luxuriates in bad parenting, although it is also making a rather unsubtle point about materialism and selfishness in modern Russia, as we’ve come to expect from the director of Leviathan, Elena, The Banishment and The Return.

Journey’s End (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is such a sad piece – rather miserable in fact, but so well worth seeing. Based on RC Sherriff’s own time in the field as depicted in his play written in 1928, we are right in the middle of World War One.

The Mercy (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Round the world yachtsmen and women are hardy, courageous people – they need to be to stand the loneliness and dangers of navigating enormous seas and terrifying winds singlehandedly for months on end. So when Donald Crowhurst (Firth), at best a fair-weather amateur sailor, decided to compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race in 1968 many people thought he was foolhardy.

Lies We Tell (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Brought to the UK from India as a small boy, Mitu Misra became entranced as a child by the movies.  After the death of his father however, in the Asian tradition he found himself at the age of 16 as the eldest son responsible for the support his family.

Early Man (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

The story takes place in the cleverly fictionalised cross over period between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age – and they must have crossed over of course.  Humanity did not wake up one day and say “Right, Stone Age ends here. 

A Woman’s Life (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

A film which looks as though it is going in one direction becomes altogether something different as it progresses through Jeanne’s life.

The Hero (15) | Home Ents Review

Actor Sam Elliott has been a film actor for decades.  An early role was as the card shark in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.  He got to say the iconic line “The Dude abides” in “The Big Kowalski” and was Cher’s biker boyfriend in “Mask”.   

Mother! (18) | Home Ent Review

What the hell is wrong with this film? It’s an increasingly fantastic and bizarre thriller that will just not work for many.

The Witch Who Came from the Sea (18) | Home Ents Review

Molly (Perkins) daydreams her days away on Santa Monica beach, with her young nephews in tow. Her nights she spends working as a waitress at a beach bar run by Long John (Chapman).

Buster Keaton: 3 Films (E) | Home Ents Review

Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr: the ultimate examples of physical comedy on the grand, even epic scale, are collected here in this Eureka! Masters of Cinema Series edition. All three are from stunning new 4K restorations and available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Tag (18) | Home Ents Review

A surreal and gory Japanese schoolgirl horror film with an implicit feminist line, Tag manages to be hysterical and shrill, ultra-violent but also plaintive and sombre.

Four film noir classics: The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond the Door, Force of Evil, The Big Combo (12) | Home Ents Review

A dual format box set of well-chosen film noirs packed with superb extras. A nice Xmas present for the hard-bitten, world-weary film geek in your life?

The Big Sick (15) | Home Ents Review

Apart from the somewhat off-putting title, which I assume from the story line is an American expression meaning serious illness, everything else about this original romantic comedy with a difference is a total delight.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (18) | Home Ents Review

A classic of 1950s sci-fi existentialism and a staple of late-night tv in the 80s and 90s, this is every bit as tense and wonderful as you remember it.

Baby Driver  (15) | Home Ents Review

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is the Baby Driver of the title.   Two things define his life.  His love of music, which he plays constantly through headphones to drown out the tinnitus he suffers from as the result of a childhood accident.  And the other is his driving skills – this Baby can make a car dance and almost fly.  

Witchhammer (15) | Home Ents Review

A gripping, tense and harrowing film that should leave all viewers raging against the self-interested machinery of tyranny.

Fear in the Night (18) | Home Ents Review

This classy little mid-70s psychological thriller gem has been restored as part of Studiocanal’s celebration of 60 Years of Hammer Horror.

Demons of the Mind (18) | Home Ents Review

You have to love 70s Hammer films. They’re tawdry, salacious, packed with sexualised violence and, in this case, plain bat-shit crazy. This restored version of a late period Hammer horror needs to be seen to be believed.

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.

New clip for The Ice King

From award-winning director James Erskine (Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Battle of the Sexes) and producer Victoria Gregory(Shooting for Socrates, Senna) comes a new feature about the figure skating legend John Curry. 

Trailer: A Gentle Creature

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender’.

Sweet Country: Trailer and Poster

A sweeping, historial epic set against the brutal backdrop of a stunning Australian landscape, SWEET COUNTRY follows the story of Sam, a middle-aged Aborigine man who becomes a wanted criminal after a violent altercation with a bitter war veteran.

Trailer: Life Of The Party

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.

Trailer: Game Night

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer

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.

Hereditary: Toni Collette stars in new horror

Every family has its secrets. Hereditary trailer digs deep into a closet to pull out more than skeletons.

Trailer: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.

New Bruce Lee biopic gets a trailer

Birth Of The Dragon looks set to tell the story of a young Bruce Lee. Here’s the trailer…

Trailer: Tomb Raider

Brawler. Hunter. Survivor. Lara Croft is back. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander stars in this fresh adaptation of the action-adventure.

Early Man – Rabbit Surprise

As CBeebies announce the second installment of Eddie Redmayne’s Bedtime Story on Wednesday 24th January, AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL are delighted to release a new clip for EARLY MAN entitled Rabbit Surprise.

Clip: All I See Is You

Blake Lively (The Shallows, The Age of Adaline, Gossip Girl) and Jason Clarke (Everest, Zero Dark Thirty) shine in a disturbing and obsessive love story that defies genre, when ALL I SEE IS YOU reaches digital platforms on 26th February and DVD from 5th March, 2018, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.