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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

While many films have been made about Britain in the Second World War, not many of them have been about the very English Crown dependency that was occupied by the German forces – the Channel Islands. 

Every Day (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

16 year old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) has a tricky life.  Her mum (Maria Bello) works all hours to support the family since dad (Michael Cram) had a nervous breakdown, lost his job and now spends his days painting rather odd portraits

West of Sunshine | Close-Up Film Review

Jason Raftopoulos’ lyrical rumination on father-son relationships, WEST OF SUNSHINE, receives its UK Premiere at the East End Film Festival.

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.

Custody (15) | Close-Up Film Review

CUSTODY is a film which really beefs up the tension as it progresses so that by the end, the audience is siting forward hardly breathing, to watch what is going to happen. But this is no horror film, rather a domestic abuse tragedy that escalates.

Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: 3 Films 1980-1983 | Home Ents Review

Three surprising early films from the director of The Time to Live and The Time to Die, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, Three Times and most recently The Assassin.

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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.

Go behind the scenes of ISLE OF DOGS

Go behind the scenes of ISLE OF DOGS with director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) and the film’s animators as they bring the characters to life in this brand new featurette

The Dambusters – Back in cinemas for one day only

THE DAM BUSTERS is newly restored in 4K to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous WWII raid.

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.

Principal Photography Begins on ‘Blinded By The Light’

Ground-breaking filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has begun principal photography on her heart-warming new comedy drama, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT.

Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ Live to 420 UK & Irish Cinemas on 5th June

More2Screen is delighted to announce the live cinema broadcast of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, on Tuesday 5 June 2018, 7.15pm.

Frames of Representation Film Festival

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR) film festival is the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ annual platform for cinema of the real, presenting pioneering filmmakers, artists and researchers from around the world. 

Alien Domicile (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Five government contractors wake up to find themselves confined under the infamous Area 51. They are forced to confront a sinister government experiment and a horrifying Alien host.

Lucrecia Martel Seasons Announced

The BFI and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) have announced two seasons dedicated to the critically acclaimed Argentine director Lucrecia Martel. 

Edge Of Tomorrow 2: Emily Blunt gives update

Emily Blunt confirms that she’s still very much interested in Edge Of Tomorrow 2, but Mary Poppins got in the way…

Cinema Rediscovered returns for a third edition

Cinema Rediscovered returns for a third edition between Thu 26 – Sun 29 July 2018, bringing the best digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong – on the big screen with support from the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House returns for two weeks in August, with a carefully-curated and distinctive selection of classic films, contemporary hits, cult favourites and red-carpet premieres, presented under the night sky.

New Poster For ‘Life Of The Party’

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college

An Actor’s Revenge (15) | Home Ents Review

A sumptuous if stolid melodrama with a big reputation, this restored version looks wonderful. But it’s hard to engage with at an emotional level, despite the story of revenge, love, guilt and death.

Backdraft 2 is on the way

It seems that a belated sequel to Backdraft, with William Baldwin on board, is to start filming next month…

Rakuten TV presents the Best New Releases to Enjoy this Spring

Rakuten TV starts springtime with the best new cinema releases destined to delight the whole family. New titles will be available in 4K HDR quality for Smart TVs – presenting the latest films with a genuine cinematic experience for all film lovers at home.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

While many films have been made about Britain in the Second World War, not many of them have been about the very English Crown dependency that was occupied by the German forces – the Channel Islands. 

Every Day (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

16 year old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) has a tricky life.  Her mum (Maria Bello) works all hours to support the family since dad (Michael Cram) had a nervous breakdown, lost his job and now spends his days painting rather odd portraits

West of Sunshine | Close-Up Film Review

Jason Raftopoulos’ lyrical rumination on father-son relationships, WEST OF SUNSHINE, receives its UK Premiere at the East End Film Festival.

Custody (15) | Close-Up Film Review

CUSTODY is a film which really beefs up the tension as it progresses so that by the end, the audience is siting forward hardly breathing, to watch what is going to happen. But this is no horror film, rather a domestic abuse tragedy that escalates.

Western (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

With its warm-hearted hearted message but stoical and lugubrious style, this film works hard and well to reinvent the western (in contemporary, rural Bulgaria!). It’s a lovely mood piece, which reins in the inevitable showdown nicely too.

Ghost Stories (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The title of the film tells you the genre immediately – or does it?   These are ghost stories certainly but ones which take you in an unexpected direction.

Wonderstruck (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Based on a novel by children’s writer Brian Selznick, whose work was also the basis for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”, this is the story of two children from different time periods who both travel to New York on a personal quest.  

Isle of Dogs (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

This second animation film from the versatile Wes Anderson, building on his experience when making “The Fantastic Mr Fox”, is much more ambitious.

I Got Life aka Aurore (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Aurore (Agnès Jaoui) is now 50 and feeling her age.  She is separated from her husband (Philippe Rebbot). 

Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Mark Felt, the man who brought down the White House, was second in command of the FBI in the seventies.  He was also the anonymous “Deep Throat”, the whistleblower who blew the lid on the Watergate scandal in 1972

Legend of the Mountain (PG) | Home Ents Review

This wonderful supernatural fantasy is also a love song to the natural world and the traditional landscapes of Song Dynasty Chinese art.

Mary Magdalene (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

To tell the story of Christ from the point of view of the only female member of the team sounds like an exciting and potentially illuminating idea.  It could even have turned out to be as controversial as Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”. 

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.

Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: 3 Films 1980-1983 | Home Ents Review

Three surprising early films from the director of The Time to Live and The Time to Die, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, Three Times and most recently The Assassin.

Night of the Virgin (18) | Home Ents Review

A good premise is ruined by gurning, comic gore and an over-ambitious running time in Roberto San Sebastián’s misogynistic comedy horror.

Thor Ragnarok (12) Home Ents Review

Any film that uses Led Zepplin’s mighty Immigrant Song to soundtrack not one but two massive battles between good and evil has to be up there with the best.

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.

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.

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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – New poster & teaser trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

FRIGHTFEST Hit ‘FEVER’ Unleashed On UK Audiences on March 12th

Fever’ (aka ‘Mountain Fever’), is an end of the world thriller about a man out of his depth. Inspired by the action cinema of James Cameron and the minimalism of Nicolas Winding Refn

Mary Poppins Returns: the first trailer

Emily Blunt takes the title role, as Mary Poppins Returns. Here’s the trailer…

Fahrenheit 451: new trailer

Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan might struggle to watch the world burn after all in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. Here’s a first trailer…

Ready Player One in cinemas 28th March

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.