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Eaten by Lions (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This entertaining comedy, which celebrates diversity without pushing its message down your throat, premiered last summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the London Indian Film Festival

White Crow (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is the story of Rudolf Nureyev, who was the star of the Mariinsky Ballet of St Petersburg aka as the Kirov Ballet, until his defection to the West, while on tour with the company in Paris in 1961.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) | Home Ents Review

Several years after their first adventure in Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope have spent day after day in their computer games while spending the evenings hanging out with the characters from other video games.

Benjamin (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is comedian Simon Amstell second feature film as writer and director, his first being the comic mockumentary Carnage made in 2017 in support of veganism.  

Girl (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is the story of Lara, a 15 year old transgender girl, who has been born into a boy’s body and who wants to be a ballerina.   A difficult enough dream to attain at the best of times but particularly difficult in a profession, which has evolved specifically for the female born body.

Pet Sematary | True Horror Featurette

Sometimes dead is better.Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, Pet Sematary is in cinemas April 4.

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Pet Sematary | True Horror Featurette

Sometimes dead is better.Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, Pet Sematary is in cinemas April 4.

Alien 4K: This time its my birthday

Alien clings on like an immortal limpet on the escape shuttle of cinematic history. It returns again and again whether in successful sequels or newly minted, as now in 4K glory for cinematic release.

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.

‘ACTIVE MEASURES’ Set For 1st April Release

Kew Media Distribution and Shooting Films are thrilled to announce that its critically acclaimed documentary ‘ACTIVE MEASURES’ with its laser sharp focus on the controversy surrounding Trump and Putin, will be released in the UK, Eire,Australia and New Zealand on iTunes and across On Demand platforms on 1st April.

The Luna Cinema is back with a line up of incredible box office blockbusters

Following an early blast of unseasonably good weather this year, we’re already getting excited for the summer and that can only mean one thing… The Luna Cinema’s open air film season is just around the corner!

Olivia Colman receives BFI fellowship

This evening, acclaimed British actress Olivia Colman received a BFI Fellowship at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Josh Berger.

Stanley Kubrick two month season at BFI Southbank

The BFI today announces details of a major focus on the work of STANLEY KUBRICK, taking place from 1 April – 31 May 2019.

Olivia Colman is to receive a BFI Fellowship

The BFI have announced that British actress Olivia Colman is to receive a BFI Fellowship at the BFI Chairman’s dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Josh Berger on 6 March 2019 at The Rosewood Hotel, London.

London Critics Name Roma as Film of the Year

The UK’s leading film critics handed out their annual prizes on Sunday night at the 39th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment at The May Fair Hotel.

Oscars 2019: The nominees in full

Olivia Colman’s period comedy-drama The Favourite and Netflix’s black-and-white epic Roma lead this year’s Oscar race, with 10 nominations each.

The Song of Sway Lake will be released on demand from Monday January 21st

Directed by Ari Gold (Adventures of Power), THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE takes place one summer on Sway Lake, former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy.

Golden Globes 2019

British stars Olivia Colman, Christian Bale, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw were among the winners at this year’s prestigious Golden Globe Awards.

The Favourite leads nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

The UK’s leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 39th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

‘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.

Eaten by Lions (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This entertaining comedy, which celebrates diversity without pushing its message down your throat, premiered last summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the London Indian Film Festival

White Crow (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is the story of Rudolf Nureyev, who was the star of the Mariinsky Ballet of St Petersburg aka as the Kirov Ballet, until his defection to the West, while on tour with the company in Paris in 1961.

Benjamin (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is comedian Simon Amstell second feature film as writer and director, his first being the comic mockumentary Carnage made in 2017 in support of veganism.  

Girl (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is the story of Lara, a 15 year old transgender girl, who has been born into a boy’s body and who wants to be a ballerina.   A difficult enough dream to attain at the best of times but particularly difficult in a profession, which has evolved specifically for the female born body.

The Kindergarten Teacher (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

I have always found Maggie Gyllenhaal to be an exceptional actress and in this film her talents are fully on display.

Everybody Knows (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Written and directed by acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who made his international mark with the powerful drama A Separation, this mystery thriller is his second European project and continues to explore his fascination with the complexities and contradictions of human behaviour.

On the Basis of Sex (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is the story of American lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in the seventies fought for and won a change in the many laws in her country, which discriminated on the basis of sex or as we would more commonly say today, gender.   

Old Boys (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Old Boys is loosely based on the Edmond Rostand classic play Cyrano de Bergerac about the ugly guy with the big nose, who woos the woman he loves on behalf of his better looking friend.

Cold Pursuit (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is an English language remake of Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s 2014 film In Order of Disappearance, which was a big box office hit despite being European and in a foreign language. 

Jellyfish (15 ) | Close-Up Film Review

With its downbeat storyline this could well have turned out to be one of those worthy, depressing, miserabilist and rather boring low budget offerings so beloved by worthy British film makers.  But the good news is, it is not.  

A Private War (18) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is based on a Vanity Fair article written by Marie Brenner. It has very recently been proved that Marie Colvin’s death in Homs, Syria in 2012 was no accident, but deliberately targeted.

If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

Barry Jenkins, writer/director of the Oscar winning Moonlight, has based his latest film on a novel by eminent black American author James Baldwin.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) | Home Ents Review

Several years after their first adventure in Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope have spent day after day in their computer games while spending the evenings hanging out with the characters from other video games.

Little Italy (12) | Home Ents Review

As children, Nikki and Leo were inseparable. Based in Little Italy Canada, their parents were partners who made Italian pizza with old family traditions.

Departures (12) | Home Ents Review

There have been a few movies that have dealt with the taboo topic of death over the years; A Walk to Remember and more recently The Fault in Our Stars for example.

A Simple Favour (15) | Home Ents Review

With a mixture of styles, the film is an absolute delight. Humorous but with an exciting story giving the movie the feeling of a thriller, the cast is delightful and the film a great watch. Rent or buy now!

The Predator (15) | Home Ents Review

When a Predator ship crashes to Earth, Army Ranger sniper Quinn McKenna is in the firing line from both the alien as well as government agent Will Traeger, who is following his own agenda and has no time for someone in his way

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. 

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.

Downton Abbey movie teaser trailer

You are cordially invited to return to Downton Abbey. Only in theaters 2019. #DowntonAbbeyFilm

‘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