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More Highlights From The London Film Festival

The London Film Festival 2016 has finished but the new films that have been shown are or will be on general – or limited – release over the coming year.

Contact on Arrival: how aliens connect us

Watching Arrival in a spectacular fashion and later Contact (1997) in the comfort of my own home it made me think about how science fiction, while seeming so distant with ideas of space and aliens is actually so very tuned in to exploring how close humanity is, or at least can be.

Some Highlights of The London Film Festival 2016

The London Film Festival 2016 has just finished but the new films that have been shown will be on general – or limited – release over the coming year. Three which will be worth catching are LION and QUEEN OF KATWE and A UNITED KINGDOM

Close-Up with… Billy O’Brien and Alice Diop

The London Film Festival is a busy time for both filmmakers and press. However, an excellent part of it is the opportunity to meet the directors behind some of the films on show in a more informal way than unusual.

60th London Film Festival – Preview Round-Up

The LFF is thrown open to the press and industry for two weeks before the public can get their hands on tickets. Here is Close-Up’s guide to what’s hot and what’s not from the vast array of films available.

When Marnie Was There: A New Book in the Ghibli Fairytale

As the Studio celebrated its 30th birthday last year it was also experiencing a huge transition. Co-founder and figurehead Hayao Miyazaki had stepped down from creating feature films.

Preview: BFI London Film Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again: the 60th BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday...

The Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

The Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia has just wrapped up its 65th year, and we were there for part of it to take in the crazy atmosphere, the workshops, lectures and networking of their Accelerator industry program, and of course to see a few films

War Dogs – Hustling For The American Dream featurette

The unbelievable story of a pair of twenty-somethings who land a $300 million deal with the U.S. government comes to cinemas August 26.

The Captain America European Press Conference: What did we learn?

The Avengers reassembled for an 11-man and 2-woman star-studded press conference on Monday afternoon. The cast were, for the most-part, friendly with each other.

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.

Dakota Johnson stars in the short film ‘Vale’

Estrella Damm is proud to present ‘Vale’ a new short film by award winning Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), starring Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey, A Bigger Splash), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and Quim Gutiérrez (3 Bodas de más, Primos) that gives a warm-hearted insight into friendship in the Mediterranean, as a group of young people explore the island of Ibiza.

BFI announces BFI2022 – its five-year strategy for UK film

At an event in Birmingham today BFI Chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill launched BFI2022 – a new five year strategic plan for UK film.

Alice Lowe & Steve Oram Return To Host 2017 London Film Critics Awards

Britain’s leading film critics today announced that filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram will return as hosts of the 37th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, which will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at The May Fair Hotel.

Sundance Film Festival London 2017

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse are delighted to announce that the Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central from 1-4 June 2017.

BFI and STUDIOCANAL present a very special screening of SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC

On Monday 19th December the BFI and STUDIOCANAL will present a very special screening of Ealing Studios classic adventure film SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC for one night only at London’s Royal Geographic Society in Kensington. Legendary explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the screening.

60th BFI London Film Festival Announces 2016 Award Winners

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, last night.

Fantastic Beasts Fan Events

Fans Will Be Treated to a Special Preview of New Footage From the Film in IMAX, and Can Be Part of a Live Interactive Q & A With the Stars and Director.

Magnificent Seven: Cowboys spotted in London

There have been numerous sightings of seven mysterious riders around London this week. First spotted at the dead of night in the Wild West End

Walt Disney Records Release ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Soundtrack

The album features 3 original songs written for the film including “Nobody Knows” performed by the Lumineers, the end credit track “Something Wild” by electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and “The Dragon Song” performed by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Trainspotting Live Event At Empire’s Ultimate Film & Entertainment Weekend

EMPIRE, the world’s biggest movie magazine, has unveiled further tantalising programming announcements for the upcoming AMERICAN AIRLINES PRESENTS EMPIRE LIVE, 2016’s ultimate film and entertainment weekend

The Science on Screen series at Barbican

The popular Science on Screen series continues at Barbican Cinemas, exploring the space where science and culture overlap.

Code of Honour Coming To DVD&Digital

ROBERT SIKES and WILLIAM PORTER served together in the US Special Forces in the Middle East. Both were exceptional soldiers, but Sikes went MIA after he received word that his wife and young son were innocent victims of a gangland drive-by shooting. He returns home and massacres a large group of drug dealers who are meeting late at night.

Barbican Film – She’s So Giallo

For roughly eight years, the giallo – this quintessentially Italian genre – stacked up the bodies, scattered red herrings and oozed style before fading away, nearly forgotten by the general public, though later it would inspire the likes of Quentin Tarantino, William Friedkin and Nicholas Winding Refn.

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

It makes a welcome change from all the animated movies to have a live action family film. Well-acted by almost all, the cast has a British cast and is set in London and the south east of England. It is easy viewing and will suit the whole family with children from the age of about 9.

Bleed For This (15) | Close-Up Film Review

A very well executed biopic by Ben Younger with an ensemble cast that live the highs and lows, ecstasies and body blows to create a reality around the surreal events of Paz’s life.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

You may remember the real life “Miracle on the Hudson” from the news reports of the time, when on January 15, 2009 Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (played in this film by Tom Hanks) landed his badly damaged plane in New York’s Hudson River in freezing temperatures, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The Edge of Seventeen (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Under 30s may well identify with Nadine but anyone older may find her a bit of a self centred pain. We all know the teen years are a difficult time but apart from Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye fame, teenage angst is something one tends to lose interest in as adult.

Mum’s List (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The “Mum’s list” of the title was compiled by Singe from scraps of paper and text messages written by his wife Kate, which he saved after her death from breast cancer.

A United Kingdom (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This film is based on a largely forgotten piece of history, which has been approached by director Asante and writer Guy Hibbert in accordance with contemporary sentiments to make an absorbing and effective love story with a political edge.

Allied (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This wartime thriller cum love story is a good old fashioned tale filmed with contemporary production values from a taut script from British writer Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders” and “Locke”) and briskly directed by American veteran Zemeckis.

Your Name (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Teenage protagonists Taki and Mitsuha embark on a body-swapping journey of self-discovery as they seemingly dream their way into each other’s lives; crossing time, geography and genders.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

A fantastic film…well almost, but because it is the first of a series of five new scripts that JK Rowling has written, it is not altogether perfect. There are characters and mention of events which I am sure will be more fully explained in the subsequent movies.

Indignation (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is based on the last but one novel by eminent American novelist Philip Roth which was published in 2008, for which the author, then aged 75, drew on his own youth in the sexually repressed America of 1951.

Dog Eat Dog (18) | Close-Up Film Review

There’s something fascinating about watching Dog Eat Dog. Is it that it’s quite appealing to see famous actors over-expend themselves on low-concept material? Or see them acting brutally, in an amoral mode?

Arrival (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This intelligent, grown up story has a mind expanding philosophical take on the “aliens arrive on earth” theme, which is closer to the tradition of “Close Encounters” than the sort of action movies where Presidents Bill Pullman or Morgan Freeman get Bruce Willis or Will Smith to smash the invading aliens to bits and save the earth.

The Man from Laramie (U) | Home Ents Review

Fans of classic westerns shouldn’t miss the welcome return of Anthony Mann’s final outing with Jimmy Stewart – out now in splendid Technicolor and Cinemascope on dual-format DVD and Blu-ray.

Napoleon (PG) | Home Ents Review

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, as well as one of the longest restoration projects in cinema history – ‘Napoleon, as seen by Abel Gance’ is now out on Blu-ray for the first time.

The Small World of Sammy Lee (PG) | Home Ents Review

An energetic and engaging performance by Anthony Newley and location shots around still-identifiable pre-Swinging 60s Soho make this London noir a grimy gem.

Pool of London (PG) | Home Ents Review

A cracking restoration of a wonderfully atmospheric insight into London life at the dawn of the 1950s, this Ealing noir is an absolute must see.

The Killing of America (18) | Home Ents Review

This cult exploitational ‘mondo’ documentary is disturbing and features some very graphic images of violence as well as some deep-end psychopaths talking about killing.

Visions (15) | Home Ents Review

Blumhouse productions are known for their low budget, big box office horrors. Having previously made such chillers as Insidious and Paranormal Activity, what will this new Polish production about haunting foresight bring them?

Gilda (PG) | Home Ents Review

Charles Vidor’s enthralling film-noir Gilda, featuring a career-defining performance from Rita Hayworth at the heart of a tempestuous love triangle, has finally been released on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK.

Bone Tomahawk (18) | Home Ents Review

Stephen Spielberg was recently quoted as saying ‘there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western’. Well if ‘Bone Tomahawk’ is an indication of the way of the Western, then the superhero movie going that way is fine by me.

Here Comes Mr Jordan (U) | Home Ents Review

Nestling in a unique space somewhere between Harvey and It’s a Wonderful Life, Here Comes Mr. Jordan tells the fascinating tale of a boxer, Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), who is taken to the afterlife following a near-fatal plane crash whilst flying solo on his way to fight for the title.

Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (18) | Home Ents Review

The chances are that you cannot name a single director of tv dramas from what are often called the golden years of British tv. If you can, the name on your lips is probaby Alan Clarke – whose astonishing body of work from 20 years at the BBC has now been released in two formats: a sumptuous 13 disc Blu-ray box set and two 6 discs DVD sets.

Stuff and Dough (12) | Home Ents Review

Stuff and Dough is a masterclass in fresh film-making, resonating with several genres to great effect (disaffected youth, grimy realism, thriller) to create something unique yet wonderfully familiar; while keeping up a sprightly, light tone throughout. Now, you definitely can’t say the latter about Puiu’s follow-up films.

Scott of the Antarctic (PG) |Home Ents Review

Studio Canal’s Vintage Classic series brings us yet another treat with this lovingly restored edition of “Scott of the Antarctic”. Jack Cardiff’s cinematography hardly needs my endorsement but the painstaking restoration work by the team at Pinewood Studios really shows. The image is pin-sharp with none of that slight fringing we’re accustomed to seeing in unrestored early Technicolor films

Swallows & Amazons – Clip starring Harry Enfield

There’s just a few days until Swallows And Amazons is released in UK cinemas on August 19th, and to celebrate this final countdown take a look at this new clip from the film.

Trailer: The Idol

A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice.

Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

New trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, about the unlikely heroes who unite to undertake a daring and seemingly impossible mission to steal the plans for the Death Star

New Clip From The Colony

A tense face off between Emma Watson’s character, Lena, and Michael Nyqvist as the notorious, charismatic and unflinching Paul Schäfer, leader of the German sect in Chile, Colonia Dignidad.

Trailer: Ouija: Origin of Evil

It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.

Trailer: Keeping Up With the Joneses

An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors

Trailer: Precious Cargo

After a botched heist, Eddie, a murderous crime boss, hunts down Karen, the seductive thief who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack to steal a cargo of rare precious gems.

Trailer: Learning To Drive

Learning to Drive. The feel good coming of (middle) age drama stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson and hits cinemas on June 10th.

Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

New Clip For The Trust

Bad Lieutenant meets Lethal Weapon in this blackly-comic buddy cop thriller. Nicolas Cage delivers his best performance in years as a nihilistic cop who teams with a reluctant young officer played by Elijah Wood

New Clip For Alice Through The Looking Glass

Disney have launched a new clip for Alice Through The Looking Glass titled ‘The Young Hatter’. The film will be released in UK Cinemas on Friday 27th May, 2016.

Trailer: Tank 432

From director Nick Gillespie and executive producer Ben Wheatley (Director Kill List, High Rise), comes this knife-edged thriller about a band of mercenary soldiers battling to escape a mysterious, unseen enemy.