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This July on Rakuten TV

Continuing to bring you the best content straight into your home this summer, you can experience a whole world of new films this July on Rakuten TV

Arachnophobia is getting a remake

James Wan is set to oversee a remake of 1990’s Arachnophobia…

4K Restoration of ‘HEATHERS’ In Cinemas This Summer

Arrow Films is excited to announce it will release a very special 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration of the 80s cult classic HEATHERS (1988) starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in cinemas from 8th August.

Filming starts on The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Principal photography commences today on THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, an adaptation of the Dickens classic directed by award winning filmmaker Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin). 

All the Wild Horses (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Ivo Marloh’s documentary comes garlanded with an impressive collection of awards from festivals in Ireland and America.

The Boy Downstairs (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a promising idea for a romantic comedy from first time feature film director Sophie Brooks, but Brooks, who also wrote the script, hasn’t quite cracked it yet, in that it is not very romantic and rarely funny.

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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.

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.

This July on Rakuten TV

Continuing to bring you the best content straight into your home this summer, you can experience a whole world of new films this July on Rakuten TV

Arachnophobia is getting a remake

James Wan is set to oversee a remake of 1990’s Arachnophobia…

4K Restoration of ‘HEATHERS’ In Cinemas This Summer

Arrow Films is excited to announce it will release a very special 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration of the 80s cult classic HEATHERS (1988) starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in cinemas from 8th August.

Filming starts on The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Principal photography commences today on THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, an adaptation of the Dickens classic directed by award winning filmmaker Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin). 

‘Obey’ To Be Premiered at Edinburgh IFF

Beyond Fiction and Harvest Pictures are delighted to announce that its film OBEY will celebrate its UK Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Trailer: Studio 54

STUDIO 54 was the epicentre of ’70s hedonism—a monumental magnet for beautiful stars, casual sex, and mounds of cocaine, a den of excess that defined its own rules and enshrined the ostracized, queer, and fabulous.

‘hubii film’ kicks-off in Cannes with event and first project announcement

hubii launched its Blockchain film funding platform hubii film with an exclusive event during the 71st Cannes Film Festival 

Pop Up Screens Announces it’s Summer Outdoor Cinema Line Up for 2018

Regarded as one of the most enjoyable and relaxing outdoor cinema experiences in London, this summer the iconic Pop Up Screens returns bigger and better than ever

Peter Rabbit 2 confirmed for 2020

James Corden is expected to lend his voice to the title character again, as Sony confirms Peter Rabbit 2 is on the way…

Carnaby International unveils a diverse slate of new genre films

Carnaby International unveils a diverse slate of new genre films ahead of Cannes Film Festival 2018

The Dambuster 4K Restoration Lands June 4th

Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, THE DAM BUSTERS (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews

Best-ever Marvel IMAX opening for Avengers: Infinity War

Best-ever IMAX opening for a Marvel title and the third largest IMAX opening of all time.

All the Wild Horses (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Ivo Marloh’s documentary comes garlanded with an impressive collection of awards from festivals in Ireland and America.

The Boy Downstairs (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a promising idea for a romantic comedy from first time feature film director Sophie Brooks, but Brooks, who also wrote the script, hasn’t quite cracked it yet, in that it is not very romantic and rarely funny.

The Young Karl Marx (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

More about the political life of Karl Marx than his personal life. The Young Karl Marx also chronicles how Friedrich Engels entered Marx’s life and contributed to his literary work.

The Little Vampire (U) | Close-Up Film Review

Many moons ago there was a young Jonathan Lipnicki featuring in a live action film about a young boy who meets and aids a vampire from a vampire hunter. Skip forward 18 (!) years and the Angela Sommer-Bodenburg books find another retelling.

My Friend Dahmer (15) | Close-Up Film Review

In the seventies artist Derf Backderf was at school in small town Ohio with one Jeffrey Dahmer.  In 1991 that same Jeffrey Dahmer was revealed as a serial killer

L’Amant Double (aka The Double Lover) (18) | Close-Up Film Review

The concept of identical twins has always been a fascinating one.  Is there a dominant twin?  Can they communicate telepathically?  Are they two sides of the same person?  

Show Dogs (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

A word first about the technology of this live action movie, which enables the real dogs of the title to appear to talk.  It is very clever but it doesn’t look right on a dog’s face, going against the essence of what makes a dog – well – a dog!

Tully (15) | Close-Up Film Review

If you are about to give birth, I suggest you DON’T see this film. Marlo (Charlize Theron) is about to give birth to her third child.

On Chesil Beach (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The year is 1962, a time when the swinging sixties had not yet happened and the sexual repression, stuffy class system and inflexible rules of respectability that dominated the fifties still shaped our society. 

I Feel Pretty (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

I Feel Pretty is look at body image with a new slant, the movie stars Amy Schumer as Renee, a large but attractive woman who hates her appearance.

Lean on Pete (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Charley (lying about his age) manages to get a job in stables run by the trainer, Del (Steve Buscemi). Charley grows fond of a horse called ‘Lean on Pete.’

Mansfield 66/67 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

A great story is ruined by a lo-fi pop-art treatment in this documentary about the last two years of Jayne Mansfield, the 1950s and 1960s sex symbol and actor.

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.

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.

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.

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

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