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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.
The Oscar nominations are, in many ways similar to those put forward by BAFTA. What is particularly interesting is the films that have been omitted from the lists.
The turning point for the modern Mexican horror genre occurred in 1993, when a certain Guillermo Del Toro burst onto the scene with his inventive and brilliantly creepy film Cronos.
We have one dvd copy of Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito to giveaway.
On Wednesday 28th December, The RAH played host to the ET: The Extra-Terrestrial leg of its current ‘In Concert’ series of live orchestra accompanied films. Previous mightily musical movies featured, include Jurassic Park, Amadeus, Independence Day, Gladiator, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather and Frozen.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It’s that time of year again: the 60th BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday...
Production is now underway on Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, a fun, and heartwarming holiday story brought to life in beautifully realized CGI animation.
All things special effects considered, it’s possibly true to say that nothing has bested the sheer spectacle of Fay Wray and King Kong in 1933. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Hollywood trying to make a monster out of the huge ape again and again.
As the world watched the outcome of the Apollo space missions, crowded around televisions and radios, the heroes of NASA – the controllers and support teams inside Mission Control – clenched their fists and sweated every detail through each liftoff and descent.
The cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo will be in London to introduce the screening of the newly restored version of The Battle of Algiers, at the Ciné Lumière on Sunday 5th March at 2 pm.
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces it is adding two courses to its successful animation department in 2017
Leeds Young Film Festival has announced the programme for its 18th edition, taking place 10-20 April across Leeds. The Festival, part of Leeds City Council with support from the British Film Institute and Arts Council England, is now the largest family film event in the UK
Today Verve Pictures and Between The Rivers Productions are delighted to announce that their documentary LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD, about the extraordinary life and times of Gertrude Bell with Tilda Swinton featuring as her voice, will be released in UK cinemas from 21st April 2017.
The UK’s leading critics spread the love among a range of films at the 37th Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday night at The May Fair Hotel in London.
The concert film Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars will be broadcast to an international cinema audience on March 7, 2017, in celebration of the life and music of David Bowie, courtesy of recently launched event cinema company, CinEvents.
Hollywood musical La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes.
Moonlight and Love & Friendship lead the nominations for the 37th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards
The UK’s leading film critics have announced the nominations for the 37th annual Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with Barry Jenkins’ drama Moonlight and Whit Stillman’s comedy Love & Friendship garnering seven nominations each.
First time a wellness workshop launches in conjunction with a feature film to help people embrace the profound and existential
This story is set in an era of Korea’s history with which not a lot of people in the West are perhaps familiar. Korea was under Japanese occupation from 1910 to the end of World War II in 1945. The inspiration for the film was a true life incident in 1923, when the police headquarters in Seoul was bombed by a member of the Korean resistance.
There are a lot of good things about this Brazilian film, most notably the performance of the still luminous Sonia Braga in the lead. She plays 65 year old Clara, who has lived for years in a pretty, low rise apartment overlooking the ocean, where she has raised her family.
Francisca (Magalhaes) grows up in a rural America that appears stuck in the late 1950s. She is unfazed by death and gore as her mother, a retired surgeon, has shared her knowledge of scalpel and suture.
Anime Limited promises distribution of “the cutting edge of what Japanese animation has to offer” and A Silent Voice certainly fits their remit. Close-Up were full of praise with the last film of theirs Your Name. The latest pushes the envelope of animation even further, but the message is somewhat lost in the post.
When Stephen Gleason, former American football star is diagnosed with ALS/ Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 34, it is not the end for him but the start of a remarkable story.
Along with his much admired film “The Separation”, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” has been highly praised and nominated for awards, including like that previous movie winning the accolade of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
If it wasn’t for the stupendous performance by Isabelle Huppert, this would be a somewhat distasteful take on a rape and its aftermath. But Huppert interprets the character so that, although you have serious doubts about the film itself, you certainly can’t fault Huppert.
It’s the quietness of this movie which is so remarkable – not silence as there is noise in the background: traffic, birds and even people’s breathing. But it is more the absence of speech which grabs one’s attention.
Elaine (Robinson) is a glamorous modern-day witch who lives in a cinematic timewarp, for her hair, makeup, clothes, car, apartment – even her smokes – all sing out ‘early 70s exploitation film’.
This is a strong story built around an event which is little known in the West, namely “Holodomor,” or genocide by starvation, which Stalin inflicted on the people of the Ukraine in the early 30s – a cruelty which is still not acknowledged widely in Russia.
The film is adapted from an autobiographical novel by Massimo Gramellini about how his life was affected by the death of his beloved mother, when he was a nine year old child.
This is truly an epic film. The huge vistas of the Great Wall and lovely countryside around it are the best thing about this film. Seeing it in Imax it can be truly appreciated. The 3D effect works particularly well in the battle scenes – of which there are many – when objects fly towards the audience.
Bressonian notes tinge this low-budget lost ‘classic’ from France’s answer to Jess Franco. Zombie Lake is probably the first film ever to ask: ‘what would you do if your dad was a Nazi zombie?’
Powerful human dramas, jaw-dropping visions of Manila’s shanty towns, vibrant colour photography, tight shorts, big hair and loud shirts – why have Lino Brocka’s melodramas been unseen for so long?
With frenetic pacing and glossy colours, Property is No Longer a Theft looks like an exuberant comedy crime caper. When in fact it is an obliquely developed social satire and anti-capitalist diatribe, which suggests that the criminal elements of the lumpen proletariat will kickstart the next revolution.
This is a must see. An immaculate and energetic period melodrama, full of superbly lit shots that home in on details, objects and machines which have been consigned to the dustbin of history.
This mildly intriguing documentary explores the little-known world of plasmodial slime mould (PSM), which is basically fungus that moves, and can be seen everywhere there’s dead trees.
Despite lovely visuals, the airing of controversial racial issues and the pleasure of watching old pros Stewart and Widmark kick back and relax together onscreen, there’s something clunky and phoney about this late western from John Ford.
Dreamlike, poetic, softcore wibblings from the late great Jess Franco – if you can allow yourself to fall into his low-budget, washed-out world you might have a good time.
Celebrated Hong Kong action director Johnnie To makes an intriguing chamber piece out of his latest tense thriller.
They may look like they’re a celebration of the good graces of middle-class women in their 40s, but watching this box set you realise there’s a brilliant malevolence at work, slowly making the case for pulling the plug on that celebration.
Very nicely shot and wild and weird as all get-go, this taboo-breaking exploration of carnal desire may leave the most resolute libertine feeling a bit tatty.
Cheese is Technicolored into spectacle and charm, with a melancholy tinge, in one of the most successful Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.
Basic Instinct meets A Monster Calls in this overly complicated fantasy mystery for the Ritalin Generation. It is utter twaddle, packed full of dimestore psychology posing as cutting-edge science – plus it is really obvious who the baddy is.
An all-star cast prove that there really is life to be found in some old dogs as the real-life heist of the century becomes the most anticipated British film of the year when THE HATTON GARDEN JOB arrives in cinemas from April 14th, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
Park Circus has today announced that it will release the critically acclaimed American gothic horror THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, directed by Nicolas Pesce, in UK cinemas on 24 March 2017.
ELLE, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, is set for release across the UK on 10 March 2017.
The first teaser trailer for The Hatton Garden Job, which depicts the eight men responsible for the infamous Hatton Garden heist and charts how they planned and carried out the biggest burglary in British history.
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.
A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Learning to Drive. The feel good coming of (middle) age drama stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson and hits cinemas on June 10th.