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Oscars: Best Supporting Actress – The Nominees are…

When the nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards were announced in January, the question on everybody’s lips was not about whether or not this is the year Leonardo DiCaprio will get his (little gold) man, but rather why were there only white contenders in all four acting categories? And for the second year running?

Hail, Caesar! -The Movie Star

Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Behind the Scenes

Eddie Redmayne is taking on the role of Newt Scamander, the author of the titular text that Harry uses at Hogwarts, but there’s no boy wizard in sight here.

Drugs On FIlm

Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from February 1st, 2016 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, is a visceral, unflinching portrayal of the war against drugs. Critically lauded and impossible to tear your eyes away from, the film goes deep into the politics and the tensions that define a global problem but it’s also by no means the first film to examine the cause and effect of getting high.

The Danish Girl – Eddie Redmayne Featurette

Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [The Theory of Everything] and Alicia Vikander [Ex Machina])

Miss Hokusai (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This artful portrayal of the life of one of Japan’s unsung creative heroines has problems with form matching content. As this is not a biopic, more of a family drama, the hope would be that a compelling narrative would have the capacity to convey within it the important cultural and artistic weight of these historical figures.

Janis: Little Girl Blue (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The ‘27 Club’ has received a slew of biopic attention over the last few years. Amy, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and even the dramatisation of Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side starring the musician Andre 3000 have illustrated meteoric, yet short careers and the tragedy and legacy of these artists’ early deaths.

Point Break (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The 1991 film Point Break, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, was so special that the whole movie and especially the performances of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze remain in our memory. The remake, this time directed by Ericson Core, is a big disappointment.

Capture The Flag (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

The last time an animation blasted audiences to the moon with such a casual disregard for physics or the plausibility of the astronauts (or astro–dogs/lizards) was Aardman’s A Grand Day Out, 26 years ago. While it has been one giant leap from stop- to digital animation for Paramount’s Capture The Flag, it stumbles short in the narrative and struggles to push any of the boundaries of modern conventional children’s movies.

Spotlight (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The subject sounds distasteful but the film is actually a true and well-made account of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston, brought to light in 2002 by a remarkable team of investigators working for ‘Spotlight’ at the Boston Globe. The disclosure didn’t just shock Boston but had a wider impact on the whole of America and indeed on the rest of the world.

Pan (PG) | Home Ents Review

A family-orientated fantasy romp can sometimes be a great change of pace from the likes of the slow moving Oscar-trendy dramas released around December and January and those hyper violent behemoths that have bone chillingly realistic fight sequences and over-the-top deaths.

The Librarians (12) | Home Ents Review

The story behind The Librarians TV series began many years ago with three films: Quest for the Spear, King Solomon’s Mines and Curse of the Judas Chalice. Each was focused on Flynn Carsen (Wyle) as he was given the responsibility as The Librarian and discovered what it entailed.

The Precocious and Brief Life of Sabina Rivas (15) | Home Ents Review

If you think the USA-Mexico border has problems, come spend some time on the Mexico-Guatemala border that runs along the El Cabuz river, hard by the town of Ciudad Hidalgo. You’ll feel like a shower after, as this is a tough, depressing watch that renders the viewer complicit in the violent misogyny that ruins a young woman’s life.

A Touch of Zen (12) | Home Ents Review

An epic wuxia martial arts film with a legendary reputation, A Touch of Zen involves some very bold aesthetic decisions. They pay off in blades (ouch!) and this 4K restoration is so pristine that you can see dust smears on the camera lens.

Sicario (15) | Home Ents Review

Denis Villeneuve’s border hopping character thriller was the kind of critically acclaimed sleeper hit that few saw coming in 2015. The tale of conflicted FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt), thrust into a volatile off book mission to take down a drug lord in Mexico won its fair share of plaudits for its beautiful cinematography, brooding protagonists and near claustrophobic levels of tension.

Short to watch for at SXSW: Night of the Slasher

Multi award-winning short film and media sensation, Night of the Slasher, written and directed by Shant Hamassian, has been selected at SXSW 2016. Three screenings are scheduled during the festival. The filmmaker and members of his team will be in attendance for a Q & A.

Focus on Sweden at 56th KFF

This year’s special guest at the 56th Krakow Film Festival will be the cinematography of Sweden. Within the frames of the section, the latest documentary and short films will be shown, as well as the programme for children and teenagers, and a selection of student films.

Final Score Will Be Filmed At Upton Park

Highland Film Group (HFG) announced today that they will sell the international rights to Final Score, with Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament) attached to direct.

Edinburgh International Film Festival Present E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) are delighted to present the UK Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s legendary E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, accompanied by John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the RSNO on Saturday 25 June 2016 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

New Poster: Eddie The Eagle

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Eddie, and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.

Trailer: Me Before You

Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Me Before You” stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.

Norm Of The North: New Trailer & Poster

Signature Entertainment has set a release date for highly anticipated, original family feature NORM OF THE NORTH. Norm will be Arctic shaking his way into cinemas on 18th March, 2016.

Zootropolis – Fur Of A Skunk

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together

Trailer: DreamWorks’ TROLLS

DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a hair-raising comedy filled with unbelievable adventure and incredible music. Known for their crazy, colourful, and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song.

Trailer: Disorder

Following a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy Lebanese businessman and his family. During a lavish party one night, at their luxurious ‘Maryland’ villa, Vincent senses that something is amiss.

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