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Peter Jackson’s First World War Film Gets Premiere

14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums have commissioned internationally acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson – of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit fame – to create a new film about the First World War.

Pixars Latest, COCO Is UK’s #1 Film

COCO, the critically acclaimed animated film from Disney•Pixar has topped the UK box office after its opening weekend, grossing an estimated £5.1m including previews.

Razzies nominations: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise among Hollywood’s worst

One day before the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences honors the best of the past year in film with the Oscar nominations, the Razzies has revealed its contenders for 2017’s worst.

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.

New Bruce Lee biopic gets a trailer

Birth Of The Dragon looks set to tell the story of a young Bruce Lee. Here’s the trailer…

Trailer: Tomb Raider

Brawler. Hunter. Survivor. Lara Croft is back. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander stars in this fresh adaptation of the action-adventure.

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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.

London Critics’ Circle 2017 Film Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were announced at The May Fair Hotel by actors Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner trilogy, Game of Thrones, Godless) and Morfydd Clark (The Falling, Love & Friendship, The Man Who Invented Christmas).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – European Royal Premiere Highlights

The European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the highly anticipated next chapter of the Skywalker Saga, took place at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall last night.

The BFI London Film Festival – Press Week 1 – Round-Up

Four weeks of press screenings precede the festival itself and continue during the public event proper. Here is a look at some of the titles appearing between 18-22nd September and our initial thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

IT – Facing Evil – New featurette released

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

Three Summers at MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has just come to an end. It featured hundreds of features and shorts over the 17 days, and this year’s theme was to “explore new worlds,” which saw matters of social justice, empathy and connection examined in many of the stories seen on screen – extremely apposite in an Australia that’s currently wrestling with marriage equality and the ever-present issue of Aboriginal rights.

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.

Dunkirk – Roundtable featurette

A candid roundtable conversation between young stars Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden in which they discuss their experiences making the film and their excitement for its upcoming release all of which is introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

An Adult’s Guide To Animation

here are a selection of animated films that run the gamut from outrageous and erotic to surreal and irreverent; you should perhaps watch when the little ones are tucked in bed!

A Look At The OSCAR Nominations, With A Glance At The BAFTA Nominations

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.

Mexican New Wave Horror – Things are getting bloody strange south of the border

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.

Peter Jackson’s First World War Film Gets Premiere

14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums have commissioned internationally acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson – of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit fame – to create a new film about the First World War.

Pixars Latest, COCO Is UK’s #1 Film

COCO, the critically acclaimed animated film from Disney•Pixar has topped the UK box office after its opening weekend, grossing an estimated £5.1m including previews.

Razzies nominations: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise among Hollywood’s worst

One day before the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences honors the best of the past year in film with the Oscar nominations, the Razzies has revealed its contenders for 2017’s worst.

The Robert McKee International Screenwriting Scholarship

Regent’s University London and Robert McKee, the world-renowned lecturer, are thrilled to announce the launch of the Robert McKee International Screenwriting Scholarship, beginning with the 2018/19 academic year.

My Generation: Michael Caine takes you back to the swinging sixties

Lionsgate today announce that in a special event coinciding with Michael Caine’s milestone 85th birthday, on Wednesday 14th March the engaging and evocative documentary, MY GENERATION will broadcast LIVE via satellite from the BFI Southbank to cinemas across the UK and Ireland followed by a Q&A with the iconic star.

Edge Of Tomorrow 2: new update, sequel close

Director Doug Liman suggests that Edge Of Tomorrow 2 could now be his next film…

EARLY MAN – World Premiere Highlights

Highlights from the green carpet premiere of Aardman’s latest prehistoric adventure EARLY MAN with stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hidddleston and Maisie Williams in attendance as well as director Nick Park!

DiCaprio cast in Tarantino’s new film

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, but he will no tbe playing Charles Manson.

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 line-up

Be prepared to feast on a chilling cornucopia of savage shocks, unsettling surprises and devilish delights as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival for its 13th year, from Thurs 1 March to Sat 3 March 2018.

Be in Julien Temple & Fatboy Slim’s New Film: Ibiza – The Silent Movie

This is your once in a lifetime chance to be in Legendary film director Julien Temple (Glastonbury, The Filth and the Fury, London, The Modern Babylon) and world-renowned DJ Norman Cook’s (aka Fatboy Slim) much anticipated new project Ibiza – The Silent Movie .

MyFrenchFilmFestival online from 19 January to 19 February 2018!

After a record turnout for the UniFrance online festival in 2017, the best of new-generation French and Francophone cinema will be showcased once again during the MyFrenchFilmFestival as of 19 January, all over the world!

‘The Shape of Water’ Leads 2018 BAFTA Nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama, starring Sally Hawkins, is named in 12 categories. See the full list of nominees here.

A Woman’s Life (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

A film which looks as though it is going in one direction becomes altogether something different as it progresses through Jeanne’s life.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Martin McDonagh not only writes hit plays but films too – and he has also directed all his movies, giving himself in theory at least, creative control over his vision.   “Billboards” is his third film and while nothing can in my view touch the brilliance of the dialogue in his first, “In Bruges”, in other ways this is the best so far. 

Darkest Hour (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

It’s the early days of WWII, and Hitler’s forces are marching relentlessly across Europe with England in their sights – defeat could be weeks or even days away. Prime minister Neville Chamberlain (Pickup) and his “peace” accords with Hitler have proved worthless, and there’s a demand for new leadership.

Brad’s Status  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Ben Stiller is still best known as a comedy actor from films such as the “Zoolander” and “Little Fockers” series and going back to “There’s Something About Mary”.  But with this and the recent “Meyerowitz Stories” he now seems to asking us to take him more seriously as an actor. 

Hostiles  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

How the Western has changed since those earlier depictions of the valiant cowboys or charging cavalry versus the snarling, savage, barely human “Red Indians” – Native Americans to you today.  

Walk With Me  (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

The technique of “mindfulness” or “living in the moment”, which is based on Buddhist meditation, is becoming increasingly popular as a psychotherapy technique in the West.  So this documentary about life in the monastery in rural France, which is led by Vietnamese born Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, couldn’t be more timely.

Sanctuary  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

“Sanctuary” is a comedy, a drama and a most unusual love story.  Set in Galway the central characters are Larry (Coppinger), who has Downs Syndrome and Sophie (Kelly), who suffers from severe epilepsy. 

Mountains May Depart (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Although the film is somewhat slow, and the three segments are not joined as much as they could be, the film is saved by the excellent cast and their acting skills. Particularly Zhao Tao as the lead.

Lady Bird (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The state capital of California, Sacramento is a tree-rich hipster place for many, but when you’re a broke tantrummy teenager stuck in a Catholic school with low grades and a University place well off the table, the location is unimportant.

Call Me By Your Name (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Northern Italy 1983 and it’s a long, hot summer at the expansive, airy home of 17-year-old teenager Elio (Chalamet) and his easy-going professor father (Stuhlbarg) and poetry-loving mother (Cesar).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) | Close-up Film Review

From the opening moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and we hear John Williams’ well-known music and then see the words on a slant announcing the film, we know that we are about to witness another very special Star Wars movie. And so this is. I won’t attempt to give a full synopsis of the film as it gets quite involved at times and, in any case, you will curse me for telling you what you are waiting to see. So, hopefully, no spoilers here!

Bingo: The King of the mornings (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The Brazilian films that have been seen in Europe, such as “City of God”, “Central Station”, “Pixote” and last year’s “Aquarius”, tend to deal with rather serious stories and being in a foreign language are usually categorised as “art movie” material.

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.

The Witch Who Came from the Sea (18) | Home Ents Review

Molly (Perkins) daydreams her days away on Santa Monica beach, with her young nephews in tow. Her nights she spends working as a waitress at a beach bar run by Long John (Chapman).

Buster Keaton: 3 Films (E) | Home Ents Review

Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr: the ultimate examples of physical comedy on the grand, even epic scale, are collected here in this Eureka! Masters of Cinema Series edition. All three are from stunning new 4K restorations and available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Tag (18) | Home Ents Review

A surreal and gory Japanese schoolgirl horror film with an implicit feminist line, Tag manages to be hysterical and shrill, ultra-violent but also plaintive and sombre.

Four film noir classics: The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond the Door, Force of Evil, The Big Combo (12) | Home Ents Review

A dual format box set of well-chosen film noirs packed with superb extras. A nice Xmas present for the hard-bitten, world-weary film geek in your life?

The Big Sick (15) | Home Ents Review

Apart from the somewhat off-putting title, which I assume from the story line is an American expression meaning serious illness, everything else about this original romantic comedy with a difference is a total delight.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (18) | Home Ents Review

A classic of 1950s sci-fi existentialism and a staple of late-night tv in the 80s and 90s, this is every bit as tense and wonderful as you remember it.

Baby Driver  (15) | Home Ents Review

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is the Baby Driver of the title.   Two things define his life.  His love of music, which he plays constantly through headphones to drown out the tinnitus he suffers from as the result of a childhood accident.  And the other is his driving skills – this Baby can make a car dance and almost fly.  

Witchhammer (15) | Home Ents Review

A gripping, tense and harrowing film that should leave all viewers raging against the self-interested machinery of tyranny.

Fear in the Night (18) | Home Ents Review

This classy little mid-70s psychological thriller gem has been restored as part of Studiocanal’s celebration of 60 Years of Hammer Horror.

Demons of the Mind (18) | Home Ents Review

You have to love 70s Hammer films. They’re tawdry, salacious, packed with sexualised violence and, in this case, plain bat-shit crazy. This restored version of a late period Hammer horror needs to be seen to be believed.

Land of Mine  (12A) | Home Ents Review

The title of this film in Danish is “Under sandet” meaning “Under the sand”, while the English title is a bleak pun on the subject matter, which is what director Zandvliet describes as the “never documented story of the dark side of Denmark’s war history”. 

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.

New Bruce Lee biopic gets a trailer

Birth Of The Dragon looks set to tell the story of a young Bruce Lee. Here’s the trailer…

Trailer: Tomb Raider

Brawler. Hunter. Survivor. Lara Croft is back. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander stars in this fresh adaptation of the action-adventure.

Early Man – Rabbit Surprise

As CBeebies announce the second installment of Eddie Redmayne’s Bedtime Story on Wednesday 24th January, AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL are delighted to release a new clip for EARLY MAN entitled Rabbit Surprise.

Clip: All I See Is You

Blake Lively (The Shallows, The Age of Adaline, Gossip Girl) and Jason Clarke (Everest, Zero Dark Thirty) shine in a disturbing and obsessive love story that defies genre, when ALL I SEE IS YOU reaches digital platforms on 26th February and DVD from 5th March, 2018, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Trailer: Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated

Trailer: Slender Man

In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

New global trailer and poster for game-changing British horror ‘Ghost Stories’

Based on Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s original Olivier nominated stage production, the same team have co-written and directed this adaptation for the big screen.

TULLY starring Charlize Theron – first trailer released

A new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”).

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies – Teaser Trailer

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big!  “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

Red Sparrow: new trailer for Jennifer Lawrence thriller

Arriving in cinemas in March is Red Sparrow, a film that reunites Jennifer Lawrence with the director of the last three The Hunger Games movies, Francis Lawrence.

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.

UK Poster Launched for Last Flag Flying – In Cinemas 26 January

Richard Linklater’s LAST FLAG FLYING will open in the UK and Ireland on 26 January 2018, through Curzon Artificial Eye and Amazon Studios. The film received its world premiere as the opening night of New York Film Festival, followed shortly afterwards by a European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.