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Close-Up encounters… ‘E.T. in Concert’ at The Royal Albert Hall

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.

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.

Ziggy Stardust back for one night

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.

Golden Globes 2017: La La Land sweeps awards

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.

Honouring Kate Greene: MUM’S LIST Goes From Book To Film To International WELLNESS WORKSHOP

First time a wellness workshop launches in conjunction with a feature film to help people embrace the profound and existential

74th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations

Nominations for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this Monday morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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

Jackie  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

“Jackie” is structured around an interview, which Jackie Kennedy gave to Life magazine a few days after the assassination of her husband President Kennedy. 

Lion  (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

This is an engrossing true life story based on the autobiographical book by its protagonist, Saroo Brierley. 

Manchester By The Sea (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Casey may be the less famous of his siblings, but he’s the better actor, and it would be foolish to bet against him taking Oscar home this year.

La La Land (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

A star-studded mainstream film with and a musical spine is a rare thing; but La La Land doesn’t place every step at precisely as its dancers and without the tested storytelling of Les Miserables or Chicago it is not the classic it flourishes itself as.

A Monster Calls (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a film about a child’s experience told from a child’s point of view but not really suitable for the young, certainly not those under twelve (see certification). 

Through the Wall (U) | Close-Up Film Review

Set in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, this Israeli film introduces us to Michal (Noa Koler), who is considered by others as well as herself, to be too old at 32, not to be married.

The Unknown Girl (15) | Close-Up Film Review

It’s the end of a long, very busy day at the clinic so when the doorbell rings Dr Jenny Davin (Adele Haenel) doesn’t answer it. The following day, police come to the surgery and tell Jenny that a young girl has been found dead with a fractured skull on the nearby bank of the river Meuse; foul play is suspected.

Office Christmas Party (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a seasonable frolic, whose plot is in the title and is a hook on which to hang a load of gags, some funny, some not so funny. Which of them tickles your funny bone will depend on personal taste.

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.

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) | Home Ents Review

A magical shamisen (a ‘three-stringed’ Japanese banjo-type instrument) enables a young Kubo to animate swirls of paper into origami and illustrate tales of legendary samurai.

Swallows and Amazons (PG) | Home Ents Review

This is the latest version of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s adventure tale first published in1930 and which over the years has been adapted for film, television, radio and even staged as a musical.

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.

Trailer: Elle

ELLE, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, is set for release across the UK on 10 March 2017.

Trailer: The Hatton Garden Job

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.

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