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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!

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.

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.

Giveaway: Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito on DVD

We have one dvd copy of Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito to giveaway.

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.

American Express® London FIlm Festival Gala Announced

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is thrilled to serve up BATTLE OF THE SEXES, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, as this year’s American Express Gala at this year’s Festival.

Raindance Film Festival Programme Launch 2017

The Raindance Film Festival have announced the majority of its highly...

BFI to host Sir John Hurt season

At a special memorial event on Sunday 25 June, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill announced that BFI Southbank will host a film and television season dedicated to BFI Fellow Sir John Hurt, who died in January.

Johnny Depp confirmed as “Guest of Honour” at Cineramageddon

Cineramageddon is a unique five-day film festival within Glastonbury Festival, conceived and curated by director Julien Temple.

Felicity Jones’ “Jyn Erso” The Most Popular Star Wars Character In The UK

To tie in with Star Wars first premiering 40 years ago (on 25/05/77), new search trends analysis research today reveals that British actress Felicity Jones’ “Jyn Erso” is the UK’s most popular Star Wars character.

Holocaust film ‘Destination Unknown’ released 16th June

Making a unique contribution to the history of the Holocaust, the film captures the pain which still haunts Holocaust survivors 70 years after liberation and the resilience which has enabled them to live with the memories.

FIlm4 Summer Screen

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House brings the best of cinema to one of the most spectacular settings in London. 

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ in production

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.

Kong: Skull Island (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

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.

‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ To Arrive On Demand 14th April

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.

Marco Pontecorvo to introduce screening of the newly restored THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

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.

NFTS Wins British Short Animation BAFTA 4th Year in a Row

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces it is adding two courses to its successful animation department in 2017

Prick Up Your Ears (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The timing of the re-release of this film chimes in well with the 50th anniversary of the death of Joe Orton in 1967. It is also interesting to consider that this film was made in 1987 when the climate for homosexuals was very different from today’s. The movie, depicting as it did the lives of two gay men, contained scenes that were considered shocking at the time.

The Odyssey  (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a biopic about the marine explorer and film maker Jacques Cousteau, starting in the post second world war period, when he is living an idyllic life with his wife Simone and two young sons in a Mediterranean villa bought on the proceeds of his development of the aqua lung. 

A Ghost Story (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

C (Affleck) and M (Mara) live together in a small suburban bungalow in Texas. After C dies in a car crash outside their home, he comes back to the bungalow as a ghost, a silent witness to M’s grieving process. When she moves out, the ghost finds itself anchored to the home, its disintegrating memories and experiences with the new tenants slowly giving way to something more cosmic.

The Midwife (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The Midwife provides a platform for two terrific French actors. Catherine Frot plays Claire, a hard-working, very capable senior midwife in a maternity clinic in Paris. In the midst of her concens over the take-over of the clinic by a private facility, she is surprised by the re-appearance of her father’s former mistress, the elderly Beatrice (played by Catherine Deneuve).

Maudie  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is based on true life story of Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis, who was born with physical deformities in her fingers and spine and suffered from crippling arthritis.  Born in 1903, she married Everett Lewis, a fish peddler when she was 34 and lived with him in poverty in his tiny one room up one down cottage with no electricity and running water, until her death aged 67 in 1970.  

American Gods (18) | Home Ents Review

Outrageous glow-in-the-dark American mythology weirdness, with engaging turns by all three leads and supporting names too.

The Beguiled (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Sofia Coppola has given us a movie that is lovely to look at and acted with finesse by a top raft of actors. The script, by Coppola, is intelligent and even the length of the film is just right.

Cars 3 (U) | Close-Up Film Review

Just right for a family outing in the summer holidays is this Pixar animated film which, obviously follows the story on from the previous two.

Scribe  (aka La mécanique de l’ombre) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is inspired by a real life incident in the political life of France, namely the Lebanon hostage crisis in 1983-1984, when three French citizens were kidnapped and their release was allegedly withheld by the French government, in order to benefit presidential candidate Jacques Chirac, who was then prime minister. 

War for the Planet of the Apes (12A) | Close-Up FIlm Review

The third in the series following Rise and Dawn (don’t worry, their stories are summarized at the beginning), War for the Planet of the Apes sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading his genetically-enhanced simian people in what seems to be a happy life – except that the humans just won’t leave them alone.

David Lynch: The Art Life (15) | Close-Up Film Review

One of a series of intimate portrayals of the great director, The Art Life is most successful when it sits back and watches David Lynch paint.

Genocidal Organ (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Cogent, hi-concept and violent, this striking near-future war film is a welcome step into proper storytelling for Japanese animation.

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (U) | Home Ents Review

Retro-future space age fantasy meets retro-18th century legend in this gentle gem of a film

Westfront 1918/ Kameradschaft (PG) | Home Ents Review

Pabst’s earthy war film is a devastating watch, seeming to come from a time before war films were recast in terms of heroes, heroism and visual clichés.

Stalker (PG) | Home Ents Review

The Criterion Collection has satiated cinephiliac desires once again – this superb version of the legendary anti-sci-fi film wipes previous desultory versions, both recent cinema and HE releases, off planet.

J’accuse (12) | Home Ents Review

If it wasn’t for the rather wonderful apocalyptic and phantasmagoric ending, Gance’s re-purposing/ remake of his own 1919 war epic would be of interest only to students of the Popular Front period in western Europe in the late 1930s.

Marriage Italian Style (15) | Home Ents Review

Classic rom com featuring three of the greats of golden age Italian cinema. The arm-waving and other histrionics can’t hide a flatness behind some of the proceedings, but the battle of the sexes really revs up a gear in the last hour.

Liberation Day (E) | Home Ents Review

An intriguing glimpse inside one of the most enigmatic countries in the world; and inside of one of the most provocative of all rock bands, as they reach their fourth decade in business.

The Taisho Trilogy (15) | Home Ents Review

Oneiric, uncanny and disconcertingly weird, these three later films from the legendary director of ultra-slick 60s gangster film Branded to Kill act on you like too long in a flotation tank.

Boccaccio ‘70 (12) | Home Ents Review

Brilliant icons of classic Italian cinema – both film stars and directors – make these four stories about very different kinds of women a sort of extended cinematic climax. The whole film quivers with intensity and extreme colouration and wonderful performances from the female leads.

The Fisher King (15) | Home Ents Review

This carnivalesque love story, conquering the nihilism of 1980s New York through the lenses of a former radio show DJ and a PTSD-suffering homeless man comes to Blu-ray.

La Strada (PG) | Home Ents Review

The great Italian director’s breakthrough film still packs a huge emotional wallop, primarily because of the beguilingly poor rural milieus Fellini conjures up and the restraint of the final tragic turn.

Harmonium (12) | Home Ents Review

A sombre, intriguing family drama cum thriller, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Harmonium is slow burning but finally emotionally overwhelming.

Death in the Garden (12) | Home Ents Review

A jungle adventure story with a defiant existential trajectory and some surreal inflections, Death in the Garden looks fantastic – the lovely Eastmancolour has been restored perfectly.

MCLAREN – First Official Clip

The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion,McLaren is the untold story of a motor racing icon, directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The World’s Fastest Indian). 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the first trailer

The first trailer for The Last Jedi has been released

The Hatton Garden Job: ‘Easter Weekend’ Clip

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 to release American gothic horror ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’

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.

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