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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.

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

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

Leeds Young Film Festival, the UK’s largest family film event, announces programme for 18th edition

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

‘letters from baghdad’ released in uk cinemas by verve pictures from 21st april

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.

London Critics announce winners

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.

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.

Gold (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Matthew McConaughey, who plays the lead, in this film, was a real pin-up boy not so many years back. Perhaps the best thing in this rather dull film is McConaughey’s look: he allows himself to appear with a partly bald head and greasy straggly hair and a paunch.

Moonlight (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Picked out as one to watch by Carlie Newman in her round-up of the LFF earlier in the year, Moonlight has indeed been festooned with praise on the way to eight nominations at the Oscars, and if La La Land had been set in anywhere but the apex of movies, might well have had a chance at coming home with a good armful of golden statues.

Multiple Maniacs (15) | Close-Up Film Review

John Waters’ technically unaccomplished and drearily grotesque second feature includes all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to a still rather shocking scene inside a Catholic church.

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

This is the story of Ray Kroc, founder of the McDonald’s global fast food empire.   Except, as it turns out, he wasn’t the real founder at all. 

John Wick: Chapter 2 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

As the Pavlov of the film franchise gods rings his bell, the opportunity to ‘relight the Wick’ has been duly pounced on. It’s actually a welcome improvement to the sketchy original and offers the chance to serve up more of its treats and fewer of its slops.

Fences  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

August Wilson, one of America’s most prominent playwrights, has been compared in stature to Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.  His work is not as well known in the UK as that of those other giants of the American theatre, though another of his plays “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was performed at the National Theatre last year to enthusiastic reviews.

Taxi Driver (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Sony Pictures have restored Taxi Driver up to a 4K standard viewing experience with the ‘guidance’ of cinematographer Michael Chapman and Scorsese himself.

Toni Erdmann  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This comedy from German writer/director Maren Ade has been both highly praised by many critics when seen at festivals and nominated for a plethora of awards including a BAFTA and an Oscar.   And it has won some of them. 

Denial  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

It has always puzzled me as to how anyone could deny that the Holocaust took place, in view of the overwhelming amount of photographic and witness evidence proving that it did.

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.

We Are The Flesh (18) | Home Ents Review

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.

Cover Girl (E) | Home Ents Review

Cheese is Technicolored into spectacle and charm, with a melancholy tinge, in one of the most successful Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (15) | Home Ents Review

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.

The Childhood of a Leader (12) | Home Ents Review

A chilling fable about the rise of fascism or a nicely designed and acted set of cinematic references laying on top of a cliché? I go with the latter.

Wiener-Dog (15) | Home Ents Review

The little Wiener dog (known to us in the UK as a dachshund) is the real star of this movie.

Under The Shadow (15) | Home Ents Review

Babek Anvari’s debut feature is a masterful example of a lean, tight piece of filmmaking. There is a cast of only 14 of which primary screen time is set aside for mother and little girl Shideh (Avin Manshadi) and Dorsa (Narges Rashadi).

Heaven Knows What (18) | Home Ents Review

A harrowing blend of fiction and raw vérité, after watching Heaven Knows What you’ll feel like you have some insight into the lives of the homeless young.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (18) | Home Ents Review

Fun and frothy and lovely to look at – here’s the perfect way to kickstart your centenary celebrations of the Bolshevik Revolution.

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.

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

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.