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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.

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.

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

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.

Free Fire (15) | Close-Up Film Review

A warehouse full of armed criminals, a gun deal involving the wrong goods and some personal grudges. What could possibly go wrong?

Another Mother’s Son  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

While there have been many films made from various points of view about the Second World War, not a lot, as far as I know, has been filmed about the Channel Islands  experience under German occupation.    

The Lost City of Z  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Another true life story, this time that of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam),  who  along with his number two Henry Costin (Pattinson)  explored and mapped part of the Amazonian jungle of Bolivia in the early years of the twentieth century and found what he believed was evidence of a long lost advanced civilization

The Age of Shadows (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This story is set in an era of Korea’s history with which not a lot of people in the West are perhaps familiar.  Korea was under Japanese occupation from 1910 to the end of World War II in 1945.  The inspiration for the film was a true life incident in 1923, when the police headquarters in Seoul was bombed by a member of the Korean resistance. 

Aquarius (18) | Close-Up Film Review

There are a lot of good things about this Brazilian film, most notably the performance of the still luminous Sonia Braga in the lead. She plays 65 year old Clara, who has lived for years in a pretty, low rise apartment overlooking the ocean, where she has raised her family.

The Eyes of My Mother (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Francisca (Magalhaes) grows up in a rural America that appears stuck in the late 1950s. She is unfazed by death and gore as her mother, a retired surgeon, has shared her knowledge of scalpel and suture.

A Silent Voice (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Anime Limited promises distribution of “the cutting edge of what Japanese animation has to offer” and A Silent Voice certainly fits their remit. Close-Up were full of praise with the last film of theirs Your Name. The latest pushes the envelope of animation even further, but the message is somewhat lost in the post.

Gleason (15) | Close-Up Film Review

When Stephen Gleason, former American football star is diagnosed with ALS/ Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 34, it is not the end for him but the start of a remarkable story.

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

Along with his much admired film “The Separation”, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” has been highly praised and nominated for awards, including like that previous movie winning the accolade of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

Elle (18) | Close-Up Film Review

If it wasn’t for the stupendous performance by Isabelle Huppert, this would be a somewhat distasteful take on a rape and its aftermath. But Huppert interprets the character so that, although you have serious doubts about the film itself, you certainly can’t fault Huppert.

Certain Women (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

It’s the quietness of this movie which is so remarkable – not silence as there is noise in the background: traffic, birds and even people’s breathing. But it is more the absence of speech which grabs one’s attention.

The Love Witch (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Elaine (Robinson) is a glamorous modern-day witch who lives in a cinematic timewarp, for her hair, makeup, clothes, car, apartment – even her smokes – all sing out ‘early 70s exploitation film’.

Paterson (15) | Home Ents Review

A bigger hit with the critics than the Box Office, the quiet contemplation of Paterson was bound to divide purists and those seeking entertainment. The film is beautiful; full of poetry both written and visual, but not much ‘happens’ in the two hour running time.

Ludwig (12) | Home Ents Review

Ludwig is Great Cinema. It is also a lot of fun, lavish to a tee, camp as hell and a bit sad. This utterly magnificent film is a must see – you will swoon with joy and envy while reflecting how far contemporary period drama cinema has fallen into the doldrums of cliché, CGI and austerity.

Zombie Lake (15) | Home Ents Review

Bressonian notes tinge this low-budget lost ‘classic’ from France’s answer to Jess Franco. Zombie Lake is probably the first film ever to ask: ‘what would you do if your dad was a Nazi zombie?’

Two Films by Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light / Insiang (PG) | Home Ents Review

Powerful human dramas, jaw-dropping visions of Manila’s shanty towns, vibrant colour photography, tight shorts, big hair and loud shirts – why have Lino Brocka’s melodramas been unseen for so long?

Property is No Longer a Theft (18) | Home Ents Review

With frenetic pacing and glossy colours, Property is No Longer a Theft looks like an exuberant comedy crime caper. When in fact it is an obliquely developed social satire and anti-capitalist diatribe, which suggests that the criminal elements of the lumpen proletariat will kickstart the next revolution.

Story of Sin (15) | Home Ents Review

This is a must see. An immaculate and energetic period melodrama, full of superbly lit shots that home in on details, objects and machines which have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

The Creeping Garden (E) | Home Ents Review

This mildly intriguing documentary explores the little-known world of plasmodial slime mould (PSM), which is basically fungus that moves, and can be seen everywhere there’s dead trees.

Two Rode Together (PG) | Home Ents Review

Despite lovely visuals, the airing of controversial racial issues and the pleasure of watching old pros Stewart and Widmark kick back and relax together onscreen, there’s something clunky and phoney about this late western from John Ford.

Female Vampire (18) | Home Ents Review

Dreamlike, poetic, softcore wibblings from the late great Jess Franco – if you can allow yourself to fall into his low-budget, washed-out world you might have a good time.

Three (15) | Home Ents Review

Celebrated Hong Kong action director Johnnie To makes an intriguing chamber piece out of his latest tense thriller.

Woody Allen: Seven Films 1986 – 1991 (15) | Home Ents Review

They may look like they’re a celebration of the good graces of middle-class women in their 40s, but watching this box set you realise there’s a brilliant malevolence at work, slowly making the case for pulling the plug on that celebration.

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.

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

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.