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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!

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.

New 2k restoration of DUNKIRK (1958) released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download

Featuring brand new extras, Ealing Studios’ remarkable DUNKIRK (1958) will release as part of STUDIOCANAL’s Vintage Classics Collection – a showcase of iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content

Wonder Woman Named UK’s Favourite Superhero

Carphone Warehouse, one of the UK’s leading mobile phone retailers, carried out the research to celebrate the launch of its Action Hero competition, which asks the nation to capture an action-packed moment this summer – for the chance of winning a £300 prize bundle.

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.

Our Last Tango (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Although the documentary is basically about the break up of a relationship, it is a very sweet and tender film. Narrated mainly by Maria Nieves Rego, with Juan Carlos Copes also speaking to camera from time to time, we get a real picture of the lives of the most famous tango dancers in Argentina.

Victoria and Abdul (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

You might want to see wonderful Judi Dench as Queen Victoria but you’ll stay to enjoy a well-made film with a fascinating story. Certainly, it’s most likely not all true, but which ‘based on fact’ film is?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

This special 40th anniversary 4K director’s cut opens with testimony from Spielberg himself and those influenced by the Jaws maestro such as Denis Villeneuve.

Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Super Man. Splendid film! Now 85 Dennis Skinner has been an MP since 1970. The third of nine children born to a very poor family (he didn’t see the sea until he was 17) in a mining village in Derbyshire, he has been a committed Socialist for his whole life.

Faces Places (Visages Villages) | Close-Up Film Review

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and currently doing the rounds on that circuit – I saw it recently at the Melbourne Film Festival – this charming and likeable documentary is likely to be coming to a cinema near you some time soon.

Wind River (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Set in the desolate, icy wastes of the Wind River reservation, this film is as raw, brutal and devastating as they come. Writer/director Taylor Sheridan penned both Sicario and Hell or High Water and this film also uses its location – far from the cosy American white picket fence suburbs – as an extra character; cold, forbidding and at times fatal.

Moon Dogs (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Music and road movies really were made for each other, but in this small coming-of-age film, it is the soundtrack that proves to be more memorable than the trip it accompanies.

The Limehouse Golem  (15) | CLose-Up Film Review

 The film is adapted from the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” (also published as “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree”) by London’s biographer Peter Ackroyd.  Like Ackroyd’s book, it is a fictional murder mystery built around the historically factual and unsolved crimes of a Victorian serial killer in the East End of London, who was known as the Limehouse Golem.

Stratton (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Simon West has expressed the hope that in “Stratton” he has created a new action hero screen franchise to rival the Bond movies.  Judging from this first episode, not a hope.

Una  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is adapted from David Harrower’s successful two person play, which was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival 12 years ago, then went to the West End stage, followed by productions all over the world.  

Detroit  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is Kathryn Bigelow’s nearly three hour take on the Detroit riots of 1967 and in particular the nightmare incident in the Algiers motel, in which three black men were shot to death and others including two white women terrorized and beaten, after the police and National Guardsmen arrived at the motel, responding to reports of sniper fire

American Made (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

If you believe that Tom Cruise is Sandi Toksvig masquerading as one of the most famous film stars in the world – it’s not the most ludicrous thing you’ll see that day if you watch American Made after you’ve laughed at the meme.

The Viceroy’s House (12A) | Home Ents Review

Not being an expert on the history of India and what led up to partition in 1947, it is difficult for me to comment on the accuracy or otherwise of the events depicted in this film

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.

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