Planetary (E) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr21

Planetary (E) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Guy Reid, US, 2015, 85 mins Cast: Janine Benyus, Ronald Garan, Joan Halifax Due for a worldwide joint theatrical and Vimeo VOD release to celebrate Earth Day 2015, Planetary is a truly global documentary looking at life on Earth or more essentially the life ‘of’ Earth through the eyes of  experts who experience it a bit differently to the average Joe. Astronauts, anthropologists, philosophers, tribal leaders,...

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Child 44 (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr21

Child 44 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Daniel Espinosa, US/UK/Czech Republic/Russia, 2015, 137mins Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman Set against the backdrop of Stalinist Russia, Safehouse director Espinosa has a doozy of a hook; a child homicide case that contradicts the leader’s manifesto that there are “no murders in paradise”, so it’s buried along with 43 other similar cases. It becomes the obsession of a disgraced military policeman, Leo...

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The Last Five Years (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr16

The Last Five Years (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Richard LaGravenese, US, 2015, 94 mins Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan The Last Five Years is a ‘timeless’ love story of boy meets girl. Successful novelist Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) and striving actress Cathy (Anna Kendrick) are the romantic focus of Richard LaGravenese’s stage-to-screen adaptation of the off-Broadway musical. Our lovers break up after a five year relationship, only to repeatedly fall in love and hit the rails in...

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Rurouni Kenshin : The Legend Ends (15) Close-Up Film Review
Apr16

Rurouni Kenshin : The Legend Ends (15) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Keishi Ohtomo, Japan, 2015, 135 mins, in Japanese with subtitles Cast: Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Masaharu Fukuyama, Yosuke Eguchi, Yusuke Iseya, Munetaka Aoki, Yu Aoi The third and final instalment in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy is the highly impressive The Legend Ends (2015). Shot back-to-back alongside the second film Kyoto Inferno (2014), director Keishi Ohtomo steps it up a notch to create intense, fiery...

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While We’re Young (15)  Close-Up Film Review
Apr13

While We’re Young (15) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Noah Baumbach, US, 2015, 97mins Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried Josh and Cornelia (Stiller and Watts) are a 40-something couple who like their life as it is. He’s a former wunderkind documentary maker who has been working on his sophomore effort for the better part of a decade, and she’s a successful producer. They watch their friends start a family, but don’t feel burdened by the need to conform to...

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