The Limehouse Golem  (15) | CLose-Up Film Review
Sep01

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.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (15) | Home Entertainment Review
Jul06

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (15) | Home Entertainment Review

Dir. Toby Haynes, UK, 2015, 413 mins Cast: Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley, Alice Englert, Paul Kaye, Ariyon Bakare, Samuel West, Enzo Cilenti, Edward Hogg The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians became the stuff of legend. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr. Norrell (Marsan),...

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Still Life (12) | Home Ents Review
May27

Still Life (12) | Home Ents Review

  Dir. Uberto Pasolini, UK/Italy, 2014, 88 mins Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury When I saw that the director of Still Life was Uberto Pasolini, a relative of the late Luchino Visconti, director of The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971), I expected an Italian flavour. Actually it would be hard to imagine a more quintessentially British film than Still Life, but, of course, I should have remembered that Pasolini...

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X+Y (12A) Close-Up Film Review
Mar12

X+Y (12A) Close-Up Film Review

  Dir. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2015, 111 mins Cast: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan Documentarian Morgan Matthews takes inspiration from his own 2007 feature Beautiful Young Minds, to tell the tender story of a young mathematical prodigy balancing adolescence with autism as he works towards competing at an international mathematics competition. Clichés you say? Rocky by way of Rain Man and Good Will Hunting?...

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