The Connection (La French)  (15) | Home Ents Review
Oct30

The Connection (La French) (15) | Home Ents Review

  Dir. Cedric Jiminez, France/Belgium, 2014, 135 mins, in French with subtitles Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Celine Sallette A 1970’s set crime epic with the words “French” and “Connection” in the title, but with no Popeye Doyle in sight? Cedric Jiminez’s stylish contemporary classic tells the cocaine caper from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, one oozing class and a filmmaking craft that marks it out as one of the best...

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Pasolini (18) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep10

Pasolini (18) | Close-Up Film Review

  Dir. Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, 84 mins, in English and Italian with subtitles where appropriate Cast: Willem Defoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli, Valerio Mastandrea   ‘In search of the death of the last poet only to find the killer inside me …’ Abel Ferrara, Rome 2014 All at the same time Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini pays homage to, is a sketch of, a visual poem about and a celebration of the much respected...

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep10

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Wes Ball, 2015, US, 131 mins Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster A new type of sci-fi teen film shoots to the screen with the sequel to the Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) finds himself back in a maze of mystery, desperately trying to solve its puzzle with the help of his die hard friends the gladers. All grown up they exert their authority to find the truth behind WCKD, which leads...

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Irrational Man (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep10

Irrational Man (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Woody Allen, US, 2015, 95 mins   Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie BlackleyAlthough now nearly 80, Woody Allen continues to write and direct a film a year. This is one of his more serious ones, reflecting his interest in philosophy, which was sparked off in his youth by the films of Ingmar Bergman. Despite dealing with heavy sounding concepts like existentialism, the meaning of life and moral dilemmas as...

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Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep09

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, US, 2015, 105 mins Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine C. HughesAnother of this year’s breakouts from Sundance, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ book of the same name ticks all the right boxes an indie smash should. The screenplay itself was provided by Andrews, and this sense of authenticity pervades Me and Earl;...

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