Downtown Abbey (PG) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep18

Downtown Abbey (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Having been a long time fan of Downton Abbey,I was looking forward to the big cinematic version of the popular TV series. And was I disappointed? On the whole, no.

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Hustlers  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep13

Hustlers (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This true life story is inspired by an article in New York magazine written by journalist Jessica Pressler and played in the film by Julia Styles as a character called Elizabeth.

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Mrs Lowry and Son  (PG) | Close-Up Film Review
Aug30

Mrs Lowry and Son (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Adapted by writer Martyn Hesford from what was originally his radio play and then a two-hander for the stage, Mrs Lowry and Son very much shows its theatrical origins.   

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The Informer  (15) | Close-Up Film Reiew
Aug30

The Informer (15) | Close-Up Film Reiew

The most striking thing about this second feature from director Andrea Di Stefano is that it is extremely violent, pretty sadistic and employs an awful lot of gunplay.

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The Souvenir  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Aug30

The Souvenir (15) | Close-Up Film Review

 Set in the 80s, the story is autobiographical – a fictionalised retelling of a relationship Hogg had when she was a very young woman. 

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The Farewell (PG) | Close-Up Film Review
Aug22

The Farewell (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Based on the real experiences of writer/director Wang, the twist in The Farewell is revealed immediately when Billi (Awkwafina) learns that her beloved grandmother “Nai Nai” (Shuzhen Zhou) has received a fatal cancer diagnosis.

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