Bitter Harvest  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Feb24

Bitter Harvest  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This is a strong story built around an event which is little known in the West, namely  “Holodomor,” or genocide by starvation, which Stalin inflicted on the people of the Ukraine in the early 30s – a cruelty which is still not acknowledged widely in Russia. 

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Sweet Dreams  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Feb24

Sweet Dreams  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

The film is adapted from an autobiographical novel by Massimo Gramellini about how his life was affected by the death of his beloved mother, when he was a nine year old child.

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The Great Wall (3D) (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Feb20

The Great Wall (3D) (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is truly an epic film. The huge vistas of the Great Wall and lovely countryside around it are the best thing about this film. Seeing it in Imax it can be truly appreciated. The 3D effect works particularly well in the battle scenes – of which there are many – when objects fly towards the audience.

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Tower | Close-Up Film Review
Feb20

Tower | Close-Up Film Review

Not exactly a documentary, nor indeed an animation film, this movie combines the genres. Using the technique of roboscoping, actors in live-action scenes are used as the basis for the animation.

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Gold (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Feb16

Gold (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Matthew McConaughey, who plays the lead, in this film, was a real pin-up boy not so many years back. Perhaps the best thing in this rather dull film is McConaughey’s look: he allows himself to appear with a partly bald head and greasy straggly hair and a paunch.

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Moonlight (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Feb16

Moonlight (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Picked out as one to watch by Carlie Newman in her round-up of the LFF earlier in the year, Moonlight has indeed been festooned with praise on the way to eight nominations at the Oscars, and if La La Land had been set in anywhere but the apex of movies, might well have had a chance at coming home with a good armful of golden statues.

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