The Promise  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr28

The Promise (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Director Terry George dealt with the subject of genocide previously in the excellent “Hotel Rwanda”.  This film covers that same theme but this time his subject is the Armenian genocide by the Turks at the time of World War 1 – an act that Turkey still denies ever happened, despite the many witnesses to the atrocity.  

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Suntan (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr28

Suntan (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The painful case study of a pudgy, obsessive, middle-aged man given one last chance to have a drunken dance with youth.

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Lady Macbeth  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr27

Lady Macbeth (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Apart from her ruthlessness in the act of murder, the title character here bears little resemblance to Shakespeare’s character of that name.  The film is based on a nineteenth century Russian novella called “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov and was also later adapted into the better known opera of the same title by Shostakovich. 

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Salt and Fire (12) | Home Ents Review
Apr24

Salt and Fire (12) | Home Ents Review

An atrociously bad eco non-thriller from the director of Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn and loads of other, infinitely better, fiction films and documentaries.

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The Handmaiden  (18) | Close-Up Film
Apr21

The Handmaiden (18) | Close-Up Film

South Korean director Park Chan-Wook film is “inspired by” Sarah Waters; novel Fingersmith. ‘Inspiration’ is the watchword here as he transports Dickensian London into 1930s Korea.

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Letters from Baghdad (PG) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr20

Letters from Baghdad (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Great archive footage casts a spell in this interesting biography of Gertrude Bell, the ‘female Lawrence of Arabia’, who was the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day.

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