Straight Outta Compton (15)  | Close-Up FIlm Review
Aug28

Straight Outta Compton (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review

Dir. F. Gary Gray, US, 147 mins, 2015 Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr. Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti Music biographies are ten-a-penny, but whether it’s Dylan anthology I’m Not There, or Lennon retrospective, Nowhere Boy, they’re not that accessible to many outside of the fanbase. Friday director F. Gary Gray’s Chronicling of N.W.A.’s rise from the Compton projects to seminal hip-hop artists has much more than a character study...

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Love and Mercy (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Jul09

Love and Mercy (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Bill Pohlad, US, 2015, 121 mins Cast: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Full disclosure here, I wasn’t the world’s biggest Beach Boys fan. Like most fans who claim to own a well-rounded record collection, a copy of Pet Sounds resides within it wedged in between other keystones of 60s pop. It’s not an overstatement to call it a classic album. Love and Mercy makes you want to explore all facets of...

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San Andreas (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
May28

San Andreas (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Brad Peyton, US, 2015, 114 mins Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee, Kylie MinogueThere are two over-arching facts regarding the modern disaster flick; they always have orgasmic scenes of wanton destruction, and they always have paper-thin characters. The reason being that between said apocalyptic CGI destruction and...

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Ironclad (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar08

Ironclad (15) | Close-Up Film Review

1215. Forced to sign the Magna Carta, King John (Giamatti) raises a mercenary army of Danes & goes on the rampage to get his full power back.

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