Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Nov01

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (15) | Close-Up Film Review

One of the joys of a biopic is to tell a story of unearthly triumph over adversity; overcoming or succumbing to drug addictions, deaths in the family and difficult backgrounds are often all shown in their most extreme forms.

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The Light Between Oceans  (12A)  | Close-Up Film Review
Oct30

The Light Between Oceans (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Tom (Fassbender), an emotionally battered survivor of the First World War, takes a job as keeper of the lighthouse off the coast of this isolated area. On a trip to the mainland he meets Isabel (Vikander), who draws him out of his emotional isolation and they fall in love and get married.

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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep01

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Based on the novel by British writer Liz Jensen, this psychological thriller has an interesting premise and a good cast. Much of it happens inside the head of the eponymous Louis (Longworth), a nine year old boy with a remarkable, accident prone history.

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Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (18) | Home Ents Review
Jun19

Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (18) | Home Ents Review

The chances are that you cannot name a single director of tv dramas from what are often called the golden years of British tv. If you can, the name on your lips is probaby Alan Clarke – whose astonishing body of work from 20 years at the BBC has now been released in two formats: a sumptuous 13 disc Blu-ray box set and two 6 discs DVD sets.

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CSI: The Finale (15)  | Home Ents Review
May21

CSI: The Finale (15) | Home Ents Review

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was first aired on our television screens back in 2000 and went on for fifteen years, concluding last year after fifteen successful seasons and creating three spin off TV shows (CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, CSI: Cyber). There is no better way to say goodbye to the cast than a feature length episode that brings back a host of familiar faces and puts a full stop at the end of the CSI story once and for all.

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