Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) | Home Ents Review
Jan16

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) | Home Ents Review

A magical shamisen (a ‘three-stringed’ Japanese banjo-type instrument) enables a young Kubo to animate swirls of paper into origami and illustrate tales of legendary samurai.

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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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