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  • The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (12) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Tara Johns, Canada, 2011, 95 mins Cast:  Gil Bellows, Dolly Parton, Julia Sarah Stone, Macha Grenon Review by Mark Moynihan The last two Dolly Parton films I watched were Rhinestone where the lady in question sang with Sylvester Stallone and prompted my Dolly embargo of about two decades, broken only by the recent A […]


  • God Bless America (15) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Bobcat Goldthwait, US, 2011, 105mins Cast Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith Review By Ash Verjee Anyone who has seen Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie, a slight but thoughtful piece about the viability of honesty as relationship foundation-laying will have observed his particular skill in eliciting poignant rumination from initially overdone premises. In […]


  • Swinging With The Finkels (15) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Jonathan Newman, UK, 2010, 85 mins Cast: Mandy Moore, Martin Freeman, Melissa George Review by Francesca Neagle     “You spend your life trying to get the booty, and when you finally get the booty, the booty has a headache” It is difficult to decide whether Swinging with the Finkels is more or less […]


  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (U) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (U) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Mike Mitchell, US, 2011, 87 mins Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, (voices): Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate Review by Jean Lynch Well, the weather outside is frightful… so how about a bit of fun in the sun with those six little warbling furry critters, […]


  • Fright Night (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Craig Gillespie, US, 2011, 106 mins Cast: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant Review by Carol Allen The most intriguing thing about Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 comedy horror film Fright Night is its A list cast. Yelchin as the teenage hero, who realises his next door neighbour Jerry (Farrell) is a vampire. […]


  • Attenberg (18) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 2010, 97 mins, Greek with subtitles Cast: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou Review by Dave Hall It’s no surprise to discover that director Tsangari, an expat Greek living in America, was associate producer on 2009’s Dogtooth. Here again is a skewed, idiosyncratic look at human behaviour and […]


  • 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (18) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Christopher Sun Lap Key, Hong Kong, 2011, 110 mins, in Cantonese with English subtitles Cast: Saori Hara, Leni Lan, Vonnie Lui Review by Juliea Stewart This is a rather basic morality tale in which a man learns that ‘physical pleasure is not the same as joy’. Based on the novel The Carnal Prayer Mat, […]


  • Kill List (18) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Ben Wheatley, UK, 2011, 95mins Cast: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley, Emma Fryer Review by Matthew Rodgers This could well be one of the most frustrating films you’ll ever see, and reviewing it could also match that experience, due to the potentially spoiler filled minefield of a synopsis. This movie is destined to […]


  • One Day (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Lone Scherfig, US, 2011, 108 mins Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall Review by Carol Allen Adapted by David Nicholls from his successful novel of the same name, the One Day of the title is St Swithin’s Day, July 15th. As that day dawns in a beautifully filmed Edinburgh in 1988, just graduated […]


  • Final Destination 5 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Steven Quale, 2011, USA, 92 mins Cast. Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, Tony Todd, P. J. Byrne Review by Michelle Moore It has been said throughout the entire Final Destination franchise that you can’t cheat death. Over the course of four films countless people have tried without success. In […]


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