Articles Posted in the " Dee Pilgrim " Category

  • A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2011, 128 mins, subtitles Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Alicia Vikander, Trine Dyrholm, Mikkel Folsgaard Review by Dee Pilgrim What a pleasure to watch a costume drama not set in England, but in a foreign country, detailing a true story you know absolutely nothing about. A Royal Affair is one such […]


  • J. Edgar (15) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Clint Eastwood, USA, 2011, 137 mins, Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench Review by Dee Pilgrim J. Edgar Hoover is one of those historical characters, whose life story has become so surrounded by myth, rumour and malicious gossip, it’s almost impossible to disentangle the man from the caricature that now exists. […]


  • Coriolanus (15) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Ralph Fiennes, UK, 2011, 123 mins, Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain Review by Dee Pilgrim Following in the footsteps of some ofBritain’s greatest actors (Olivier, Branagh), Ralph Fiennes takes on the dual roles of star and director of a Shakespeare film. The result is meaty and visceral but […]


  • Red Dog (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Kriv Stenders, Australia, 2011, 92 mins Cast: Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor, Rachael Taylor, Koko Review by Dee Pilgrim If ever there was a shaggy red dog story to warm the cockles of your heart then this small but cutely-formed film tells it. Based on a true story turned into a book by Louis De […]


  • Take Shelter (15) | Close-Up Film DVD Review

    Dir. Jeff Nichols, USA, 2010, 121 mins Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker, Tova Stewart Review by Dee Pilgrim There’s a terrific slow build to this quiet, thoughtful film that excels in steering viewers down the wrong course; where you think it will take you proves to be a dead […]


  • The Adopted – Les Adoptés (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Mélanie Laurent, France, 2011, 100 minutes, Cast: Marie Denarnaud, Denis Ménochet, Mélanie Laurent, Clémentine Célarié, Théodore Maquet-Foucher Review by Dee Pilgrim Mélanie Laurent is better known as an actress than a director, but this, her debut movie in two roles (she also wrote the screenplay), shows she has a deft, sensitive touch and charming […]


  • Welcome to the Rileys (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Jake Scott, USA/UK, 2010, 110 mins, Cast: Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo Review by Dee Pilgrim Tales of bereavement, especially those revolving around the death of a child, can be difficult to watch unless handled with a very delicate touch. So, well done, director Jake (son of Ridley) Scott, for making this small, […]


  • Patagonia (15)

    Dir. Marc Evans, Argentina/UK, 2009,119 mins in Welsh and Spanish with subtitles Cast: Matthew Rhys, Marta Lubos, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nia Roberts, Rhys Parry Jones, Duffy Review by Dee Pilgrim Although based in historical fact this road movie (or more accurately two road movies rolled into one) is a flight of fancy comparing and contrasting […]


  • West Is West (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review

    Dir. Andy DeEmmony, UK , 2010, 103 mins, Cast: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jimi Mistry, Lesley Nicol, Emil Marwa, Aqib Khan, Ila Arun, Nadim Sawalha Review by Dee Pilgrim It’s been 11 long years since East Is East rushed like a breath of fresh air through our cinemas, gathering a fistful of accolades on the […]


  • Paul (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Greg Mottola, Spain/France/UK/USA, 2011, 104 mins, Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen. Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner, Sigourney Weaver Review by Dee Pilgrim There has been a steady flow of late of English comedy to America. Some of these exports have survived their trip across the Atlantic very well; others have got […]


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