Articles Posted in the " Jack Nicholson " Category

  • Hollywood actress Karen Black dies aged 74

    Hollywood star Karen Black, who featured in cult films such as Easy Rider, Nashville and Five Easy Pieces, has died aged 74. Hugely prolific, the Illinois-born actress appeared in more than 100 movies over a career spanning 40 years. She died at a clinic in Los Angeles, three years after she was diagnosed with ampullary cancer. […]


  • The King of Marvin Gardens (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Bob Rafelson, US, 1972, (R/I) Dur. 103 mins Cast:  Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson Review by Carlie Newman The King of Marvin Gardens is a classic from the 70s. It was Bob Rafelson’s third film as director, after The Monkees’ film Head and Five Easy Pieces. In this story of two brothers, Jack Nicholson […]


  • Chinatown (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Roman Polanski, USA, 1974, 130 mins Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Diane Ladd Review by Adam Hollingworth The greatest joy of returning to as densely crafted and hauntingly hypnotic a work as Chinatownis being able to discover new motifs, subtexts, idiosyncrasies and pleasures. Take the scene in which […]


  • Stephen King: Misery or Apt Pupil?

    Stephen King: Misery or Apt Pupil?

    Jarrod Walker looks at the success and failure of Stephen King screen adaptations. “Some people say I have the heart of a child, I do, it’s in a jar on my desk.” Stephen King The late 1970s heralded a major shift in the horror film genre. The 1974 release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had considerably upped […]


  • The Shining (18) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Stanley Kubrick, US, 1980, 144 mins Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Philip Stone. Review by Adam Hollingworth Coming after the delirious run of critical hits that began with the apocalyptically black comedy Dr Strangelove and ended with the luxuriant and painterly Barry Lyndon, The Shining initially confounded expectations. Yet, the film […]


  • Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is back in cinemas

    The Shining Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror returns to the big screen Halloween previews 31 October In cinemas nationwide 2 November Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this tale of a family man and would-be writer (Jack Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is a seminal work of the […]


  • Room 237 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Rodney Ascher, US, 2012, 102 mins Cast: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner. Review by Adam Hollingworth There’s nothing more meta-cinematic than a film made about film, and Room 237 is a documentary which delves into the myriad mysteries of one of the most richly enigmatic and powerfully affecting […]


  • Sinister (15) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. Scott Derrickson, US, 2012, 109 mins, in English Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Vincent D’Onofrio, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D’Addario Review by Colin Dibben An effective but underwhelming Hollywood shocker, Sinister starts of as classy horror but degenerates into stock thrills and chills and storylines. Ellison (Hawke) is a […]


  • The Thing – Top 10 Winter Horrors, Or Things That Go Bump In The Snow

    Ever wondered what really happened during the events leading up to the original film The Thing? Get ready to find out where it all began as the chilling prequel to John Carpenter‘s sci-fi horror classic crashes onto Blu-ray with Digital Copy, DVD and download to own on March 26. Pre-order your copy here http://bit.ly/zaIFQN THE […]


  • How Do You Know (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

    Dir. James L. Brooks , US, 2010, 121 mins Cast: Reece Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson Review by Carol Allen With writer/director James L. Brooks’ in charge with his experience at skillfully combining comedy and drama in the same dramatic dish ( Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets […]


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