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Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight (PG) | Home Ents Review

Falstaff

Featuring key performances by Orson Welles wearing both his director and actor hats, Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight is a bona fide classic of old-school cinema. This film must be as one of the greatest cinematic versions of Shakespeare’s work – in this case Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. It must rank up there with Kozintzev’s Korol Lir – and […]

Going Bongo (12) | Home Ents Review

Going Bongo

On the 4th June at Cineworld, Haymarket, London, the premiere of Going Bongo took place. I could just say that this film was a heart-warming, romantic comedy, starring newcomer, Ernest Napoleon and Emanuela Galliussi. The film follows Dr Burger (Ernest Napoleon), who gets a job at the prestigious Beverly Hills Medical Centre in Los Angeles, and is so eager to […]

Story of My Death (Història de la meva mort) (15) | Home Ents Review

Història de la meva mort

A film in which Casanova meets Dracula? Are you kidding? How good does that sound? But this is no ‘ordinary’ leftfield erotic horror film as writer-director Albert Serra is a proponent of digital-era Slow Cinema. Casanova (Altaió) is staying with benefactors in Switzerland, holding court to a frustrated poet, to his man servant (Pompeu) and to other sundry revelers. He […]

Beyond the Lights (12) | Home Ents Review

M154 Ð (Left to right.) Minnie Driver and Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in Relativity MediaÕs  BEYOND THE LIGHTS.
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A not uncommon story – there are traces of Gypsy to be found – is made into something special by the performances of Minnie Driver as Macy Jean, the over-ambitious pushy stage mother and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean, her daughter. We first meet the pair when, much to mother Macy’s anger, young Noni (India Jean-Jacques) comes second in a […]

A Letter to Three Wives (U) | Home Ents Review

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Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz is best known for the 1950 enduring classic All About Eve, a cynical satire of fame and narcissism in Hollywood. Less biting but equally delightful, Mankiewicz wrote and directed A Letter to Three Wives the previous year, focusing again on the plights of insecure women treading water in a man’s world. We meet three married, affluent […]

Slow West (15) | Close-Up Film Review

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John Maclean’s first feature film bears all the hallmarks of an established auteur; a headed-western set in an undetermined part of the North American landmass (one discarded pamphlet suggests the Canadian Midwest), with earthy, moody performances under clear blue skies, accompanied by beautiful dialogue that straddles the line between era-appropriate and anachronistic. Young Scotsman Jay Cavendish (a sketchy accented Kodi […]

Burying the Ex (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Burying the Ex

Joe Dante is back, offering more of his macabre inspections into being young and in love; Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario play like a modern take on Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with the difference being that the thing coming between them isn’t a horde of vicious little monsters – it’s a zombified brain-hungry super-high-maintenance ex-girlfriend, prone to particularly violent […]

The Overnight (15) | Close-Up Film Review

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A small, easily-digestible treatise on marriage, sex and relationships in the 21st Century, The Overnight is an offbeat experience that is by no means for everyone. The wheelhouse is one that has been popping up very frequently of late – produced by the brothers Duplass, helmed by an indie filmmaker still at the outset of his career, a who’s-who of […]

Everyone’s Going To Die (15) | Close-Up Film Review

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Debuting at the famous American cultural event in Texas, South By Southwest or SXSW in 2013, Everyone’s Going To Die finally receives a theatrical release in the UK. This directorial debut from a collective only known as Jones is a fantastic representation of British filmmaking in both it’s beautiful use of sleepy English towns and it’s depth of odd and […]

Fellini-Satyricon (18) | Home Ents Review

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How does one go about reviewing a film which is already an acknowledged classic, and one that will be 50 years old in a few years’ time? Should one just pretend that the film is newly released and not seen before? I think that would be a naive view, and one which would simply be lost under the weight of […]

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