Blood of My Blood (Sangue del mio sangue) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Much of Blood of My Blood is mystifying, but nevertheless self-assured. This unusual two-parter starts in 17th Century Italy with a fallen nun known only as Benedetta (played by Lidiya Liberman); before transporting us to a more contemporary setting but the same convent.

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The Lobster (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Well what can we say about The Lobster. What can we not say? A film like nothing you have never seen before, while the film’s resemblance to the director’s earlier 2009 film Dogtooth may be startling, The Lobster represents another genre entirely in today’s current film market.

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Beasts of No Nation (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review

The Netflix wonderchild that is Beasts of No Nation is a first of its kind. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the creator of HBO’s hit TV Series True Detective, Beasts of No Nation is the first in an (expected) long line of films to be released as part of Netflix’s original movie division (which in itself took over a year to develop and to acquire rights to films that could put the streaming service in the Oscar frontline).

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99 Homes (15) | Close-Up Film Review

99 Homes largely plays out as a cautionary tale of the dangers of the real estate market worldwide. Although for the purposes of the film this tale is placed in a microcosm of the American real estate market before and after the financial crisis of 2007-8, Bahrani building a very harrowing portrait of one family’s struggle to keep their heads above water as they attempt to retain possession of their family home.

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Just Jim (15) | Close-Up Film Review

A tale such as Just Jim definitely benefits from knowing as little about the film beforehand, its filmmaker and its star (which in this case is one and the same) – when expectations are at their most open. The debut feature of one of the youngest actors-turned-filmmakers in recent history, Just Jim is a strong start from Roberts in the way of filmmaking.

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