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Meet Oscar winner John Seale at free Riverside screening

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Movie review: AMERICAN SNIPER
Movie review:
AMERICAN SNIPER

(US, 2014) Dir: Clint Eastwood. Stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes. "It's like being there – right in the midst of a war zone, where life and death rely on split second decision ... the story of a remarkable man, as told by a remarkable filmmaker," says Louise. "Although it is a better written and made film then The Hurt Locker which won the Oscar, American Sniper is just as determined to ring emotional bells for an America that has lost much of its self assurance on the world stage," says Andrew. REVIEWS

NEWS & BOX OFFICE

BOX OFFICE: - Twice weekly reports & charts, Mondays, Thursdays (after 4pm).

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* First True Aussie Grit guests – for Jan 28;
* Meet Oscar-winner John Seale at free Riverside screening.
* Flickerfest Awar winners;
*
Priscilla 21st on Australia Day;
* Meet screen composers at free Aust Day event, Sydney;
* Directors Guild Awards to be held in Melbourne;
* 2015 Melbourne Queer Film Festival highlights;
* David & Margaret Patronise French Film Fest;
*
The Coen Brothers go Presidential at Cannes;
* Aussie box office at $1.74 billion with 505 films;


Watch movies and DVDs on DHgate cable TV
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Friday night thrillers

For non-movie home based entertainment see CasinoReef and PokiesStop - these two gaming sites review places to play slots, poker and other casino games online. They specialize in Australian sites, which allow people to play and deposit in AU$ - recommended.

Additional sites worthy of visiting that provide information that focuses on Australians interested in online casinos and gambling online are: AU Online Casino and Aussie Casinos Online.

COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONS

FURY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of FURY, starring Academy Award winner Brad Pitt, plus Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Xavier Samuel. Prizes courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Studios Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-rayTM, DVD & Digital with UltraVioletTM from January 22, 2015.

Movie review: WILD
Movie review:
WILD

(US, 2014) Dir: Jean-Marc Vallee. Stars Reese Withers;poon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern. "A stunning central performance from Reece Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, who overcomes physical hardships to confront her inner demons to find her best self: the woman her mother thought she was," says Louise. REVIEW


Movie review: STILL ALICE
Movie review:
STILL ALICE

(US, France, 2014) Dir: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland. Stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin. "It is impossible not to be affected by this devastatingly sad portrait of a woman, whose reliance on memory and its compilation to communicate in her role as professor of linguistics at Columbia University, accentuates the intensity of her loss," says Louise. (Special advance screenings January 23, 24, 25; releases January 29.) REVIEW

Awards: OSCARS 2015 - NOMINATIONS
Awards:
OSCARS 2015 - NOMINATIONS

If music be the food of film: Alexandre Desplat has two nominations for Best Score, both for a Best Picture nominee: The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, two films that represent the opposite ends of cinema, from the whimsy of the former to the multi-layered biopic drama of the latter. NOMINATIONS

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in February, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo. "It is a crime thriller, but rises above its genre; it is a character study but it creates a mythic persona; and it is a morality tale but it presents as an analysis of human nature’s self contradictory impulses," says Andrew. "Isaac is superb as the immaculately dressed businessman who is afraid of failure above all else," says Louise.] JANUARY RELEASES


(From left) Black Sea, Selma, The Gambler

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Kingsman: The Secret Service, stars stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson;
The Gambler, stars Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman;
A Little Chaos, stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts;
Big Eyes, stars Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz;
Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Me Myself and Mum, stars Guillaume Galliene;
Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
The Age of Adaline, stars Blake Lively Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford;
Fifty Shades of Gray, stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
TRAILERS


2015 Prom Dresses

At a glance: TOP 20
At a glance:
TOP 20

Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight ... or tomorrow ... or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors’ favourites if they don’t make the top 20...) TOP 20


NEW DVDS
NEW DVDS

THE LITTLE DEATH - Stars Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakic, Damon Herriman. "Overcooked at times and not always cohesive, Josh Lawson's debut feature about intimacy is a case of hit or miss, but in its favour, there are some very funny ideas coupled with some priceless moments," says Louise.

THE EQUALIZER - Stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz. "The pensive, brooding calm of an in-form Denzel Washington as the man who has to do what he does - because he can - alleviates this gritty thriller from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, in which Washington plays the Russian mafia as if it were a deadly chess game," says Louise.

THE SKELETON TWINS - Stars Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader. "Palpable onscreen chemistry and superlative performances by Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader make this a powderkeg of a film, as humour and deadly serious issues are interwoven," says Louise.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
UNBROKEN
To win one of 5 double inseason passes to see Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock and courtesy Universal Pictures, we asked: With whom among family and friends would you prefer to spend 47 days on a life-raft and why? Kerrie Tullipan (Qld): Hubby. He lost both legs in the Bali bombings and now has two prosthetics. He’s my own Louie Zamperini. He is courageous and has suffered cruelty just like Louie and has triumphed over personal adversity.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / video release), or have reported from the set, or featured in any way, is listed here, going back to films made even before the launch of Urban Cinefile, such as The Piano, Romper Stomper, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Approximately 500 films AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Travelfile: POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Travelfile:
POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY

Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban. FEATURE

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