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Movie reviews: CINDERELLA (2015)
Movie reviews:
CINDERELLA (2015)

(US, 2015) Dir: Kenneth Branagh. Stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgard, Derek Jacobi. "There are many highlights, but none more memorable than the sequence when the clock strikes midnight …It’s a bumpy ride for the radiant Ella (Lily James) …as the night comes to a crashing end as the pumpkin bursts – just like her dreams," says Louise. "Disney’s live action Cinderella benefits from Ken Branagh’s kudos in being able to attract the kind of cast and achieving the kind of tone such a well known and loved fairy tale needs," says Andrew. REVIEWS

NEWS & BOX OFFICE

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

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* Film Critics Awards – the night in picture;
* Hoyts Cinemas launches Girls’ Night Out;
*
Spanish Film Fest program 2015;
* 69th Festival de Cannes pays tribute to Ingrid Bergman;

Watch movies and DVDs on DHgate cable TV
Browse the range for a DHgate set top box

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

MAPS TO THE STARS DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), John Cusack (High Fidelity) and Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis), courtesy EOne Entertainment. Out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital March 25.

Movie review: LEVIATHAN
Movie review:
LEVIATHAN

(Russia, 2014) Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev. Stars Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov. "With garlands galore – including a Golden Globe, a Best Screenplay at Cannes, Best Film at Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Oscar nomination (Best Foreign Language) and four major nominations at the European Film Awards – Leviathan sets up high expectations, with its warts and all glimpse into Putin’s Russia, a dictatorship in all but name but one without an ideology – except to steal money," says Andrew. REVIEW

Movie review: GET HARD
Movie review:
GET HARD

(US, 2015) Dir: Etan Cohen. Stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart. "Offensive by design and low-brow by nature, the joke wears thin by the end, but the film’s saving grace is its raw energy; a feeling that anything goes, as the narrative leapfrogs from one unlikely bad-taste scenario to the next," says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: A LITTLE CHAOS
Movie review:
A LITTLE CHAOS

(UK, 2014) Dir: Alan Rickman. Stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci. "The scene in which a metaphor using a rose at its various stages of bloom and decline to depict a woman is one of the memorable moments in this rich, picturesque costume drama whose central theme revolves on the design and creation of part of the extensive gardens of Versailles," says Louise. REVIEW

Movie reviews: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR
Movie reviews:
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

(US, 2014) Dir: Maya Forbes. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir Dullea, Ashley Aufderheide, Imogene Wolodarsky. "Domestic chaos is delicately handled, in this feature debut by Maya Forbes, whose childhood experiences living with her bi-polar father while her mother studies form a kaleidoscope of tumultuous emotional adventures," says Louise. "The film’s saving grace is the cast, especially perhaps the two girls, Imogene Wolodarsky and the younger Ashley Aufderheide, who deliver vibrant and authentic performances, charming and real and utterly convincing," says Andrew. REVIEWS

Movie reviews: SHAUN THE SHEEP
Movie reviews:
SHAUN THE SHEEP

(US, France, 2014) Dir: Mark Burton, Richard Starzack. Voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes. "A baa baa shop quartet, a cat making Hannibal Lecter noises and a dog disguised as a surgeon are some of the elements of this Aardman stop animation that relies on simple ideas, keenly observed action and a flock of humour. But don’t set your expectations too high," says Louise. "The wonderful English eccentricity of Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit captured our hearts and minds, their naïve antics and slam dunk adventures fed our funny bones. There is still a trace of all that in Shaun the Sheep, but not the distinctive personas nor the full bottle of wit, " says Andrew. REVIEWS

Movie review:  SPONGEBOB MOVIE, THE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER
Movie review:
SPONGEBOB MOVIE, THE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

(US, 2015) Dir: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell. "In praise of teamwork, this second SpongeBob movie in 3D with its combo of adorable animated characters and integrated live action is bright, amusing, clever, naïve and hugely inventive," says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: HOME 3D
Movie review:
HOME 3D

(US, 2015) Dir: Tim Johnson. Voices: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. "Adapted from Adam Rex’s novel in praise of family and friends, Antz director Tim Johnson’s film is original and fresh, with an easy to understand narrative that finds its endearing protagonist Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) on a journey that takes him from zero to hero," says Louise. REVIEW

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in April, Fast & Furious 7, stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. "Cars crash, spin and fly; buildings crumble while bullets pelt and grenade explode… I sat on the edge of my seat throughout, flinching, wincing, gasping and ultimately sighing with relief," says Louise.] MARCH RELEASES


(From left) Black Sea, Age of Adaline, Samba

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Boychoir, stars Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates;
Mad Max: Fury Road (latest), stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
The Gunman, stars Sean Penn;
A Royal Night Out, stars Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson;
One Eyed Girl, stars Sara West, Steve Le Marquand;
Love is Strange, stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei;
The Longest Ride, stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson;
The Age of Adaline, stars Blake Lively Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford;
Clouds of Sils Maria, stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart;
A Little Chaos, stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts; Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
TRAILERS


2015 Prom Dresses

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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

GET ON UP - Stars Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis. "If it sounds good and feels good, play it, says James Brown, breaking every rule in music as he did in life. Produced by Mick Jagger, the film is dynamite, portraying the explosive life of James Brown, Godfather of Soul, whose raucous, unbridled energy, audacious look and unique voice excited the world through a career bridging six decades," says Louise.

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES - Stars v Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving. "Peter Jackson’s magnificently directed Hobbit finale is a delicately choreographed, operatic ballet of war with dwarves, elves, a fire-breathing dragon, orcs and men," says Louise.

MAPS TO THE STARS - Stars Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack. "With its themes of incest, suicide, death and greed, Maps to the Stars is a caricature masquerading as a satire and playing like a nihilist expose,"says Andrew.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
MY OLD LADY DVD
To win one of 10 DVD copies of My old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristen Scott Thomas, courtesy EOne Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends has a place you’d like to live in and why? Anita Kettniss (QLD): A famous foodie house-swap holidayed at my sister’s place; just the destination for a gourmet safari.

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:  DANUBE CRUISE, AUSTRIA
Travelfile:
DANUBE CRUISE, AUSTRIA

The spectacular baroque Melk Abbey, and a short cruise past the nude beaches of the Wachau Valley back to Vienna … with Andrew L. Urban on board.

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