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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Edition No 908 

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Movie review: LUCY
Movie review:
LUCY

(France, 2014) Dir: Luc Besson. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman. “It might be too bizarre for some, but Luc Besson’s high concept exploration of the meaning of life as it deals with the human brain and its capacity, is wildly fascinating and blatantly sensational… an audacious film that stimulates and tantalises both visually and intellectually. Impossible to categorize, it’s a crime thriller cum sci-fi roller coaster…” says Louise. REVIEW


NEWS & BOX OFFICE

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

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* Shadow of Doubt over conviction – Foxtel, Aug 3;
* Once My Mother – Rhode Island Int Film Fest premiere;
* Dave Burke - a lifetime of stories;
* My Story My Content Short Film comp judges announced;

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

Friday night thrillers

**** Announcement ****

The Online Video Awards - get your entry in quick! You could win a trip to work at the YouTube Creator Space, LA.

See entries and enter at the Online Video Awards website

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COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONS

SABOTAGE DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Sabotage, an explosive tale of loyalty and betrayal, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams and Terrence Howard, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-rayTM, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet from 31 July, 2014.

Movie review: THESE FINAL HOURS
Movie review:
THESE FINAL HOURS

(Aust, 2013) Dir: Zak Hilditch. Stars Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall. “Some of it seems reasonably credible, some of it is the filmmaker's imagination. But then the end of the world is hard to imagine, and Zac Hilditch’s speculation about what we would do is as valid as yours or mine…. an attention grabbing debut,” says Andrew. REVIEW

Movie reviews: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES
Movie reviews:
THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES

(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 2013) Dir: Mikkel Nørgaard. Stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter. “An efficient Danish thriller/police procedural that has us on the edge from start to finish with its economical and powerful screenplay,” says Andrew. “If you enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you will be interested in this intriguing gritty thriller, when a cold police case concerning a missing woman is reopened,” says Louise. REVIEWS


Movie review: SOME VELVET MORNING
Movie review:
SOME VELVET MORNING

(US, 2013) Dir: Neil LaBute. Stars Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve. “Beyond its themes of love and sex, it’s about control and the games people play…. It’s a tantalising walk on the dark side and LaBute is the ultimate manipulator: I was enthralled, repulsed and intrigued, often feeling like a voyeur peering into a labyrinth of intimacies,” says Louise. REVIEW


Movie review: THE SELFISH GIANT
Movie review:
THE SELFISH GIANT

(UK, 2013) Dir: Clio Barnard. Stars Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Ralph Ineson. “Astonishing naturalistic performances, especially by the two young leads, gives this gritty film its emotional power, while the downbeat mood and provincial setting gives it a bleak tone. It’s frustratingly difficult to understand the English working class accents, but the thrust of the story about the boys’ friendship comes through,” says Andrew. REVIEW


Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in August, Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor. “It might bewildering, but chances are, you’ll enjoy the trip from the inventive Spierig Bros, whose wild concepts about inevitability, reshaping wrong doings and time travel will prompt agile brain gymnastics,” says Louise.] JULY RELEASES


(From left)Gone Girl, Lucy, Begin Again

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Begin Again, stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo;
Gone Girl, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike;
Wish I Was Here, stars Stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson;
Keeper of Lost Causes, stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Morten Kirkskov;
The Hundred-Foot Journey, stars Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Rohan Chand;
And So It Goes, stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton;
Postman Pat: the Movie, voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent;
What We do in the Shadows, stars Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement;
Hercules, stars Dwayne Johnson;
Charlie’s Country, stars David Gulpilil;
Annie, stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne & Cameron Diaz;

TRAILERS

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

CUBAN FURY - Stars Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd. “If you loved Strictly Ballroom, you will also love Cuban Fury, an upbeat romantic comedy in which the passion of salsa dancing comes from the heart and toes tap to the infectious rhythms and beat of the music,” says Louise.

POMPEII - Stars Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning. “../predictable and melodramatic disaster movie in 3D that feels derived rather than fresh, cheesy instead of thrilling and earnest rather than dramaticm,” says Louise.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES
To win double inseason passes courtesy Madman, we asked: Who among friends and family would you select as your assistant to investigate old crimes, and why? Edward Dekkers (WA): My wife. She’s always watching crime shows and telling me whodunnit before the end of the movie or TV show. With the extra time we have, I can take her to dinner.

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: VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE - A PORT WITH A VUE
Travelfile:
VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE - A PORT WITH A VUE

It’s the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o’clock, Villefranche-sur-mer is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera. FEATURE

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