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Movie review: SUNDAY
Movie review:
SUNDAY

(NZ, Aust, 2014) Dir: Michelle Joy Lloyd. Stars Dustin Clare, Camille Keenan. "Beautiful imagery, a simple narrative and cohesive performances weave together to create a film filled with both sides of love’s coin: happiness and disappointment. Camille Keenan and Dustin Clare, who also collaborated with Lloyd to write the screenplay, are the stars of this two hander, and provide the magic that glues everything together, says Louise," says Louise. REVIEW

NEWS & BOX OFFICE

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

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* Mad Max: Fury Road to roar through Sydney streets;
* Melb Int Film Fest announces 2015 Next Gen program;
* Oz film-makers donate profits to beyondblue;
* Filmfest – keeping festivals and audiences connected;
* Dungog seeks donations following storms;
* Astor Theatre re-opens with Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed; * 2015 Sydney Film Fest launches;

Watch movies and DVDs on DHgate cable TV
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COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONS

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Win one 15 double inseason passes to Clouds of Sils Maria, directed by Olivier Assayas and starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloe Grace Moretz, courtesy Pinnacle Films. In cinemas May 7.

Movie reviews: EX MACHINA
Movie reviews:
EX MACHINA

(US, 2015) Dir: Alex Garland. Stars Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac. "Although there’s a fatal flaw that diminishes its overall satisfaction rating, Alex Garland (who penned 28 Days Later) has conceived a dazzling film filled with intrigue and an innate edginess that is elevated by three startlingly good performances," says Louise. "Borrowing body parts from the age old horror/sci-fi workbook, Alex Garland makes a female Frankenstein movie (sort of) and interrogates the pursuit of AI in the process. I won’t reveal what he thinks is the answer or end result, but there are serious leaps of faith involved for the audience in the execution," says Andrew. REVIEWS

Movie review: PITCH PERFECT 2
Movie review:
PITCH PERFECT 2

(US, 2015) Dir: Elizabeth Banks. Stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow. Stars It’s the offbeat nature of the characters and their approach to the a cappella music they sing that gives this upbeat sequel edge. In musical terms, you might say it feels syncopated. …a spirited film that feels fresh, using humour and music to distinctly coat the narrative, says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Movie review:
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

(France, Switz, Germany, US, Belg, 2014) Dir: Olivier Assayas. Stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz. "Superlative performances are the reason to watch this engrossing, occasionally self-indulgent film that explores the female psyche and responses to age, self-image and changing times within the acting world," says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Movie review:
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

(US, 2014) Dir: Brett Morgen. Documentary. "This in-depth look into the twisted, tormented world of Kurt Cobain is like a stream of consciousness – a trip of a film that above all, captures the essence of the workings of the mind of the Nirvana singer and guitarist. Its brilliance is in its ability to portray a sense of being inside Cobain’s head, his music and the demons that plagued him, although the film is too long and repetitive, making us feel desperate to escape and come up for air. Die-hard fans will lap it up," says Louise. REVIEW

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming later in May, Wild Tales, starring Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull, Ricardo Darin. "Revenge is the common thread that links Damian Szifron’s six fearlessly entertaining tales that range from uproariously funny to bleakly black," says Louise.]

Calendar of films releasing in MAY


(From left) A Royal Night Out, Spy, Partisan

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;
Tomorrowland, stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson;
Partisan, stars Vincent Cassel, Florence Mezzara;
Pitch Perfect 2, stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld;
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher;
Unfriended, stars Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson;
Boychoir, stars Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates;
Spy, stars Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne;
Amy, doco about Amy Winehouse
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Mad Max: Fury Road (latest), stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
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

THE IMITATION GAME - Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong. "Having recently read several superb books about the British spying operations during World War II generally and about Alan Turing’s unique contribution in particular, I am reasonably familiar with the subject matter, yet the film still manages to knock my socks off," says Andrew.

MR TURNER - Stars Timothy Spall. "Watching Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner is a little like being immersed in a beautiful painting," says Louise.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
ST VINCENT DVD
To win 10 DVD copies of St Vincent, courtesy Roadshow Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends is misunderstood and why? Mark Franich (NSW): Our cat is often misunderstood. We feed her when she wants to go outside; we open the door when she wants a lap; we cringe when she brings us a gift of rat or bird.

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:  SCHARBEUTZ, BALTIC SEA, GERMANY
Travelfile:
SCHARBEUTZ, BALTIC SEA, GERMANY

For northern Europeans, a seaside resort is appealing anytime from early Spring onwards, clouds notwithstanding, as Andrew L. Urban discovers on the Baltic Coast. FEATURE

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