Welcome to our 1,000th weekly edition; Thursday May 5, 2016

Feature:
1,000 WEEKS AGO ...
It was 1,000 weeks ago this week (May 5, 2016) that at dawn on Thursday, February 27, 1997, www.urbancinefile.com.au went online for the first time, 'the world of film in Australia on the internet'. An Australian voice was now talking to the world about movies and featuring Australian films and filmmakers as a priority.
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Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Our 1,000th weekly edition;
* The Opposition silenced by court order;
* Sue Brooks, John Hughes get lifetime gongs;

BOX OFFICE:
Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Marti Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, courtesy Paramount Pictures. Copyright 2016 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Only at the movies May 12.

Movie reviews & Competition:
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
(UK, 2015) Dir: Matt Brown. Stars Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam. "It's a great story and so far untold on screen, of a born maths genius from Madras, who even at the age of 7 was revealing mathematical formulas of some complexity," says Andrew. "If you liked A Beautiful Mind and The Imitation Game, you are guaranteed to enjoy to this involving and satisfying film in which intellect and emotion form two sides of the coin," says Louise.
WIN one of 10 double inseason passes. One lucky reader will win a prize pack comprising an in-season double pass to see the film and receive The Men of Vision DVD pack (I'm Not There, Love & Mercy, Nowhere Boy, Slumdog Millionaire, The Motorcycle Diaries & The World's Fastest Indian), valued at $140. All prizes courtesy Icon. Only at the movies May 5.

Movie reviews:
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
(US, 2016) Dir: Stephen Frears. Stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg. "Comedy and tragedy are beautifully intertwined in this entertaining, intriguing and heartbreaking tale when our hearts sink and soar in equal proportions," says Louise. "Stephen Frears works the material and his terrific cast to perfection, eliciting empathy and sympathy for a woman who desperately loved music but to whom fate had denied a beautiful voice," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MIA MADRE
(Italy, 2015) Dir: Nanni Moretti. Stars Marghherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti. "There is a wave of sadness that engulfs Nanni Moretti's film and some moments resonate, although his Palme d'Or winner The Son's Room in 2001 was far more affecting," says Louise. "I find nothing special in this story of siblings about to lose their mother, nothing that shows an observation unfamiliar to us in general. That makes it seem self indulgent, and I don't mean to be harsh," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MOTHER'S DAY
(US, 2016) Dir: Gary Marshall. Stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson. "Syrupy, manipulative and predictable, Mother's Day smacks of every commercial contrivance with its meshing stories about every kind of mother found in Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. It's a pity to see an excellent cast wasted on such mush," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in July, Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry. "Manipulation is as natural to Austen's protagonist Lady Susan as the cool English air she breathes. Kate Beckinsale delivers one of her best career performances, " says Louise. "The dialogue flows fast, and it is wittily barbed, " says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Absolutely Fabulous, starring Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Rebel Wilson;
Bastille Day, stars Richard Madden, Idris Elba;
Miles Ahead, stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk;
Bridget Jones' Baby, stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;
Ben-Hur, stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Morgan Freeman;

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 our favourites if they don 't make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
CUT BANK
Stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Bruce Dern, John Malkovich, Liam Hemsworth. "Petty crims in small town stumble into mayhem, a genre made popular by the Coen brothers with Fargo, is a terrific addition to the thriller sub genre list, and Cut Bank is a gripping, entertaining addition to that list," says Andrew.

SPOTLIGHT
Stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber. "It could only be told if it were a true story or else the outrage from some quarters would be deafening. And as it is a true story, the outrage from other quarters should be deafening," says Andrew.

SISTERS
Stars Amy Poehler, Tiny Fey. "It's certainly entertaining to watch these attractive, smart women at work. For me, the disappointment is that the material simply does not fire," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SPOTLIGHT DVD
To win DVDs, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family ad friends would make a fearless investigative journalist and why? Tara Nikelis: My Grandma. She has investigated our family history very well and loves a good gossip. Being so sweet, everyone gives her information.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / DVD / 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, John Ruane's Death in Brunswick (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
LA COTE D'AZUR: COLOUR ME CANNES
There is nothing like the buzz on Cannes' famed Croisette, the golden crescent stretch of promenade that at festival time is the most extraordinary place in the world, reports Louise Keller.

Travelfile:
CHATEAU DE LA NAPOULE, FRENCH RIVIERA
A short drive by car but centuries by history, the Chateau de La Napoule near Cannes is a little known castle and art foundation with magical gardens, right on the Mediterranean shore. Andrew L. Urban was privileged to be a guest - and stayed in the Tower Room.

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