Welcome to our 1,001st weekly edition; Thursday May 12, 2016

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate our 1,000th weekly edition of Urban Cinefile last week. We really appreciate your comments and thoughts.

Movie reviews:
BASTILLE DAY
(US, 2016) Dir: James Watkins. Stars Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly. "Paris makes a stunning backdrop in this no-holds barred thriller in which Idris Elba makes a towering impression as a CIA agent to Richard Madden's street-smart pick-pocket," says Louise. "Andrew Baldwin's first feature screenplay is a ripper and UK-born director James Watkins makes his third feature positively sizzle with tension throughout," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Jawdropping docos showcase;
* Sherpa wins Directors Guild Feature Award;
* Free events at Sydney Film Fest to introduce virtual reality;

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

Movie reviews:
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
(US, 2016) Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa. Stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton. "What works best are the amusing personal insights, effectively depicted by Tina Fey, whose central character is trying to not only make some sense of the war, but of her own life," says Louise. "The temptation to overdo the shtick is resisted, making the film an edgy affair," says Andrew.

Movie reviews & Competition:
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
(US, 2016) Dir: Documentary featuring Anna Wintour, Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Baz Luhrmann, Rihanna. "The proposition that fashion is art is the subject of this fabulous documentary," says Louise. "Fascinating and tense - almost thriller like, the film offers more food for thought than you may anticipate," says Andrew.
WIN one of 5 inseason double passes to Andrew Rossi's documentary, courtesy Madman. In cinemas May 12.

Movie review:
REMEMBER
(Canada, Ger, 2015) Dir: Atom Egoyan. Stars Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau. "Long, slow fuse movie that keeps us guessing till the end, with a memorable performance from Christopher Plummer as Zev, escaping from his retirement home to track down a Nazi with Auschwitz blood on his hands," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
(US, 2016) Dir: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly. Voices: Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Sean Penn. "It is cute and colourful, but a bit too crass - not withstanding its excellent animation and production elements, " says Louise. "I got a chuckle out of the corny throw-away visual pun inside the piggies' fortress of a poster heralding Kevin Bacon in Hamlet, and a few other chortles, but much of the film seems too loud, too fast and too hard to follow for its target market of kiddies. Hell, it was tough for me, too," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, Don Cheadle in Miles Ahead. "Erratic flourishes, sudden jump cuts out of context, fluid time capsules, soaring solos and a chaotic, cocaine and cigarette-fuelled existence," says Andrew. "The action is often as obtuse as the jazz that permeates throughout", says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Money Monster, stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts;
Absolutely Fabulous, starring Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Rebel Wilson;
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;
Central Intelligence, stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart;

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:
THE BIG SHORT
Stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt. "Filled with bravado, this edgy, darkly cutting film about greed, corruption and the 2008 financial crisis left me feeling outraged and terrified. Terrified about the system; human nature; the future," says Louise.

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT
Documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. "Peggy Guggenheim became an art addict, yes, but she was also a bit of a sex addict, according to those who knew her, many of them speaking kindly but frankly about her dual addiction," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
To win tickets courtesy Paramount Pictures, we asked Who among family and friends is the coolest under pressure and why? Sheree Gordon (Vic) says: Having just rescued my house from burning down from the exposing dishwasher, I nominate me. I looked way cool in my socks running up the street for help.

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
To win tickets and DVDs courtesy Icon, we asked: Why among family and friends is a secret genius and at what? Tim Brady (NSW) says: My 12 year old is a super hero savant; he can tell you the secret identity of any hero across the DC or Marvel universe.

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, Chris Nyst's Crooked Business (2008, 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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