Welcome to our 1,002nd weekly edition; Thursday May 19, 2016

Movie review:
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
(US, 2016) Dir: Bryan Singer. Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne. "It was always going to be hard to top Days of Future Past (2014) ... and here, comprehension overload, too many characters and lack of a single coherent vision are the film's main problems. Nonetheless Apocalypse will thrill the fans as it offers plenty of eye candy throughout its multiple plot lines, not withstanding the Hugh Jackman/ Wolverine factor is in short supply," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Jawdropping docos showcase;
* Cronulla Riots black comedy at Sydney fest;
* Filmmakers urge Iran for clemency for Karimi;
* Heath Ledger Scholarship nominees;
* Restored Bliss;
* Proof of Margaret's intent;

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

COMPETITIONS
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
Win one of 5 inseason double passes to the New Zealand smash hit comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison, courtesy Madman. In cinemas May 26.

Movie review:
THE MEDDLER
(US, 2016) Dir: Lorene Scafaria. Stars Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.C. Simmons. "Delivering much more than you might expect, The Meddler is a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting film that almost fools us into thinking it's just a bit of fluff... It is also a splendid platform for the ever-wonderful Susan Sarandon," says Louise.

Movie review:
HIGHLY STRUNG
(Aust, 2016) Dir: Scott Hicks. Documentary with the Australian String Quartet. "There is no shortage of passion in Scott Hicks' film about violins, making music and artistic temperaments, but there are too many distractions. It's a bit like a glorious melody that has been hijacked by too many notes scampering hyperactively across the stave," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill. "Memory, repressed memory, guilt, death and grief are the driving elements of this psychological thriller cum ghost story," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
The Accountant, stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick;
Money Monster, stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts;
The BFG, stars Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader;
Mr Right, stars Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick;
Absolutely Fabulous, starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Rebel Wilson;
Love & Friendship, stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny;

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 REVENANT
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy. "The film resolves around a final physical confrontation between two men, which reduces the film's internal emotional dynamics to the level of a simple old fistfight or gunfight in which only the good guy can triumph," says Andrew.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand. "It plays a little long, but the visuals are spectacular in Pixar's holiday film about family and overcoming fear," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
To win tickets courtesy Madman, we asked: Who among family and friends has the best wardrobe, and why? Ros Mayes (QLD): Cairo; our gorgeous German Shepherd! For Winter he has coats in 7 different patterns (one for each day of the week); but in Summer; he prefers his own natural golden fur!!

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 Cudlipp's Dear Claudia (1999, 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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