Welcome to our 1,003rd weekly edition; Thursday May 26, 2016

Movie reviews:
THE NICE GUYS
(US, 2016) Dir: Shane Black. Stars Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger. "The tone is offbeat, the juxtaposition of ideas occasionally inspires and goofy moments entertain; yet overall the film never quite satisfies or rises to the level to which it aspires," says Louise. "If you like your films to zig-zag for entertainment, this is an always engaging and edgy work, carrying Black's signature elements of conflicting textures which created the sardonic action buddy comedy franchise, Lethal Weapon," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or with I, Daniel Blake;
* Great Adaptations winter showcase;
* Sydney Film Fest filling Orpheum;
* Her Visa stars Aussie actress;
* Focus on Ability shorts fest;

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

COMPETITIONS
MONEY MONSTER
Win one of 10 inseason double passes to Money Monster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing. Copyright 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. In cinemas June 2.

Movie reviews:
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
(US, 2016) Dir: James Bobin. Stars Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen. "It feels as though screenwriter Linda Woolverton has thrown all the ingredients into a giant teapot and shaken them rather too wildly, although the film looks wonderful with its imaginative ideas and extraordinary visual effects," says Louise. "A wonderful, vibrant, inventive and visually astonishing film, this Alice does justice to the Lewis Carroll creation and justifies harvesting that beloved old world," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
(NZ, 2016) Dir: Taika Waititi. Stars Sam Neill, Julian Dennison. "It's a small film with a big heart and one whose charm resonates and grows on you," says Louise. "I do find New Zealand films refreshingly offbeat, crazy in the most entertaining way, and peopled with characters who inhabit the outer edges of society. In this film, those characteristics are in abundance," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in July, Embrace of the Serpent, starring Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. "An extraordinary journey through the Amazon jungle, this unique black and white film from Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra is both poetic and confronting as it explores indigenous cultures, traditions, dreams and the impact of colonisation," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Cafe Society, stars Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg;
Star Trek Beyond, stars Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana;
The Accountant, stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick;
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows, stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett;
The BFG, stars Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader;
Mr Right, stars Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick;

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:
DEADPOOL
Stars Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano. "It may not be original, but what the film lacks in freshness it makes up in cinematic bravura," says Andrew.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum. "The weather is not the only thing that is chilling, in this epic, cinematic Tarantino western, as a disparate group of trigger-happy degenerates meet in the incongruous surrounds of Minnie's Haberdashery during a blizzard," says Louise.

Competition winners:
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
To win tickets courtesy Madman, we asked: who among family and friends would you take on a wilderness adventure and why? Nelle Gayle (NSW): My couch potato of a partner; he's been a sofa put and king of the remote too long. Time to take him out of the comfort zone and see how he copes with somewhere remote.

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, Nadia Tass's 1998 charmer, Amy (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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