Welcome to our 892nd weekly edition; Thursday, April 10, 2014

Movie reviews:
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
(US, 2014) Dir: Wes Anderson. Stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Matthieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum. "Brilliantly conceived and executed ... dry, droll and delightful. It's a treasure trove of wonders - visually and emotionally - with its stylised, colourful production design," says Louise. "Every single frame ... is mesmerising, fascinating, surprising, fabulous, a stunning construct of colours and textures, the surreal and the visceral," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* ADG Awards nominations 2014;
* French actor Wilson Lambert Master of Ceremonies at Cannes;
* Gladiator comes alive at Opera House with SSO & Lisa Gerrard;

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

COMPETITIONS
PLANES DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Planes on DVD (voices of Dane Cook, John Cleese, Jessica Marais, Terri Hatcher and Val Kilmer), courtesy Walt Disney Studio Entertainment.
Available on digital download from March 27 and on Blu-ray and DVD from April 9.

Movie review:
DIVERGENT
(US, 2014) Dir: Neil Burger. Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney. "Totalitarianism versus the individual is the basic concept of Divergent, a thrilling sci-fi adventure that is every bit as good as The Hunger Games with a dash of The Matrix added for good measure," says Louise.

Movie review:
ANY DAY NOW
(US, 2012) Dir: Travis Fine. Stars Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Jamie Ann Allman, Gregg Henry. "It's a sombre film, heartfelt and moving, a reminder that the weakest and most vulnerable in our society often pay the heaviest price for other people's narrow minded, biased and uninformed, inhumane world view," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MUPPETS MOST WANTED
(US, 2014) Dir: James Bobin. Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek. "Tina Fey as a Siberian Gulag prison guard is one of the highlights of this happy Muppet sequel in which Kermit is replaced by a look-alike criminal frog and Ricky Gervais plays a crooked entrepreneur," says Louise.

Obituary:
DAVID HANNAY
Andrew L. Urban traces David Hannay's professional and private life, and below, David's brother Charles Hannah pays tribute to him - and explains the seeming anomaly of the spelling of their surname.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in May, Galore, stars Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace, Lily Sullivan, Maya Stange. "As a mood piece, Galore excels, capturing the nuances and dynamics of the relationship between the two girls as they share a sweltering summer and boyfriends," says Louise. "Absolutely committed performances anchor the film's dramatic payload, an exploration of youthful bravura that breeds irresponsibility that leads to tragedy," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Chef, stars Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jnr;
The Zero Theorem, stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry'
Divergent, stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Maleficent, stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning;
52 Weeks, stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane;
Grace of Monaco, stars Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth;

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)

NEW DVDS:
PLANES
Voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher. "..it's cute in part, it lacks the throttle of Pixar's Cars franchise," says Louise.

THE DELIVERY MAN
Stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt. "Vaughn's juvenile personality is used to drive home all the comedic angles the writers dream up in this entirely plastic comedy," says Andrew.

FILTH
Stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots. "Dark, subversive, chaotic and confronting, Filth seems to have been enormous fun for the cast and crew, but I'm not sure if many audiences will revel in the filth," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
To win double passes to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: In which hotel or motel have you had a memorable experience and what was it? Andrew Whiley (NSW): The Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule Hotel in Tokyo. Forgetting which of the 630 drawer-like beds was mine; and wandering to find help dressed only in a robe and slippers. A lot was Lost In Translation.

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, Strictly Ballroom (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO
Naked luaus on the beach, a unique tequila-in-belly-button championship, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Madonna dining with Sean Penn, Bette Midler, Lee Majors, spaced-out magicians and surprise bare-breasting; these - and much more - are the ingredients that make up the legacy of La Fonda. Hotel No-Tell. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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