Welcome to our 894th weekly edition; Thursday, April 24, 2014

Movie reviews:
TRANSCENDENCE
(US, 2014) Dir: Wally Pfister. Stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany. " ... has all the audacity of Christopher Nolan's Inception, without the credibility ... ends up as a jumble of style over substance, leaving us feeling hoodwinked," says Louise. "Fascinating as it is, Jack goes too far and builds a scenario that plays like a cross between mystical and magical, diluting the film's provenance," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Around The Block out of the blocks;
* 3D Naked Ambition - porn take off opens today;
* Movies Now, the 'movie club' returns for its 25th season (from Wednesday, July 9) of mystery films screened prior to their commercial release, presented by Andrew L. Urban, at Dendy Newtown (Sydney);

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

COMPETITIONS
JUST ONE DAY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Just One Day, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray and DVD from April 23.

Movie review:
THE CROSSING (2014)
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Julian Harvey. Documentary featuring Clark Carter and Chris Bray. " ... [they] attempt to walk across an arctic island, with home made kayaks on wheels. Think Fawlty Expeditions. Not 15kms a day as planned, but barely 2," says Andrew.

Movie review:
CANOPY
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Aaron Wilson. Stars Khan Chittenden, Tzu-yi Mo. "Writer/director Aaron Wilson tries to show with cinematic flourish how human nature can respond under stress - by a generosity of spirit and humanity," says Andrew.

Movie review:
2 AUTUMNS 3 WINTERS
(France, 2013) Dir: Sébastian Betbeder. Stars Vincent Macaigne, Maud Wyler, Bastien Bouillon, Audrey Bastien, Thomas Blanchard, Pauline Etienne, Jean-Quentin Châtelein. "A determined lack of formality gives the film its sense of immediacy and edginess, though this is largely wasted as spontaneity is largely absent. Story is not the mantra of emerging filmmaker Sébastian Betbeder - character is, and relationships," says Andrew.

Cannes 2014 Preview:
TEENS (!) AND VETERANS SATISFIED
Teens (!) and veterans jostle the twittersphere prior to the festival selection announcement as Nick Roddick observes, and the films chosen seem to cater to both - as well as making place for two Australian films, David Michôd's The Rover and Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in May, The Babadook stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman. "So much more interesting and idiosyncratic than most horror films, The Babadook is original and compelling, not the least for the extraordinary performance of Noah Wiseman as the 6 year old son, Samuel," says Andrew. "Creepy from the outset, Jennifer Kent's debut horror thriller has plenty going for it, from the unsettling mood created to a standout performance by Australian actress Essie Davis," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
The Jersey Boys, stars Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, Francesca Eastwood ;
A Trip to Italy, stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
The Babadook, stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman;
The Zero Theorem, stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry'
Grace of Monaco, stars Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth;
A Million Ways to Die in the West, stars Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron;

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:
THE RAILWAY MAN
Stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard. "The past, the present and the future are addressed in this profoundly moving drama," says Louise.

DOM HEMINGWAY
Stars Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, Richard E. Grant. "The screenplay bristles, performances are terrific and the music throbs when needed," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
AMERICAN HUSTLE DVD
To win a copy, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: With which fictional special agent would you team up for a sting operation and why? Kate Kenny (WA): Tin Tin is a cracker - he's tenacious; resourceful; intelligent and has absolute integrity. And that retro hair is groovy.

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 (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE
It's the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o'clock, Villefranche is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming Medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera.

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