Welcome to our 895th weekly edition; Thursday, May 1, 2014

Movie review:
(NZ, 2013) Documentary featuring Edmund Hillary, Tanzing Sherpa. "Using re-enactment techniques together with archival footage, Leanne Pooley has literally assembled a film of great interest, using cinema as binoculars into the past. The seamless merging of past and present footage is both disconcerting and revealing," says Andrew.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Jane Campion - President Cannes Jury;
* 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)

Win one of 10 DVD copies of Frozen, starring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Releasing on blu-ray, DVD and digital on April 30, 2014.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2014) Dir: John Torturro. Stars John Torturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schriber, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergera, Bob Balaban. "The idea has potential and the cast that John Turturro has assembled is delicious, yet Fading Gigolo falls flat," says Louise. "Like the plans of its protagonists, the plans of the filmmakers never quite make it to fulfilment, although there is fun to be had with Stone and Vergara - if for the wrong reasons," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(France, 2013) Dir: Francois Ozon. Stars Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frederic Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen, Charlotte Rampling. "Francois Ozon's intriguing exploration of a young girl's sexuality fascinates yet frustrates as she secretly steps into a life of prostitution," says Louise. "... the film struggles to float, and Marine Vacth is directed to be rather limited in responsiveness, even when in sexual action. This works to keep the film's emotional temperature rather cool," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Sophie Hyde. Stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Spate, Beau Travis Williams. " .. certainly unique and that carries much creative weight; it also contains dramatic tension, but that is rationed and uneven," says Andrew.

[Coming in June, The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac. "This is a tale filled with secrets and shadows with all the elements coming together serendipitously - good storytelling, layered performances and edge of seat tension to keep us guessing," says Louise. "It's the three central performances that define this thriller, with the two men as the 'two faces' - the duality that they represent," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

Sex Tape, stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel;
The Trip to Italy, stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon;
The Jersey Boys, stars Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, Francesca Eastwood ;
The Babadoo, stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman;
The Zero Theorem, stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry;
Maleficent, stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning;

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)

Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad."Visually gorgeous in 3D with its winter wonderland setting, ice palaces and trees dripping with crystal icicles, this is a smoothie of a film with characters you can root for, hummable songs and a heart that is as warm as its theme is cold," says Louise.

Stars Steve Coogan, Judi Dench. "A substantial drama with comic elements that makes you cry when it counts and laugh when you least expect it. Steve Coogan and Judi Dench pitted against each other make it a winner," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win DVDs courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends did you meet in unusual circumstances and why so? Janelle Dowton (NSW): My husband and I initially met in England whilst travelling. At the time we were both engaged to someone else. We found out we lived only an hour apart from each other in rural NSW.

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 (pic), Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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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