Welcome to our 897th weekly edition; Thursday, May 15, 2014

Movie review:
THE ZERO THEOREM
(US/Rom, 2013) Dir. Terry Gilliam. Stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis. "Wondrously bizarre, Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem exploration of the meaning of life explodes on screen in a blaze of imagination with its thought-provoking concepts, perverse humour and uniquely zany visuals... It may not always make sense, but one thing is for sure - it's one hell of a ride that kicks boredom, defies rational thought and grabs you every inch of the way," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Spierig Bros' Predestination to open MIFF

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

COMPETITIONS
SAVING MR BANKS DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Saving Mr Banks on DVD, starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Schwartzman, BJ Novak and Annie-Rose Buckley, courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

Movie review:
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
(Belg/Neth, 2013) Dir: Felix Van Groeningen. Stars Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Geert Van Rempleberg, Nils De Caster. "The juxtaposition of bluegrass music in this heavy-hitting drama about love and loss brings with it an unexpected and exquisite timbre. Take a tissue - this is an affecting film that touches the heart," says Louise.

Movie review:
CHILD'S POSE
(Romania, 2013) Dir: Cãlin Peter Netzer. Stars Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Nataºa Raab, Florin Zamifirescu. "With its claustrophobic, handheld camerawork, Child's Pose is almost as suffocating as Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu), the well meaning but ultimately meddlesome mother ... a showstopping performance by Gheorghiu," says Andrew.

Australian cinema history:
CHAUVEL RE-COLLECTION
After extensive restoration work on of the back catalogue of silver screen classics by legendary Australian filmmaker, Charles Chauvel, seven films are being released as individual DVD titles throughout 2014/15 under the banner, The Charles Chauvel Collection, each title including a special feature length documentary, The Big Picture, directed by John Doggett-Williams.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming on May 22, The Babadook, starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman. "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
A Million Ways to Die in the West, stars Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron;
Grace of Monaco, stars Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth;
A Trip to Italy, stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon;
The Zero Theorem, stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry;
Maleficent, stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning;
Godzilla, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen;

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 GILDED CAGE
Stars Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Graud, Chantal Lauby. "A delightful clash of cultures and classes, Ruben Alves's directing debut brings a touch of Portugal to Paris, peppering his comedy of errors with endless charm and humour," says Louise.

SHORT TERM 12
Stars Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek. "It's often heartbreaking, but ultimately the film takes us to a truthful yet positive conclusion," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
BELLE
To win double passes courtesy Icon, we asked: Who among family or friends was once an outsider now accepted - and why? Nicole Angus (SA): My mother-in-law! I'm old enough and confident enough now to see her interfering as just trying to 'help'.

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, Moulin Rouge (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile: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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