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Sent: Wednesday, 2 July 2014 12:30 PM
Welcome to our 904th weekly edition; Thursday, July 3, 2014

Movie review:
(Ireland/UK, 2014) Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly. "Plaiting strands of drama with gentle black humour, McDonagh has created a solid platform for the superlative Gleeson, whose soulful, grounded presence is a compelling guide for a rich insight into the small coastal village inhabitants' sins and virtues," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Alex and Eve starts filming in Sydney;
* Movies Now 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 Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb, courtesy Roadshow. Out now on DVD and blu-ray.

Movie review:
(US, 2014) Dir: Clint Eastwood. Stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken. "Beyond the toe-tapping songs, it's the drama that brings grit to Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys which, like the successful musical, explores the rough and tumble background, turbulent relationships, struggle for success and of course the unique musical sound created by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons," says Louise.

Movie review:
(France, 2013) Dir. Nicolas Vanier. Stars Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Châtelier. "When you see the keyart images of a young boy with a beautiful white dog at his side, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a lightweight family adventure. The elements of Nicolas Vanier's enchanting film however, are far richer and more meaningful, with its themes of belonging, nurturing and heroism in war-torn Europe," says Louise.

[Coming later in July, Still Life, starring Eddie Marsan. "Uberto Pasolini, who produced The Full Monty, has created a wonderfully economical film with vibrant splashes of humour and understatement and whose cinematic style depicts a revealing and moving portrait of a man who lives his solitary life among ghosts," says Louise; "Simple but not simplistic, Still Life is a unique contribution to British cinema, with its English restraint and eccentricity all celebrated in one rolled up human being," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

Begin Again, stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo;
Keeper of Lost Causes, stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Morten Kirkskov;
The Lunchbox, stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui;
The Hundred-Foot Journey, stars Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Rohan Chand ;
And So It Goes, stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton;
What We do in the Shadows, stars Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh;

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 Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry. "Awesome is the buzz word for this happy blast of a movie whose sheer energy and pace on its familiar yet inspiring backdrop of colourful toy building blocks is enough to propel us into its uplifting, zany 3D fantasy world," says Louise.

Stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacey Keach. " .. a gem of a film from a master filmmaker," says Andrew.

Stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Phillipe Klaus, Gerard Kennedy. "There's a fine line between horror and torture porn and Wolf Creek 2 has embraced the latter with the narrative playing second fiddle to graphic, gruesome violence," says Louise.

Stars sGabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson. "It's formulaic and predictable, but with its two appealing leads and romantic notions, this Hollywood style Romeo and Juliet melodrama about forbidden love, caters perfectly for its young target market as they discover a love that is worth fighting for," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win a copy on DVD, courtesy Roadshow Entertainment, we asked: What is the first expensive, luxury item you would buy with a windfall and why? Mark Dorman (SA): I'd buy the Sydney Opera House. It has a great view; is centrally located; has great shows every night and is the perfect spot to see the New Year's Eve fireworks. Great dinners too!

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, Bill Bennett's Kiss or Kill (1997, pic), starring Frances O'Connor, Matt Day, 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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