Welcome to our 906th weekly edition; Thursday, July 17, 2014

Movie reviews:
WORDS AND PICTURES
(US, 2013) Dir: Fred Schepisi. Stars Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche. "Sparks fly and dynamics shift in a stimulating exchange when language and art jostle for top spot. Elevated by two top performances from Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, the film is thoroughly enjoyable on many levels," says Louise. "Gerald Di Pego's intelligent, articulate screenplay provides plenty of opportunities for both intellectual and emotional swordplay in this ultimately gentle romantic comedy, acting as the railway tracks on which the performances take us on an enjoyable adventure of hearts and minds," says Andrew.
FRED SCHEPISI INTERVIEW
Producer Curtis Burch is a big fan of Fred Schepisi's films so when he read Gerald Di Pego's screenplay, Words and Pictures, he asked Schepisi to direct it. That was the easy part, Schepisi tells Andrew L. Urban.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Priscilla online exhibition;
* Six films vie for $100,000 prize at CinefestOz;
* The Man from Cox's River rides ahead;
* FIPRESCI critics' prizes in Moscow & Karlovy Vary;
* Monster Fest 2014 - open for submissions;
* More at live shows than cinema.

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

COMPETITIONS
CHARLIE'S COUNTRY
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country, starring David Gulpilil, courtesy Entertainment One Australia. In cinemas July 17.
REVIEW - "The haunting face of David Gulpilil is the overwhelming image that remains after watching Rolf de Heer's film about a man conflicted by living on the edge of two worlds," says Louise.

Movie review:
REACHING FOR THE MOON
(Brazil, 2013) Dir: Bruno Barreto. Stars Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf. "The passionate and troubled love affair between reserved American poet Elizabeth Bishop and flamboyant Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares is a yin-yang affair in this engaging bio pic; the performances by Miranda Otto and Glória Pires being nothing short of sensational," says Louise.

Movie review:
VENUS IN FUR
(France, 2013) Dir: Roman Polanski. Stars Emmanuelle Seignier, Mathieu Amalric,
"Like his 2011 film Carnage, Roman Polanski's film adaptation of the stage show is both a powerful depiction of emotions and a performance showcase... for his beautiful actress wife, Emmanuelle Seignier, whose versatile talents and sensual persona carry the piece beautifully. The two-hander plays like a crackling fire..." says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor. "It might bewildering, but chances are, you'll enjoy the trip from the inventive Spierig Bros, whose wild concepts about inevitability, reshaping wrong doings and time travel will prompt agile brain gymnastics," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Gone Girl, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike;
Wish I Was Here, stars Stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson;
Keeper of Lost Causes, stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Morten Kirkskov;
Begin Again, stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo;
And So It Goes, stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton;
Sex Tape, stars Sex Tape, stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel;

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:
ALL IS LOST
Stars Robert Redford. "There are many compelling reasons to see this film. The first is Robert Redford. A man in a boat battles the elements," says Louise.

RIDE ALONG
Stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart. "If we decide to ride along with the film's escapist mood, it is an undemanding fun ride, ideal accompaniment to popcorn. If not, it's hard labour," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE LUNCHBOX
To win tickets, courtesy Madman Entertainment, we asked: With whom (among family and friends) have you shared a meaningful lunch and why was it meaningful? Ernie Donato (VIC): A brunch with my then girlfriend; snuggled in bed and I proposed; she said yes and 12 years on it was the most meaningful lunch ever for a million reasons.

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 (pic), Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 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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