Welcome to our 907th weekly edition; Thursday, July 24, 2014

Apologies to all our readers for the late newsletter, caused by technical issues over the past week. These issues have now been resolved. Unfortunately the website was not accessible for several days while the required urgent maintenance issues took place. Thank you for your understanding.

Movie reviews:
STILL LIFE
(UK/Italy, 2013) Dir: Uberto Pasolini. Stars Eddie Marsan. "... 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.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Person of Interest hits the streets;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Scandi crime film The Keeper of Lost Causes, starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing, Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty, Safe House), Mikkel Boe Folsgaard (A Royal Affair), courtesy Madman. Screenplay by: Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with A Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair). In cinemas July 31.

Movie review:
SEX TAPE
(US, 2014) Dir: Jake Kasdan. Stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel. "Sex sells they say, but here, it's the Diaz factor that holds all the aces, elevating this rather smutty concept into a mostly playful affair with some unexpected laugh-out-loud moments," says Louise.

Movie review:
DEVIL'S KNOT
(US, 2013) Dir: Atom Egoyan. Stars Reece Witherspoon, Colin Firth. "There's something fundamentally dissatisfying about Atom Egoyan's film... (its) construct plays against it, wavering from its court room drama core to include a narrative focus involving Ron Lax the private investigator, played by a miscast Colin Firth, who looks like a pensive poet, mooching about in the wrong film.

Movie reviews:
DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2014)
(US, 2014) Dir: Scott Derrickson. Stars Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn. "The audience's favourite moment will surely be when an unknowing cop walks into the viewing room of an interrogation suite and sees through the one way mirror the extended exorcism taking place," says Andrew.

Bruce Beresford interview:
BONNIE AND CLYDE - THE REAL TRUE STORY
It was the authenticity of their story that attracted Bruce Beresford to direct another screen version of Bonnie and Clyde, he tells Andrew L. Urban; the 4 hour miniseries is screening as a special event on the big screen this week at the Noosa Arts Festival (18 - 27 July, 2014).

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in September, Wish I Was Here, stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin. "Happiness, alien super heroes and searching through a maze of uncertainty are the goal posts of Zach Braff's funny, rich and meaningful exploration of life," says Louise. "Lashed together with bands of humour, (the film) is really a darkish parcel of stumbling humanity in search of answers we all seek - like the meaning of life," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Magic in the Moonlight, stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone;
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;

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:
WADJDA
Stars Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah. "This charming and deceptively simple film about a rebellious young Saudi girl with a dream that defies the culture in which she lives, is a breath of fresh air; the insight into lifestyle and culture fascinating," says Louise.

AROUND THE BLOCK
Stars Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard. "There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either; it's a good story well told and beautifully performed, supported by a contempo soundtrack and seamless design. Australian cinema at its best," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
CHARLIE'S COUNTRY
To win double inseason passes, courtesy Entertainment One Australia, we asked: What part of Australia do you regard as your genuine home turf and why? Cliff Best (Vic) says: A Pub called The Royal; because that's where I used to meet my mates every Friday for 10 years.

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 (pic), 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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