Welcome to our 908th weekly edition; Thursday, July 31, 2014

Movie review:
(France, 2014) Dir: Luc Besson. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman. "It might be too bizarre for some, but Luc Besson's high concept exploration of the meaning of life as it deals with the human brain and its capacity, is wildly fascinating and blatantly sensational ...
an audacious film that stimulates and tantalises both visually and intellectually. Impossible to categorize, it's a crime thriller cum sci-fi roller coaster," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Shadow of Doubt - over conviction - Foxtel, Aug 3;
* Once My Mother - Rhode Island Int Film Fest premiere;
* Dave Burke - a lifetime of stories;
* My Story My Content Short Film comp - judges announced;

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

Win one of 10 DVD copies of Sabotage, an explosive tale of loyalty and betrayal, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams and Terrence Howard, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-rayTM, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet from 31 July, 2014.

***Announcement ***
The Online Video Awards - get your entry in quick! You could win a trip to work at the YouTube Creator Space, LA.
See entries and enter at the Online Video Awards website. Twitter; Facebook

Movie review:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Zak Hilditch. Stars Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall. "Some of it seems reasonably credible, some of it is the filmmaker's imagination. But then the end of the world is hard to imagine, and Zac Hilditch's speculation about what we would do is as valid as yours or mine ... an attention grabbing debut," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 2013) Dir: Mikkel Norgaard. Stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter. "An efficient Danish thriller/police procedural that has us on the edge from start to finish with its economical and powerful screenplay," says Andrew. "If you enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you will be interested in this intriguing gritty thriller, when a cold police case concerning a missing woman is reopened, " says Louise.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Neil LaBute. Stars Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve. "Beyond its themes of love and sex, it's about control and the games people play ... It's a tantalising walk on the dark side and LaBute is the ultimate manipulator: I was enthralled, repulsed and intrigued, often feeling like a voyeur peering into a labyrinth of intimacies," says Louise.

Movie review:
(UK, 2013) Dir: Clio Barnard. Stars Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Ralph Ineson. "Astonishing naturalistic performances, especially by the two young leads, gives this gritty film its emotional power, while the downbeat mood and provincial setting gives it a bleak tone. It's frustratingly difficult to understand the English working class accents, but the thrust of the story about the boys' friendship comes through," says Andrew.

[Coming in August, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook. "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

Begin Again, stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo;
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;
Postman Pat: The Movie, voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent;
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)

Stars Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd. "If you loved Strictly Ballroom, you will also love Cuban Fury, an upbeat romantic comedy in which the passion of salsa dancing comes from the heart and toes tap to the infectious rhythms and beat of the music," says Louise.

Stars Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning. "... predictable and melodramatic disaster movie in 3D that feels derived rather than fresh, cheesy instead of thrilling and earnest rather than dramatic," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win double inseason passes courtesy Madman, we asked: Who among friends and family would you select as your assistant to investigate old crimes, and why? Edward Dekkers (WA): My wife. She's always watching crime shows and telling me whodunnit before the end of the movie or TV show. With the extra time we have, I can take her to dinner.

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 (pic) 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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