Welcome to our 909th weekly edition; Thursday, August 7, 2014

Movie review:
BEGIN AGAIN
(US, 2014) Dir: John Carney. Stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener. "Music is the driver of this utterly charming film about songs, lost stars and being alone in New York City. Like different instruments that express their own statement as they play together, the characters each have a sound of their own, forming an orchestra of emotions, complete with harmonies, discords, textures and cadences," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* AFTRS Open Day Saturday September 5;
* WHAT LOLA WANTS - she seems to get;

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

COMPETITIONS
POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE
Win one of 15 prize packs valued at $139.40 each, comprising a family pass to see Postman Pat: The Movie (RRP$47; 2 adults, 2 kids) and DVD prize pack containing Jock, Return to Nim's Island, Oakies Outback Adventures, Smitty, The Legend of Sarila (RRP $92.40), courtesy Pinnacle Films. Only at the movies from Saturday August 16.

Movie review:
HERCULES 2D & 3D
"It's the humanising of Hercules - demigod, mercenary and legend - as he combats betrayal, treachery and revenge that gives this big budget spectacular an appealing point of difference," says Louise.

Movie review:
AND SO IT GOES
"The easy going charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton blend beautifully in this discerningly funny rom-com with a pedigree... Douglas combines wise cracks with savoir faire while Keaton is her emotionally vulnerable and expressive self. Together they have a playful spark and unbridled energy," says Louise.

Movie review:
MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY)
(UK, 2014) Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eddie Izzard, Mike Myers. "Monty Python is at its best when it plies its trade in the thoroughfare of English absurdity and surrealism. This grand final show has some of that, but for me, not enough; too much padding, too much 'in' joking. But Monty Python at its second best is still funny and engaging," says Andrew.

Preview:
CINEFESTOZ 2014
CinefestOZ has unveiled its biggest program to date with more than 60 films on offer at this year's festival - and tickets are on sale now.

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.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
Gone Girl, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Fat Pizza vs Housos, stars Paul Fenech, Johnny Boxer, Maria Venuti;
A Night at the Museum: Secret of the tomb, stars Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson;

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:
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
Stars Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor. "Achingly heartfelt as a story of a people's tragedy through civil war; resonates with all the highly charged elements of life, from love and hate to fear and murder on a large scale," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
SABOTAGE DVD
To win Sabotage on DVD, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Among family and friends (and pets), who is the most loyal and how do you know? Lois Laird (Qld): My dog Arnold. Unlike his famous namesake Schwarzenegger, he has never looked twice at our home 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 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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