Welcome to our 910th weekly edition; Thursday, August 14, 2014

Movie review:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2D & 3D
(US, 2014) Dir: James Gunn. Star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, voices of Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel. "Not since Han Solo and Chewbacca hit the galaxy has there been as much raucous energy and sheer fun as in this blast of a sci-fi fantasy involving a daredevil adventurer and a mysterious orb," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Five Aussie films - for Toronto;
* Own it on HD;
* Phillip Noyce - retrospective director for 3rd Australian Film Fest of India;
* First look - 18th Japanese Film Festival;

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

COMPETITIONS
MUPPETS MOST WANTED DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Muppets Most Wanted, starring Ricky Gervais (The Office), Tina Fey (30 Rock) plus guest appearances by Salma Hayek, Tony Bennett, Sean Combs and many more, courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment. Experience all the Muppets mayhem on Blu-ray and DVD from August 13, 2014.

Movie reviews:
SNOWPIERCER
(South Korea, Czech Republic, US, France, 2014) Dir: Joon-Ho Bong. Stars Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton. "The bold cinematic style of Boon Joon-ho strikes gold in this striking and powerful drama in which control and the order of things are key," says Louise. "Best enjoyed as a thriller on steel wheels with a salutary moral, Snowpiercer is cinematic and compelling, despite its flaws, which emerge on too close a scrutiny of the screenplay, which tried hard to be original, but is caught up in its own story cogs," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE EXPENDABLES 3
(US, 2014) Dir: Patrick Hughes. Stars Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas. "Thank goodness for Mel Gibson, who injects life in the third film of the Expendables franchise, which otherwise is a tired, turgid affair," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
(US/UK, 2014) Dir: Lasse Halstrom. Stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon. "I loved the book with its incongruous elements of food, culture clash and dreams, but the film is nothing but a schmaltzy saccharine shadow constructed with commercial realities in mind," says Louise. "Disappointingly, the talented Lasse Hallström has reduced the poignancy and earthiness to cinematic dross," says Andrew.

Movie review:
POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE
(UK/US 2014) Dir: Mike Disa. Voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent. "There's a TV talent quest, an ambitious efficiency expert, an army of postman robots and an endearing protagonist worth rooting for. It's a colourful adventure filled with charm and humour that the whole family will love," says Louise.

Movie review:
PALO ALTO
(US, 2014) Dir: Gia Coppola. Stars Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin. "A moody depiction of the ever-changing, impressionable teenage years is the subject matter of Gia Coppola's film, exploring the colours, textures, pauses and events that fill complex Californian days and nights," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in August, Locke starring Tom Hardy. "A riveting morality tale about life, love, sex and the consequences," says Louise. "A tense, quietly explosive thriller, of which all but 90 seconds or so takes place inside a single car," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
The Reckoning, stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Viva Bianca;
Postman Pat: The Movie, voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent;

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:
MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais. "Tina Fey as a Siberian Gulag prison guard is one of the highlights of this happy Muppet sequel in which Kermit is replaced by a look-alike criminal frog and Ricky Gervais plays a crooked entrepreneur," says Louise.

Competition winners:
POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE
To win one of 15 prize packs valued at $139.40 each, comprising a family pass to see Postman Pat: The Movie and DVD prize pack courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Who among family, friends, pets or celebrities would you want to be your mentor if you were to become a celebrity and why? Con Gotsis (WA): Roger Federer - he is just an all round nice guy who is relaxed; composed and has that will and drive to succeed at whatever he tackles. Learning life`s lessons from him would be inspirational!

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, Goddess (pic), 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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