Welcome to our 911th weekly edition; Thursday, August 21, 2014

Movie review:
PREDESTINATION
(US/Aust, 2014) Dir: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig. Stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor. "It might be 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. (Releases August 28)
FEATURE - cinematic, emotional powerful ... sci-fi.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Anomaly Studios open for business;
* Two more to Toronto;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2: RISE OF ELECTRO DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Amazing Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro, starring Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Movie review:
THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW & DISAPPEARED
(Sweden, 2013) Dir: Felix Herngren. Stars Robert Gustafsson, David Wiberg, Mia Skaringer. "There's more than a sprinkling of magic in this beautifully conceived and executed tale about a centenarian who likes blowing up things, a drink-loving station master, a perennial student, a feisty lady with an elephant, a crime boss, a bikie gang and a suitcase stuffed with stolen money. It's a helluva ride," says Louise.

Movie review:
DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D
(US, 2014) Dir: James Cameron. Documentary. "James Cameron's personal passion for the undersea world - a passion since age 7 - is the relentless driver for this scientific expedition/ adventure/ nature movie. 
For anyone even vaguely interested in our earth, the film is a window into literally unchartered waters," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE INBETWEENERS 2
(US, 2014) Dir: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris. Stars Freddie Stroma, Tarnia Kari, Emily Berrington, Simon Bird, James Buckley. "It's hard to imagine a more lowbrow brand of humour, with its excess of male genitalia, crude language and excrement jokes, yet there is an endearing element about these puerile juveniles as they venture Down Under for a new adventure," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE RECKONING
(Aust, 2014) Dir: John V. Soto. Stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Viva Bianca. "A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture," says Andrew. (Australian premiere this week; releases September 4)

Movie review:
IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN
(US, 2013) Dir: Phil Grabsky. Documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson. "Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music. Listening to the ethereal, exquisite piano music of Chopin is a far richer experience - after watching this informative, involving and passionate film," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Advance screenings this week: Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD, starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette. "Extraordinary," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Magic in the Moonlight, stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
The Maze Runner, stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter;

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:
DIVERGENT
Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet. "Totalitarianism versus the individual is the basic concept of Divergent, a thrilling sci-fi adventure that is every bit as good as The Hunger Games with a dash of The Matrix added for good measure," says Louise.

CHINESE PUZZLE
Stars Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris. "The search for happiness is great fun in this comedy of errors whose excesses and exaggerations are countered by keen observations and emotions that are grounded in reality," says Louise.

THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2
Stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx. "As a comic book visual spectacle, this sequel excels with its amazing digital effects, sense of free-fall and flippant humour," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MUPPETS MOST WANTED DVD
To win DVDs of Muppets Most Wanted (starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey) courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment, we asked: Among family and friends, who would you choose to rescue you, if you were kidnapped by an international criminal and why? Best answer comes from Jen Green (QLD): I would choose my friend Glenn to rescue me. He knows some karate (from You Tube) and also owes me a favour after I lent him my Mazda and he backed into a shopping trolley.

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, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (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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