Welcome to our 912th weekly edition; Thursday, August 28, 2014

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Matthew Saville. Stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, Melissa George. "The swaying of the moral tightrope brings tension, contemplation and alarm in this taut and absorbing psychological thriller ... A cracker of a film," says Louise. "A rich and engaging screenplay that borrows from the police procedural and blends it with the themes of a morality play makes Felony compelling viewing," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - Life can take dramatic turns very suddenly, posing moral questions to any of us, as Joel Edgerton and Matthew Saville tell Andrew L. Urban.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone

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

Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Predestination, written and directed by the Spierig Brothers and starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor. Prizes courtesy Pinnacle Films. Opening night film, Melbourne International Film Festival 2014. Only at the movies, August 28.
REVIEW: "Chances are you'll enjoy the trip," says Louise.

Win one of 10 DVD copies of Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to own on blu-ray, DVD & digital now.

Movie reviews:
(UK/US, 2013) Dir: Steven Knight. Stars Tom Hardy. "Brilliantly conceived and executed ... a riveting morality tale about life, love, sex and the consequences. Tom Hardy delivers a tour de force performance," says Louise. "A lot of elements to get right, but Steven Knight has managed it with Locke, a tense, quietly explosive thriller, of which all but 90 seconds or so takes place inside a single car," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2014) Dir: Woody Allen. Stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone. "Rational thought and logic is pitted against magic and optimism in Woody Allen's delightful comedy in which Colin Firth and Emma Stone epitomise both ends of the spectrum. Of course love has something to do with it," says Louise. "The end is nigh for 79 year-old Woody, and thoughts of the afterlife after soak into his screenplays... It's all a bit over-simplified and overstated," says Andrew.

AFTRS opens its doors to all just once a year - for those who are keen to take a look around one of the best film schools in the world or who are interested in studying one of the new courses on offer in 2015. You Can ..
- Check out the state-of-the-art facilities and see why The Hollywood Reporter has voted AFTRS one of the top film schools in the world again this year!
- Go behind the scenes into areas like the TV studio & control room, the digital radio broadcast studios and the sound & screen music recording studios
- Experience and interact with a green-screen VFX set ... and more

AFTRS is located inside the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park (next to Hoyts cinema).

[Coming in October, Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd. "A knock-out film in keeping with the spirit of James Brown himself: unpredictable, passionate and edgy with a career-making performance by Chadwick Boseman," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

Gone Girl, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
Wish I Was Here, stars Stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
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)

(US, 2014) Stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins. "Russell Crowe carries the burden of Noah's mission well, devout, determined and decisive, before doubt rocks his certainty," says Andrew.

(US, 2014) Stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca. "With its themes of playing God as it explores the perils and promise of technology, Transcendence has all the audacity of Christopher Nolan's Inception, without the credibility," says Louise.

(US, 2014) Stars Seth Rogan, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron. "There's a whole lot of shaking going on - and I'm not referring only to the penis and dildo gags - but to the insanity of ideas in what is essentially an outrageous, crude party that broadly explores the divide between youth-inspired excess and turning the corner into adulthood," says Louise

Competition winners:
To win DVDs courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would make the bet super hero and why? Lucy Leland (WA) says: My teenage son. He's not invisible but thinks all the mess around him is.

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, Steph Elliott's A Few Best Men (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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