Welcome to our 927th weekly edition; Thursday, December 11, 2014

Movie review: PADDINGTON
(UK, France 2014) Dir: Paul King. Stars Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, voice of Ben Whishaw. "Wildly entertaining, genuinely funny and exuding a heart as sticky as a marmalade sandwich, this happy film, whose furry star is the much loved character from Michael Bond's best selling children's books, is every bit as good as expected. It's easy to fall in love with Paddington," says Louise.

Latest: NEWS:
Gossip-free zone * AACTA Awards at G'Day USA in January; * Julian Lucas' Granny Smith wins Tropfest 2014; * Good Pitch Australia - applications open for 2015; * Southgate Melbourne - 2015 summer program; * Aussie Six-Pack to Sundance;

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


Win one of 10 DVD copies of Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, courtesy Roadshow Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from December 10.

Movie review: FOLIES BERGERE
(France, 2014) Dir: Marc Fitoussi. Stars Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darrousin, Michael Nyqvist. "Cows, boredom and infidelity form part of an interesting jigsaw in Marc Fitoussi's highly enjoyable outing that delves into the emotional puzzles of a long-term relationship," says Louise.

Movie review: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
(US, 2014) Dir: Sean Anders. Stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz. "It's pretty silly, but I had fun with this madcap comedy, largely due to its likeable cast that lets us tag along with the improbable premise," says Louise.

[Coming in January, Still Alice starring Julianne Moore. "In a superb and contained performance, Julianne Moore's transformation from vibrant, intelligent career woman, wife and mother to that of a woman who is lost and cannot find herself, is transfixing, " says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in December

Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Me Myself and Mum, stars Guillaume Galliene;
Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;

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 Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo. "Music is the driver of this utterly charming film about songs, lost stars and being alone in New York City," says Louise.

Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe. "Moody intrigue is the tone of this slow burning espionage thriller from John Le Carre in which Phillip Seymour Hoffman's solid presence as a scotch-drinking, chain-smoking, crumpled German operative leaves an indelible mark," says Louise.

Stars Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall. "What began as a 10 minute short about the end of the world and how some characters in Perth would behave in the last few hours, has ended up as a feature film about the same subject. It's an attraction grabbing debut," says Andrew.

Competition winners: LUCY DVD
To win, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who is your favourite female action hero and why? Kirsten David (Vic): Wonder Woman. Dashing and dazzling; her truest power and beauty coming from within. And she did it all in high-heeled red boots.

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, Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Uniquely recalling the endings of relationships, this award winning museum is really a compelling collection of melancholy, intimate snapshots from the lives of strangers. Andrew L. Urban found its cathartic vibe surprisingly uplifting.

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