Welcome to our 934th weekly edition; Thursday, January 29, 2015

Movie reviews:
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
(UK, 2014) Dir: James Marsh. Stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. "Defying every expectation both scientific and personal, this film depicting the extraordinary story of Stephen Hawking is unforgettable," says Louise. "Eddie Redmayne's performance - wrapped in his uncanny physical investment - is the absolutely vital key in this film and it's a scorcher, both sensitive and brave and effecting and devoid of sentimental mush, yet infinitely sad and moving," says Andrew.

Latest: NEWS:br> Gossip-free zone
* SAG Awards winners;
* Meet Oscar-winner, John Seale at free Riverside screening;
* Guests invited to Muriel's Wedding - with song;

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

COMPETITION
FELONY DVD
Win one of 10 copies of FELONY on DVD, starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital.

Movie review:
FOXCATCHER
(US, 2014) Dir: Bennett Miller. Stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo. "There are many elements to this true story about wealth, wrestling and winning but it is Steve Carell's extraordinary metamorphose as the creepy John E. du Pont, complete with unsettling gaze and manner that is the film's most haunting element," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE WEDDING RINGER
(US, 2014) Dir: Jeremy Garelick. Stars Josh Gad, Kevin Hart. "It's a mix of silly, crass, wild and predictable, but one thing is for sure, Garelick's debut feature is hare-brain funny," says Louise.

Winners:
AACTA AWARDS 2015
The talents behind the cameras were celebrated at the first stage of the AACTA Awards presentation, with the Spierig brothers' much praised sci-fi special, Predestination winning three key awards.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in February: What We Did On Our Holiday, stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly. "I laughed throughout this sharp, witty and observant film that makes us look closely at ourselves, as we address serious issues," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in January

NEW TRAILERS
Clouds of Sils Maria, stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart;
The Gunman, stars Sean Penn;
Hot Tub Time Machine 2, stars Thomas Lennon, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs;
Me Myself and Mum, stars Guillaume Galliene;
Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
A Little Chaos, stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts;

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 our favourites if they are not in the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
FELONY
Stars Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney. "The swaying of the moral tightrope brings tension, contemplation and alarm in this taut and absorbing psychological thriller; the closer we look and the deeper we tread, the more we become sucked into the quagmire of deceit," says Louise.

WISH I WAS HERE
Stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin. "Lashed together with bands of humour, Wish I Was Here is really a darkish parcel of stumbling humanity in search of answers we all seek - like the meaning of life. But broken down by Zach and Adam Braff into manageable portions, this quest is given imaginative flight and touching intimacy," says Andrew.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Stars Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson. "It's extremely well done albeit a bit of a rehash of the original with added 3D, the X-factor coming from the voluptuous Eva Green, whose seductive charms as the goddess who makes slaves of men, is irresistible," says Louise.

Competition winners:
FURY DVD
To win DVD copies, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Studios Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would make the most surprising tank commander and why? Mark Franich: My Mum. She can swear like a trooper; always shoots straight; scares my lazy brother into action and looks good in army boots. Fury is her middle name. Best family I ever had!

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, Circle of Lies (pic), Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban.

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