Welcome to our 935th weekly edition; Thursday, February 5, 2015

Movie review:
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
(UK, 2014) Dir: Matthew Vaughn. Stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine. "A beguiling mash-up of the spy movie genre with a seamless blend of action, satire and spoof, Matthew Vaughn's envelope-pushing film offers hip, lip and zip," says Louise.

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Movie review:
THE GAMBLER
(US, 2015) Dir: Rupert Wyatt. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman. "In its portrayal of the seedy gambling world, Rupert Wyatt's dark crime drama excels; less so in its ability to deliver a satisfying journey for its self-loathing protagonist, albeit effectively portrayed by Mark Wahlberg," says Louise.
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Movie reviews:
ME MYSELF AND MUM
(France, 2013) Dir: Guillaume Gallianne. Stars Guillaume Gallianne, Diane Kruger, Francoise Fabian. "Family relationships and sexuality are the main focus of this quirky, funny and revealing film whose journey culminates in a flourish of emotional ballast," says Louise. "Quirky, yes, but perhaps not as commercially approachable as it was in France, where screen culture is more adventurous and experimentation is welcomed," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MORTDECAI
(US, 2015) Dir. David Koepp. Stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor. "There are a few amusing touches, but overall, Mortdecai sinks to the depths, its potential battered by an overdose of ham and a mannered performance by Johnny Depp that just doesn't fire," says Louise.

Awards:
AACTA AWARDS 2015
The first horror film to be recognised, The Babadook (pic), won three major awards, a real turnaround for genre filmmaking in Australia, while sharing the Best Film award with Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

Films of 2014:
FCCA AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Leading with nine nominations is The Water Diviner (pic), followed by The Babadook and Predestination both with eight. Five nominations have been awarded to Charlie's Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz. "A lie, compliance and the windows to the soul are the elements of this extraordinary true story in which male domination and female repression play key roles," says Louise. "Amy Adams is perfect as Margaret Keane, the one-trick-pony of the art world, to be both cruel and kind to her in one sentence. Adams has such an expressive face she need hardly speak," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
The Age of Adaline, stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford;
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;
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 don't make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
SON OF A GUN
Stars Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander. "Great teamwork produces good movies, given the right script, and here is another fine Australian crime thriller in the wake of Felony," says Andrew.

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY
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 Lasse Halstrom's film is nothing but a schmaltzy saccharine shadow constructed with commercial realities in mind," says Louise.

THE HOUSE OF MAGIC
Voices of Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, George Babbit. "It's the whimsy and mix of lovable characters that make this animated family film from Belgium a winner, especially for the youngsters, who will giggle and warm to the colourful visuals," says Louise.

Competition winners:
FELONY DVD
To win DVDs, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would make a good detective, and why? Roberto Colombi (NSW): My dog - is a bloodhound; literally and physically. He can sniff out his dinner in an instant; digs up any buried evidence and has his nose into most things.

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, Owen Elliott's Bathing Franky (Henri Szeps, Maria Venuti, pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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

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