Welcome to our 936th weekly edition - our 18th anniversary; Thursday, February 12, 2015
Dear Valued Readers ...

Movie reviews:
SELMA
(US, 2014) Dir: Ava DuVernay. Stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth. "By focusing on specific events in the lead up to the change of America's voting rights act in 1965, this powerful drama about Martin Luther King Jnr. has maximum clout. It's a role of a lifetime for classically trained English actor David Oyelowo," says Louise. "I do like Ava DuVernay's film for the opportunity to consider in cinematically visceral terms this profoundly important piece of history," says Andrew.

Latest: NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Animal Logic to relaunch Astro Boy;
* Entries open for Cinefestoz Film Prize;
* Meet Oscar-winner, John Seale at free Riverside screening;
* Holocaust Film Series announced;
* Chinese shades of romance: Somewhere Only We Know;

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

COMPETITIONS
SON OF A GUN DVD PRIZE PACK
Win one of 5 Son of a Gun DVD prize packs, comprising Son of a Gun (Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites), The Love Punch (Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan), What If (Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan), Better Living Through Chemistry (Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde), courtesy EOne Home Entertainment. Available on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 11 and Feb 18 respectively.

Movie reviews:
THE INTERVIEW
(US, 2014) Dir: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen. Stars James Franco, Seth Rogen. "The idea is much funnier than the film: a crazy cocktail of political satire and silly buddy movie jammed with sexual innuendos and crass references to body parts," says Louise. "Some wild ideas and crazy situations by themselves don't make a 106 minute comedy. Please try harder," says Andrew.

Movie review:
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY
(UK, 2014) Dir: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin. Stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly. "Some may find the resolutions to the many complex issues somewhat simplistic, but this uplifting and funny film has so much heart, that it is impossible not to be charmed. If only all our family dysfunctions could be resolved so easily," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman. "A rich, picturesque costume drama whose central theme revolves on the design and creation of part of the extensive gardens of Versailles," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Clouds of Sils Maria, stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart;
One Eyed Girl stars Mark Leonard Winter, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Steve Le Marquand;
The Age of Adaline, stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford;
The Gunman, stars Sean Penn;
Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;

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:
THE JUDGE
Stars Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga. "Relying on the talents of Robert Downey Jnr and Robert Duval as the son who defends the rich and guilty and the father whose believes in the truth, appropriately enough, it is in the middle of a cyclone that the fury is finally unleashed between the two," says Louise.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
Stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. "Kidman is at her expressive best, a butterfly on the wing, trembling and barely afloat. Mark Strong has a satisfying role as the shrink with good intentions and Colin Firth is as flinty and unflinching as ever, yet a vehicle for inner turmoil, his stock in trade," says Andrew.

ANNABELLE
Stars Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis. "There are just a couple of really good scare scenes, one of them given away in the trailer, but they are not sufficient to satisfy horror genre buffs," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE GAMBLER
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Gambler, we asked: Among family and friends, who is the biggest risk taker and why? Lisa Annunzio (SA): My mum. She's living her dreams and has always lived by the motto that the biggest risk is not taking any risk. If you never take risks in life, you will never see anything new.

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, Feeling Sexy (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
DANUBE CRUISE, AUSTRIA
The spectacular baroque Melk Abbey, and a short cruise past the nude beaches of the Wachau Valley back to Vienna ... with Andrew L. Urban on board.

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