Welcome to our 937th weekly edition; Thursday, February 19, 2015

Movie review:
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
(US, 2015) Dir: Sam Taylor-Johnson. Stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson. "Perfectly capturing the tone of E.L. James' sensational best-selling novel, this tale of control, sex and submission is tantalizing, titillating and provocative as it offers a voyeuristic peek into a dark world behind closed doors where pain and pleasure are prime menu items. It is a big tease," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Young at Heart 2015 programme;

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

COMPETITIONS
BOYHOOD DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Richard Linklater's award-winning Boyhood, starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film won Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2015 Golden Globes. Available from February 23.

Movie review:
JUPITER ASCENDING
(US, 2014) Dir: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. Stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne. "The scale and visuals of this high concept sci-fi spectacle are as extraordinary as the plot is confusing, but you have to hand it to the Wachowskis, in their creation of Jupiter Ascending, there is no shortage of imagination," says Louise.

Movie review:
ROSEWATER
(US 2014) Dir: Jon Stewart. Stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitrio Leonidas. "It doesn't tell us anything new, but the film puts on record in a powerful way the Iranian tragedy in which the Iranian people (much like the Russian people, for example, among others) are fooled by aspirational ideology, repressed by ideologues or oligarchs and abused by their own people," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson. "There is nothing straightforward about anyone in Paul Thomas Anderson's bewitching mystery in which each character is a stepping-stone in a journey in which no-one is quite sure who or what they are chasing," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Love is Strange, stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei;
One Eyed Girl, stars Sara West, Steve Le Marquand;
A Little Chaos, stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts;
Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
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 do not make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
THROWBACK
Stars Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring. "Travis Bain's creature feature tribute to the late and great Ray Harryhausen is almost consistently engaging, and boasts exceptional locations, an impressive, varied score (could have used more spots to cover tension drops) and the scope cinematography is visual joy," says Andrew.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland. "Capitalising on the Jennifer Lawrence factor, Part 1 of the final Hunger Games trilogy will please the fans, although there is too much padding around the key thrilling sequence; the film would have been more complete had the two parts of the split finale been merged," says Louise.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES
Stars Liam Neeson, Maurice Compte, David Harbour. "Competently made, this rather bleak film set in the disturbing, ugly reality of drug trafficking and depraved killings, feels rather routine, with Liam Neeson its best asset," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SON OF A GUN DVD PRIZE PACKS
To win a prize pack, comprising Son of a Gun, The Love Punch, What If, Better Living Through Chemistry, courtesy EOne Home Entertainment, we asked: Among family and friends, who would you choose as your heist accomplice and why? Annette Michelle Clarke (Tas): My husband because he is strong enough to carry my loot and will do what he is told.

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, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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

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