Welcome to our 939th weekly edition; Thursday, March 5, 2015

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A young autistic Maths prodigy struggles with relationships, not least with his mother. "This is a beautiful film on many levels," writes Louise Keller.

Movie review:
FOCUS
(US, 2015) Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa. Stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie. "It's slick and fast and crammed with cons both big and small, but it's the irresistible dynamic between Will Smith and Margot Robbie that makes this smoke and mirrors flick so enjoyable," says Louise.

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COMPETITIONS
JOHN WICK DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen and Willem Dafoe, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-ray & DVD from March 4.

Movie review:
LUCKY THEM
(US, 2014) Dir: Megan Griffiths. Stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church. "The undulating manner in which the relationships rise and fall is beautifully managed but it is Collette and Church who deliver gold," says Louise.

Movie review:
KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN
(UK, 2014) Dir: Daniel Alfredson. Stars Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Kwanten. "The disappointment is that this film adaptation of Peter R. de Vries' book recounting the events from the planning stages, the depiction of the kidnapping itself and what happens afterwards lacks tension and is rather dull, the most interesting aspect being Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Heineken . . . a bit like a pint of beer that has gone flat," says Louise. (Limited release: March 12)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, The Age of Adaline, stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellyn Burstyn. "This is a delightful rom com with a time travel twist that will appeal to all ages," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Top Five, stars Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson;
A Royal Night Out, stars Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson;
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;

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:
PRIDE
Stars Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West. "Pride is a double sided coin in this inspiring, funny and moving story in which courage and conviction counter discrimination and bigotry," says Louise.

JOHN WICK
Stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist. "A thrilling and relentless shoot-fest is countered by understatement in this cool, ultra violent, heavy-action revenge thriller in which Keanu Reeves shoots, kicks, punches and stabs his way through an army of Russian bad guys. Make no mistake, there are no good guys; it's just that some are badder than others," says Louise.

THE BEST OF ME
Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan. "Grab a tissue and get ready to have your heartstrings tugged in this Nicholas Sparks melodrama, replete with its elements of love and loss," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SEVENTH SON
To win one of 5 double inseason passes courtesy Universal Pictures, we asked: Among family and friends, who do you think is an unlikely hero and why? Janelle Vassalo (NSW): My dad; he's a fireman. Saving lives and property everyday. Says it is his privilege to serve and help. He's a hero and we are so proud to be his family.

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, Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate (pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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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