Welcome to our 944th weekly edition; Thursday, April 9, 2015

Movie review:
THE LONGEST RIDE
(US, 2015) Dir: George Tillman Jr. Stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda. "Like earlier film adaptations, including The Notebook... The Longest Ride delivers romance, passion, heartbreak and surprises - beautifully. It also boasts a superb cast, including the hunky and extremely handsome Scott Eastwood, whose resemblance to his father Clint in his heyday is disconcerting ... The film is an ideal chick flick, date movie and emotional tour de force for anyone who is a romantic at heart," says Louise.

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COMPETITIONS
FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Fat Pizza Vs Housos, starring Pauly Fenech, Johnny Boxer, Maria Venuti and Elle Dawe, courtesy Transmission Home Entertainment. Cult classic Fat Pizza collides with the Logie winning comedy Housos and the result is Mayhem! Available on DVD, BD and Digital Download, April 15.

Movie reviews:
X + Y
(UK, 2014) Dir: Morgan Matthews. Stars Sally Hawkins, Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan. "This is a beautiful film on many levels. I laughed and cried through the highs and lows, satisfied by the richness of the emotional journey as it comes to a spectacular conclusion," says Louise. "A genre-fusing film in which our hero comes of age and battles the relationship symptoms autism, X + Y is both touching and tough," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
BLACK SEA
(US, 2014) Dir: Kevin Mcdonald. Stars Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Tobias Menzies. "The journey begins with high hopes and a sense of adventure but very soon it is the disintegration of the relationships on-board that prompts the fiery unraveling; forcing life and death decisions, rather than those concerning wealth and poverty," says Louise. "The hidden treasure genre is full of inventive stories and this is yet another one, a smart screenplay that pushes all the right elements to the fore, from the desperate hero to the disparate and dangerous team he recruits for the mission, to the stinging tale of a haul of gold bullion," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MOMMY
(Canada, 2014) Dir: Xavier Dolan. Stars Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement. "It's a heartbreaking film that leads us to the edge, but along the way, there is humour, hope and a compelling raw energy that bonds and divides mother and son," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, The Nightingale, starring Baotian Li, Xiaoran Li, Hao Qin. "Simple but far from simplistic, The Nightingale sings its song with gentle power, telling a story that is both affecting and effective as cinema," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Spy, stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne;
Amy, doco about Amy Winehouse;
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Boychoir, stars Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates;
The Longest Ride, stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson;
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 don’t make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
PADDINGTON
Stars Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters. "Wildly entertaining, genuinely funny and exuding a heart as sticky as a marmalade sandwich, this happy film, whose furry star is the much loved character from Michael Bond's best selling children’s books, is every bit as good as expected," says Louise.

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
Stars Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. "This morally, emotionally complex and confronting story cinematically told offers mature audiences an opportunity to enjoy cinema that authentically reflects the human condition," says Andrew.

FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS
Stars Johnny Boxer, Paul Fenech, Maria Venuti. "Paul Fenech's Fat Pizza Vs Housos is an orgy of chaos and low-brow humour: an expletive saturated shout-fest depicting minority groups that are treated with predictable comic disrespect," says Louise.

Competition winners:
X + Y
To win one of 20 double inseason passes courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Who among family and friends is or has been a mentor and why? Angelo Amici (SA): My mum has been my life long inspiration. Losing my dad at an early age, she has been my father, teacher, cook, cleaner, confidant, friend and my mum. I love you mum.

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, Angel Baby (pic) and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
GODOLLO - HUNGARIAN ROYAL SUMMER PALACE - 280TH ANNIVERSARY
Andrew L. Urban was disconcerted to unexpectedly come face to face with Australia's ex PM, Kevin Rudd, in this Royal Palace - even if only on a large plasma screen - in a room where Hungary's beloved Queen 'Sisi' Elizabeth (wife of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef (1830 - 1916) once walked, over a hundred years ago.

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