Welcome to our 945th weekly edition; Thursday, April 16, 2015

Movie review: THE AGE OF ADALINE
(US, 2015) Dir: Lee Toland Krieger. Stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Amanda Crew, Ellen Burstyn. "Never mind that the story is far fetched, the film engages largely due to a winning central performance by Blake Lively as the ageless Adaline, who spends her life running instead of living because she fears someone will learn her secret ... The piece de resistance features a well cast Harrison Ford as Adaline's former lover, when the past and the present are fused together in a cleverly constructed scenario," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Isabella Rossellini to preside Cannes Jury;
* Cannes to open film by female director - a first;
* 2015 Australian Directors Guild Awards nominations;
* Record season for 2015 Alliance Francaise French Film Fest;

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

COMPETITIONS
LAGGIES DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of the romantic coming-of-age comedy Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell; about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way. Prizes courtesy EOne Home Entertainment and available now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD.

Movie review:
THE GUNMAN
(US, 2015) Dir: Pierre Morel. Stars Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone. "Action packed, with tense and thrilling sequences, although things come together in the end, I was frustrated by the constantly shifting nature of the story ... But Penn, always forceful and convincing, delivers in spades, while Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone bring gravitas, albeit we don't see enough of them," says Louise.

Feature:
2015 HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL
Seeking to move and actively engage audiences on human rights issues, the Human Right Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) announces its full 2015 program, consisting of an impressive and entertaining line up of film, arts and forums. (Pic. I Will Not Be Silenced)

Feature:
2015 TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL
As Turkey and Australia come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, the 5th annual Turkish Film Festival Australia invites audiences in Sydney and Melbourne to experience the great masters and new talents of Turkish film - under the banner Make Films Not War.

Feature:
2015 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Audi Festival of German Films is bringing fifty new German-language films to Australia this May, sure to thrill audiences with an exhilarating program of features, shorts and documentaries in addition to special guests from Germany.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in April, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, starring Rinko Kikuchi. "It's wonderful," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Boychoir, stars Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates;
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Mad Max: Fury Road, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron;
Terminator: Genisys, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger;
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:
ANNIE
Stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne. "It's a breath of fresh air," says Louise.

WILLIAM KELLY'S WAR
Stars Josh Davis, Tony Bonner, Ella McIlvena, Matthew John Davis, Lachlan Hume. "A solidly made war drama, William Kelly's War resonates with the atmosphere of country Australia at the beginning of the 20th century, a mood so poignantly captured it propels the film," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS DVD
To win DVDS courtesy Transmission Home Entertainment, we asked: For whom among family and friends would you make a Bogan pizza and what is it? Tracy Spillane (WA): Pepperoni, pineapple and weed. That's the pizza my husband needs. We live in Rockingham, Bogan and proud. Our beer is stolen; our music loud!

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, Any Questions For Ben (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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