Welcome to our 946th weekly edition; Thursday, April 23, 2015

Movie review:
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
(US, 2015) Dir. Kevin Feige. Stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Hayley Atwell, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson. "High scale escapism is in abundant supplies in this tornado of action and special effects in which Marvel's heroes are ready, willing and able save the world... While the visuals are extraordinary and the wry humour is welcome, what's missing is a coherent story with light and shade," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Director Craig Monahan awarded ADG/DGA Finders Award for Healing;
* Now Add Honey to premiere in Arkansas;
* Jury for 68th Festival de Cannes announced;

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

COMPETITIONS
WILLIAM KELLY'S WAR DVD
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings on ANZAC Day, win one of 10 DVD copies of William Kelly's War, starring Josh Davis, Mathew Davis, Lachlan Hume and Tony Bonner, courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment. A fresh take on one of Australia's most defining historical events with an unforgettable story. DVD release date: April 15.

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JINN: A CURSE TO FEAR
Shawn (Dominic Rians), an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine (Serinda Swan) until it is interrupted by a cryptic message, warning of imminent danger and a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. Having lost his parents as a child, Shawn doesn't believe this unsettling revelation... until strange things start to happen.

Movie review:
BOYCHOIR
(US, 2014) Dir: Francois Girard. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard. "While there may not be too many surprises in this warm-hearted feel-good movie about music, belonging and nurturing the gifts you are given, Boychoir soars by grace of its clear narrative, strong cast and the pure harmonious voices that can only be described as celestial," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
(UK, 2014) Dir: James Kent. Stars Hayley Atwell, Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Kit Harington, Dominic West. "Perhaps sticking too faithfully to the book (and emphasized by Max Richter's sentimental score), the filmmakers end up making a rather gloomy chick-flick, rather than the war drama with a modern heroine, which it might have been," says Andrew. "The mix of dreams and pragmatism is a potent cocktail in this cinematic and moving adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir about her wartime experiences," says Louise.

Feature:
CANNES 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION
It won't be Australian director Justin Kurzel of Snowtown (2011) fame who will be flashbulbed close to death on the Red Carpet but his two Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the latter in her darkest role as Lady Macbeth (with a French accent perhaps). As will Cate Blanchett, who stars in the title role of Carol in Todd Haynes' screen version of Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Price of Salt.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in May, Ex Machina, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander. "Like Joaquin Phoenix who falls in love with his operating system in Her, Domhall Gleeson is besotted by artificial intelligence, in the form of a robot that offers responsiveness, beauty, femininity, compassion and humour," says Louise.
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Pitch Perfect 2, stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld;
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher;
Unfriended, stars Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson;
Fantastic Four, stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell;
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 do not make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
JINN
Stars Dominic Rains, Serinda Swan, Ray Park, Faran Tahir. "It's not the most original premise for a spook story, but it's a dandy as escapism, and Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad puts all his cinematic skills to good use as he delivers the spookiness," says Andrew.

A GOOD MARRIAGE
Stars Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang, Cara Buono. "Stephen King's brilliantly twisted mind shines through but we know that he's a good story teller on paper. Adapting his words to the screen requires another kind of talent, and Peter Askin is up to the task with this undulating thriller. The mood weaves in and out of our reach as the premise unfolds," says Andrew.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
Stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz. "It's pretty silly, but I had fun with this madcap comedy, largely due to its likeable cast that lets us tag along with the improbable premise," says Louise.

Competition winners:
LAGGIES DVD
To win one of 10 DVD copies of the romantic coming-of-age comedy Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, courtesy EOne, we asked: With whose life (or lives) among family and friends, is your life intertwined and why? Phi Burns (Vic): My accountant. If the tax department ever finds my offshore accounts I could really be in trouble.

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, Soft Fruit (pic, Jeanie Drynan) 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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