Welcome to our 949th weekly edition; Thursday, May 14, 2015

Movie review:
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
(Aust, 2015) Dir: George Miller. Stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne. "Like the earlier Mad Max films, in which edgy stunts and bravado filmmaking are an integral part, George Miller's Fury Road is a visceral experience: a head-on collision of surreal imagery in an eye-boggling apocalyptic reality ... While the undercurrent of emotion drives the film like a throbbing V8 engine, it is the impact of Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale's visuals that make it, along with its mind-blowing stunts and relentless action ... It's one hell of a film," says Louise.

Feature:
JOHN SEALE FURY ROAD
It's not a bad way to sign off: Oscar winning cinematographer John Seale ACS, ASC is not going to top Mad Max: Fury Road, the futuristic blockbuster that follows in the wake of a low budget action thriller called Mad Max, which made George Miller an international icon of filmmaking. We pay tribute to John with this pictorial, on the May 2015 global release of the film.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Monster Fest presents Friday Fright Night;
* One Eyed Girl wins Audience Choice Award at Beverly Hills;
* The Babadook wins best Feature Film at 2015 ADG Awards;
* Honorary Palme D'Or for Agnes Varda;
* Indigenous feature doco initiative;
* New Lido launches in Hawthorn in June;

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

COMPETITIONS
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT - IN CINEMAS MAY 14
Win one of 10 inseason double passes to A ROYAL NIGHT OUT, in cinemas May 14. Directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett and Jack Reynor. Copyright 2015 Lions Gate UK Ltd. All rights reserved.

Movie review:
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT
(UK, 2015) Dir: Julian Jarrold. Stars Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Jack Reynor. "Beautifully capturing the upstairs downstairs nature of the story, director Julian Jarrold film has a feather light touch, encapsulating the humour and essence of amazement as Elizabeth and Margaret are exposed to people, places and situations they have never experienced," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
VERDI'S LA TRAVIATA - ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
(UK, 2015) Dir: Andrew Morahan. Co-production with Opera Graz, Austria. Stars Elizabeth Zharoff, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Ben Johnson. "Traditionalists may be disappointed but the music soars, along with the passion of the tale. Elizabeth Zharoff as Violetta is electric," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later this month, Partisan, starring Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel. "The devastating last scene will haunt you for days. It is ironic that subtlety is the key to the power of the film, when its themes are anything but," says Louise.] Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Vacation, stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann;
The Emperor's New Clothes, starring Russell Brand;
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;
Tomorrowland, stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson;
Partisan, stars Vincent Cassel, Florence Mezzara;
Spy, stars Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne;

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:
UNBROKEN
Stars Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney. Jolie's direction is uncluttered, pure, focused and devoid of sentimentality - though not of sentiment, says Andrew.

THE WEDDING RINGER
Stars Josh Gad, Kevin Hart. Putting a whole new crazy and hilarious twist on the wedding theme, this madcap romp has the crassness of Bridesmaids and The Hangover, the audacity of A Few Best Men and The Wedding Crashers and the heart of The Wedding Singer, says Louise.

Competition winners:
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
To win double inseason passes to Clouds of Sils Maria, courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Where is the place that you feel most comfortable and why? Mick Gillies (SA): In the loo - solitary; peaceful and very relieving.

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 Babadook (pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
SCHARBEUTZ, BALTIC SEA, GERMANY
For northern Europeans, a seaside resort is appealing anytime from early Spring onwards, clouds notwithstanding, as Andrew L. Urban discovers on the Baltic Coast.

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