Welcome to our 950th weekly edition; Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie review:
TOUCH
(Aus, 2014) Dir: Christopher Houghton. Stars Leeanna Walsman, Matt Day, Onor Nottle. "Blame, guilt and letting go are the themes of this moody drama about fractured lives. Christopher Houghton's debut feature plays like a jigsaw puzzle - nothing makes sense until all the pieces have been placed together... It's an intriguing film with that sucks us in, along with a host of emotions driven by fear, anger and sorrow," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Mad Max: Fury Road tops worldwide box office;
* Touch to open inaugural Manchester Int Film Fest;
* Stalkher: John Jarratt directing debut;
* Cannes video: Cate, Todd, Rooney talk about Carol;
* Orpheum: Back to the Future trilogy - 30th anniversary screening;
* Classic Bond at Orpheum;
* David & Margaret and Alex Gibney at Sydney Film Fest;

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

COMPETITIONS
EVERLY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of the no-holds barred, ferocious thriller Everly, starring Salma Hayek, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. It's Die Hard on steroids. Available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

TURKEY SHOOT DVD
Win one of 2 DVDs of the high octane action Australian movie, Turkey Shoot, directed by Jon Hewitt, produced by Antony I. Ginnane and starring Dominic Purcell, Belinda McClory, Viva Bianca and Robert Taylor, courtesy Potential Films. Available on Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD.

Movie review:
SPY
(US, 2015) Dir: Paul Feig. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale. "The laughs come flying every which way - conceptually, visually and through a smart and hilarious script that ambushes us with off the wall humour as it canvasses the sense of the ridiculous. It's spoof, comedy and action all bundled together in one delicious entertainment package," says Louise.

Movie review:
WILD TALES
(Argentina/Spain, 2014) Dir: Damian Szifron, Stars Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull, Ricardo Darin, Monica Villa, Rita Cortese. "Revenge is the common thread that links Damian Szifron's six fearlessly entertaining tales that range from uproariously funny to bleakly black. While not all the tales are entirely successful, they zing with ideas and energy, economically exploring extreme scenarios and characters pushed to their limits. It's a bit like a multi-coloured mosaic..." says Louise.

Movie review:
WOMAN IN GOLD
(US/UK, 2015) Dir: Simon Curtis, Stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Katie Holmes. "It's an extraordinary story but sadly the film is not. Plodding and mechanical instead of involving and moving, the film fails to sweep us away on what should be a hugely emotional journey. As a consequence, this story about wartime art theft, preserving heritage and fighting for justice pales into muted colours of disappointment," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, Far from the Madding Crowd, stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Carey Mulligan. "The story and characters belong to a time gone by, yet the result is fresh, vital and new, " says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Tomorrowland, stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson;
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;
Partisan, stars Vincent Cassel, Florence Mezzara;

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:
TURKEY SHOOT
Stars Dominic Purcell, Belinda McClory, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor. Inspired in its writing and execution, this new Turkey Shoot (not a sequel to the outlandish 1982 iconic & exploitation original, more an homage) offers a complex set of cinematic thrills, from wicked humour and stylistic flourishes to a clever plot, acidic satire and pace that never flags, says Andrew.

PAPER PLANES
Stars Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Ena Imai. Robert Connolly's thoroughly enjoyable film, which he co-wrote with Steve Worland (Bootmen, 2000), economically tells a story that is simple, but not simplistic. It's an uplifting coming of age story about dreams and one in which the father son relationship plays a vital part, says Louise.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson. Perfectly capturing the tone of E.L. James' sensational best-selling novel, this tale of control, sex and submission is tantalizing, titillating and provocative as it offers a voyeuristic peek into a dark world behind closed doors where pain and pleasure are prime menu items. It is a big tease, says Louise.

Competition winners:
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT
To win double passes, courtesy Paramount Pictures, we asked: Where would you go for a night out and why? Janelle Vassallo (NSW): My inventive 4 kids made their own theatre (no technology allowed) using sheets and Grandpa's projector; gave everyone tickets, popcorn, cordial. We watch old family movies; everyone talked, laughed and cried.

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, Robert Connolly's Balibo (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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