Welcome to our 951st weekly edition; Thursday, May 28, 2015

Movie review:
PARTISAN
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Ariel Kleiman. Stars Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel. "It is the gentle, gradual way in which first time director Ariel Kleiman allows his revelations to take place that makes Partisan so shocking. Innocence and corruption are the themes of this disturbing thriller ..." says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Animal Logic expands into Canada;
* Evan Williams awarded Inaugural Geraldine Pascall Lifetime Achievement Award;
* The Set, the original Aussie sex film coming to DVD;

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

COMPETITIONS
GEMMA BOVERY
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the playfully modern version of France's most famous heroine, with Fabrice Luchini as the smitten baker and film's narrator, courtesy Regency Media. In cinemas May 28.

Movie review:
TOMORROWLAND
(US, 2015) Dir: Brad Bird. Stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson. "As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Brad Bird's film plays like a giant rollercoaster ride, complete with thrilling peaks and troughs, appealing to all ages with its genuine sense of fun, originality and brilliant structure," says Louise.

Movie review:
SAN ANDREAS
(US, 2015) Dir: Brad Peyton. Stars Dwayne Johnston, Carla Gugino. "As far as disaster movies go, they don't come much better than this: heart-stopping action with ginormous stunts and a story that touches your heart. It also helps to have the rock-solid Dwayne Johnson on your side (pun intended) as cars fly, buildings topple, bridges disintegrate, the ocean swells and chaos descends," says Louise.

Movie review:
GEMMA BOVERY
(France, 2014) Dir: Anne Fontaine. Stars Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini. "Captivating at every turn, the intriguing idea of life imitating art is beautifully realised in this charming fable in which Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary is the driving force... As playful, melodic, dramatic, lively and emotive as the wonderful score which complements it," says Louise.

Feature:
2015 CANNES PRIZES ON TRACK ... TO GLOOM
The major prizes at this year's Festival de Cannes closely reflect the odds that bookies were offering, says Andrew L. Urban, with Jacques Audiard's powerful refugee story, Dheepan (pic) winning the Palme d'Or, and Hungarian newcomer Laszlo Nemes winning the Grand Prix with the harrowing concentration camp story, Saul's Son.

Feature:
2015 MELBOURNE INT FILM FEST - FIRST GLANCE SELECTION
The 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), running 30 July until 16 August 2015, has unveiled its First Glance selection; an exciting program of experimental film and audiovisual artistry in Vertical Cinema; the Centrepiece Gala screening of Holding the Man; a David Gulpilil retrospective (pic); and a new principal partnership with Metro Trains Melbourne.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, Slow West, stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn. "There's a distinctive mood that reverberates throughout this intriguing western, whose straight-ahead narrative is contrasted by the offbeat characters that appear unexpectedly along the way," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Love & Mercy, stars Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks;
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;
Amy, doco about Amy Winehouse

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:
AMERICAN SNIPER
Stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes. "Although it is a better written and made film then The Hurt Locker which won the Oscar, American Sniper is just as determined to ring emotional bells for an America that has lost much of its self assurance on the world stage," says Andrew.

THE GAMBLER
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman. " In its portrayal of the seedy gambling world, Rupert Wyatt's dark crime drama excels; less so in its ability to deliver a satisfying journey for its self-loathing protagonist, albeit effectively portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.

Competition winners:
EVERLY DVD
To win, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you rely on to hide you if someone was chasing you? Jordan Gammage (ACT): My friend Steph is a tattooist and make up artist who can do special effects makeup. She could hide me in plain sight with her skills.

TURKEY SHOOT DVD
To win, courtesy Potential Films, we asked: Which is your favourite Australian cult classic and why (35 words or less)? Marie Pohnetalova (NSW): Strictly Ballroom - every time I watch it I get 'Dance' in my pants - it's simply awesome!

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, Louise Alston's All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane (pic, 2008), 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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