Welcome to our 952nd weekly edition; Thursday June 4, 2015

Movie review:
SLOW WEST
(US, NZ, 2015) Dir: John Maclean. Stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, 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. It's a simple story, simply told," says Louise.

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NEWS:
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* Matt Levett awarded 2015 Heath Ledger Scholarship;

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Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITION
STILL ALICE DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore in her Oscar-winning role as Alice Howland, a brilliant young woman who is given the devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's at age 50. Prizes courtesy Icon Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray, DVD or digital on June 3.

Movie review:
ALOHA
(US, 2015) Dir: Cameron Crowe. Stars Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, John Krasinski. "It's the scenes without dialogue that are the most memorable in this warm, likeable film in which issues big and small grapple for attention. Cameron Crowe has the knack of putting heart into his films and while this one may not be in the same class as Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous, it is nonetheless highly enjoyable," says Louise.

Movie review:
ENTOURAGE
(US, 2015) Dir: Doug Ellin. Stars Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon. "A breezy romp about Hollywood and the movie business, Entourage is plain, unadulterated fun, never taking itself too seriously as it trips over issues of ego, money, power and success... A mindless, amusing satire that is a cross between spicy chewing gum and Hollywood fairy floss," says Louise.

Movie review:
MARSHLAND
(Spain, 2014) Dir: Alberto Rodriguez. Stars Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Maria Varod. "Winner of 10 Goya Awards, this engrossing murder mystery thriller set in the marshlands of Andalucia has plenty to recommend it, including a wonderful sense of place as the intricate pieces of the puzzle fall into place," says Louise.

Feature:
ALAN HICKS WINS $50,000 DOCO PRIZE
Alan Hicks' debut feature doco, Keep On Keepin' On, has won the $50,000 David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship; the film, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is based on the life of jazz musician Clark Terry.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in July, Madame Bovary, stars Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti. "Craving emotion not discipline, Madame Bovary's dreams of happiness are fatally punctured, as her new life as a wife in provincial France brings nothing - day after day," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Far from the Madding Crowd, stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts;
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Love & Mercy, stars Paul Dano, John Cusack;
Vacation, stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann;

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:
STILL ALICE
Stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin. In a superb and contained performance, Julianne Moore's transformation from vibrant, intelligent career woman, wife and mother to that of a woman who is lost and cannot find herself, is transfixing, says Louise.

MORTDECAI
Stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor. There are a few amusing touches, but overall, Mortdecai sinks to the depths, its potential battered by an overdose of ham and a mannered performance by Johnny Depp that just doesn't fire says Louise.

Competition winners:
GEMMA BOVERY
To win double inseason passes, courtesy Regency Media, we asked: What is your favourite fictional character and why? Debbie Warnock (NSW) says: Heidi; I grew up with her in the mountains in Austria.

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, Angel Baby (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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