Welcome to our 954th weekly edition; Thursday, June 18, 2015

Movie review:
JURASSIC WORLD 3D
(US, 2015) Dir: Colin Trevorrow. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins. "I jumped out of my seat numerous times in this ripper of a 3D rollercoaster ride; it pushes the boundaries, stimulates, terrifies and is great fun," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* David Stratton presents inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Fest;
* The Rare Earth: made in Bendigo;
* Mad Max: The Look;

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

COMPETITION
FOCUS DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available from June 17.

Movie review:
INSIDE OUT
(US, 2015) Dir: Pete Docter. Voices Diane Lane, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan. "Just like Toy Story changed the way we look at toys, this delightful animated charmer from Pixar brings a new perspective to our emotions... Unique, fresh and exhilarating, this is Pixar at its best," says Louise.

Movie review:
HOT PURSUIT
(US, 2015) Dir: Anne Fletcher. Stars Reece Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara. "Thank goodness for sassy Sofia Vergara, whose chaotic former Colombian beauty queen and drug lord's widow is not only gorgeous to look at, but is a riot every second she is on screen. Her decorative comedic turn makes this inane comedy almost bearable," says Louise.

Movie review:
TANGERINES
(Estonia/Georgia, 2013) Dir: Zaza Urushadze. Stars Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo NĂ¼ganen, Giorgi Nakashidze. "Humanity is the theme of this Oscar nominated drama in which an old Estonian man opens his home and heart to two rival 'children of death' - a Chechen mercenary and a Georgian soldier... Hope is a wonderful thing," says Louise.

Movie review:
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY & THE PRISON OF BELIEF
(US, 2015) Dir: Alex Gibney. Documentary. "If you've ever wondered about Scientology, you can't go past this riveting doco by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, that delves into its origins, philosophies and gives a fascinating glimpse of high profile members who champion it (or not)," says Louise.

Awards:
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS 2015
Arabian Nights (pic) directed by Miguel Gomes was awarded the prestigious Sydney Film Prize out of a section of 12 Official Competition films at the 62nd Sydney Film Festival.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks. "It's fascinating; tragic; inspiring," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
The Intern, stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway;
Magic Mike XXL, stars Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard;
Rick & The Flash, stars Meryl Streep;
The Martian, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain;
Mr Holmes, stars Ian McKellen, Laura Linney;
Force of Destiny (Paul Cox), stars David Wenham;

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:
FOCUS
Stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie. "It's slick and fast and crammed with cons both big and small, but it's the irresistible dynamic between Will Smith and Margot Robbie that makes this smoke and mirrors flick so enjoyable," says Louise.

CHAPPIE
Stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel. "Countless problems plague this misfire by South African director Neill Blomkamp, but above all it's the total incredulity of the narrative concerning the development of the robotic Chappie that crushes it to rubble," says Louise.

SELMA
Stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth. "I do like Ava DuVernay's film for the opportunity to consider in cinematically visceral terms this profoundly important piece of history," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH DVD
To win DVDs of Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death, courtesy RLJ Entertainment, we asked: What dish would you enter into a food competition and why? Bronwyn Yudkin (Vic) says: Olive anchovy and bacon quiche. Every time I make them guests ask for the recipe.

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, Mark Lewis' Cane Toads (pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
BUDAPEST NIGHT LIGHTS CRUISE - HUNGARY
The most sensational visual trip in Budapest is unquestionably a night cruise on the Danube, writes Andrew L. Urban.

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