Welcome to our 955th weekly edition; Thursday June 25, 2015

Movie review:
LOVE & MERCY
(US, 2015) Dir: Bill Pohlad. Stars Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti. "The emotionally turbulent and musically brilliant times of Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame is often as jarring as a discord," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Paul Cox drama Force of Destiny to open 2015 Melbourne Film Fest;
* Dungog Fest short film comp returns;
* Director Gillian Armstrong at the Orpheum - Women He's Undressed;

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

COMPETITION
LOVE & MERCY
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, plus 5 CD soundtracks to The Beach Boys' Greatest Hits. Prizes courtesy Icon Film Distribution, In cinemas June 25.

Movie review:
MINIONS
(US, 2015) Dir: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. Voices Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan. "Wonderfully absurd, brilliantly inventive and totally adorable, the Minions is literally a laugh a minute... You don't need a kid to see this film," says Louise.

Movie review:
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
(UK, 2015) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg. Stars Matthias Achoenaerts, Carey Mulligan. "With enigmatic Matthias Schoenaerts solid as the emotional anchor and Carey Mulligan impressive in her best role since An Education, The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg has woven the complex elements of love, desire, need and greed into a visual and engaging tale, filled with visual and emotional richness," says Louise.

Feature:
2015 MELBOURNE INT FILM FEST CANNES GEMS
The 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will screen plenty of cinematic gems from this year's Cannes Film Festival with MIFF audiences among the first in the world to see these films following their premiere in France last month. (Pic. The Lobster)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in July, Ruben Guthrie, starring Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimiriades, Abbey Lee. "Based on Cowell's stage play, the film is as high spirited as the subject matter," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Force of Destiny, stars David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie, Shahana Goswami;
Amy, doco with Amy Winehouse;
The Intern, stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway;
Magic Mike XXL, stars Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard;
Ricky & The Flash, stars Meryl Streep;
The Martian, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain;

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:
PAPER PLANES
Stars Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould. "Robert Connolly's Paper Planes works on every level and soars to delivers its positive and inspiring message to young and old," says Louise.

INHERENT VICE
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson. "We can almost smell the waft of pot as it permeates in almost every scene and we become enveloped in a world of corruption, murder, kidnapping and other illicit pursuits with a complex web of flawed characters," says Louise.

THE GOOD LIE
Stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wie. "An emotionally rich drama that depicts the bond of brothers and the humanity that forms its diamond clasp," says Louise.

Competition winners:
FOCUS DVD
To win 10 DVD copies of Focus, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among friends and family is "a master of misdirection" and why? Emily Lawes (Vic): It's my mum. When I am driving and she is directing; she is a master at misdirecting! She says go left but points right.

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, Paul Cox's Molokai: The Story of Father Damian (David Wenham), 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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