Welcome to our 956th weekly edition; Thursday July 2, 2015

Movie review:
TERMINATOR GENISYS
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emelia Clarke, J.K. Simmons. "Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in the film, offering generous doses of self-deprecating humour... As for the plot, it's a muddle; with a mix of some inspired grand scale ideas that mess with our heads, although there's an aspect that is simply too clever for its own good," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Freedom Stories Q & A at Cinema Nova;
* AICE Israeli Film Fest 2015 returns in August;

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

COMPETITION
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of J.C. Chandor's powerful crime drama, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available now on digital, Blu-Ray and DVD.

Movie review:
TED 2
(US, 2015) Dir: Seth MacFarlane. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovani Ribisi, Morgan Freeman. "Seems like the bear is over-stuffed this time around, with a drawn out sequel that struggles to juggle the elements of buddy movie, romance, social justice, offensive comedy and a tribute to Hollywood musicals. It's a pity because everybody loves a bear," says Louise.

Movie review:
AMY
(UK, 2015) Dir: Asif Kapadia. Documentary about Amy Winehouse. "Amy is a powerful film. Like the lyrics of her songs, it's the personal nature of this fly-on-the-wall documentary about singer Amy Winehouse that makes it so special," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in July, Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed, documentary about Orrie-Kelly. "Armstrong has created a ripper of a film, filled with energy, passion and a keen sense of this non-conformist rebel and artist, who lived his life in glorious colour, according to his own code of integrity," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
A Walk in the Woods, stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson;
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
Mr Holmes, stars Ian McKellen, Laura Linney;
Ricky & The Flash, stars Meryl Streep;
The Intern, stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway;
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 do not make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo. It is a crime thriller, but rises above its genre; it is a character study but it creates a mythic persona; and it is a morality tale but it presents as an analysis of human nature's self contradictory impulses, says Andrew.

SHAUN THE SHEEP
Voices Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djilali. The film delivers an appealing innocence; a youthful joie de vivre that seduces. It may not have the heart or allure of Wallace and Gromit, but it's fun to have the wool pulled over your eyes for a short interlude, says Louise.

LUCKY THEM
Stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church. It's the dynamic between Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church that makes this uplifting road movie zing like a breath of fresh air, says Louise.

Competition winners:
LOVE & MERCY
To win Love & Mercy double inseason passes and CD soundtracks, courtesy Icon Film Distribution, we asked: Among family and friends is the most unconventional and why? Jennelle Smith (ACT): My mum. She takes her vitamins in the morning by throwing them into her Weetbix and milk. Any spoonful may contain a surprise.

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), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
EGER - HUNGARY
Famous for its Bull's Blood, but the blood of the Hungarian heroes of the 16th century siege of Eger by Ottoman Turks also runs in its veins, and now there is also chocolate, as Andrew L. Urban found on his visit.

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