Welcome to our 959th weekly edition; Thursday July 23, 2015

Movie review:
SELF/LESS
(US, 2015) Dir: Tarsem Singh. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley. "Audacious and intriguing - but ultimately bogged down by its preposterousness, this grand-scale film with themes of immortality is in part body-swap, in part action thriller with a side-romance thrown in for good measure. The moral issues are the most interesting..." says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* VPremium launched at Jam Factory;
* CinefestOZ announces 2015 finalists for $100,000 film prize;
* Online shorts competition judged by public;
*
Lavazza Italian Film Fest to open with God Willing;
* Cate Blanchett to develop and direct new Aussie TV series.

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

COMPETITIONS
THE FORGER & KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN DVD PRIZE PACKS
Win 5 DVD prize packs comprising The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Kidnapping Mr Heineken, Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, courtesy Becker Film Group. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital July 8 and 29 respectively.

Movie review:
PAPER TOWNS
(US, 2015) Dir: Jake Schreier. Stars Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Nat Wolff, Cara Buono, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams. "Breaking through the comfort barrier is the thrust of this enjoyable coming of age film whose trajectory is a surprise," says Louise.

Movie review:
MR HOLMES
(US/UK, 2015) Dir: Bill Condon. Stars Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker. "Bill Condon, who directed Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters in 1999 (and won the Oscar for best screenplay), has created a film that plays as richly as one of Sherlock Holmes' cases," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader. "Told in a distinctively subversive way, it's about life and love, work and play and the ups and downs - delivered with lashings of attitude," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci;
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy;
Holding The Man, stars Ryan Corr, John Caleo, Anthony LaPaglia, Sarah Snook;
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg;
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 don 't make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
BIG EYES
Stars Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams. "Amy Adams is perfect as Margaret Keane, the one-trick-pony of the art world, to be both cruel and kind to her in one sentence. Adams has such an expressive face she need hardly speak," says Andrew.

KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN
Stars Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins. "The story of the kidnapping of billionaire beer tycoon, Alfred Heineken is a fascinating one, especially as the kidnappers actually get their hands on the loot," says Louise.

Competition winners:
WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED
To win double inseason passes courtesy Rialto Film Distribution, we asked: Who among family and friends would you like to send to a stylist and why? Michael Lai: My father as he still dresses like a groupie from an ABBA concert video. We have nicknamed him Bjorn as a result.

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, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (pic) 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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