Welcome to our 960th weekly edition; Thursday July 30, 2015

Movie review:
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
(US, 2015) Dir: Christopher McQuarrie. Stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg. "Filled with heart-stopping moments, this fifth in the franchise leaps to great heights with thrilling action and a story that feels fresh and vital... The superstar status of its charismatic star Tom Cruise is never in doubt," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* The Daughter & The Dressmaker selected for Toronto;
* Three Aussie films for Venice;
* That Sugar Film: No 1 Australian doco;
* 2015 Persian Film Festival;
* Andre Rieu Maastricht concert: highest grossing music concert in Aust, NZ & UK cinemas.

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

COMPETITIONS
PITCH PERFECT & PITCH PERFECT 2 DVD
Win one of 10 DVD Double Packs that include Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet from August 6, 2015.

Movie review:
FAR FROM MEN
(France, 2014) Dir: David Oelhoffen. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb. "Donning the mantle of a decent man, Viggo Mortensen is remarkable - in part because of the absence of remarkability of his character: a humble village schoolteacher forced to the crossroads, quietly displaying his despair of killing, respect for humanity and gratitude for living," says Louise.

Movie review:
I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
(US, 2014) Dir: Dave LaMattina, Chat N. Walker. Documentary with Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz. "This adulatory doco of Spinney's life and work is a handful of love stories glued together by Spinney, who is at the centre of it. A kinda This is Your Life doco," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, Holding The Man, starring Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia. "Exquisitely told, director Neil Armfield has captured the beauty of this 15 year-old love story whose emotional trajectory we share: joy, laughter, prejudice, outrage, pain and devastation," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Freeheld, stars Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon;
Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes;
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy;
Holding The Man, stars Ryan Corr, John Caleo, Anthony LaPaglia, Sarah Snook;
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:
RUN ALL NIGHT
Stars Liam Neeson, Genesis Rodriguez. "Revenge and redemption are the themes of this edge of seat action thriller in which no sin goes unpunished and Liam Neeson searches for solace for his life's misdeeds. It’s a ripper of a film," says Louise.

GET HARD
Stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart. "Politically incorrect, racist, homophobic, crude, rude and pretty stupid, this Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart odd couple comedy offers some laughs, albeit mostly for the fans seeking escapism and a dose of their comic lunacy. If you're easily offended, don't go near this film," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE FORGER & KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN DVD
To win DVD prize packs courtesy Becker Film Group, we asked: With whom among family and friends would you choose as your partner in crime for the ultimate heist and why? Kirsten Davis (Vic): My police officer husband. Less chance of getting arrested!

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, Andrew Lancaster's Accidents Happen (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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