Welcome to our 994th weekly edition; Thursday March 24, 2016

Movie reviews:
EYE IN THE SKY
(UK, 2016) Dir: Gavin Hood. Stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi. "The cost of war is the theme of this gripping drone warfare thriller in which protocol, propaganda and consequences play key roles," says Louise. "Full of excruciating truths about impossible choices in war, Guy Hibbert's screenplay is a searing, gripping and heart wrenching work that is superbly transposed from page to screen by a fabulous cast in the hands of a director who knows his craft," says Andrew.
Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* $1 million says 'write';
* Palace Cinemas to launch Cine Latino in August;
* Play It Safe online on demand;
* Thai APSA winner collects Award;
* Finalists vie for 4 x $50,000 short film fellowships;
* Cinemusica national tour;

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

COMPETITIONS
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Absolutely Anything, starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, courtesy Icon Home Entertainment. Available now on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital release.

Movie reviews:
A BIGGER SPLASH
(US, 2015) Dir: Luca Guadagnino. Stars Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts. "The beauty of the women's bodies and the splendor of the location are meant to seduce us, and that is ironic since that seduction is as shallow as the characters," says Andrew. "Carnal pleasures and temptations are integral to this intriguing psychological drama in which intricately bound relationships reveal darker undertones beneath the frivolity," says Louise.

Movie review:
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
(US, 2016) Dir: Kirk Jones. Stars Nia Vardalos, John Stamos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan. "There is such genuine affection for the characters in this uplifting sequel that we cannot help but be carried along by the craziness, energy and uproarious passion for all things Greek. It's beautifully judged with immaculate timing," says Louise.

Movie review:
KUNG FU PANDA 3
(US, 2016) Dir: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh. Voices Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie. "A happy whirlwind of colour, 3D dazzle and Kung Fu madness, this third film in the panda franchise continues to blossom like its unlikely hero, who learns to become the best he can be, through his journey of self worth and belonging," says Louise.

Movie review:
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
(US, 2016) Dir: Patricia Riggen. Stars Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers. "Told with sincerity, heart and a winning performance by Jennifer Garner, the trouble with this weepie about faith is its melodramatic, manipulative and syrupy treatment," says Louise.

Movie review:
BLING
(South Korea, 2016) Dir: Kyung Ho Lee, Wonjae Lee. Voices Taylor Kitsch, Jennette McCurdy, James Woods. "Romance, popping the question, super heroes and villains are the main ingredients of this upbeat-animated film that offers colour and some chuckles for the younger set," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Michael Moore's documentary Where To Invade Next. Moore is right to point the finger at America's social policy failures with examples of how things could be done better, even if he puts himself firmly at the centre of the film as an advocate, not as the reporter, says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Ben-Hur, stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Morgan Freeman;
Central Intelligence, stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart;
The Angry Birds Movie, voices Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton;

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:
THE CROW'S EGG
Stars Ramesh, J, Vignesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh. "Deceptively simple, this charming film about dreams evolves in the most unexpected way, endearing us its two young slum boy protagonists in the process," says Louise.

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING
Stars Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale. "The film plays out like a series of skits that offers a few chuckles here and there, but in the final analysis falls faultily flat and is frightfully forgettable," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE DAUGHTER
To win courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: Who among family and friends would you trust with a secret and why? Luke McVicar (NSW): I would trust my older brother with any secret - he is deaf and communicates through sign language. So he could only tell the secret to the small percentage of the population who understands sign language!

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, Scott Robert's The Hard Word (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban.

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