Welcome to our 995th weekly edition; Thursday March 31, 2016

Movie reviews:
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
(US, 2016) Dir: Zach Snyder. Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot."Operatic and loaded with potential, this overloud, overlong fantasy with mega-stunts fit for the superheroes at its centre is a mess: an onslaught of too much, too often and for too long," says Louise. "Full of loud misery and fiery battle, the film is a derivative of its genre and other filmic elements," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* NEWSFLASH - SEE OUR SCOOP STORY TOMORROW (1/4/2016);
* Emma Bell directing debut with horror short, Scratch;
* NFSA's weekend of Italian Cinema of the 60s and 70s;
* Woody Allen's Cafe Society to open Cannes fest;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE RUNNER DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Runner, starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, courtesy Defiant Screen Entertainment. Available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital.

Movie reviews:
LABYRINTH OF LIES
(Germany, 2014) Dir: Giulio Ricciarelli. Stars Alexander Fehling, Andre Szymanski, Friederika Becht. "The film is more than another mea culpa: it's a well crafted piece of cinema with outstanding performances, evocative score and design and powerful cinematography, " says Andrew. "I was extremely moved by this film - the power of the subject matter coupled by the personal nature of the story and accomplished story telling is a welcome surprise," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
SHERPA
(Aus, Nepal, 2015) Dir: Jennifer Peedom. Documentary. "My criticism lies in the fact that Peedom has included every potential controversy instead of concentrating on … the integral role of the Sherpa and the 360 million dollar tourist industry it enables," says Louise. "Documentary is a fascinating genre: it can lead filmmakers to unexpected places and smartly opportunistic filmmakers (in the best sense), will take advantage of such opportunities. This is such a case. This is such a film," says Andrew.

Movie review:
OBSERVANCE
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Joseph Sims-Dennett. Stars Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell. "Largely incoherent, inconsistent and unauthentic, Observance offers such scant characterization in its limited number of protagonists that it becomes a challenge to pay attention, " says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Pawno, starring John Brumpton, Damian Hill, Kerry Armstrong, Tony Rickards. "The beauty of the film is its raw honesty," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Bridget Jones' Baby stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;
The Huntsman: Winter's War, stars Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt;
The Angry Birds Movie, voices Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride;
Miles Ahead, stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;

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:
END OF THE TOUR
Stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg. " There is no question that the film deserves a much wider audience, not least for Jason Segel's riveting performance as the young author David Foster Wallace," says Andrew.

THE PROGRAM
Stars Lee Pace, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, Chris O'Dowd. "Proficiently made and offering a real sense of being there, the major problem about Stephen Frears' film about drug cheat and seven times Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong is that it feels as though we have seen it all before," says Louise.

Competition winners:
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING DVD
To win, courtesy Icon Home Entertainment, we asked: On whom among family and friends would you bestow special powers and why? Julia Parker (WA) My son. He's moving interstate soon with my only grandchild. I'm devastated. Can they please have the special power of being in two places at once?

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, Mark Lewis' Cane Toads: The Conquest (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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