Welcome to our 998th weekly edition; Thursday April 21, 2016

Movie reviews:
PAWNO
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Paul Ireland. Stars John Brumpton, Damian Hill, Kerry Armstrong, Tony Rickards, Mal Kennard, Maeve Dermody. "The beauty of the film is its raw honesty," says Louise. "Through the particular to the universal ... as writer Daman Hill shows, it can be a useful filmmaking tool to portray a variety of the human condition," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: It takes teams to make films, John Brumpton tells Andrew L. Urban, on the eve of the release of his new film, Pawno.
WIN TICKETS: Win one of 5 double inseason passes, courtesy Mindblowing World; valid in NSW, VIC, WA & Tas.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* With a couple of exceptions old school dominates Cannes Competition;
* More categories for AACTAS;
* Stuffed wins major award;
* US indies showcase at Palace in May;

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

COMPETITIONS
DOWNTON ABBEY SERIES 6
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Downton Abbey Series 6 for the sixth and final season of this internationally acclaimed hit drama series, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD from April 28.

Movie reviews:
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
(US, 2016) Dir: Jeff Nichols. Stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver. "The strength of the film is its enigmatic sense of mystery, even the leap of faith required is at times difficult to maintain," says Louise. "The screenplay seems to meld together various elements from M. Night Shayamalan's oeuvre, along with odds and sods from other stories, but it is presented with such verve we tend to overlook its derivative nature," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
MARGUERITE
(France, 2015) Dir: Stars Catherine Frot, Andre Marcon, Michel Fau. "Based on a true story about a wealthy Baroness with more money than musical talent, it's comic and tragic all at once as the ripple effect of one little deception impacts on a woman's self esteem, her marriage and the fortunes of the hangers on," says Louise. "Winner of four Cesar Awards in France (Nominated for 11), Marguerite is clearly an accomplished work, taking a real American story as its inspiration - and then imaging it in French culture," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
EDDIE THE EAGLE
(UK, US, Ger, 2016) Dir: Dexter Fletcher. Stars Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tim McInnerny. "It's a terrific true story and an inspiring one - about a young boy who dreams of becoming an Olympian. But although the film's heart is in the right place, it struggles to soar to the heights that it deserves," says Louise. "The inspirational story - with many echoes of Billy Elliot - is adapted into a mawkish attempt at a hero's journey, and undermined by a characterisation of the genuine Eddie Edwards by a terrible miscalculation on the director's part," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in May, Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg. "Comedy and tragedy are beautifully intertwined in this entertaining, intriguing and heartbreaking tale when our hearts sink and soar in equal proportions," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Bastille Day, stars Richard Madden, Idris Elba;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk;
Bad Neighbour 2, stars Seth Rogan, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron;
Bridget Jones' Baby, stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;
Ben-Hur, stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Morgan Freeman;
Central Intelligence, stars Dwayne Johnson, 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:
TRUTH
Stars Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford. "Moral integrity is the focus of this enthralling drama in which politics, power and corruption battle against truth. Blanchett is at her best as the 60 Minutes producer driven by the search for truth,” says Louise.

THE LOBSTER
Stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux. "The sheer verve of the filmmakers earned them the Jury Prize at Cannes, where unique and risky filmmaking is rewarded ahead of commercially satisfying fare," says Andrew.

ALEX AND EVE
Stars Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades. "With its upbeat vibe and charismatic leads, there's something irresistible about this laugh-out loud cross-culture Aussie rom com," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MARGUERITE
To win tickets courtesy Transmission Films, we asked: Who among family and friends thinks they could be a singing star and why? Nellie Vassal: Our dog thinks she's the new Lady Gaga; she's quite the diva as she howls, prances and wags her bum in time to the music.

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, Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country (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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