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APRIL - A MONTH OF AMAZING MOVIES
Just in time for a big night in, April sees some massive new releases with a dazzling array of talent, both in TV and film.

The Counselor is finally out, the long awaited adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's brilliant screenplay. I'm very excited.

Benedict Cumberbatch puts on an Aussie accent in The Fifth Estate, the story of the rise and fall of WikiLeaks. Don't miss it.

We also have the latest films from Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts... yep, it's a BIG month. Let's begin, shall we?

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Andrew Cattanach
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THE CAST OF THE YEAR
Click here for more details or to orderTHE COUNSELOR
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem
Directed by: Ridley Scott


Andrew says: Written by my favourite author Cormac McCarthy, this is an extraordinary thriller of the highest order. Smart, sexy, and sophisticated.

A rich and successful lawyer, the Counselor, is about to get married to his fiancée but soon becomes entangled in a complex drug plot with a middle-man known as Westray.

The plan ends up taking a horrible twist and he must protect himself and his soon to be bride as the truth of the drug business is uncovered and targets are eliminated.

Booktopia price: $37.75
FIND OUT THE TRUTH
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Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Carice Van Houten
Directed by: Bill Condon

Andrew says: The only thing that could bring WikiLeaks to its knees was WikiLeaks. An amazing performance from Benedict Cumberbatch.

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, "The Fifth Estate" reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.

On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when more...

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THE BIG ONE
Click here for more details or to orderTHE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson
Directed by: Francis Lawrence


Andrew says: Whether you're a fan of the books or not, you can't deny The Hunger Games is a cracking film series. Brilliant.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.

Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victors Tour" of the districts.

Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

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ONE OF THE PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR
Click here for more details or to order CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Andrew says: Only Tom Hanks could bring such a complex character to life in this astonishing, powerful performance. Directed by the master behind The Bourne Series, Paul Greengrass.

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award(R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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DARK, GRITTY, BRILLIANT
Click here for more details or to orderPRISONERS
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Andrew says: So underrated. Prisoners will stay with you for a long time. Incredible, raw performances from the entire cast with Hugh Jackman like you've never seen him before.

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street.

Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Booktopia price: $38.95
THE ACCLAIMED TV SERIES COMES TO DVD
Click here for more details or to order MASTERS OF SEX
Starring:
Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, 

Andrew says: Michael Sheen proves he truly is one of the world's finest actors in this wonderful series based around the public and private lives of two of the world's most controversial researchers. Seriously, this is a must see.

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star as the lead characters, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

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THE INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF THE YEAR
Click here for more details or to orderTHE BUTLER
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Directed by: Lee Daniels


Andrew says: Amazing cast, amazing performances, and a story worthy of being told for generations to come, The Butler is a film everyone should see and never forget.

Cecil Gaines was a sharecropper's son who grew up in the 1920s as a domestic servant for the white family who casually destroyed his.

Eventually striking out on his own, Cecil becomes a hotel valet of such efficiency and discreteness in the 1950s that he becomes a butler in the White House itself. There, Cecil would serve numerous US Presidents over the decades as a passive witness of history with the American Civil Rights Movement gaining momentum even as his family has troubles of its own.

As his wife, Gloria, struggles with her addictions and his defiant eldest son, Louis, strives for a just world, Cecil must decide whether he should take action in his own way.

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ANDREW'S PICK
Click here for more details or to order RAKE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SERIES
Starring: Richard Roxburgh,

Russell Dykstra, Matt Day

Andrew says: My favourite show on TV. Full stop. Love it.

The bar has been lowered...again. Criminal barrister, Cleaver Greene, is back, as reckless, brilliant, self destructive, funny and bloody minded as ever - and that's just his private life.

In Series Three, Cleaver languishes in prison, facing the consequences of his crimes and misbehaviours, while he awaits the outcome of his appeal. When the conviction is quashed at last, he discovers his world has grown even more chaotic in his absence.

The proliferation of Royal Commissions, inquiries and corruption trials requires so many barristers, even Cleaver can find work. Over the series, Cleaver Greene finds himself inadvertently at the heart of a billion dollar moral, political and criminal dilemma.

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THE AMAZING BOOK FROM BY DORIS LESSING COMES TO LIFE
Click here for more details or to orderADORATION
Starring: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel
Directed by: Anne Fontaine

Andrew says: A masterpiece, a stunning adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing's amazing novel.

Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town.

As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers.

One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention.

Booktopia price: $32.50
THE BEST SHOW YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF
Click here for more details or to orderVIKINGS
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig
 
Andrew says: If you like Game of Thrones, you'll love Vikings. Gripping, ancient magic and mayhem.

Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriers...VIKINGS.

Ragnar, a Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as a conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha.

Ragnar is faced with shocking betrayals and temptations to protect his freedom, family, and life.

Booktopia price: $51.50
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