Welcome to our 757th weekly edition; Thursday September 8, 2011

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Movie reviews:
FACE TO FACE
(Aust, 2010) Stars Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Luke Ford, Matthew Newton, Robert Rabiah. "With its endless stream of dramatic revelations, Michael Rymer's Face to Face is gripping cinema," says Louise. "What appeared simple at the start - an angry young man lashing out against his boss for firing him - grows in complexity and intensity as the characters are made to reveal motives and grudges, weaknesses and ambitions that have festered beneath the surface," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
* Rango man guest at Sydney animation fest:
* Free movie tix from ATMs;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend, Sept 1 - 4: Red Dog is hot dog, still at No 2, with almost $13 M in hand and counting. The Help opened with just over $1 M on 280 screens, and Final Destination 5 with $0.96 M on 158. Chalet Girl fell off the mountain with a screen average of just $699 on 104 screens for $72,649. Harry Potter is at No 10 after 8 weekends and has grossed $51.88 M.

COMPETITIONS
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang and starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, courtesy Pinnacle Films. Only at the movies September 15, 2011.

Movie reviews:
THE CHANGE UP
(US, 2011) Stars Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann. "It's a well tried formula, but The Change Up feels as fresh as a new pair of diapers," says Louise. " .. a variety of awkward situations, lowbrow jokes and vulgarities until it seems the screen has indeed pooed on us the audience," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
SUBMARINE
(UK/US, 2010) Stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Paddy Consadine, Sally Hawkins. "Adapted from Joe Dunthorne's novel, the strength of the film is its unique slant and quirky tone," says Louise. "The story finds its emotional arc at the very end, but getting there is sometimes a tedious affair," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
ZOOKEEPER
(US, 2011) Stars Kevin James, Rosario Dawson; voices of Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone. "When you hear the giraffe yelling May Day, right at the beginning of Zookeeper, take heed; it's a distress signal that we are about to witness a disaster," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
13 ASSASSINS
(Japan, 2010) Stars Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki. "There are many deft touches, a sprinkling of humour and a great deal of grunting and shouting as men clash in hand to hand combat. But the supporting premise that this is a good fight to rid the world of an evil man gives the action moral traction," says Andrew.

Italian Film Festival:
MATILDE MAGGIO AT OPENING NIGHT
Matilde Maggio, one of the rising stars of Italian Cinema, will be in Australia to launch the 12th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Maggio will officially open the Festival in Melbourne on September 14 and Sydney on September 15 and will also introduce select screenings of her latest film, Martino's Summer, a sensitive coming of age drama, which screens as part of this year's event.

Launching:
LOVE IN SPACE.. AND IN SYDNEY
Some of the fairytale romantic comedy, Love In Space by directors Tony Chan and Wing Shya (a follow up to their previous box office hit, Hot Summer Days) is set in Sydney, as well as Beijing - and of course, space.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week, Johnny English Reborn, starring Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson. "I laughed and chuckled throughout this smartly written and executed comedy whose brand of humour is eccentric, gentle and totally Atkinson," says Louise]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Higher Ground, stars Vera Farmiga;
The Whistleblower, stars Rachel Weisz;
33 Postcards, stars Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Lincoln Lewis;
The Hunter, stars Willem Dafoe;
The Tall Man, stars Jessica Biel;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stars Tom Cruise;
Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn, stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis;
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara;

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 the editors' favourites if they don't make the top 20...)

DVDS OF THE WEEK
MAD BASTARDS - stars Dean Daley-Jones, Ngaire Pigram, Alan Pigram. "Mood and sense of place is the outstanding achievement of Brendan Fletcher's debut film," says Louise.
POTICHE -- Stars Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini. "An absolute delight, Potiche will charm audiences everywhere with its humour, witty script and knockout performance by Catherine Deneuve," says Louise

OTHER DVDS:
YOUR HIGHNESS - James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel. "an irreverent romp with knights, swords and daggers fighting with valour for honour, revenge and a damsel in distress - and a horse carriage load of expletives," says Louise.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2 - stars Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick. "This second installment about the chaos of life at home lacks nuance and offers little charm," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE CHANGE UP
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Change Up, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin, courtesy Universal, we asked: With who among family and friend would you NOT want to switch bodies and why?

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 and dozens more. Over 450 films.

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