Welcome to our 758th weekly edition; Thursday September 15, 2011

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Movie reviews:
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN
(UK, 2011) Stars Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Kaluuya. " .. is funnier and more complete than the original, with Atkinson in fine fettle, displaying the unique style of comedy he has honed into an artform," says Louise. "Action and humour are rolled into a grand, fizzling ball as the thrills of a spy story collide with Atkinson's inspired buffoonery," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - Gillian Anderson and director Oliver Parker talk to Andrew L. Urban.

Latest:
NEWS:
* A lavish and fully staged 25th anniversary production of Phantom of the Opera will be filmed live at London's The Royal Albert Hall on Sunday October 2;
* The inaugural APDG Awards for Excellence in Stage and Screen Design will be held on Wednesday, September 21;
* Eddie Perfect will again host this year's Jameson IF Awards at Sydney's Luna Park;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend, September 8 - 11: What do critics know? Zookeeper is No 1 with a weekend feed of $1.8 M, after reviews universally blasting the film. But then critics didn't say it wouldn't be popular . The Change Up (also blasted by some critics) opened at No 5 with $1.1 M, while Submarine (on just 18 screens) opened at No 17. Red Dog is just under $15 M and still No 3.

COMPETITIONS:
FRIGHT NIGHT 3D
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, courtesy Walt Disney Studios. Only at the movies September 15.

SOURCE CODE DVD
Win one of 5 copies of Source Code on DVD, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga, courtesy Hopscotch Entertainment. Source Code DVD releases on September 15.

Movie reviews:
THE EYE OF THE STORM
(Aust, 2011) Stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Charlotte Rampling. "This is not a film for everyone but the discerning will find plenty to admire in Fred Schepisi's brave statement that demands to be noticed," says Louise. "Well crafted, to be sure, but light on genuine emotional depth, the material is aching to find meaning, but falls short," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
(China/US, 2011) Stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivan Wu, Hugh Jackman. "With weeping violins, wailing cellos and melancholy piano wall to wall, this sentimental story of sisterly love found, lost and found again is beautifully made. The big but is the needlessly complicated storytelling," says Andrew. "An intricate and beautiful film about friendship and its implications," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE SMURFS 3D
(US/Belgium, 2011) Stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria; voices Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming. "A smurfection of blue cutedom, The Smurfs (in 2D and 3D) makes good the promise that feeling blue can be a happy thing," says Louise.

Movie review:
PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES
(US, 2011) Documentary. " .. perhaps surprisingly, [filmmaker] Rossi also manages to personalise much of the information so that it isn't just about a media giant but about the unique individuals who make it," says Andrew.

Movie review:
FRIGHT NIGHT 3D
(UK/US, 2011) Stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Passe, Toni Collette. "Fright Night has all the elements you'd expect from a teenage vampire movie in 2011 - and that's one of its problems: predictability. But it is also its strength, in that it sticks to the comic horror genre template," says Andrew.

Movie review:
GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE
(US, 2011) Documentary. "Full of irony and pathos, this doco takes us inside the life of a man who had to almost destroy himself before he found a way to salvage his self esteem. It should be mandatory viewing for all wanna be rock stars," says Andrew.

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UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Drive stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. "A gripping heist thriller with a difference," says Louise. "A fascinating, gripping film, bloody at times, and brutal about human nature," says Andrew.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Midnight in Paris, stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams;
Take Shelter, stars Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain;
30 Minutes or Less, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride;
The Whistleblower, stars Rachel Weisz;
The Hunter, stars Willem Dafoe;
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
INSIDIOUS - Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey. "If you want go get scared, Insidious is your poison," says Andrew.
SOURCE CODE - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. "..never mind the details of the story, feel the breadth of the scenario," says Andrew.

OTHER DVDS:
BURKE & HARE - Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher. "A disappointing crack at material that offers some rich fruit, if the pickers could only reach them", says Andrew.

Competition winners:
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
To win one of 25 double inseason passes to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: With whom among family and friends do you have a special connection 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 470 films.

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