Welcome to our 759th weekly edition; Thursday September 22, 2011

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Movie reviews:
ABDUCTION
(US, 2011) Stars Taylor Lautner, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver. " .. an undemanding, escapist 106 minutes, with a variety of stunts and chases. There are a couple of surprises and a few slightly cheesy moments, but it essentially does what it is meant to," says Andrew. "The plot is so preposterous that the details hardly matter except to say that there are extravagant stunts, splashy action sequences and a taylor-made romance (sorry, couldn't resist) between Lautner and Lily Collins," says Louise.
INTERVIEW: Taylor Lautner is no lout, says Andrew L. Urban

Latest:
NEWS:
* Celebrating acclaim for Aussie films;
* Ivan Sen's Toomelah wins at Pacific Meridien;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend, Sept 15 - 18: Johnny English Reborn edged out The Smurfs in screen averages ($8,653 on 293 v $5,581 on 458) but children's prices to Smurfs impacted there. In gross takings for openers, there was little in it, with Smurfs $20,000 ahead on $2.55 M v $2.53 M for Johnny. Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm whipped up the second highest screen average for the weekend ($8,533 on 23). Thew top 20 was up by 5% to $10.96 M.

COMPETITIONS
PROJECT NIM
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to James Marsh's extraordinary documentary Project Nim, courtesy Icon. Only at the Movies on September 29.

NORWEGIAN WOOD
Win one of 20 double inseason tickets to Norwegian Wood, starring Rinko Kikuchi, courtesy Curious Films. Only at the movies October 6.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS 3D
Win one of 10 double inseason tickets to Werner Herzog's acclaimed documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D, courtesy Rialto Distribution. In cinemas 22 September.

Movie reviews:
A HISTORY OF CINEMA - IN 5 FILMS
Which five films would you choose to explain Cinema to an Alien? (or Screen History to a film student!) That's the question for a debate to be moderated by Dr Karen Pearlman, Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS (Oct 5) All welcome to contribute - and attend.

Movie reviews:
MONTE CARLO
(US, 2011) Stars Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Corey Monteith, Andie MacDowell. "If ever there was a setting suited to a Cinderella story, it is Monte Carlo and this feel-good chick-flick about decadence, dreams and romance will have every young girl ready to jump on a plane, hoping to live the fairytale," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
TABLOID
(US, 2011) Documentary featuring Joyce McKinney. "Errol Morris hits the doco jackpot with a story that is both resoundingly human and resoundingly ironic about an ex beauty queen with a shady past (as unearthed by London's Daily Mirror, anyway) who falls in love with Kirk Anderson, a young man whose strict religion forbids sex," says Andrew. "A scandal involving a beauty queen, sex-in-chains, a religious cult, kidnapping and the tabloids are the ingredients of this bizarre true story that gets more fantastic as it goes along," says Louise. (Releasing Vic & Tas; NSW - October 6)

Movie reviews:
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS 3D
(Canada/France, 2010) Documentary. "What is astonishing about the (32,000 year old) drawings discovered in the Chauvet Caves . in southern France is that they look much like the drawings of competent contemporary art students," says Andrew.

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UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Crazy Stupid Love, stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling. "A delectable romantic comedy that cooks up a pretty and powerful head of steam," says Louise. "Throws a whole lot of emotional pain into the mix to bake a cake of instantly recognisable joys and misadventures in pursuit of loving bliss," says Andrew.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Take Shelter, stars Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain;
Midnight in Paris, stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams;
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...)

DVD OF THE WEEK
MRS CAREY'S CONCERT -- Documentary. " .. a wonderfully uplifting film with drama, passion, conflict, angst and elation exposing the students to a journey of self discovery," says Louise.

OTHER DVDS:
SNOWTOWN - Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris. "The best thing about the film is its portrait of the physical and emotional environment in which the story takes place," says Andrew.
SOMETHING BORROWED - Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield. "It's light entertainment that should prove a popular choice for a girls' night out, although it's too long and most of the characters are irritating," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SOURCE CODE DVD
To win one of 5 copies of Source Code on DVD, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga, courtesy Hopscotch Entertainment, we asked: Which event in your life would you like to revisit and change in 'brain time travel' and why?
FRIGHT NIGHT 3D
To win one of 25 double inseason passes to Fright Night 3D, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, courtesy Walt Disney Studios, we asked: Who among your neighbours could be a secret serial killer 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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