Welcome to our 776th weekly edition; Thursday, January 19, 2012

FRONT UP ON YOUTUBE
What's the secret, people ask, why do people openly discuss their lives with you on national television? Scroll through the episodes; you can't stop watching... Andrew L. Urban's Front Up, the prime time social documentary series from the 1990s, is getting a second life on YouTube with a dedicated playlist on the SBS Australia Channel - the first time SBS ever hosted full episodes on YouTube. Read More

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Movie reviews:
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
(UK, 2011) Stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Kathy Burke, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds. "The deliberate pace, the underplayed naturalism of the settings, the closely observed details and the silken threads of relationships all combine to turn the spy thriller into character driven drama," says Andrew. "Le Carré is a master of the genre and under Alfredson's dense direction, the revitalisation of this classic is elevated to new heights as well as a new audience," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
* Asian Lionheart of Cinema Nova;
* Black & White & Sex in Rotterdam;
* Breakfast At Tiffany's with champagne at Orpheum;
* Jeremy Thomas for Q&A at A Dangerous Method;
* Masterclass by Star Wars & Alien screenwriter;

BOX OFFICE:
Twice weekly reports & charts. Weekend, January 12-15. Mary Sum Says Mary Sum Says: The Best Film and Best Actor Golden Globe awards for The Descendants came just a tad too late for the gongs to spur more ticket sales at the weekend, with the film taking $2.29 M (highest avg with $12,127 on 189) in 4th place. Sherlock still dominates at No 1, with Girl with Dragon Tatts No 2 with $2.3 M. The top 20 slipped 7% to $19.85 M. Hugo opened a tad softly with $1.69 M, and Arrietty disappoints at No 17 with $82,254 on 36.

Featured Preview:
A FEW BEST MEN
When David (Xavier Samuel) travels to Australia to marry the love of his life, his three best men give a whole new meaning to the phrase 'for better or worse'. The chaos-filled wedding is a classic culture clash between his friends and her family . because blood is thicker than water and so are David's mates!

Movies Now:
SURPRISE MOVIE PREMIERES
A new series of 6 'surprise premieres' begins on February 1 at Dendy Newtown hosted by Andrew L. Urban for Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education. This, the 18th course, will include Bruce Beresford as a discussion guest. The course offers unannounced films to screen each Wednesday prior to their commercial release.

2012 Awards:
AACTA AWARDS (PART 1) 2012 - WINNERS
The first screen milestone event of the 2012 award season was last weekend's inaugural AACTA Awards - Part 1 (non-televised categories), a mix of craft and creative awards, held at Sydney's Westin Hotel as a formal lunch, with Red Dog winning the AFI Members' Choice award. (Pic. Raymond Longford Award winner, Don McAlpine)

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNERS
BAFTA NOMINATIONS

Movie reviews:
YOUNG ADULT
(US, 2011) Stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt. "Often funny in a bleak way with laugh out loud moments, Young Adults is a brilliant dark comedy that churns up the sediment in the underbelly of humanity," says Louise. " .. a sardonic story in which we get to see inside all the characters with extraordinary clarity. This is what makes Young Adult special - and so satisfying," says Andrew.
WIN one of 10 double inseason passes to Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, courtesy Paramount. Only at the Movies January 19.

Movie review:
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
(US, 2012) Stars Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, Luis Guzman. "Pleasant enough but lacking the grounding (even with Caine in tow) that would give the film some badly needed edge, the entire adventure is based on perfunctory elements that seem shallow and artificial. But then this is an escapist movie ." says Andrew. " .. a likeable film that speeds along with a happy rush and is filled with grandiose, imaginative ideas not only those plucked from its well credentialed source materials that are woven into the storyline," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE DARKEST HOUR
(US/Russia, 2012) Stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thrilby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor. "The setting in deserted Moscow is the biggest point of difference about this ho-hum end of the world scenario in which the invading aliens are invisible..Instead of jumping in my seat from fright, I found myself yawning," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Steph Elliott's A Few Best Men, starring Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John. "The refined, the raucous and the rip-roaringly rude collide in 97 minutes of sparkling mayhem," says Louise. "Olivia Newton John is an absolute hoot as mother in law Barbara in this madcap romantic comedy that brings together English and Australian humour in earthy earnest," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing...

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Vow, stars Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum;
Carnage, stars Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz;
Thirst, stars Victoria Haralabidou, Myles Pollard;
A Few Best Men, stars Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John;
The Amazing Spiderman, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone;

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 THIS WEEK
JUCY
Stars Cindy Nelson, Francesca Gasteen. "a seductive comedy with dark edges about two young women whose long and powerful friendship goes through the wringer," says Andrew. "It's colourful and fresh, funny and endearing as we see life through the eyes of Jackie (Cindy Nelson) - redhead, bi-polar and off her meds, and Lucy (Francesca Gasteen) - overweight, aspiring actress with a pretty face," says Louise.

ABDUCTION
Stars Taylor Lautner, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver. "Taylor Lautner fans may not mind that his facial expressions are limited, or that the highly improbable script is peppered with inanities and corny dialogue," says Louise.

FINAL DESTINATION 5
Stars Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher. "Blood, gore and splatter are plentiful in this fifth film of the franchise in which premonition morphs into reality and death follows," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE DESCENDANTS
To win tickets, courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: What would you like to inherit from which member of your family (or a friend)? Gemma Stone (WA) says: The ONLY thing that I'd love to inherit from my Great-Grandmother is her longevity. She`s 96 and still going strong. Well that... and maybe her motivation and energy!!

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 (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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