Welcome to our 784th weekly edition; Thursday, March 15, 2012

MOVIES NOW SPECIAL EDITION
Two surprise movies & guests, March 28 & April 4 at Dendy Newtown. $80.More

FRONT UP ON YOUTUBE
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. New episodes every Thursday.

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Movie reviews:
MARGIN CALL
(US, 2011) Dir: J. C. Chandor. Stars Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Demi Moore. "What makes it engaging is that the Oscar nominated screenplay explores the people who make the decisions from a moral point of view. And finds them wanting. That's not news to most us, but the fact is that there are shades of grey, and some of these people do have a conscience," says Andrew. "It's a fascinating film that reveals much about its characters and provides food for thought for all of us who live in a capitalist society. Greed may be good for the avaricious but it's sure as hell ugly when it comes at any cost," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone
* Lone Ranger rides again - again;
* Midnight Sun at GoMA;
* The Palace, 15 min short, to screen with Wish You Were Here at Palace;

BOX OFFICE:
Twice weekly reports & charts. Weekend, March 8 - 11: The much maligned (by critics) John Carter hoisted $3.09 M at cinemas in its debut weekend, almost three times the second biggest grossing film, Project X, with $1.09 M. Norwegian thriller Headhunters opened with $190,187 on 39 screens - $4,877, fourth highest screen average. On its second weekend Oscar winning A Separation registered the smallest drop in the top 20 of 7%, with The Grey in its fourth week registering the highest with 57%. The top 20 dropped just 2% to $9.12 M. Also opened: Coriolanus (M, Icon) with $53,344 on 19; The Source (M, Madman) with $1,785 on 2.

COMPETITIONS
THE DEBT DVD
Win one of 10 copies of The Debt on DVD, starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, Sam Worthington, courtesy Universal. Available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 28.

Movie reviews:
THE RUM DIARY
(US, 2011) Dir: Bruce Robinson. Stars Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins. " .. engaging and entertaining, at times deadly serious in its own way, with lots to say . . . a satisfying and often funny telling of a great true story," says Andrew. "You can smell the debauchery in this rum-soaked Caribbean paradise where truth plays tug-of-war against complacency. It's a heady tale with seductive elements and Depp waltzes brilliantly into the tailor-made role," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
VINCENT WANTS TO SEA
(Germany, 2009) Dir: Florian David Fitz. Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch, Katharina Muller-Elmau, Johannes Allmayer, Karin Thaler. " .. explores serious themes - some quite dark - with a lightness of touch, providing well observed and genuine humour, sometimes through pain," says Andrew. "I was constantly surprised by this often hilarious, affecting film whose performances match the depth of emotion achieved," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE KID WITH A BIKE
(Belg/France/Italy, 2011) Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Stars Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Jeremie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo. "An astonishing performance by young Thomas Doret as Cyril delivers the core of this well crafted, subtle yet powerful screenplay, which has won several accolades . challenging yet accessible, sharply observed and emotionally authentic," says Andrew.

Movie review:
IN SEARCH OF HAYDN
(UK, 2012) Dir: Phil Grabsky. Documentary. "In the vein of his earlier documentaries about the musical genius of Mozart and Beethoven, .(but) in the final evaluation, I felt slightly disappointed in this documentary, which seems to go through the motions rather than excite its audience with conviction," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
21 JUMP STREET
(US, 2012) Dir: Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. "There is a frantic highway chase, a high-voltage gunfight and the obligatory chaotic (loud) party; those elements plus the pimple squeezing fun of high school clashes and crushes, make 21 Jump Street the movie we had to have when the TV series should have been enough," says Andrew. "The humour is pretty lame, so leave your brain at the door, but there are some funny juxtapositions - like the stretch limo chase scene and the madcap sequence in which Hill, dressed like Peter Pan, and Tatum, dressed like a chemical equation are making their escape from a gang of bikies," says Louise.

Movie review:
TRANSATLANTIC COFFEE
(US, 2012) Dir: Eric Peter Carlson. Stars Kevin Panassi, Rachel Marie Lewis, Marcel Torres. Global online release: March 7 - May 7, 2012. "Problematic viewing conditions . make it impossible to properly review this film . though there are elements that intrigue, not least the character of Alex (Pinassi)," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The Raid, stars Iko Uwais, Ananda George. "It's not a film for the squeamish, but it delivers more than just a punch; there is a fine sense of cinema and an engaging emotional element to drive it," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing soon.

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Bel Ami, stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman;
Wish You Were Here, stars Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton;
First Night, stars Richard E. Grant, Sarah Brightman;
Men in Black 3, stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson;
A Dangerous Method, stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley;
Black & White & Sex, stars Katherine Hicks, Anya Beyersdorf;
The Amazing Spiderman, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone;
Marvel's The Avengers, stars Robert Downey Jnr. Scarlett Johansson;

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
DRIVE
Stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac. "A gripping heist thriller with a difference," says Louise. "Given the title and the central characters profession as a driver of fast cars, it is ironic how much filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn uses the brakes in pacing this noirish art house thriller," says Andrew.

PROJECT NIM
documentary. " .. reminds us quite poignantly that humans are the only species that regularly and frequently make stupid decisions that cause much harm," says Andrew.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1
Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Lautner. "The earth moves for Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) moves heaven and earth to save her, in this event-filled final chapter of the highly successful Twilight franchise adapted from Stephanie Meyers' books.... a film that ends at half time can only partially satisfy. And for a film that promises everything we have been waiting for - Bella's dreams coming true - the rewards are relatively slight," says Louise.

OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer. " .. has a two-tone sensibility, mixing rumpus fun with attempts at meaningful observational drama, and it's a bit simplistic," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
MARGIN CALL
To win double passes to Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore, courtesy Becker Entertainment, we asked; What's been the toughest domestic financial decision you or your family has had to make? Ryan Jordan (VIC) says: This is one from childhood but has stuck with me for 30 years when my parents had to sell our family dog due to the expense of vets bills and upkeep. An early life lesson.

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 500 films.

TRAVELFILE - our new section:
MONTE CARLO: RESTAURANT LOUIS XV, AT THE HOTEL DE PARIS
It's not just about the fabulous food, says Andrew L. Urban, after sampling one of the most dazzlingly beautiful restaurants in the world.

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