Welcome to our 786th weekly edition; Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Movie reviews:
(UK/Germany, 2011) Dir: David Cronenberg. Stars Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel. "Sex is the subject matter of David Cronenberg's riveting depiction of the relationship between Jung and Freud, although it is words, not passion that bring the sizzle," says Louise. "The sexuality of the Spielrein character - who takes centre stage for much of the film - tips the balance in the fight for our attention and interest," says Andrew.

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Twice weekly reports & charts. Weekend, March 22 - 25: The Hunger Games grabbed $9 M - over 50% of the total $17.7 M weekend take by the top 20, followed (surprisingly) by the mature age comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a hefty $3.4 M. But the highly praised and stunningly made actioner The Raid, didn't fire: it took $116,017 on 42 screens (avg $2,762).

Win one of 10 double inseason passes to A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley, courtesy Paramount Pictures. Only at the movies March 29.

Win one of 10 copies of Real Steel on DVD, courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Stars Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo. Available on DVD and Blu-ray from March 28.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2012) Dir: Tarsem Singh. Stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan Lane. "Elevated by its spectacular production design and lavish costumes, the film is as funny as it is charming .. there's nothing stale in this sophisticated update that sparkles with star power, fun and humour," says Louise. "Lacking respect for the material, the writers attempt a combination of farce and political correctness to make it somehow more relevant. It doesn't work," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2012) Dir: Jonathan Liebesman. Stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston. A family at war - in the treacherous underworld, from Jonathan Liebesman, the director of World Invasion: Battle LA. Read Andrew's verdict.

Movie reviews:
(Finland/France, 2011) Dir: Aki Kaurismaki. Stars André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Daroussin, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel. "Le Havre could be described as the ever-quirky Aki Kaurismaki's 'wish list' film addressing today's tide of refugees who are usually faceless crowds or worse, corpses at the unintended end of their journey," says Andrew. "There's something extremely pure about this simple yet beautiful film in which ordinary people do extraordinary things," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2012) Dir: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda. Voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Ed Helms, Danny DeVito, Rob Riggle. "Multi-coloured trees resembling fairy floss are the focus of this inventively funny, eco-friendly 3D animated confection ... a hilarious, uplifting, inventive and wonderful film for all ages," says Louise.

Movie review:
(France, 2011) Dir: Celine Sciamma. Stars Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Mathieu Demy, Sophie Cattani. "Sweet and well observed, the film takes us inside a typical family in a typical Paris suburb - and gives us a spin," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2011) Original Harold Prince production. "It may be only the next best thing to being there, but a filmed stage production has one distinct advantage over actually being there: the cameras take us up close to the cast and even the fabulous orchestra. And when it's the New York Philharmonic and a Broadway cast, this is high grade showbiz," says Andrew.

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With the approach of the 2012 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Dungog film festivals, not to mention the annual French, Italian, Israeli, Spanish, German, Canadian, Serbian, Bollywood and Mexican film festivals in Australia, following the world's biggest short film fests in Flickerfest and Tropfest, the recent Mardi Gras and World of Women fests, the Silent FF and Message Sticks among several others.. we might be reaching film festival saturation. But - and Cannes is coming in May - so is the rest of the world. By Andrew L. Urban.

[Coming soon, The King of Devil Island, starring Stellan Skarsgård, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner. "Based on a true story and set in a remote, freezing Norwegian island location in the early 20th century, where maladjusted youths are sent to serve out their sentences, this is a potent story whose elements are as extreme as the climate," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing

Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Bel Ami, stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman;
Men in Black 3, stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson;
Wish You Were Here, stars Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton;
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 Johanssen;

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...)

Stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly. " .. hard-hitting, yet sensitive, rousing story in which a man, a boy and a robot find a winning formula - for what matters most," says Louise. "With the powerful and humanistic robots, there's a touch of Terminator about the film, but Hugh Jackman is totally human, complete with flaws and charm," says Andrew.

Documentary featuring Joyce McKinney. "Riveting cinema .. a story that keeps giving, with many elements: a beauty queen, kinky sex, straight sex, sex for sale, organised religion, brainwashing, tabloid press, false papers, cross-Atlantic escape, true love, true faith and dog cloning. Errol Morris hits the doco jackpot," 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," says Louise.

Stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. "Lynne Ramsay's unsettling film about a mother living with the guilt for the horrors inflicted by her nihilistic teenage son in a violent killing spree. It's a portrait of a woman in pain, unsure whether she is responsible for any part of the monstrous person her son has become." says Louise.

Stars Simon Bird, James Bickley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas. "The crassness of the characters and their unremitting foul language weighs down the film's heavy handed tone and leaves no body part untainted," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
To win tickets to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith, courtesy Fox, we asked: Which hotel/motel/pub/holiday apartment gave you a (not very good) memorable experience and what was it? There were so many entertaining entries; we have published a selection for your reading pleasure. Kevin Harris (NSW) says: My wife and I stayed at `The Red House` pension in Zurich. They were surprised when we booked a room for a week. So were we, when we discovered it was really a brothel.

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, Lee Rogers' Dust Off the Wings (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

TRAVELFILE - our new section:
The first Australian to visit, Andrew L. Urban explores the Tyrolean village resort of Pertisau and its unique stone oil. (Photos by Louise Keller)

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