Welcome to our 798th weekly edition; Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Join Andrew L. Urban for the 19th course of Movies Now, 6 new movies, Wednesdays from June 27 screening upcoming movies prior to their release followed by discussion. Presented at Dendy Newtown (Sydney) by the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education. $234 (includes background notes & wrap drinks).BOOKINGS

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Movie review:
(US, 2012) Dir: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell. Voices of Emma Thompson, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly. "With its winning Pixar formula of superb animation, good storytelling and accessible characters, we are happily transported to a richly detailed Scottish setting with dramatic rocks, verdant hills and misty ambience ... energetic, funny, charmer of a film," says Louise. REVIEW; Brave enough for destiny - VIDEO FEATURE

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
BOX OFFICE: Twice weekly reports & charts.

Win one of 10 copies of My Week With Marilyn on DVD, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available on DVD from June 21.

Movie reviews:
(Denmark, 2012) Dir: Nikolaj Arcel. Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alicia Vikander. "..a superbly executed historical drama with the guts of a great romantic tragedy and the scale of national significance," says Andrew. "Visually exquisite, the ingredients of this royal Danish historic drama are as sensational as they are gripping," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2012) Dir: Rupert Sanders. Stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron. ".. the film looks ravishing with its stylish design driven production, but there's no heart in this latest re-imagining of the Grimm Brothers' story," says Louise. "[Director] Sanders squanders the opportunity to deliver a definitive Snow White for the 21st century in contempo cinematic terms," says Andrew.

Australian premiere release (DVD):
(US/Spain/France/Bolivia, 2011) Dir: Mateo Gil. Stars Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Padraic Delaney, Dominique McElligott. "Sam Shepard delivers a terrific, dry performance as the older Butch Cassidy, his stoic view of life honed by years of reflection and self realisation. It's a well written screenplay and director Mateo Gil makes the most of it," says Andrew. "Embodied effectively by a craggy Sam Shepard, it is not the physicality of Shepard that convinces us of his identity, but his character and the morals by which he lives," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Russia, 2011) Dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev. Stars Andrey Smirnov, Nadezhda Markina. "Elena is an acquired taste, a film that doesn't provide cheap thrills or easy, pat resolutions, nor any moral certainty," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2012) Dir: Kevin Macdonald. Documentary. "Macdonald and his editor have built a collage that really communicates in vibrant, cinematic language. Of course, it is about a musician, so rightly, it is wall to wall music," says Andrew.

[Coming soon, Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones. "Without intending to sound flippant, there is much to titillate in this delicately drawn tale about the origins of the vibrator as the world's most popular sex toy. Just as a good striptease starts with a tease and good sex begins with foreplay, the story is told with restraint, allowing its demure Victorian setting and sensibilities to act as a perfect counterpoint to its orgasmic centre," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing ...

Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Django Unchained, stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo diCaprio, Christoph Waltz;
Resident Evil: Retribution, stars Milla Jovovic;
Breaking Dawn Part 2, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner;
Your Sister's Sister, stars Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt;
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift - voices Ray Romano, John Leguizamo;
The King is Dead, stars Dan Wyllie, Bojana Novakovic, Gary Waddell;
To Rome With Love, stars Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg;;
Hotel Transylvania, voices Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez;
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...)

Dir. Simon Curtis. Stars Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson. " .. has all the ingredients required of an irresistible, juicy piece of cinema," says Louise.

Documentary featuring Buck Brannaman. "It's honest, sincere and engaging, a feel-good movie about a man who loves horses and helps their owners, who often need more care than the horses," says Andrew. "Horses are a mirror of your soul, says Buck Brannaman in this unique documentary about a unique man whose philosophy dealing with horses goes much further than the stable," says Louise.

Stars Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange. " .. made with heart and emotionally it should please the target audience of young women - and romantic young men," says Andrew.

Isabella Rossellini, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow. " .. while it aims to be funny and charming in equal measure, this drama about coping with the inevitable restraints and realities of getting older, trips up on its good intentions," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to A Royal Affair, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alicia Vikander, courtesy Madman, we asked: With which living Royal would you like to spend a weekend and why? Peter Matheos (NSW) says: Princess Mary - an Aussie girl, who is very pretty and down to earth. I would wine & dine her, have breakfast in bed and a cuddle on a cold day. Go horseriding, visit museums.

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, Feeling Sexy (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Slavery, cotton, sugar and the Mississippi - they made the American south prosper. But the money, power and prestige are intertwined with racism in the history of America's greatest river. The river is still a symbol of slavery - and freedom. Andrew L. Urban found this amazing account of the river's furious past.

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