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NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
|(Aust, 2012) Dir: Peter Templeman. Stars Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook, Ryan Corr, Bojana Novakovic, Alice Parkinson, Daniel Henshall. "This is the genre that has made Judd Apatow a 'brand' filmmaker, a contemporary love story with hard edges and patches of vulgar, lowbrow fun. The comparison is meant as a compliment," says Andrew.|
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THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY
|Win one of 15 double passes to the Sydney premiere screening at Hoyts Cinema Paris Thursday July 19th, 7pm followed by Q & A, hosted by Emma Ayres, ABC Classic FM radio presenter and musician, courtesy Wild Fury Productions. Guests are Film Producer Veronica Fury and Gary Thorpe OAM. Only at the Movies July 19.|
JOHN CARTER DVD
|Win one of 10 copies of John Carter on DVD, starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment. Now available on DVD.|
THE KING IS DEAD!
|(Aust 2012) Dir: Rolf de Heer. Stars Dan Wylie, Bojana
Novakovic, Gary Wadell, Luke Ford, Anthony Hayes, Lani John Tupu. "An
entertaining and tightly wound film, it offers laughs amidst the gasps of
recognition about neighbours from hell," says Andrew. "I haven't had such
a good laugh for ages . starts benignly and slowly sets the scene and
establishes the characters in such a way that we have no idea where the
story is going to take us.," says Louise.|
INSIDER BRIEFING - In his notes to the film, Rolf De Heer provides the deepest, most telling insight into the process of filmmaking.
|(UK, 2011) Dir: Tanya Wexler. Stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett. "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," says Louise. "Carefully composed images, excellent period costumes and a nice, frilly score decorate the film to such an extent it becomes wholesome and staid," says Andrew.|
|(UK, 2011) Dir: David Mackenzie. Stars Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Mathew Baynton, Alastair Mackenzie. "Unlike most romantic comedies in which the couple-to-be are constantly kept apart, in You Instead they are literally cuffed together. It's an interesting inversion and thanks to the excellent leads, it works a treat," says Andrew.|
|[Coming soon, Beasts of the Southern Wild, stars Quvenzhané
Wallis, Dwight Henry. "Allegorical, wild and sometimes unfathomable, Beast
of the Southern Wild is a perfect festival film in that it experiments
with cinema in its exploration of man's universe - from a rather doomed
point of view," says Andrew. "The potency of this story, set in the
poverty stricken lowlands of the sinking Louisiana marshlands, is
exacerbated by the fact that it is seen through the innocent eyes of a
child and told in her voice .. a piercing arrow to the heart," says
List of films releasing soon ...
|Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Ruby Sparks, stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas;
Total Recall, stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bokeem Woodbine;
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony, documentary;
Les Miserables, stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway;
Here Comes the Boom, stars Kevin James;
Alex Cross, stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Ed Burns;
Argo, stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman;
Django Unchained, stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo diCaprio, Christoph Waltz;
Breaking Dawn: Part 2, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner;
At a glance:
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
|Stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aksel Hennie, Julie R. Ølgaard. "The film's appeal lies in the way the thriller elements develop out of what starts out like a caper movie," says Andrew. "Art theft, adultery and murder are some of the ingredients of this super Norwegian thriller," says Louise.|
|Stars Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforet. "Having just discovered its existence, I was interested to see this 1960 French adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel which Anthony Minghella also adapted in 1999, as The Talented Mr Ripley," says Andrew.|
|Stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave. "Director and co-star Fiennes has chiseled the play into a contemporary setting, not unlike Baz Luhrmann did with Romeo + Juliet, and just about as inventively, " says Andrew.|
|Stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong. "The credentials of this spectacular fantasy adventure based on sci-fi pulp fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic 1912 novel, A Princess of Mars far outweigh its execution, by an overtly complicated plot that works against its imaginative reality," says Louise.|
|Stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones. "... takes the relationship between the two central characters and isolates it in a bubble... In many ways it's a beautiful portrayal of innocence couched in idealism and romantic love. But there are frustrations," says Louise.|
THIS MEANS WAR
|Stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy. "It has to say something about the film, when the nasty, bad-guy villain, who has little screen-time and next to no lines, is the most credible and appealing thing on screen. The film's greatest problem is that the stakes aren't high enough, nothing is played for real and the audience is treated like a sucker," says Louise.|
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY
To win one of 10 DVD copies of the fabulous Woody Allen: A Documentary, courtesy Transmission, we asked: Who among family and friends would you invite to dinner to meet Woody Allen and why? Michael John (NSW) says: My dad is a big Woody fan. He is also a psychiatrist and would love to psycho-analyse Woody over a glass of wine.
|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 (pic), Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.|
HONG KONG - CONTEMPO AND SKY HIGH
|Shortly after its first anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, welcomed Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller for 24 hours of indulgence. Unlike others in the famous chain, with their English gentleman's club ambiance, this one is ultra modern and ultra high .. the highest hotel in the world.|
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