Welcome to our 802nd weekly edition; Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Movie reviews:
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
(US, 2012) Dir: Christopher Nolan. Stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway. "... it's a ticking bomb story, but a bloated one, full of the bling of blockbuster superhero filmmaking, from the giant stunts to the choreographed fight sequences and the large scale destruction of bridges, streets, and entire fleets of police vehicles ... But the highlights are all smaller moments," says Andrew. "Anne Hathaway is the best thing in this tediously overlong, disappointing final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Sydney & Brisbane added to War Horse stage show tour;

BOX OFFICE: Twice weekly reports & charts.

COMPETITION
KILLER ELITE & LONDON BOULEVARD DVD PRIZE PACKS
Win one of 10 DVD prize packs comprising Killer Elite, starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert DeNiro PLUS London Boulevard, starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment. Now available on DVD.

Movie review:
I AM ELEVEN
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Genevieve Bailey. Documentary. " .. more than a dozen 11 year olds make up the cast of this simple and sincere doco put together by young Melbourne journalist Genevieve Bailey during a world trip," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY
(Aust, 2011) Dir: Randall Wood. Documentary. "... the elements of this documentary are revealed like a rising crescendo, as we become involved in the struggles, frustrations and triumphs of a small, dedicated group attempting to stage the mammoth work that demands a 200 piece orchestra and 500 voice choir - in Brisbane," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE DOOR
(Hungary/Germany, 2012) Dir: István Szabó. " .. the film has a formality and stilted quality about it that is distancing," says Louise. " .. seems like a creative miscalculation by all concerned. The dialogue is clumsy in translation, the great director István Szabó seems to have lost his subtlety and his eye for performance," says Andrew.

Australian premiere release (DVD):
LONDON BOULEVARD
(UK, 2012) Dir: William Monahan. Stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis. "As gangster thrillers go, this one is a ripper. William Monahan, Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Departed (2006) has adapted Ken Bruen's book in great style and directs his top cast adroitly," says Louise.

1st time on DVD:
AGE OF CONSENT - BUT NOT OF SCREEN NUDITY
Australia's acclaimed filmmaker Anthony Buckley was the young editor on English movie icon Michael Powell's celebrated adaptation of Norman Lindsay's novel, Age of Consent (1969), starring James Mason and - making her film debut - a young Helen Mirren, whose nude scenes shocked the studio suits at Columbia, which financed it. But that was 1968/69. In his autobiography, Buckley recalls the entire experience and has given Urban Cinefile permission to edit some fascinating extracts from it.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Hit & Run, stars Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Bradley Cooper. "Absolutely compelling performances drive the film's crazy heart," says Andrew. "It's the delightfully offbeat nature of the characters... that manages to tap into life's crevices and allows us to come up smiling," says Louise.]
List of films releasing soon ...

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Total Recall, stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bokeem Woodbine;
Ruby Sparks, stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas;
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;

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
A SEPARATION
Stars Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini. "It's a rare achievement for a foreign language film to be in the running for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, but it's not hard to see why A Separation has that distinction, as well as numerous other accolades and awards," says Andrew.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR BEN
Stars Josh Lawson, Rachael Taylor, Daniel Henshall, Felicity Ward. "At last, an Australian film that's as sophisticated and slick as its cities, yet down to earth and in touch with our sardonic sense of humour," says Louise.

THE KID WITH A BIKE
Stars Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Jeremie Renier. "An astonishing performance by young Thomas Doret as Cyril delivers the core of this well crafted, subtle yet powerful screenplay," says Andrew.

KILLER ELITE
Stars Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Jason Statham, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young. "Fascinating but often frustrating, this Australian co-production from the producers of Tomorrow When The War Began, rips along at a frenetic pace with edge-of-seat thrills as the action hots up, but loses its sizzle by a jumpy, clumsy screenplay," says Louise.

21 JUMP STREET
Stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. "The humour is pretty lame, so leave your brain at the door, but there are some funny juxtapositions," says Louise.

Competition winners:
JOHN CARTER DVD
To 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, we asked: If you were sent to Mars on a long mission, who among family or friends would you take and why? Kellie Craske (VIC) says: My husband; especially considering that is where he and all men are from.....

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, Sleeping Beauty (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
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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