Welcome to our 806th weekly edition; Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Movie reviews:
THE BOURNE LEGACY
(US, 2012) Dir: Tony Gilroy. Stars Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach, Donna Murphy, Albert Finney. "The answer to the question on everyone's lips, whether the Bourne franchise works without Jason Bourne, is a resounding yes. Set in stunning international locations, The Bourne Legacy delivers a story with scale, thrilling action and an exciting new protagonist in Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross," says Louise. "Gilroy has a strong sense of drama and he mostly directs with a sense of urgency suitable to the genre," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Lore wins audience at Locarno fest;
* Paul Cox's gift: The Dinner Party;
* International buyers looking for Aussie scripts at SPAAmart;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
BAD KARMA
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell, Vanessa Gray, Aaron Pedersen, courtesy IFM Film Distribution. In cinemas August 23 at the following locations: NSW: Auburn, Charlestown; VIC: Waurn Ponds, Epping; QLD: Harbour Town, Gold Coast.

PASSION PLAY DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Passion Play on DVD, starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, Rhys Ifans, courtesy Eagle Entertainment. Available on DVD from August 22.

Movie reviews:
BERNIE
(US, 2012) Dir: Richard Linklater. Stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Rick Dial, Grant James. "I loved every minute of this well-told and brilliantly created film that reinforces the complexities and incongruities of the human condition," says Louise. " .. a unique work, a special film, a wonderful story, amazing characters; you'll watch the end credits with a big smile on your face," says Andrew.

Movie review:
TORTOISE IN LOVE
(UK, 2012) Dir: Guy Browning. Stars Tom Mitchelson, Alice Zawadzki, Tom Yates, Mike Kemp. "There's an easy charm about Guy Browning's debut film Tortoise in Love that is not only set in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire, but whose community members became involved in its making," says Louise. (Selected cinemas only)

Australian premiere release (DVD):
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE
(Belgium/Netherlands, 2011) Dir: Lee Tamahori. Stars Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawl, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaissa. "The reign of Saddam Hussein was known to be oppressive and violent; it was also known to be amoral in permitting gross human rights abuses and atrocities.. Well, here's our chance to witness just one man's evil ways in the House of Hussein - and it's pretty revolting," says Andrew.

Iranian Film Festival:
WE WANT MORE
Audience demand at the inaugural Iranian Film Festival Australia last year has motivated the directors to take the 2012 event beyond Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide - to Sydney and Melbourne.

Israeli Film Festival:
GETTING BIGGER
Featuring several prizewinners from prestigious festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem and San Sebastian, as well as winners from the 2011 Ophirs (Israeli 'Oscars'), the 2012 Israeli Film Festival is bigger than ever in its 9th year.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde. "...is a gripping film that plays mercilessly with the mind as it explores the precipice that divides the world of real life and fiction," says Louise. "Cleverly written - as the title demands - The Words is a fable and a lesson, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable one, delivered with masterful performances and a great sense of storytelling tradition," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing soon...

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Great Gatsby, stars Leonardo diCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan;
Mental, stars Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia;
The Words, stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons;
Skyfall, stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes;
Ruby Sparks, stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas;

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 OUT THIS WEEK
THE RAID
Stars Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapi, Verdi Solaiman. "..an extraordinary endurance test for audiences, with silat (Indonesian) martial arts action that is more protracted, more violent and more authentically staged than anything I have seen in the genre," says Andrew.

LE HAVRE
Stars André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Daroussin, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Léaud. "With its uncluttered storytelling, haunting scenarios and memorable characters, this is a gem of a film with a boat-load of heart," says Louise.

GOODBYE, FIRST LOVE
Stars Lola Creton, Sebastian Urzendowsky. "There are no fireworks, stars and elation for the young protagonist, who discovers love for the first time. Instead, it is a painful experience, filled with longing. As a consequence, the film is a touching and soulful portrait. overflowing with emotions and rich with imagery," says Louise.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott-Thomas. "Ewan McGregor plays a reserved Englishman whose dried up marriage has infected him with dullness," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE BOURNE LEGACY
To win one of 15 double inseason passes to The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn, courtesy Universal, we asked: Which movie spy would you have as special guest at your next big party and why? Most popular were James Bond, Austin Powers and Maxwell Smart, with mentions to Ethan Hunt, George Smiley and Mr & Mrs Smith - thanks to everyone who entered.

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, Picnic at Hanging Rock (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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