Welcome to our 808th weekly edition; Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Movie reviews:
MOONRISE KINGDOM
(US, 2012) Dir:Wes Anderson. Stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton. "Selected to open the 2012 Festival de Cannes, the film offers a complex set of cinematic pleasures, ranging from its vibrant, eccentric visual presentation to its deadpan humour and superb performances. Oh, and the music!" says Andrew. "The brush strokes are uniquely Anderson. Appealing to the child in each of us, this story of puppy love, loners and boy scouts is sweet without clawing, humorous in an offbeat fashion and poignantly sincere with its respectful depiction of its characters." says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Dangerous Liaisons - reset in Shanghai - opens Chinese Film Fest in Sydney;
* Cockatoo fest cock-a-hoop over industry support;
* The Sapphires script wins AWGIE;
* Shakespeare's Globe across the globe;
* Melbourne's Astor does David Lean;
* War Witch & Roller Town win at Canadian fest;
* A small step for a big man . see Moon landing movie again on SBS or DVD

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Mary Sum Says: Sapphires are box office gold .. the film's third weekend is still a sparkling $1.44 M, down just 26% from the previous weekend, and bringing its cume to $7.84 M. The top 20 dipped 14% to $9.98 M with Storm Surfers 3D riding the highest screen averages with $11,403 on 6.

COMPETITIONS
CHINESE TAKE-AWAY
Win one of 5 double inseason passes to see Winner of Best Film and the Audience Award at the Rome International Film Festival, CHINESE TAKEAWAY - a comedy following the relationship between a reclusive Spanish hardware store owner and a Chinese immigrant, thrown together by an absurd twist of fate, courtesy Rialto Distribution. Stars Ricardo Darin, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang. In cinemas August 30.

WISH YOU WERE HERE DVD
Win one of 10 copies of WISH YOU WERE HERE on DVD, starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, courtesy Hopscotch Entertainment. Available on DVD from August 29.

Movie reviews:
THE EXPENDABLES 2
(US, 2012) Dir: Simon West. Stars Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Charisma Carpenter, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews. "You can almost feel the spray of the alpha male. It's not as good as the first film, but if it's mindless bloody action you want with a few wry laughs and you've had a rough day at the office, this will undoubtedly shake the cobwebs," says Louise. "the pleasure of seeing Arnie back with a (large) gun in his hand, cracking the odd joke at his own and his team's expense, and all the collected weight of a thousand years of action hero experience to call on. Van Damme it, it's a blast," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
CHINESE TAKE-AWAY
(Argentina, 2011) Dir: Sebastian Borensztein. Stars Ricardo Darin, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang, Enric Rodriguez. "If it weren't based on a true story it would still be a great yarn, but real life often manages to outperform our imaginations when it comes to the human condition," says Andrew. "The absurdity of life is beautifully captured in this wondrously simple, yet complex film from Argentina in which fate and the incongruous collide. Nothing is what it seems, yet everything is exactly what it seems," says Louise.

CinefestOZ 2012:
WISH YOU'D BEEN HERE
Created and developed by the local community around Margaret River, WA, CinefestOZ is a unique Australian film festival with a French flavour, sitting comfortably alongside the region's wine driven tourism culture. It's a happy blend, as Andrew L. Urban discovered at its 5th edition, where Bryan Brown was awarded the Screen Legend Award. (Andrew L. Urban was a guest of the Festival and Tourism WA.)

2012 winner:
KIT DENTON DISFELLOWSHIP
Presented by Andrew Denton as part of the 45th Annual AWGIE Awards on August 24, Angela Betzien has won this years $30,000 Kit Denton Disfellowship. Andrew L. Urban was one of four shortlisted out of 385 entries.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Monsieur Lazhar stars Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron. "Comparing the classroom with the protective cocoon from which the pupa emerges as an adult butterfly, this is an exquisitely simple film about complex subject matter," says Louise. "'Good teacher' movies have profound appeal for obvious reasons: teachers are the second tier guardians, carers and role models for our children," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing soon ..

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Argo, stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman;
The Words, stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons;
Anna Karenina, stars Keira Knightley,
Skyfall, stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes;
Mental, stars Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia;
Alex Cross, stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Ed Burns;

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
MARGIN CALL
Stars Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto. "Margin Call is a disaster movie with a difference. It's about a real disaster and it has touched millions if not billions of people," says Andrew. "His unmistakable beautiful, deep voice intact and screen presence alive, Jeremy Irons is suitably austere as the company CEO, who lives by his golden rule to be smarter than the rest," says Louise.

WISH YOU WERE HERE
Stars Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, Antony Starr, Nicholas Cassim, Otto Page. "An idyllic beach holiday in Cambodia crash-lands into a hellish nightmare in this taut Australian drama about a missing person," says Louise.

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS
Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner. "Biggest is best in this full throttle action fantasy of excess," says Louise.

Competition winners:
HOPE SPRINGS
To win one of 25 double inseason passes to Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: With which movie star would you like to share strawberries and Champagne and why? John Visconti (SA) says: MR Bean; I want complete silence while I'm enjoying my strawberries and champagne.

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, Bright Star (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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