Welcome to our 811th weekly edition; Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Movie reviews:
LORE
(Aust/Germany, 2012) Dir: Cate Shortland. Stars Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Andre Frid, Mika Seidel, Kai-Peter Malina. " .. an intimate study in the loss of innocence. Just as Somersault launched Abbie Cornish's career, Lore will no doubt do the same for lovely German newcomer Saskia Rosendahl, whose sensitive and poignant performance captures every complexity," says Louise. "Shortland's film is nuanced, careful to avoid the potential traps of cliché or caricature, and to speak in images as much as possible," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: Lore has profound echoes for Australia, Cate Shortland tells Andrew L. Urban.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Jan Chapman to preside over APSA jury;
* Melbourne Festival's new Art on Film;
* Twisted and edgy films for Monster Fest;
* Mountain-biking movie Where The Trail Ends is being launched online globally at a function in Las Vegas today;
* David Hannay's FB page;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Mary Sum Says: Resident Evil edged ahead in the averages race with $8,155 on 175, with The Watch doing best with $7,803 on 225 and Madagascar 3 with $7,538 on 525. Kath & Kimderella took another $1 million and The Sapphires slipped just 25% in its 6th weekend, just short of a $12 M total to date.

COMPETITIONS
BAIT 3D
Win one 15 double inseason passes to BAIT 3D, starring Xavier Samuel, Alex Russell, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon and Lincoln Lewis, courtesy Paramount. Only at the movies September 20.

MEN IN BLACK III BLU-RAY
Win one 5 copies of MEN IN BLACK III, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin on Blu-ray, courtesy Universal Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray 3D, Triple Play, Blu-ray and DVD from September 20.

Movie reviews:
BAIT 3D
(Aust/Singapore//China, 2012) Dir: Kimble Rendall. Stars Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin, Martin Sacks, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie. "... a nice balance between tension, comic relief and the rising body count," says Louise. "A clever idea effectively executed, Bait 3D sets the shark horror story within the confined space of a supermarket," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: The only Australian film to screen at Venice, Bait 3D was a horror to make, Kimble Randall tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie reviews:
RUBY SPARKS
(US, 2012) Dir: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening. "Kazan, who plays the seductive figment of Paul Dano's imagination, has written an endearing screenplay in whose daring concept the lines of fiction and real life are blurred," says Louise. "... problem in the screenplay is its lack of imagination, oddly enough, which is demonstrated by repetition of the central idea - instead of a satisfactory development of it," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
LAST WILL
(Sweden, 2012) Dir: Peter Flinth. Stars Malin Crepin, Richard Ulfsater, Per Graffman, Bjorn Kellman. "I was intrigued by this film from the outset; my attention held throughout by its attractive protagonist and led through the winding pathways of the narrative to its chilling and thrilling conclusion," says Louise. "For all its strengths, it feels like a B movie or a telemovie with cinematic hopes, thanks to its weaknesses," says Andrew.

Movie review:
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
(US, 2012) Dir: Genndy Tartakovsky. Voices of Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi. "It's us humans who are the monsters in this flipped world, which only goes to show - once more - how everything is relative. The comedic premise stands up well, as the loving but controlling father, Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) tries to protect his little 118 year old girl Mavis (Selena Gomez), whose birthday party is a lavish affair," says Andrew.

Movie review:
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 3: DOG DAYS
(US/Canada, 2012) Dir: David Bowers. Stars Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn. "Learn from your mistakes is the theme of this endearing third film in the franchise in which the awkward, tumultuous highs and lows of pubescence continue," says Louise.

Men in Black III:
BARRY SONNENFELD
It's really hard to balance action and comedy, says director Barry Sonnenfeld who tried it in Men in Black 3D, as he explains to Harrison Pierce during a Sony press junket in Cancun, Mexico.
MEN IN BLACK III DVD
(US, 2012) Stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin. "It's the exploration of the cool, unfathomable yin-yang relationship between Will Smith's J and Tommy Lee Jones' K that elevates the film beyond its quirky and inventive expectations," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Savages, stars Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek. "Spraying flair as well as blood, Oliver Stone's über-colourful and graphically violent thriller depicting drug cartels, double dealings, foul play and sex is a wild, full throttle experience," says Louise. "Bloody violent, bloody savage and bloody wonderful, Oliver Stone's Savages shows how well a talented filmmaker can transform a novel into a movie," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing in September ...

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Housos Vs Authority, stars Paul Fenech;
The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy;
Argo, stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman;
Shadow Dancer, stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson;
Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2), stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart;
The Words, stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons;
Skyfall, stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes;

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 BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel. "just like the Indian location of Jaipur, the film is a chaotic and colourful mixture of the predictable, the charming and the contrived," says Andrew.

STREETDANCE 2
Stars Falk Hentshel, George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Tom Conti. "Sensational dancing is what this 3D sequel is all about," says Louise.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds. "It is Daniel Radcliff's pale, heartbroken face that haunts us throughout this spooky early 20th century ghost story," says Louise.

Competition winners:
96 MINUTES DVD
To win a copy, courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia, we asked: Who among family and friends do you think is a lousy driver and why? Cian O'Reilly (VIC) says: My uncle's sheep dog max. He can never drive them down the hills. They just stand and stare at him.
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
To win double passes, courtesy Palace Cinemas, we asked: Who among family and friends would you take on a foodie tour of Italy and why? Denise Fabri (NSW) says: I would take my husband on a foodie tour of Italy as he is Italian; speaks the language; just adores Italian food and loves to cook it. Plus he's so much fun to be with.

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, The Kings of Mykonos (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
GILLETTE CASTLE: CONNECTICUT, USA
Celebrating its 10th anniversary (in 2012) since reopening to the public in 2002, Gillette Castle in Connecticut now attracts over 300,000 visitors a year - yet it's virtually unknown internationally as a tourist attraction, with access to it only via beautiful, winding country roads. Andrew L. Urban drove out to see what's so special about it.

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