Welcome to our 812th weekly edition; Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Movie reviews:
(US/Poland, 2012) Dir: Nicholas Jarecki. Stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling. ".where writer/director Nicholas Jarecki succeeds is in sucking us in before opening Miller up and showing us that his moral guidelines are just as complicated and self contradictory as our own," says Andrew. "... the rich show they are different in this superb thriller in which honesty and dishonesty are bedfellows ... First time writer and director Nicholas Jarecki has crafted a sophisticated film that grapples with many issues ranging from the superficial to the nitty gritty," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone.
* The Master(piece) to open Cockatoo Island FF;
* Hitchcock double at Randwick Ritz, Sydney;
* Secret (World) Movie business;
* A Most Wanted Man in Hamburg;
* Guy Gross to President of screen composers;
* Storm Surfers soundtrack released;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Four holiday films rode to the top of the top 20 charts, while Bait 3D didn't hook enough sales for its ambitious 283 print release, taking an average of just $1,290 per screen for $365,187 all up. Still, not a disastrous result given the average screen taking was $$2,957. Also opened: Lore (MA15+, Transmission) $64,521 on 11; Last Will (M, Rialto) $5,942 on 3. The week was down 14% to $10.3 M, with Kath & Kimderella slipping 49%, and The Sapphires 36%.

Win one 25 double inseason passes Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, courtesy Madman. A taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. Only at the movies September 27.

Movie reviews:
(France/UK/US/Brazil, 2012) Dir: Walter Salles. Stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen. "The smell of marijuana, the sound of jazz, the lure of audacious sex and the click-clack of an Underwood typewriter conjure spellbinding images in this adaptation of literary giant Jack Kerouac's classic novel ... imbuing it with all the colour and flavour of the era. It's a bit like being there - on a road trip to hell and heaven - in the same breath," says Louise. "Plays much like a piece of modern poetry; it doesn't rhyme, it doesn't scan, it has a jagged dynamic, makes beautiful sense one scene, confusing the next," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2012) Dir: Rian Johnson. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Pierce Gagnon, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels. "It's a thriller with fantasy elements and if you disregard (or don't care about) the internal confusion of its world, you may find it works for you," says Andrew. "Looper continually messes with your head as the future physically catches up with the past ... I love the boldness of the concept," says Louise.

Emmy Awards 2012:
At a time when major US television programs are not only popular but increasingly acclaimed creatively, it's worth noting which ones are winning the big awards, like the Emmys. It's not just about which nominated Australian actor or actress wins or doesn't. Homeland was the major winner, Best Drama Series, and Best Lead actor & actress.

[Coming in December, Love Story, starring Florian Habicht, Masha Yakovenko. "A quirky, unexpectedly tender film, in which a romantic eccentric sets out to film a love story.. brings spontaneity and freshness as the film evolves, develops and springboards into unchartered territory - a little like life itself," says Louise.]
List of films releasing soon...

Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen;
The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy;
Shadow Dancer, stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson;
Argo, stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman;
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton;
Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2), stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart;

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...)

Stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci. "He might have fangs in Twilight, but here, heartthrob Robert Pattinson has bitten off more than he can chew," says Louise.

Stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Nicholas Stoller, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans. "It has something to say, reminding us to seize the day - especially in love," says Andrew.

Stars Nammi Le, Peter O'Brien, Andrew Hazzard, Penny McNamee. "In a way, it's a road movie in which the road is life and the pit stops are sexual encounters," says Louise.

Stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Johnny Lee Miller, ChloŽ Grace Moretz. "It's the over-the-top moments of high drama and theatrics that work best in this Tim Burton spectacle of ghoulish, vampiric fantasy," says Louise.

Stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan Lane. "It's neither scary nor hilarious, neither real nor surreal; it just doesn't trust the material," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
To win passes to BAIT 3D courtesy Paramount, we asked: If you were a shark which type would you prefer to be and why?Stuart Lee (NSW) says: I'd be Greg Norman - the 'shark' of golf - he's a man of leisure and with a younger wife to boot!
To win a copy courtesy Universal Home Entertainment, we asked: If you could go back in time which period in your life would you visit and why? Kerry Kandelas (NSW) says: The early 80`s. Where life was big hair; new romantic tunes; great sex; gorgeous boyfriend and I could dance the night away without fear of popping an arthritic joint.

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, Proof (pic, starring Hugo Weaving, Genevieve Picot, Russell Crowe) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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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