Welcome to our 817th weekly edition; Thursday, November 1, 2012

New on VisionStream: all the latest clips, interviews, extra trailers and background features. Over 100 videos.

Movie reviews:
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (ARENA TOUR)
(UK, 2012) Tim Minchin, Ben Forster, Melanie C, Chris Moyles, Alex Hanson. "... a remarkably successful fusion of theatre and film; the staging and design of the arena stage, with the close ups and editing possibilities of cinema. In a word, superlative," says Andrew. "... explodes onto the screen with all the intensity, pathos and veracity of a theatrical musical experience. With contemporary design and staging utilising multi camera set ups, constantly evolving screens with newsreel footage, funky graphics ..." says Louise.
The Back Story - by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Jacki Weaver to co-star in new JFK movie, Parkland;
* George Lucas sells for $4 billion to Disney;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Argo opened well, although not as well as Mary Sum had expected, taking just under $2 million at the weekend. The Intouchables scored the best screen averages (not counting event screenings of the Paul Kelly doco) with $10,291 on 66 screens. Frankenweenie was a bit subdued on its debut, though, with a little over $500 K on 213 screens. Also opened: Hail (Madman) with $5,648 on 2.

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COMPETITIONS
THE MASTER
Win one of 15 double passes to see Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, courtesy Roadshow Films. In cinemas November 8.

HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER'S WAR - BLU-RAY
Win one of 5 Blu-ray copies of the mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, starring Lachy Hulme (as Kerry Packer), Abe Forsyth (as John Cornell), Clayton Watson and Damon Gameau (as Ian and Greg Chappell), courtesy Transmission Films. Available now on DVD and Blu-ray. (A Southern Star John Edwards production for Nine Network Australia in association with Screen Australia.)

Movie reviews:
END OF WATCH
(US, 2012) Dir: David Ayer. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick. "With its dizzying, jumpy camera work and constantly changing point of view, there is a dynamic sense of being there, as the two cops ... throw themselves head first into unpredictable, ever-changing situations, while first and foremost looking after each other's back," says Louise. "David Ayer's tribute to the LAPD and all who work in it, a buddy movie driven by a crime-fighting hero worship ethos with genetic links all the way back to The Lone Ranger," says Andrew.

Movie review:
LAST DANCE
(Aust, 2012) Dir: David Pulbrook. Stars Julia Blake, Firass Dirani. "... a topical and pertinent film, concisely written, grounded by its profundity and made real and accessible by two superb performances ... I felt as though a knife had been twisted in my heart in this simply expressed, complex story about conflict and the impossible bridges required for a resolution," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
YOU WILL BE MY SON
(Fr, 2011) Dir: Gilles Legrand. Stars Neils Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais. "Father v son or father & son? A theme frequented by filmmakers, the father/son relationship is powerful terrain for drama and Gilles Legrand explores it with a fearless sensibility," says Andrew. "This is a potent story about fathers and sons and filmmaker Gilles Legrand builds beautifully and devastatingly on this theme," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE GIANTS
(Belgium, 2011) Dir: Bouli Lanners. Stars Martin Nissen, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Paul Bartel, Marthe Keller. "The tranquil beauty of rural Belgium and three outstanding juvenile performances are the highlights of this moody and haunting film that offers an unsettling glimpse of the pain of adolescence," says Louise. "The Giants is a festival film (it featured in Directors Fortnight at Cannes, for example, where it won a couple of awards), by which I mean it is for discerning movie palates, prepared to go with the flow of the leisurely pace that contrasts with the intensity," says Andrew.

Movie review:
BACHELORETTE
(US, 2012) Dir: Lesley Headland. Stars Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Paul Corning, Isla Fisher. "Lacking the charm and genuine heart of Bridesmaids, Bachelorette feels like a bouquet of wilted flowers - brittle and less than lovely, outstanding performances notwithstanding," says Louise.

First release in Australia - DVD:
FANNY, ANNIE & DANNY
(US, 2011) Dir: Chris Brown. Stars Jill Pixley, Carlye Pollack, Jonathan Leveck, Colette Keen, George Killingsworth, Nick Frangione. "A superbly orchestrated screenplay, astonishing performances and riveting direction from San Francisco filmmaker Chris Brown deliver a family drama with darkly humorous riffs," says Andrew.

Festivals:
CAN COCKATOO, TOO?
The inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival (Oct. 24 - 28) is imposing itself on the arts calendar with a certain bravado, reports Andrew L. Urban. Is it justified?

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Perks of Being a Wallflower, stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd. "Self confidence, relationships, love and other firsts are canvassed but it is the notion to accept the love we think we deserve, instead of the one that we want, that offers the most resonance," says Louise. "Stephen Chbosky's adaptation from his semi-autobiographical best selling novel is a zinger of a screenplay, and he directs it with verve and sensitivity," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing soon.

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
A Good Day To Die Hard, stars Bruce Willis;
Jack Reacher, stars Tom Cruise;
Jesus Christ Superstar, stars Tim Minchin, Melanie C, Ben Forster;
Flight, stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle;
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stars Foxx, diCaprio, Waltz;
Gangster Squad, stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn;
The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy;

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
THE KING IS DEAD!
Stars Dan Wyllie, Bojana Novakovic, Gary Wadell, Luke Ford, Anthony Hayes, Lani John Tupu. "I haven't had such a good laugh for ages," says Louise.

TAKE THIS WALTZ
Stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman. "yet another wonderful platform for the iridescent talents of Michelle Williams, who has a natural ability to portray thoughts," says Louise.

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Stars Nadine Labaki, Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Layla Hakim. "If Christopher Hitchens were alive to see this film, he would be nodding in sad agreement at the depiction of violent behaviour fuelled by differences in religion," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
FRANKENWEENIE
To win double passes to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, courtesy Walt Disney Studios, we asked: Which Tim Burton film is your favourite and why? Rosemarie De Bari (WA) says: I love Edward Scissorhands. Such a crazy idea, turned into a truly touching love story.
SWERVE DVD
To win a DVD copy of Craig Lahiff's Australian outback thriller Swerve, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who, among family and friends, is the worst driver you know, and why? Johanna Rees (NSW) says: My husband asked me at the round about - "which way?" I said "turn right". And he did; straight onto oncoming traffic. He forgot he had to go around it first. I screamed; he swore.

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, Greg McLean's Wolf Creek (pic) 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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