Welcome to our 823rd weekly edition; Thursday, December 13, 2012

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

Trending:
COMING OF AGED MOVIES
Ageing, succession, death ... and box office: movies for the over 40s and 50s are tapping an eager audience, but mostly in arthouses. The older demographic is under-catered in the multiplex mainstream, as some in the movie business tell Andrew L. Urban.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Get into Tango Underpants;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Mary Sum says: Skyfall easily retained its No 1 position in the top 20, which took a total of $10.77 M at the weekend, down 22%.

COMPETITIONS
JACK REACHER
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins, courtesy Paramount Pictures. Copyright: 2012 PPC. ONLY AT THE MOVIES JANUARY 3.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 DVD
Win one of 10 copies of THE EXPENDABLES 2 DVD, starring Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download from 28 December, 2012.

Movie reviews:
LIBERAL ARTS
(US, 2012) Dir: Josh Radonr. Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, Allison Janney, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser, Richard Jenkins. "Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) has directed and written an astonishingly good screenplay filled with delectable insights from three different age groups. He is also excellent as the film's protagonist," says Louise. " ...has the hallmark of slow burning classic, starting deceptively uninvolving but gradually increasing in both interest and dramatic tension, with a tender emotional payoff that ripples across all the main characters," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
(Denmark/Sweden, 2012) Dir: Suzanne Bier. Stars Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen. " ... scrumptious romantic comedy set on the dazzling Italian Riviera and as a result, happily puts us through the emotional wringer. I laughed and I cried," says Louise. "Not that the film is bad, but it's rather banal, although a female audience will howl me down," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
PARIS MANHATTAN
(France, 2012) Dir: Sophie Lellouche. Stars Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. "The premise might be slight, but there's a sprinkling of magic in Lellouche's debut feature about a young woman obsessed by Woody Allen, as she traverses the bridges of her life, searching for the elusive pathway to happiness," says Louise. "The cinematic equivalent of a lite & easy meal," says Andrew.

Movie review:
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS 3D
(US, 2012) Dir: Peter Ramsey. Voices of Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin. " ...youngsters will enjoy the diversion with the film's cute characters and creative visuals although there is a frenetic feel about the action that tends to overwhelm the story on an emotional level. As a result, there is little heart that resonates," says Louise.

First Australian release (on DVD):
360
(UK/Austria/France/Brazil, 2011) Stars Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ben Foster. "It often feels forced and inauthentic. Perhaps it's a weakness of the direction, but ultimately the film fails to fire up all its many cylinders," says Andrew. "... circular exploration of sex, love and relationships, in which interconnected characters reveal how actions, reactions and consequences impact on us all," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Lincoln, stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones. "A literally and metaphorically towering performance by Daniel Day Lewis as the 1.93cm Abraham Lincoln drives this historically riveting and personally impassioned film from Steven Spielberg," says Andrew. "History lesson, political thriller and human drama all rolled together into one sizzling cigar, this is a film whose ballast and tension registers strongly, documenting a vital chapter of one man's vision of the ideals of democracy, for the benefit of all men," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in December

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Star Trek Into Darkness, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto;
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen;
Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton;
Jack Reacher, stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike;
Lincoln, stars Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field;
Anna Karenina, stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law;

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 BOURNE LEGACY
Stars Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach. "The answer to the question on everyone's lips, whether the Bourne franchise works without Jason Bourne, is a resounding yes," says Louise.

THE CAMPAIGN
Stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis. " ... provides some easy laughs and a few cutting digs about politicians and their motives," says Louise.

PAUL KELLY: STORIES OF ME
Documentary featuring Paul Kelly. "...this insightful documentary paints a vivid picture of an endlessly curious musician, who is a great observer, listener and participant," says Louise.

Competition winners:
QUARTET
To win one of 20 double inseason passes to Quartet, courtesy Paramount, we asked: In your old age which musical instrument would you like to play and why? Clare Miller (VIC): The cello; I'm told it's great for toning the inner thighs muscles which I've heard go week as you get older so it'll save me going to the gym.
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, Steph Elliott's A Few Best Men (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO
Naked luaus on the beach, a unique tequila-in-belly-button championship, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Madonna dining with Sean Penn, Bette Midler, Lee Majors, spaced-out magicians and surprise bare-breasting; these - and much more - are the ingredients that make up the legacy of La Fonda. Hotel No-Tell. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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