Welcome to our 828th weekly edition; Thursday, January 17, 2013

Featured Preview:
WHERE THE TRUTH FLIES?
Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars in Flight as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Rear view mirror:
GREAT GRETA GREATEST
With the advent (Feb. 7) of the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Andrew L. Urban pays tribute to Greta Garbo, one of the greats of cinema, who played the title role in the 1935 film, directed by Clarence Brown, for which Garbo won the New York Film Critics Circle Award.
[Play I Want To Be Alone, the song Urban wrote and Louise Keller sings in tribute to Garbo.]

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Backroads is back - on Australia Day;
* Edward Scissorhands in Cremorne;
* Empire: a knockout and Sydney season extended.

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm).
Mary Sum Says: Gangster Squad opened with the highest screen averages ($11,080 on 205) but Life of Pi reached No 1 in its second weekend with ... [more]

COMPETITION
THE GUILT TRIP
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, courtesy Paramount Pictures. © 2013 PPC. Only at the movies January 24.

Movie reviews:
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER
(US, 2012) Dir: Woody Allen. Stars Anthony Hopkins, Pauline Collins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, Freida Pinto. "It may not be Allen's best work, but this flutter and change of hearts is easy to watch and enjoy as wishes and dreams play their tug of war," says Louise. "Like a second hand clothes shop, YWMATDS is comfortable rather than exciting, predictable rather than refreshing, even though it boasts a great cast who believe in their master, Woody Allen," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THIS IS 40
(US, 2012) Dir: Judd Apatow. Stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd. "This is Apatow's forte: he writes about what he knows and it smells of truth. Crass-coated, emotionally raw, highly observant and very funny," says Louise. But Andrew says: "A tour de force of tastelessness wrestling with profoundly serious issues it cannot hope to contain".

Movie reviews:
COMPLIANCE
(US, 2012) Dir: Craig Zobel. Stars Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp. "It's a creepy and frightening demonstration of the risks society faces when accepting authority without question. And it's made visceral by the astonishing performances," says Andrew. "The implications are frightening and the premise fascinating as we are able to see how something like this can spiral out of control. Yet Zobel stretches our patience and tests the credibility of the narrative - mostly to its detriment," says Louise. (Releasing in Melbourne; Sydney release: January 24)

Movie review:
MONSTERS INC 3D
(US, 2013) Voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Steve Buscemi, Frank Oz. "Now in 3D, the filmmakers have created a wonderful reality - the reality of Monstropolis, which like the worlds of Oz and Pleasantville, whisk us far, far away on a magic carpet of fantasy," says Louise.

Awards:
2013 GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS
It's Argo and Les Mis, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Chris Cooper. "Political thriller, drama and coming of age story, the film finds the scent and follows a compelling trail of secrets. It's a ripper," says Louise. "Redford has chosen the best cast he could to do the job, and they are all leading lights, from the youngest (Jackie Evancho) to one of the oldest (Nick Nolte, whose voice is now so rusty as to be almost unintelligible)," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing in January

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Lincoln, stars Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field;
Flight, stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle;
Anna Karenina, stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law;
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stars Foxx, diCaprio, Waltz;
The Sweeney, stars Ray Winstone, Ben Drew;

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
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes. "Allegorical, wild and sometimes unfathomable, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a perfect festival film," says Andrew.

BAIT 3D
Stars Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin, Martin Sacks. " .. a nice balance between tension, comic relief and the rising body count," says Louise.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Voices of Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi. "..what we have here is an animated, cross-species creature feature romantic comedy - for 10 - 14 year olds," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
HITCHCOCK
To win double inseason passes to Hitchcock courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: What is your favourite Hitchcock film and why? Lauren Ogden (ACT) says: The Birds because it confirmed what I already knew... with their shifty eyes and pack mentality; birds are all serial killers waiting for the right opportunity to take over the world.

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, Scott Hicks' No Reservations (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
MISSISSIPPI CHURNING
Slavery, cotton, sugar and the Mississippi - they made the American south prosper. But the money, power and prestige are intertwined with racism in the history of America's greatest river. The river is still a symbol of slavery - and freedom. Andrew L. Urban found this amazing account of the river's furious past.

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