Welcome to our 16th Anniversary - 832nd weekly edition; Thursday, February 14, 2013

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
- Andrew L. Urban's Front Up Redux: Seeking your support

SECRETS OF THE INTERVIEW
- Andrew L. Urban's inaugural course x 6 Tuesday evenings from March 19; the psychology, practice & power of the interview.

BAFTA WINNERS: There goes Argo!

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

Exclusive interview with Peter Jackson:
AN ARKANSORE
Why did Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh spend millions of their own money on the defence of a stranger halfway across the world in Arkansas and $2 million more on the documentary - West of Memphis - about the case? And what does Satan have to do with it? Andrew L. Urban put the questions to Jackson on the eve of the film's Australian release (February 14, 2013).
WEST OF MEMPHIS - "Together with the rich material comprising interviews with family and friends, the footage shot in the various court rooms and at the crime scene is riveting," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Jane Campion heads to Cannes - as a President;
* Shirley Bassey's Oscar debut;
* Hannay featured at ACMI Perspectives;
* Healing - therapy in responsibility;
* Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) will present its awards at ACMI;
* RMIT & Enhance TV join up for digital jump;
* Transitions FilmFest for greener world;
* Night screens across America;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 3D: WORLDS AWAY
To celebrate our 16th anniversary edition, win one of 16 family passes to Cirque du Soleil 3D: Worlds Away the fantasy film that celebrates the interface of cinema & showbiz. Passes courtesy Paramount Pictures Australia. Copyright Line - © 2013 PPC. Only at the movies from February 21, 2013.

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED DVD
Also for our 16th anniversary edition, win one of 10 copies of Safety Not Guaranteed on DVD, starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, courtesy Reel DVD. From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. "Comedy, romance, sci-fi .. and wonderful whimsy, come together in this surprising film," says Andrew L. Urban. Available on DVD & Digital Download now.

Movie reviews:
ANNA KARENINA (2012)
(UK, 2012) Dir: Joe Wright. Stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Olivia Williams, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander. "Wright's vision in re-imagining this classic tale is conceptually brilliant, with a perpetual sense of motion ... a visual and emotional statement," says Louise. "Wright's edgy, bravura approach actually enhances the moral themes and the social context, illuminating the story in a fresh, contemporary light. This is cinema," says Andrew.

Australian premiere release - at iTunes:
A LONELY PLACE FOR DYING
(US, 2008) Dir: Justin Eugene Evans. Stars Ross Marquand, Michael Scovotti, James Cromwell, Michael Wincott. "Full of tense atmos and neatly balancing the thrilling hunt themes with some personal histories of two men pitted against each other, A Lonely Place for Dying is compelling and satisfying," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
SAFE HAVEN
(US, 2013) Dir: Lasse Hallström. Stars Julianne Hough, Irene Ziegler, Jon Kohler, David Lyons. "While none of the elements of this Valentine Day release chick-flick are remarkable in themselves, in the gifted hands of director Lasse Hallström, there is definitely magic at work. The perfect date movie," says Louise. But Andrew says: "...most of the film is (also) very nice as the slowly budding romance is observed to bloom with the tentative nature of a snail on dope."

Movie reviews:
THE SWEENEY (2012)
(UK, 2012) Dir: Nick Love. Stars Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh. "Gritty and violent, this character-driven drama socks it to us without restraint and we get the distinct impression there's nothing left in the tank by the time the tale is told," says Louise. "There's not much more we could ask for in a contempo police procedural - except maybe subtitles to overcome the heavy, dense cockney accents," says Andrew.

Alliance Française French Film Festival:
FROM THE KITCHEN TO PARADISE
"Few achievements in the world of cinema can equal it," says venerable film critic Roger Ebert about Marcel Carné's Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) a fabulous restored version of which (its Australian premiere) will close this year's Alliance Française French Film Festival. It will be a resonant finale to a festival with 20 of the program's 43 films Australian premieres, including the opening film, Christian Vincent's Haute Cuisine. (Pic. L'homme qui rit.)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Broken City, stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper. "Excelling in the smarmy stakes, Russell Crowe is back in form as a crooked New York Mayor who takes because he can and because it feels good," says Louise. ]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Performance, stars Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener;
Fast and Furious 6, stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson;
West of Memphis, documentary;
No, stars Gael Garcia Bernal;
The Sweeney, stars Ray Winstone, Ben Drew;
World War Z, stars Brad Pitt;

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
KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Stars Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini. "..a movie about crooks and the Mob which presents itself as a hard hitting crime drama, yet it quickly evolves into something of an art movie with dark comedic undercurrents," says Andrew.

THE WORDS
Stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons. "The questions posed give us food for thought and the nuances of the moral complexity make the film juicy and satisfying," says Andrew.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR
Stars Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron. "..an exquisitely simple film about complex subject matter," says Louise.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
Stars James Howson, Solomon Glave, Shannon Beer, Kaya Scodelario. "Physical and mental abuse perpetuates throughout the two hours plus of the film's running time with little reward and Bronte enthusiasts will despair," says Louise.

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
Stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass. "A social outcast, an Indian with flames on his laptop and a jaded journalist on the prowl for an old flame join forces to seek out the story behind a newspaper advertisement in search of a time travelling companion," says Louise.

Competition winners:
LINCOLN
To win one of ten double inseason passes to Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: What would you say to Abraham Lincoln if you met him at a party? Rose Toso (WA) says: One day you'll be so well in demand that you'll be in everyone's pockets i.e. as a $US5 note.

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 (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 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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