Welcome to our 833rd weekly edition; Thursday February 21, 2013

ADDICTED TO FRONT UP?
"Every time I watch I get shivers up my spine waiting for someone to publicly disembowel themselves ..." A viewer's take on Andrew L. Urban's social doco series on SBS; help bring it back. Front Up Redux

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

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Movie reviews:
THE IMPOSTER
(UK, 2012) Dir: Bart Layton. Documentary featuring Frédéric Bourdin. "A tremendously satisfying film and for anyone interested in filmmaking techniques, The Imposter has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone," says Andrew. "...the revelations never stop. The title tells us what the story is about, but it is impossible to imagine the complex elements that involve not only the central character, a young man pretending to be someone else, but those who accept him as the person he pretends to be," says Louise. (Releasing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & Hobart on February 28)
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT - Bart Layton outlines how he stumbled onto the story of a lifetime, how complex it is and how he had to invent a new language to tell it on screen.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Crystal Bears for Aussies at Berlin;
* Clifford wins last Tropfest at Domain;
* Guests for French Film Festival;
* A Lonely Place for Dying - a busy place for watching;
* The Quiet Man returns - to Cremorne;
* Oscar nom shorts at Melbourne's Nova.

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

COMPETITIONS
OSCARS SURPRIZE!
Win a special Oscar surPrize gift courtesy Walt Disney Studios. One of 5 Blu-ray packs comprising: Tim Burton's Oscar nominated animated feature, Frankenweenie (releases on DVD & Blu-ray Feb 27), the Oscar winning animated feature from Pixar, Monsters Inc - plus a collection of Pixar's short animations.

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
Win one of 15 double passes the Alliance Française French Film beginning March 5 and running until April 7. Each ticket entitles the holder to 2 complimentary tickets to 1 Festival session of choice excluding opening/closing nights, special events, 3D Films, Saturdays after 5pm and Public Holidays. Films screen nationally between March 5 and April 7.

Movie reviews:
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
(US, 2013) Dir: Richard LaGravenese. Stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons. "A girl with magical powers and a boy whose only power is love are the central focus of this entertaining, striking film that promises to fill the void left by the Twilight franchise," says Louise. "With its Romeo and Juliet genesis, Beautiful Creatures promises a sweet new mortal & supernatural romance, but doesn't quite get there. Too much cheese in the recipe," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
AMOUR
(Austria/France, 2012) Dir: Michael Haneke. Stars Jean-Louis Trintignan, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. "My review is categorized as 'favourable' not because I enjoyed the film (that's not Michael Haneke's intent) but because I recognise what he is trying to say and that he says it with a unique cinematic voice," says Andrew. "Debilitation and loss of control is a harsh topic, yet Haneke's film is surprisingly gentle, exploring the constraints and options faced, as old age delivers its ultimate blow - the loss of self and ability to function with dignity," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR
(UK, 2012) Dir: Laurent Bouzereau. Documentary featuring Roman Polanski. " .. there is something exquisitely personal about this documentary in which he tells his story in conversation with his friend of over 40 years, producer Andrew Braunsberg," says Louise. "A fine example of how sympathetic interviewing techniques can result in a probing interview that carries insights and emotion," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE LAST STAND
(US, 2013) Dir: Jee-woon Kim. Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare. "Sensational action, bloody violence, goofy humour and Arnie as the small town Sheriff - it's all there, and the larger than life 65 year old Austrian superstar continues to fill every inch of the screen," says Louise.

Movie review:
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D
(US, 2012) Dir: Andrew Adamson. Stars Igor Zaripov, Erica Kathleen Linz. "The miracle of the live Cirque du Soleil experience simply does not translate into film. I felt as though I had been invited to an extravagant banquet and while I was able to admire what was on offer, I never got close enough to satisfy my appetite," says Louise.

Nominations:
2012 CRITICS AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM
The nominations for the 2012 FCCA Critics Awards for Australian Film have been announced. Best film nominations include Dead Europe, Lore (pic), Not Suitable for Children, The Sapphires and Wish You Were Here. The awards are sponsored by Foxtel and Universal Pictures and will be held on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Paddington RSL.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Thérèse D, Stars Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lelouche. "An exquisite portrait of a free spirit, stifled in a marriage of convenience, Thérèse D. plays like a beautiful melody whose main voice is the silent counterpoint that reflects the yearning of a woman quashed," says Louise. "The claustrophobic mores of early 20th century Europe seem to ooze off the screen as Claude Miller applies his considerable cinematic skills to this adaptation," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Side Effects, stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law;
Beautiful Creatures, stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons;
Star Trek Into Darkness, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto;
Mt Zion, stars Stan Walker, Temuera Morrison;
Fast and Furious 6, stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson;
A Good Day To Die Hard, stars Bruce Willis;

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
LAWLESS
Stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce. "...intoxicating tale of gangsters, bootleg and survival," says Louise.

ON THE ROAD
Stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst. "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, confuses the next," says Andrew.

MOTHER FISH
Stars Kathy Nguyen, Sheena Pham, Hieu Phan, Vico Thai. " .. an overtly intense experience, as filmmaker Khoa Do gives us a semblance what it's like to be a Vietnamese boat refugee," says Louise.

33 POSTCARDS
Stars Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Claudia Karvan. "There is a restrained, gentle tone to the film, and Antony Partos contributes with lovely music cues," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D
To win family passes, courtesy Paramount Pictures Australia, we asked: If the enigmatic answer is 16, what might be the surprising question? Most innovative entry goes to Kate Kenny (WA) who says: 'Start with Douglas Adams' The Meaning of Life. Then subtract Hopscotch's anniversary number; then subtract a TENder juicy steak. What d'you get?' We also liked Joanne Emery's (SA) question: 'How many tons do you have to load to get another day older and deeper in debt?' (Thanks also to all our valued readers who congratulated Urban Cinefile on our 16th Anniversary.)

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED DVD
To win Safety Not Guaranteed on DVD, starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, courtesy Reel DVD, we asked: With who among family and friends would you like to travel back in time - to when & why? Roberto Colombi (NSW) says: 'To the time of Henry VIII to dance in one of the infamous Medieval balls with my girlfriend as it takes 'Tudor' tango!'

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, Blessed (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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