Welcome to our 835th weekly edition; Thursday March 7, 2013

THEY FESS UP ON FRONT UP
"Urban's spur of the moment interviews often turn into compelling confessionals," - Brisbane Courier Mail. Front Up Redux.

SECRETS OF THE INTERVIEW
- Andrew L. Urban's inaugural course x 6 Tuesday evenings from March 26 (Newtown, Sydney); the psychology, practice & power of the interview.

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Movie reviews:
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
(UK, 2012) Dir: Mike Newell. Stars Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Flemyng. "With its authentic production design and lilting tempo that seems to reflect the times, I really enjoyed this version of the film and the storytelling elements weave together naturally," says Louise. "Newell retains the core elements of the story and key characters as well as the authentic elements of the period, but still manages to make the film a fresh experience," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Cult classics at Dendy Newtown; Tarantino, Scorsese, Stone.
* Into the deep at Human Rights Film Fest;
* Crazy & Thief micro budget movie Sydney premiere;
* Spielberg to preside at Cannes;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE INTOUCHABLES DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Intouchables, starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. "Buddy movies don't come more moving, funnier and more successful than The Intouchables, based on a true story about the wealthy, wheelchair bound Parisian Philippe (Francois Cluzet) whose broken neck is only a small part of his trouble," says Andrew. The film has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download from March 6.

Movie reviews:
OZ: THE GREAT AND THE POWERFUL
(US, 2013) Dir: Sam Raimi. Stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Spencer. " ... a magical and entertaining tale complete with good and bad witches, endearing characters, and startling visual effects that entice us into a world filled with waterfalls, rainbows, ruby flowers and flying baboons," says Louise. "Overall, the visuals help but don't completely overcome the film's shortcomings and long running - over two hours," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
BROKEN CITY
(US, 2013) Dir: Allen Hughes. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright. "Excelling in the smarmy stakes, Russell Crowe is back in form as a crooked New York Mayor ... commanding and deliciously corrupt ... If there's a quibble, it's that the plot is so complex and intent on delivering red herrings that some of the revelations fall flat. I found myself scrambling at times to hear vital lines of dialogue," says Louise. "Mark Wahlberg ... is the best thing going for Broken City, which feels somewhat contrived and vaguely derivative with its city development corruption plot," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
BARBARA
(Germany, 2012) Dir: Christian Petzold. Stars Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke. "A meticulously crafted drama in which the depiction of character, place and circumstance evolves slowly and with intrigue, Barbara is gripping cinema," says Louise. "In short, the failures in storytelling detract from the film, despite its sensitivities, its subtleties and its final payoff of personal sacrifice," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Bullet to the Head, stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater. "The basic plot is a simple revenge story buttoned onto an odd couple buddy movie set in crimeland. Those two elements give the movie its premise, but it's the characters that give it propulsion," says Andrew. "The odd couple pairing of a New York cop and a New Orleans hit man forms the framework of this action-filled shoot-em dead revenge crime thriller in which the cop wants to take 'em in and the hit man wants to take 'em out," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris;
Broken City, stars Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones;
A Good Day To Die Hard, stars Bruce Willis;
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;

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 INTOUCHABLES
Stars François Cluzet, Omar Sy. "There are countless magical moments worth recounting - many with humour and involving the clash of the classes," says Louise.

END OF WATCH
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick. "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.

BULLY
Documentary. ". raises important issues that have relevance in the world today, although Hirsch's treatment does not especially engage us nor allow an emotional connection - surprising, considering the subject matter," says Louise.

NOBEL'S LAST WILL
Stars is nothing original in either the structure or the way the story pans out, Last Will maintains interest through excellent performances and the clarity of the storyline," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
LAWLESS DVD
To win one of 10 DVD copies of Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you describe as 'lawless' and why?

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, Red Hill (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

This travelling life:
Travelfile:
VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - A PORT WITH A VUE
It's the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o'clock, Villefranche-sur-mer is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera.

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