Welcome to our 836th weekly edition; Thursday March 14, 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:
GODDESS
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Mark Lamprell. Stars Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski, Dustin Clare, Johnstone-Burt, Tamsin Carroll. "Bursting with a vibrant joie de vivre, the dreams and aspirations of a housewife explode in a colourful musical fantasy, complete with toe-tapping songs, an uplifting hyper-reality and endearing characters," says Louise. "Contemporary, relevant and occasionally moving," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - Magda Szubanski on playing Cassandra Wolfe, design Nazi.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby to open Cannes;
* Jane Campion & Gerard Lee at Top of the Lake Q&A;
* National cultural policy funds for digital.

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

COMPETITION
THE MASTER DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Nominated for three Academy Awards. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download from March 13.

Movie reviews:
MAMA
(Spain/Canada, 2013) Dir: Andy Muschietti. Stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet. "Mama delivers good old fashioned scares without cheap gross-out and even moves us by its surprising and effectively executed lengthy climactic sequence," says Louise. "Haunting with its tragically melancholy story, Mama doesn't treat audiences as naïve fools. I am most impressed," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
PERFORMANCE
(US, 2012) Dir: Yaron Zilberman. Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Imogen Poots, Mark Ivanir. "Performance is a challenging and thought provoking film, its greatest assets being its four outstanding performances," says Louise. "Cinema devoid of metaphor is usually rather dull, but Yaron Zilberman's excess of metaphor makes Performance less supple than it might have been," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
REBELLE (AKA WAR WITCH)
(Canada, 2012) Dir: Kim Nguyen. Stars Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper, Mizinga Mwinga. "... an exquisitely made film in direct contrast to the ugliness of its subject matter," says Louise. "... it is astonishing that film that contains such violence can have such a serene tone. The source of the serenity is the measured, calm narration by Komona (voice of Diane Umawahoro) that is the telling of her story to her unborn child," says Andrew.

Movie review:
IN THE FOG
(Russia, 2012) Dir: Sergei Loznitsa. Stars Vladimir Svirskiy, Vlad Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov, Sergei Kolesov. "Strong, naturalistic performances power the film and the mix of formal and informal framing gives the film visual texture - decorated with superb use of light," says Andrew.

Filmart 2013:
YOU'D BE BONKERS NOT TO BE IN HONKERS ...
Sydney & Los Angeles base film producer and sales agent Gary Hamilton of Arclight Films will be the most prominent Australian exhibitor at this year's Filmart in Hong Kong, talking up deals on some $200 million worth of film projects in his development slate, many of them potential co-productions with Chinese partners. If you're in the biz, you'd be bonkers not to be in Honkers, says Andrew L. Urban as he previews the event.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming on April 4, Danny Boyle's Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel. "Like a snake-pit filled with ever-wriggling reptiles, Trance delves into the cesspool of the mind, triggering ever-changing scenarios involving memory, the subconscious, perceptions and their manipulation. It's one hell of a trip," says Louise. "Danny Boyle and his team manage to glue us to our seats with a strong story and the sort of creative filmmaking that elevates what could have been a pretentious thriller into an artistic, compelling and intriguing surprise,"says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Great Gatsby, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan;
Drift, stars Sam Worthington, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Xavier Samuel;
After Earth, stars Will Smith, Jaden Smith;
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;

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 MASTER
Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern. "The Master is not so much a class on cults and their leaders, nor a psychological drama; it seems more like a cinematic rumination about the search for direction and reason in 1950s America," says Andrew.

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN
Oscar winning documentary featuring Rodriguez, Steve Segerman. "I was instantly hooked by this unique documentary that begins as a detective story about a cult 70s singer songwriter and turns into an amazing human story," says Louise.

SAVAGES
Stars Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Salma Hayek. "Bloody violent, bloody savage and bloody wonderful," says Andrew.

ROBOT & FRANK
Stars Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon. "Simply oozing with charm, this sci-fi buddy movie about a robot and an ageing ex-jewel thief with memory issues has heart when you least expect it," says Louise.

THE GIANTS
Stars Martin Nissen, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Paul Bartel, Marthe Keller. "The tranquil beauty of rural Belgium and three outstanding juvenile performances are the highlights of this moody and haunting film," says Louise.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN II
Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser. "The scenario feels as though it is stretched to the max, leaving us to wonder whether it was simply greed that was the factor in extending the eventful and climactic Breaking Dawn into two films," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE INTOUCHABLES DVD
To win DVD copies of The Intouchables, starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends do you consider to be your total opposite and why? Francene Symonds (NSW) says: My brother is the kindest; most caring person in the world. I could never be even remotely similar to him. He deals with so much grief in his life and he does it with good humour.

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, Little Fish (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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