Welcome to our 841st weekly edition; Thursday, April 18, 2013

Movie reviews:
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
(US, 2012) Dir: Robert Redford. Stars Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins. "The changing face of idealism is the theme of this gripping, runaway thriller that meshes the generations and takes off the moment it begins ... Redford has cherry picked an ideal cast of baby boomers," says Louise. "Redford teases out a fictional but credible scenario about a group of characters who were once glued together in the Weather Underground protest group," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Susie Porter and Denise Roberts will be presenters at the 2013 ADG Awards;
* Evil Dead do the Nova;
* 'Live in person' from Hobbit's Middle Earth;
* Marlon Wayans here for his Haunted House;
* Tasman filmmaker wins award for underwater camera casing;
* Hollywood Costume opens with keynote lecture in Melbourne;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER DVD
Win one of 10 copies of The Perks of Being A Wallflower on DVD, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. "Wonderfully observant . effectively allows secrets from the past to be woven into the confusion of the present with disarming clarity," says Louise. Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Movie reviews:
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
(US, 2013) Dir: Antoine Fuqua. Stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Echhart, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Angela Bassett. "If this film were a pizza, it would be with double cheese plus all the trimmings you can pile on, and the base would be thick and heavy," says Andrew. "If it's just bullets, bangs and wham-bam action you are after, this is the film for you. If you're looking for a credible tale with an emotional hit and something extra, you'll be disappointed," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
NO
(Chile/France/US, 2012) Dir: Pablo Larrain. Stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers. "It's an extraordinary story and Larrain tells it with all the passion of a historian, Gael García Bernal perfectly cast," says Louise. "It's a great and true story, but I wish it were better told on screen, because despite its Oscar nomination (Best Foreign Language Film), No is not as cinematically satisfying as I had expected. All the same, it's engaging and at times impressively fused with archival footage," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE OTHER SON
(France, 2012) Dir: Lorraine Levy. Stars Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari, Mahmood Shalabi, Khalifa Natour. "Levy ... has created a film that delicately explores the personal issues and ripple effect to the families as a result of the revelations. The issues surrounding identity, birthright, religion and parentage are not small ones, yet it is the small things that touch us the most," says Louise. " ... a nuanced and restrained screenplay which leaves space for us to interpret and to approach, without stating that which is obvious. Crucially, the sensitivities involved are beautifully judged and displayed, helped by a wonderful cast," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING
(UK, 2012) Dir: Donald Rice. Stars Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth McGovern, Ellie Kendrick. "The film is pleasant enough but lightweight; when there should be pathos, there is little more than a whimper," says Louise. "A few smart exchanges of dialogue and embarrassing dinner scenes notwithstanding, Cheerful Weather tends to constrain itself and us with its tumult of characters we hardly care about," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Snitch, stars Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon. "There is no glamour portrayed in the seedy world of drug cartels and the low-life that makes its living there, as Dwayne Johnson goes undercover, putting everything at risk. It's tense and involving with double crosses, several twists and a spectacular final reel with explosive action comprising out-of-control monster trucks, flying cars and the dramatic, deadly crunch of metal," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Fast and Furious 6, stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson;
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario;
First Position, documentary;
The Wolverine, stars Hugh Jackman;
No, stars Gael Garcia Bernal;

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 MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
Stars Russell Crowe, RZA, Rick Yune, Cung Le, Lucy Liu. "Under the influence of Quentin Tarantino, RZA has given us a B movie that mashes martial arts with rap, 19th century period with 21st century street jive and treasure hunt with dynastic feud," says Andrew.

HAIL
Stars Leanne Letch, Daniel P. Jones. "In some cinematic twilight zone between documentary and fiction, Hail is both character portrait and social documentary," says Andrew.

PARIS MANHATTAN
Stars Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. "The premise might be slight, but there's a sprinkling of magic in Sophie Lellouche's debut feature about a young woman obsessed with Woody Allen," says Louise.

YOU WILL BE MY SON
Stars Neils Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Marivin, Nicolas Bridet. "This is a potent story about fathers and sons and filmmaker Gilles Legrand builds beautifully and devastatingly on this theme," says Louise.

ALEX CROSS
Stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Giancarlo Esposito, Jean Reno. "Unsure whether it aspires to be a police procedural, an action thriller, a revenge drama or a buddy movie, Alex Cross is a mess of a film," says Louise.

Competition winners:
WARM BODIES
To win double passes courtesy Icon, we asked: Who among family and friends appears to be one of the living dead and why? Aaron Kaczmarczyk (SA) Definitely my Granddads stuffed dog Rex. He's certainly dead but I swear his head has turned different directions every time I visit.

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 (pic) 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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