Welcome to our 842nd weekly edition; Thursday, April 25, 2013 - dedicated to the ANZACS

Movie reviews:
IRON MAN 3
(US, 2013) Dir: Shane Black. Stars Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Ty Simpkins. "The stunts are spectacular and the suits - whether flying or fighting - are terrific, while the humans add an edginess to the always fast-paced proceedings. The adults are, as you would expect, well oiled and seamless in their roles, but it's young Ty Simpkins as Harley the smart kid who surpasses expectations," says Andrew. "What's not to like about a super-hero flick that delivers in imagination, excess, humour and star power? Humour is central to the plot but the storyline never loses sight of its commendable themes: good versus evil, integrity, loyalty and courage," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:Gossip-free zone.
* Titan View launches movies online On Demand;
* The Never Ending Story back on screen at Orpheum - one day only;
* Rodd Rathjen's short, Tau Seru, in Competition in Critics Week at Cannes;
* Think big & think multiplatform for Storyworld Studio;
* The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF, May 28 - 30) will open in Sydney with the documentary In the Shadow of the Sun;

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

COMPETITION
AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS
Win one of 20 double passes to one screening at the German Film Festival in your capital city (not valid opening/closing nights, special events, Saturdays after 5pm and Public Holidays). See website for capital city dates.

Audi Festival of German Films 2013:
EXPANDING THE TERRITORY
The 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films will showcase 45 award-winning films and documentaries from thrillers to comedies and critically acclaimed dramas across eight cities throughout the first two weeks of May, and, for the first time, will include Newcastle and Byron Bay.

The other Thérèse:
TWO THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUXS
For aging cinephiles, Claude Miller's adaptation of Thérèse Desqueyroux (released on 11/4/2013 - in Australia as Thérèse D ) inevitably recalls George Franju's 1962 version of the same story. Franju's was the first of his feature films to be screened here in Australia, though his shorts were known and, in the case of Le Sang des Betes, had a fearsome reputation, writes Geoff Gardner.

Movie reviews:
HAUTE CUISINE
(France, 2012) Dir: Christian Vincent. Stars Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot. " ... captures a boisterous sense of life at the Palace, depicting the structured formalities, the conflicts and the relationships. Above all, the film conveys the essence of a strong woman whose love for the land, its produce and the creation of good food, is an inspiration in itself," says Louise. " ... an engaging enough film, with a few special moments amidst the procedural aspects; serious cooking always fascinates us foodies, and Hortense has a few appetizing and unique dishes with which to tempt us," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ANTIVIRAL
(Canada, 2012) Dir: Brandon Cronenberg. Stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue. "Celebrity, obsession and the ultimate thrill of being infected by a virus from your favourite celeb is the name of the game and Cronenberg Jnr has created a reality that makes the skin crawl. Satire, horror and sci-fi meld into one delectably gruesome tale in which Caleb Landry Jones' pasty protagonist spends most of the film clutching a thermometer, syringe and a vial of blood," says Louise.

Movie review:
SONG FOR MARION
(UK/Germany, 2012) Dir: Paul Andrew Williams. Stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston. "The sentiments expressed are sincere and the performances have great veracity so it is a shame that the film itself lacks the juice and pace proffered by its energetic cast," says Louise.

Premiere Australian release DVD:
ELECTRICK CHILDREN
(US, 2012) Dir: Rebecca Thomas. Stars Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Bill Sage, Cynthia Watros, Billy Zane. "With a film of such whimsy and magic realism, the tone is all important and Thomas manages to maintain the delicate balance between drama and comedy. Above all, Garner delivers an outstanding performance," says Andrew. "... an unusual, quirky and voyeuristic film as its 15 year old virgin Mormon protagonist is exposed to the big bad world," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Farewell My Queen, stars Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky. "Visually sumptuous, this French Spanish co-production about the last days of Marie Antoinette is a far cry from Sofia Coppola's 2006 lollypop version... the prominence of the film's lesbian theme is also a surprise," says Louise.]
List of films releasing soon

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
2 Guns, stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg;
Thor: The Dark World, stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins;
After Earth, Will Smith, Jaden Smith;
Star Trek Into Darkness, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto;
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
LES MISERABLES
Stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Isabelle Allen, Eddie Redmayne. "An emotional tour de force, this landmark adaptation of the 1987 Tony-award winning musical delivers everything at its creative peak - drama, performance, filmmaking and the language of music," says Louise.

LES MISERABLES - HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MUSICAL
Documentary. "Les Miserables is a title destined to put audiences off: so why doesn't it?" says Andrew.

SHADOW DANCER
Stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson. "A smouldering IRA thriller replete with betrayals and twists ... excels in its moody portrayals and intrigue, although confusion with plot points occasionally distracts," says Louise.

LIBERAL ARTS
Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, Allison Janney, Zac Efron. "Effects and consequences tug continually in this warm, likeable and often funny slice of life that rings true irrespective of which age group you fit," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER DVD
We asked: Who among family and friends is or may feel as if an outcast and why? Michael Potter (VIC): Me. I have black; woolly hair... a sheepish grin... and I'm often found at a baa.

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, A Few Best Men (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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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