Welcome to our 843rd weekly edition; Thursday, May 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: The lessons of Salem by Andrew L. Urban.

What's So Funny - Andrew L. Urban's new movie course with four movies, and starting with a brilliant black comedy and discussion on May 8.

A PLACE FOR ME - FEATURED PREVIEW:
A PLACE FOR ME is a clever and touching tale of family, love (lost and found), and how endings can make new beginnings. There are no rewrites in life, only second chances. Stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Nat Wolff, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell, Lily Collins. (Opens May 16, 2013)

Movie reviews:
THE HUNT
(Denmark, 2012) Dir: Thomas Venterberg. Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Lasse Fogelstrom, Annika Wedderkopp. "Mikkelsen delivers yet another superlative performance . The film builds to a stunning crescendo, playing out in the candle-lit church on Christmas Eve with heartbreaking conviction. But there is more to come, in a chilling postscript," says Louise. "Nuanced but robust, the screenplay is a masterclass in exposition, drama, character portraiture - and cinema. It is also a vivid warning to society that yes, 'thought is a virus' that can maim and even kill," says Andrew.
Win one of 10 double inseason passes, courtesy Madman.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* The Rocket rocks at Tribeca;
* Freak out with Richard Kuipers;
* Helen Mirren wins The Olivier for Queen in The Audience;
* Blue Man Group> to Star;
* Digital future for indie cinemas;

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

Movie reviews:
CAMILLE REWINDS
(France, 2012) Dir: Noémie Lvovsky. Stars Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, India Hair, Judith Chemla. "..the film is at its most successful in its depiction of perspective and the old adage that time brings the wisdom to differentiate between the things we can and cannot change," says Louise. "This playful, sometimes whimsical, always engaging take on a familiar storytelling theme - alternative futures - manages to make the fantasy meaningful," says Andrew.

Movie review:
DRIFT
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Morgan O'Neill & Ben Nott. Stars Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel. "If screen surf perving is your thing, you will revel in Drift. It's a sort of amalgam story of how surf gear culture and business began in the 70s in Australia, dotted with the struggles of two brothers. More grit and truth in the screenplay would have given the film the sort of wave that it needs to give us a really good ride," says Andrew.

Multiplatform & interactive:
CREATE A WORLD ... BEFORE THE PLOT
It begins this month, the first Storyworld Studio in Australia, where participants will learn about creating multiplatform, interactive worlds within which to tell their stories, taking screen content into the near future. So what is Storyworld?

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland. "William Wheeler has forged a richly complex, achingly satisfying screenplay from Mohsin Hamid's hugely popular, Booker Prize shortlisted novel and Mira Nair has turned it into a significant and powerful film with something to say," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Thor: The Dark World, stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins;
Two Guns, stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg;
Star Trek Into Darkness, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto;
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario;
Dead Man Down, stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace;

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 BLUE KITE
Australian Premiere: Stars Liping Lu, Cunxin Pu. "..astonishing performances, not least from the young actors playing Tietou, who is as natural and rascally as they come as a kid," says Andrew.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis. "It may not have the emotional ballast of its precursor The Lord of the Rings ... but the authenticity of the reality ...is astonishing," says Louise.

SIGHTSEERS
Stars Sarah Stewart, Alice Lowe, Tony Way. "The sheer and utter Englishness of the characters and the circumstances in which they become serial killers has a certain understated Gothic appeal," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS
To win double passes, we asked: Where in Germany would you most like to visit and why? Kim Brekelmans (QLD): To Garmisch-Partenkirchen; to the exact spot where my dad proposed to my mum. They have both passed away so I would love to experience what they did.

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, Red Hill (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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