Welcome to our 846th weekly edition; Thursday, May 23, 2013

EDITORIAL: Cavalia - do yourself an unforgettable favour.

POSTCARDS FROM CANNES: Get our daily exclusive reports by Nick Roddick - on Day 7, he finds the first film in the fest he can describe as 'terrific' and more.

Movie reviews:
THE GREAT GATSBY
(Aust/US, 2013) Dir: Baz Luhrmann. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki." There's a pulsating hyper reality about the film in which everything is zinging . emotional cred is wanting but Luhrman's Gatsby overall delivers a feast that is more than enough to satisfy and enthrall," says Louise. "Luhrmann and his design/vision soulmate Catherine Martin package all this in oversize gift boxes all superbly ribboned and bowed, but we have to accept that the presents inside are just as valuable and meaningful," says Andrew. (In cinemas from May 30. Next week: Inside the cutting room)

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Arnie does Toxic Avenger;
* Great Gatsby, great figures;
* Old go for Ping Pong gold;

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

COMPETITIONS
LAY THE FAVOURITE DVD
Win one of 10 DVDs of Lay the Favourite, starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vince Vaughn, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download now.

Movie reviews:
THE HANGOVER PART III
(US, 2013) Dir: Todd Phillips. Stars Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Zach Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy, Jamie Chung, John Goodman, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha. "...sadly the Hangover is well and truly over. Sadly, because it could have been so much fun - like the first film," says Louise. "Neither as good as it wants to be or as bad as I had feared, The Hangover Part III is a crazy-paving of a movie, as you'd expect," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
(US/UK/Qatar, 2012) Dir: Mira Nair. 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. "Riz Ahmed delivers a towering performance as Changez, the son of a Pakistani poet who achieves the American Dream before finding his own truth," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
DEAD MAN DOWN
(US, 2013) Dir: Niels Arden Oplev. Stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Isabelle Huppert. "Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are a knockout combination, their relationship grounded on a knife's edge of destruction," says Louise. "The plot takes a bit too long to get any traction and consequently the film feels rather long. Still, I like the fusion of Hollywood and European filmmaking sensibilities," says Andrew.

Great stories from our archives:
10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE
A beer in Beijing, a story of a people: For director Jeff Daniels his 2010 doco was triggered over a beer in a Beijing bar. He followed the lead and began to make what turned out to be an astonishing story which clearly embodies the living history of a forgotten people as they struggle to demand basic human rights in China. He tells the story ...

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, What's in a Name, stars Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui. "A little joke becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of relationships in this jocular French comedy in which egos, political beliefs, sexual orientations and trusts are thrust like daggers," says Louise. "No less compelling and engaging than a bruising and bloody 15 round heavy weight fight, What's In A Name (nominated for the Best Film Cesar) is a comedy but only if you like blood sports," says Andrew.]
List of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Behind the Candelabra, stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon;
Captain Phillips, stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener;
Before Midnight, stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy;
Grown Ups 2, stars Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek;
Two Guns, stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg;
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
JACK REACHER
Stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins. "In real estate it's location, location, location; in mainstream moviemaking the golden rules are story, story, story - and Jack Reacher is a great example of how to get it right," says Andrew.

THE ANGEL'S SHARE
Stars Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, Jasmine Riggins, William Ruane. "The spirit and the flesh are willing in this mischievous, bittersweet comedy in which single malt whisky, an ex crim and second chances come together in an interesting blend," says Louise.

KATH & KIMDERELLA
Stars Jane Turner, Gina Riley, Magda Szubanski, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn. "the film belongs unequivocally to Turner and Riley, whose chemistry, comic timing and sheer bravado is highly contagious, leaving us uplifted," says Louise.

I AM ELEVEN
Documentary. "Washing elephants in Thailand, playing in England or just talking to the camera in the Czech Republic, more than a dozen 11 year olds make up the cast of this simple and sincere doco put together by young Melbourne journalist Genevieve Bailey," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
LIFE OF PI: BLU-RAY
To win Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI on Blu-Ray courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, we asked: With which friend or family member would you NOT like to share a lifeboat and why? Cam Wallace (VIC) says: Our dog. It's bad enough that my wife lets her sleep in our bed every night. I'm NOT being stuck in a lifeboat with that mutt!

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 Cold Summer (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
THE CLOISTERS, NEW YORK, USA
Nearly 75 years (and nine centuries) later, Andrew L. Urban steps into a Medieval monastery - on Manhattan.

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