Welcome to our 848th weekly edition; Thursday, June 6, 2013

EDITORIAL: A Great Disservice to The Great Gatsby.

Movie reviews:
FAST & FURIOUS 6
(US, 2013) Dir: Justin Li. Stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez. "Whatever Sly Stallone and his Expendables team can destroy on screen, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team can do it bigger, louder, faster ... and younger," says Andrew. "True to its promise, this 6th in the franchise dishes up cars, speed, stunts, muscle and girls - all at 100 decibels. Since the original film in 2001, the stunts and action have progressively become grander and more ridiculous with over-the-top mid-air flying sequences eliciting ripples of laughter. But it's all part of the mix and the team is back doing what it does best: improvise," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:Gossip-free zone
Rhys Ifans and the interview from hell;

BOX OFFICE: Mary Sum says: The Great Gatsby has claimed the record for the biggest opening weekend of any Australian film, with the 2D and 3D versions taking a total of $6.8 M, almost 50% of the entire top 20 take of $14.9 M. Also opened: Sinister (MA, Icon) $9,130 on 10. Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
DJANGO UNCHAINED DVD
Win one of 10 copies of the Oscar-winning Django Unchained on DVD, starring Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia. One lucky reader will win a copy of Steel Book (which includes a Blu-ray/UltraViolet copy, soundtrack and comic book, valued at $59.95.) Releases on Blu-rayT, DVD & UltraViolet from June 6.

FAREWELL MY QUEEN
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Farewell, My Queen, starring Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, courtesy Transmission Films. "Visually sumptuous," says Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile. In cinemas on June 6.

Movie review:
STILL MINE
(Canada, 2012) Dir: Michael McGowan. Stars James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold, Campbell Scott, Julie Stewart. "A David and Goliath story of the geriatric set, Still Mine is a sentimental but thanks to James Cromwell's performance an engaging story of love, devotion and determination," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
FAREWELL MY QUEEN
(France/Spain, 2012) Dir: Benoit Jacquot. 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 as we peek through the windows of the downstairs maids into the world of opulence at Versailles," says Louise. "... a mood of melancholy and the film is beautifully lit and shot. But there's something missing in the telling and its often disjointed structure mitigates against the emotional satisfaction we are seeking," says Andrew.

Movie review:
PING PONG
(UK, 2012) Dir: Hugh and Hanson Hartford. Documentary. "By briefly profiling each, the filmmakers ensure we care about them all; they are not treated as some sort of novelty act for the sake of the camera, and this is what makes the film a standout," says Andrew.

Moves Now celebrates 8 years:
CHALLENGING AND FUN
Robert Rodriguez' graphic adaptation of Frank Miller' graphic novel Sin City was the very first movie 'premiered'- unannounced - at Movies Now on July 6, 2005 at Dendy Newtown, a week prior to its commercial release, inaugurating the then unique new movie appreciation course presented by Andrew L. Urban. On the eve of the 22nd course of 6 'secret' movies, we take a look at this enduring part of Sydney's screen culture through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education. "Challenging and fun," says director Phillip Noyce; "A simple idea perfectly executed," says producer Al Clark.

Great stories from our archives:
PHILLIP NOYCE - THE URBAN INTERVIEWS
Since the launch of Urban Cinefile in February 1997, Andrew L. Urban has recorded significant interviews with Phil Noyce for each of seven significant films in his career. Collectively these archived interviews provide a detailed insight into Noyce as a filmmaker who straddles genres and themes with great focus.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week, The Internship, starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne. "There's something infectious about the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's brand of goofy humour and as expected, The Internship delivers laughs, screw ups and silliness in good, non-demanding escapist entertainment," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Before Midnight, stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy;
The Way Way Back, stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell;
The Wolverine, stars Hugh Jackman;
The Internship, stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson;
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
DJANGO UNCHAINED
Stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Don Johnson, Leonardo diCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson. "Hell's bells, there is a lot to take in and soak up in this hotdog Tarantino Western. It's a killer," says Louise.

JURASSIC PARK 3D
Stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough. "20 years after T Rex's tread first rippled the water in the container on the dashboard of the Jurassic Park tour car, we can return to the Park in 3D - and those who have never set foot in it can sample its terrifying beauty," says Andrew.

NOTHING ON EARTH
Documentary. "We start at the edge of nothing otherwise known as the Polar Ice Cap of Greenland. It's big. Empty. Freezing. White," says Andrew.

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER
Stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Pauline Collins. "It may not be Allen's best work, but this flutter and change of hearts is easy to watch and enjoy," says Louise.

Competition winners:
HAPPINESS NEVER COMES ALONE
To win tickets courtesy Madman Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends is the most unlikely couple and why? Tania Millson (VIC): My cat and my hubby: He hates cats and she hates men!

MIFFY THE MOVIE DVD
To win DVDs courtesy Transmission Films, we asked: With which child would you share Miffy the Movie and why? Kim Dodwell (WA): My daughter would watch Miffy and the adventures at the zoo; as she loves both Miffy and the zoo. If only I could keep her out of the garden; where she eats snails.

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, Kiss or Kill (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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