Welcome to our 849th weekly edition; Thursday, June 13, 2013

Movie reviews:
THE INTERNSHIP
(US, 2013) Dir: Shawn Levy. Stars Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Dylan O'Brien, John Goodman. "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. "The humour comes from the combination of truth and make-believe as the two 30 somethings compete with the 20 somethings who are digital natives. They are not so much has beens in digital terms as never beens," says Andrew.

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COMPETITIONS
ANNA KARENINA DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Olivia Wiliams and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia. Available now on Blu-rayT, DVD & UltraViolet.

Movie review:
A LADY IN PARIS
(France/Belgium/Estonia, 2013) Dir: Ilmar Raag. Stars Jeanne Moreau, Laine Mägi, Patrick Pineau. "At the grand age of 85, Jeanne Moreau steals every scene ... The most satisfying part of the film is the way we learn about each of the three main characters, who in turn become interdependent. But the film is all Moreau as the circumstances shift and the characters find themselves travelling at a new pace in a modified direction," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
AFTER EARTH
(US, 2013) Dir: M. Night Shayamalan. Stars Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Sophie Okonedo. "Imagine the world having escaped from a dying earth and speaking in the same language ... that's the good news ..."

Anna Karenina Interview:
YOU WANT TO SEE IT WHERE!?
Set decorating on a classic period drama such as Anna Karenina is challenging enough, but when acclaimed set decorator Katie Spencer first heard director Joe Wright's idea to set the whole film inside a derelict Russian theatre, her mind boggled ... but the boggling soon turned to excitement as she reveals in this interview with Jane Ovaltine. (Anna Karenina is available on DVD from June 13, 2013)
DVD REVIEW - "Successfully marries theatrical staging with poetically styled cinema and gorgeous production design," says Louise. "A unique fusion of theatre and cinema," 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:
AS GOOD AS IT GETS PRESS CONFERENCE
In February 1998, Jack Nicholson, one of the greatest living American screen actors gave a press conference in Sydney. Accompanied by Greg Kinnear, his co-star in As Good As It Gets, and writer/director James L. Brooks, he revealed he nearly didn't take the part. Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller report on the press conference.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, World War Z, stars Brad Pitt. "Pitt reminds us why he is one of the world's biggest stars, grounding the film in which he is perfectly cast as the heroic protagonist who is calm in a crisis, dares to risk it all and reinforces the values of family," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Man of Steel, stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon;
Red Obsession, documentary narrated by Russell Crowe;
Before Midnight, stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy;
World War Z, stars Brad Pitt;
Behind the Candelabra, stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon;

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.)

NEW DVDS
LINCOLN
Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones. "A literally and metaphorically towering performance by Daniel Day Lewis," says Andrew.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker. "David O. Russell's adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel about two like-souls who struggle to integrate into society, is both charming and gritty," says Louise.

THE SWEENEY
Stars Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell. "..the film still pushes the police characters into uncomfortably uncompromising situations," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
DJANGO UNCHAINED DVD
To win DVDs courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia., we asked: For what domestic task/s would you really like to have a slave (or just a servant) and why? Steel Book winners (Blu-ray/UltraViolet copy, soundtrack and comic book, valued at $59.95) is Dan Greenfield (QLD) who writes: Well; you know what they say; 'A chef in the kitchen; a maid in the living room; a whore in the bedroom.' That sounds pretty perfect to me. Sadly wives rarely live up to expectations!

FAREWELL MY QUEEN
To win double inseason passes we asked: Who among family and friends has been blindly loyal to you and why? Shirley Roney (WA): My grandaughter! When my husband of 47 years left me for a 'younger model' causing pain and suffering, my granddaughter was my main support and still is! To her grandfathers detriment.

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, Jon Hewitt's erotic thriller 'X' (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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