Welcome to our 851st weekly edition; Thursday, June 27, 2013

EDITORIAL:: Squeamish about sex, blasé about violence.

HIRE ANDREW L. URBAN to speak at your event.

Movie reviews:
MAN OF STEEL
(US, 2013) Dir: Zack Snyder. Stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane. "As the first of a new franchise, Man of Steel is essentially a coming of age story with emphasis on relationships and values. The film is an adrenalin rush - a welcome jab in the arm and a large-scale escapist fantasy that propels us up, up and away," says Louise. "Man of Steel proves that a Saturday afternoon B movie is a Saturday afternoon B movie no matter how big the budget and no matter how much CGI work is done. It's in the film's DNA - the screenplay ... it sinks under the weight of its own overheated, overstated cinematic fat suit," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: Andrew L. Urban talks to Russell Crowe about playing Superman's father.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone

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

COMPETITION
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to the controversial document We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, from Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney, featuring Julian Assange, courtesy Universal. "Superb, unbiased filmmaking," says Louise Keller. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," says Andrew L. Urban. © 2013 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Only at the movies from July 4.

Movie reviews:
THE LOOK OF LOVE
(UK, 2012) Dir: Michael Winterbottom. Stars Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton. "Winterbottom has created a voyeuristic feel about his film, drawing us into the indulgent world of the man whose fortunes come from the exploitation of nudity in Soho review shows, private clubs and men-only magazines. As the self-obsessed Raymond, Steve Coogan is perfectly cast, brazenly indulging in his every sexual fantasy," says Louise. "Biographies are of great interest if they illuminate their subject and reveal layers, complexities, contradictions and weaknesses in a coherent story. This one is not quite all that," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
IN THE HOUSE
(France, 2012) Dir: Francois Ozon. Stars Ernst Umhauer, Bastien Ughetto, Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas. "Occasionally too clever for its own good, the film may go one step too far, but Ozon manages the hybrid of genres beautifully and ultimately it is his superb cast that sells the nuances and the concept," says Louise. "Provocative, playful, entertaining and audacious, In the House is a writer showing us the inner workings of writing, complete with its power to subvert, to imagine and to deceive," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN
(Argentina/Spain/Germany, 2012) Dir: Ana Piterbarg. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala. "...a curious film that has a few fine moments and builds up to an interesting crescendo, but the plot is patchy with many things unexplained, leaving us indifferent," says Louise. " ... a rather disabled story built on a rather thin concept of twins swapping lives," says Andrew.

Movie review:
EPIC 3D
(US, 2013) Dir: Chris Wedge. Voices Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Christoph Waltz. "A fantasy forest is a fabulous setting for animation; it is filled with all shapes and sizes and colours of flowers and animals ... Sweet and funny and sometimes exciting, Epic is a cleverly made visual delight, certain to keep younger kids entertained," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE 25TH REICH
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Stephen Amis. Stars Jim Knobeloch, Serge De Nardo, Angelo Salamanca, Jak Wyld, Dan Balcaban. "Giant Nazi robot spiders and a swarm of giant mosquitoes are two of the classic sci-fi B movie elements given a new run in this throwback . The only giveaway that it isn't a 50s movie is the rather sophisticated CGI work," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY
(Germany/US, 2012) Dir: Eron Sheean. Stars Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall. "A brooding drama set in a medical research facility, Errors of the Human Body combines some elements of sci-fi and horror, albeit in passing," says Andrew.

Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2013:
A COUPLE OF LEGENDS
Valery Todorovsky will be a special guest of this year's Russian Resurrection Film Festival, which is screening a retrospective of his films among a broader program including Legend No 17, the true story of ice hockey legend Valery Harlamov, which has become the highest grossing Russian film of all time.

Movies 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 (starts July 3) 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. BOOK NOW

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Behind the Candelabra, stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon. "Taking us through a gamut of emotions, Steven Soderbergh's film about the relationship between pianist Liberace and his younger lover dazzles as surely as the glittering sequins on the showy entertainer's costumes but it is its bitter sweet feeling of melancholy that provides the biggest surprise," says Louise. "It's the screenplay's ability to keep us engaged and involved that the opulence loses its lustre and the things that matter in life rise to the top," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
The Turning, stars Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett;
The Butler, stars Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz;
The Lone Ranger, stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer;
Adoration, stars Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel;
The Wolf of Wall Street, stars Leonardo DiCaprio;

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
SIDE EFFECTS
Stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones. "At times a trifle too clever for its own good, there are moments that push the bounds of credibility, yet the four leads keep us riveted," says Louise.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
Stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons. "..entertaining, striking film that promises to fill the void left by the Twilight franchise," says Louise.

THE LAST STAND
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare. "Sensational action, bloody violence, goofy humour and Arnie as the small town Sheriff - it's all there," says Louise.

PAPERBOY
Stars Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron. "The tone of the film is more swampy than the title implies, a story of flawed characters intersecting, intercoursing and imploding around Hillary and Charlotte," says Andrew.

ELLES
Stars Juliette Binoche, Anais Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. "the filmmakers are banking on the wanking and the big music of Verdi and Beethoven to make the film seem 'important' and artistic," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
LINCOLN DVD
To win Steven Spielberg's Lincoln on DVD, starring Daniel Day Lewis in his Academy Award winning role, we asked: If Abraham Lincoln was coming to dinner at your house, who among family and friends would you sit next to him and why? Prue West (VIC) says: My best friend; who is of African descent. She would love to personally thank him for freeing slaves and allowing her to be who she is today.

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, The Crossing (stars Russell Crowe, 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.

REGISTER, UNSUBSCRIBE, CHANGE YOUR DETAILS
You can REGISTER for our free weekly email (or update your details) or
UNSUBSCRIBE from this newsletter.
This email was sent from Evergence on behalf of Urban Cinefile. If you would like to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please email us at mail@urbancinefile.com.au. Trademarks copyright © 2011 Urban Cinefile and their respective trademark holders.