Welcome to our 855th weekly edition; Thursday, July 25, 2013

SHADOW OF DOUBT: A disturbing new Australian documentary; filmmaker Eve Ash talks to Andrew L. Urban.
REVIEW

Movie reviews:
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
(US, 2013) Dir: Steven Soderbergh. Stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Rob Lowe, Dan Ackroyd, Debbie Reynolds. "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. "... 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.

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

COMPETITION
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds, courtesy Roadshow Films. IN CINEMAS JULY 25.

Movie reviews:
THE WOLVERINE 3D
(US, 2013) Dir: James Mangold. Stars Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima. "Evil doctors, corrupt politicians and endangered biological grand daughters make up the character list, and vigorous action scenes are blasted into various locations, with stun-gun effect. All the technical work is superb," says Andrew. "Immortality, justice and integrity are the themes of this high energy 3D action fantasy effectively set on a Japanese backdrop, in which Hugh Jackman's buffer-than-buff Wolverine is both heroic and vulnerable," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
WHAT'S IN A NAME
(France, 2013) Dir: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patelliere. Stars Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquedec, Judith El Zein. "... a comedy but only if you like blood sports. A screenplay that positively bristles with ... well, bristles, it's as savage as Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf or Carnage, resembling both in its claustro-setting of an apartment which serves as the pressure cooker for a verbal slanging match from hell," says Andrew. "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.

Festival:
TENDERNESS TO OPEN CINEFESTOZ 2013
The West Australian Premiere of Tenderness (La Tendresse) will be the French Selection to open the CinèfestOZ Film Festival (August 21 - 25) at Orana Cinemas, Busselton, on August 21, says festival director Malinda Nixon.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, The Rocket, starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam. "Kim Mordaunt's debut feature has a character and mood of its own, couched in its harsh, arid landscape, enhanced by Caitlin Yeo's ethereal music score and inhabited by a diverse cocktail of characters," says Louise. "Although it's a simple story on the surface, there are layers and layers of complicated historical and social elements that bubble throughout this work," says Andrew. ]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
The Counselor, stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt;
Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho;
Runner Runner, stars Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck;
The Way Way Back, stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell;
The Bling Ring, stars Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard;

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
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN
Stars Rajat Kapoor, Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami. "A biopic of a country during some of its most turbulent history . Like all great biopics, it is full of humour, tragedy, life, death, love and hate," says Andrew. "Our interest rises and falls like a boat on the waves as different aspects of the story and the various characters and their relationships intermesh," says Louise.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER
Stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan. "A fairy tale about a simple farm boy turns into a 3D spectacle of impressive proportions with grandiose special effects, a top cast and an evergreen story," says Louise.

LAST DAYS HERE
Documentary featuring Bobby Liebling, Sean Pelletier. "Bobby Liebling has been close to death for as long as Sean "Pellet" Pelletier has known him. And before. Bobby knows only rock n' roll and drugs. And sex," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
WHAT'S IN A NAME
To win double inseason passes to What's In A Name, courtesy Madman Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends has a bizarre or unusual (good or bad) name or nickname and how did they get it? Ingrid Lensink (SA): My husband's name is Radek which is Czech; but used to be called 'Radish' by his friend's children; they really thought he was named after a vegetable!

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 and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
GILLETTE CASTLE: CONNECTICUT, USA
Celebrating its 10th anniversary (in 2012) since reopening to the public in 2002, Gillette Castle in Connecticut now attracts over 300,000 visitors a year - yet it's virtually unknown internationally as a tourist attraction, with access to it only via beautiful, winding country roads. Andrew L. Urban drove out to see what's so special about it.

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