Welcome to our 856th weekly edition; Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aussie doco reveals miscarriage of justice.

Movie reviews:
THE WORLD'S END
(US, 2013) Dir: Edgar Wright. Stars Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost. "There's a wonderful zany energy about this offbeat comedy from the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz team whose exposition relies on a winning combination of character, ideas and execution. It may not sizzle, but the film is great fun," says Louise. "...they work through some of the comedy material worked into the screenplay, which relies on a few crazy twists and high range sci-fi-based fantasy," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Aussie among 70 to mark Venice 70th;
* One stop cinema shop website launched;
* UK comedy, Pulp, premieres on Xbox;
* The Act of Killing - deconstruction;
* Australian-Chinese co-production, Gold Road, is a finalist in the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards;
* New Zealand bans Maniac;
* CinèfestOZ - French and Australian films in unique Margaret River movie fest;
* GET FRONT UP BACK UP Meet Tom from Texas - in Perth and looking for a wife - in this episode of Front Up. Fans of Front Up can call 1800 500 727 (toll free) or write to encourage SBS to bring back Front Up!
* HIRE ANDREW L. URBAN to speak at your event.

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

COMPETITIONS
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD DVD
Win one of 10 copies of A Good Day to Die Hard on DVD, starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, the heroic New York cop with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time and Jai Courtney as his estranged son, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

THE WORLD'S END
Win one of 5 double inseason passes to The World's End, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, courtesy Universal Studios. © 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. In Cinemas August 1.

Movie reviews:
THE WAY WAY BACK
(US, 2013) Dir: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. Stars Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Allison Janney. "Like The Descendants, the film's pleasures lie in its characterizations coupled with the actions and reactions of its characters. It's real and engaging, with humour and sadness seasoning the action like salt and pepper to a stew of assorted ingredients," says Louise. "The screenplay is unoriginal and even perhaps overstated; but it is rescued not only by outstanding performances but the observations that drive the characters," says Andrew.

Movie review:
GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY
(US, 2012) Dir: Daniel Algrant. Stars Imogen Poots, Penn Badgley, William Sadler. "While the film seems like a tribute itself it doesn't have significant commercial appeal but it may appeal to the fans," says Andrew.

Movie review:
100 BLOODY ACRES
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Stars Angus Sampson, Damon Herriman, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, John Jarratt. "The elements are potentially there for a bloody good time, if gore and black comedy is your thing, yet the debut feature for Colin and Cameron Caines falls flat. Having said that, there are many good things about the film including performances and a great sense of place, set in remote Australian bushland," says Louise.

World Movies does banned:
FILMS THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD - NOW ON TV
Provocative and challenging but cinematically valuable, the daring and unique week of banned films on World Movies this month will give you the audience a chance to see what the censors didn't want you to. (Pic. Baise-Moi)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in September, Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho. "A striking and highly innovative twist on the Snow White tale, Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger's silent, black and white film speaks loudly from the heart displaying all the colour and verve of a majestic bullfight," says Louise. Making the most of a double layered homage - one to black & white silent movies of the 20s, the other to refashion the Grimms' Snow White fairy tale - Pablo Berger invites us into the dark world of good v evil as the Grimm brothers liked to tell it," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

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

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
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH
Voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, "Aliens of all shapes and sizes provide amusing banter in this likeable, happy and colourful 3D animation," says Louise.

BULLET TO THE HEAD
Stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater. "A simple revenge story buttoned onto an odd couple buddy movie set in crimeland," says Andrew.

IDENTITY THIEF
Stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet. "... given the right screenplay and direction, it might have worked," says Louise.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
Stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney. "Bullets pelt, trucks flip, choppers explode, glass shatters and buildings collapse in a never-ending display of excess. Boys looking for full throttle action though, will certainly not be disappointed," says Louise.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
To win double inseason passes to Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Rob Lowe, courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: Who among family or friends is the biggest showoff and why? Nelle Gayle (NSW): My grandma - she was a Vegas showgirl; still at 85 she wears short skirts and can high kick; she has senior men falling at her fast moving feet.

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, Mark Hartley's Not Quite Hollywood (pic) 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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