Welcome to our 859th weekly edition; Thursday, August 22, 2013

Old movies for young people.

Movie reviews:
WHAT MAISIE KNEW
(US, 2012) Dir: Scott McGehee, David Siegel. Stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham, Onata Aprile. "The screenplay captures all the desperation and angst of both unlikeable parents, played to perfection by Julianne Moore as a tattooed rock-chick and Steve Coogan as a self-obsessed English art dealer... This is a sad tale with too many recognisable glimpses of the world in which we live," says Louise. "... my main reservation about this film is that it is so heavy handed. But I hasten to extract the wonderful young Onata Aprile from that observation; beautifully directed and photographed, Aprile is so good as to make us question if she is acting," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Around the Block & Canopy to Toronto;
* Ezy does it: EzyFlix.tv launches with menu of 2,000 titles;
* Lunch with filmmakers at CinefestOZ;

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

COMPETITIONS
JOBS
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad and J.K. Simmons, courtesy Pinnacle Films. In cinemas on August 29.

Movie reviews:
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
(US/Germany, 2013) Dir: Harald Zwart. Stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Heady, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. "Angels, demons, vampires and werewolves coupled with an impossible love affair to rival that of Twilight are the ingredients of this grand scale fantasy whose theatrical spectacle, yearning romance and tongue-in-cheek sense of humour make it a winner," says Louise. "There is a sense of déjà vu, even if it's not exactly like one of those other films with vampires, young women on a journey, werewolves and romance," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
UPSTREAM COLOR
(US, 2013) Dir: Shane Carruth. Stars Amy Semietz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins, Kathy Carruth. "The dialogue is sparse and much of the imagery and action is open to interpretation. I was intrigued, frustrated, repulsed, bewildered and ultimately bored," says Louise. "It's a film that audiences will either loath or admire; I doubt it can be loved, too austere and distant, too dissonant, too incoherent in fact," says Andrew.

GRUMPY CAT
What does Grumpy Cat have to do with movies?

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Ivan Sen's Mystery Road, starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Ryan Kwanten. "There's a sense of space and isolation in Ivan Sen's mystery thriller beyond its setting of the middle of nowhere," says Louise. "Mystery Road, not far from Massacre Creek, is a place where mysteries are finally solved in Ivan Sen's powerful and gripping murder mystery. It has the makings of a genuine modern Australian myth, a rare thing in Australian cinema and one to be cherished," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
The Turning, stars Hugo Weaving Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne;
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine;
Patrick, stars Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, Jackson Gallagher;
Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho;
Runner Runner, stars Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck;

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, 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
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Stars Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie. "The changing face of idealism is the theme of this gripping, runaway thriller that meshes the generations and takes off the moment it begins," says Louise.

SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD: MEA MAXIMA CULPA
Documentary. "With meticulous care and intricate detail . deconstructs the nature of the Catholic Church's systematic cover ups of pedophilia among their clergy," says Andrew.

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Stars Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen. "..scrumptious romantic comedy set on the dazzling Italian Riviera and as a result, happily puts us through the emotional wringer," says Louise.

THE LONELIEST PLANET
Stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gudjabidze. "A sparse, often frustrating film, it would be unfair to dismiss it entirely," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE DETAILS DVD
To win DVDs courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends has had a run-in with unwanted pets or animals - and who won? Mick Gillies (SA) says: My neighbour had a Pomeranian and it constantly wanted sex with my Ugg boots - the dog won and got to keep them.

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, Julia Leigh's tantalizing and erotic Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning and Rachael Blake (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
FINDING COMO
Finding the Hotel Carramazza almost by accident, Andrew L. Urban meets the man whose family has lived there for 430 years - enough time to accumulate many secrets. The hotel is now gone, but the secrets remain ...

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