Welcome to our 860th weekly edition; Thursday, August 29, 2013

CinéfestOZ - films on the Margaret Riviera; Andrew L. Urban tastes the 2013 vintage.

Movies Now-Days

Movie reviews:
THE ROCKET
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Kim Mordaunt. Stars Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi. "With its themes of loss and redemption, The Rocket is effective, simple storytelling with many layers and a film that tells more stories than its narrative suggests," says Louise. "Working with an untested cast, Mordaunt uses all the tools at his command to engineer a film that has won major awards at TriBeca, including Best Actor for the young Disamoe. He relies on plenty of coverage and the skills of talented editor Nick Meyers to make sure we get the best results," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Captain Phillips lands on Gold Coast;
* Iron Man 3 & Breaking Bad: EzyFlix.TV stops the waity;
* Open Days for good look at AFTRS;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE BEST OFFER
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Best Offer, starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland, courtesy Transmission Film. A dramatic mystery set in the high-stakes world of European art auctions from acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), who reunites with renowned composer Ennio Morricone. In Cinemas August 29.

Movie reviews:
STOKER
(US, 2013) Dir: Chan-wook Park . Stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode. "The sense of place, internal rhythms and fragile relationships are all developed with mastery by acclaimed director Chan-wook Park (Thirst, Old Boy) in this chilling film where obsession and secrets create an invisible curtain of terror," says Louise. "... a stylised and stilted drama that defies easy categorisation, floating from family murder mystery to the edges of supernatural/horror - with some vampiric and some sexual elements. It's not the story itself that is of interest for cinema lovers, it's how he presents it," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
JOBS
(US, 2013) Dir: Joshua Michael Stern. Stars Ashton Kutcher, James Woods, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney. "Kutcher is surprisingly good - a little mannered at times - but delivers the essence of the man, or at least the extensively researched character that scriptwriter Matt Whiteley presents," says Louise. "This is really a sort of 'Apple begins' movie, with Jobs framed as the unlikely founder of the world's richest company - eventually," says Andrew.

Movie review:
RED 2
(US, 2013) Dir: Dean Parisot. Stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones. "The basic formula of the freefall of action, laughs and casting class of the 2010 first film is the same, but everything is less spontaneous, a little more forced and a tad overcooked this second time around ... Mirren comes out best, managing to pinpoint the right tone, whether elegantly disposing of bodies in a bathtub of acid or firing guns through both windows of a speeding blue Lotus." says Louise.

Movie reviews:
THE BEST OFFER
(Italy, 2013) Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Sylvia Hoeks, Jim Sturgess. "A stunning performance by Geoffrey Rush elevates this beguiling tale that explores authenticity and all its priceless facets - from the elite art world to that of human emotions..This rich characterisation is the basis on which the exposition relies," says Louise. "The machinery is all too exposed in this disappointing work from a great filmmaker; none of it rings true . and that's not about what isn't meant to ring true," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
ABSOLUTE DECEPTION
(Aust/Canada, 2013) Dir: Brian Trenchard Smith. Stars Cuba Gooding Jr, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Evert McQueen, Ty Hungerford. "A solid genre script by Kraig Wenman is efficiently realised in the masterly genre-loving hands of Aussie director Brian Trenchard Smith," says Andrew. "Sanctuary Cove is the attractive setting for this enjoyable thriller in which Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jnr plays an FBI agent chasing an ocker tycoon accused of embezzling millions," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
CIRCLE OF LIES
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Matt Cerwen. Stars Hilary Caitens, Anna Lawrence, Ryan Harrison, Karina Banno. " .. there are several themes on which the screenplay is built, from bullying and social status to sexual assault ... but also friendship, parenting and self esteem ... while you could say it's a message board of a film, that's exactly what it sets out to be," says Andrew. "While there are some valid points about bullying and sexual promiscuity in this Aussie drama by first time director Matt Cerwen, the film is more successful in depicting its mood of a beach-side schoolies-like atmosphere than offering a cohesive story with real characters," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
YOU'RE NEXT
(US, 2011) Dir: Adam Wingard. Stars Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Wendy Glen. "The screenplay has some commendably good ideas, namely the reason for Erin's proficiency at survival, and also the twist in the plot that explains why the killings are happening. It also has a really silly one," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Machete Kills, stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Alexa Vega, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding jr. "Exploitation doesn't get badder than this: Robert Rodriguez' blood splattered sequel is laced with deadly bravado, flying body parts, scantily dressed babes and belly laughs. It's cheeky, fresh, bloody and outrageous," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in AUGUST

NEW TRAILERS
The Book Thief, stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse;
Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho;
The Butler, stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda;
Patrick, stars Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, Jackson Gallagher;
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 or 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
PULP
Stars Jay Sutherland, Gavin Molloy, Simon Burbage. "..a surprisingly endearing film, sweet even, if you overlook the coarse language and nasty baddies," says Andrew.

FIRST POSITION
Documentary. "Hopes are shared and dreams expressed during this uplifting journey in which we become involved in each of the dancers' lives," says Louise.

RUST & BONE
Stars Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure. "Two damaged souls find solace together in this gritty drama in which physical pain and disfigurement play a key role," says Louise.

Competition winners:
JOBS
To win tickets to Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Who among family and friends is the pioneering sort - and why? Michele Stewart (Qld) said: My 5 year old nephew... he's already well on his way to earning his first thousand by selling his not too shabby works of arts at the local markets!

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, Dean Murphy's Strange Bedfellows, stars Paul Hogan, Michael Caton (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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