Welcome to our 861st weekly edition; Thursday, September 5, 2013

Movies Now-Days

Movie review:
(US, 2013) Dir: Roland Emmerich. Stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, James Woods. "Tatum is getting better and better and here, with bullets flying, the White House's crystal chandelier shaking and a well constructed plot with effective story strands nicely weaving texture into the mix, he shows his all-round credentials. At the helm is Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) who not only knows how to direct action but to mix light and shade, add nuance and inject humour as part of the narrative," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Wizard of Oz in 3D at 34 cinemas around Australia;
* Four Australian features and one short have been selected to screen at Busan;
* Ch 9 to support Adelaide Filmfest;
* Japanese Filmfest goes national;

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Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Robert Luketic. Stars Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz. "... a proficient thriller but there is little individuality: it feels as though we have seen this all before. The film is slick and the ambiance at the Hamptons, Adam's deluxe apartment and the upmarket Gentlemen's Club are suitably in keeping with the lifestyle represented," says Louise. "Aussie director Robert Luketic's clever fingerprints are all over the film, with its dictating pace, well maintained tension - but above all, his flair for casting," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(Israel, 2012) Dir: Dror Moreh. Documentary featuring six past heads of Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, talking about Israel-Palestine. "The film is detailed and requires concentration, especially for those who need to read the subtitles. But the effort is worth it for anyone vaguely interested in the subject. And of course the subject goes to the heart of the human condition," says Andrew.
INSIDER BRIEFING:Secret agents come out of the dark - will they be agents of change. Andrew L. Urban reports.

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Russell Scott. Documentary featuring high resolution images captured by the world's most powerful telescopes. "The world's biggest screen (at IMAX, Sydney) is a great place to see deep into space, and some of the colourful images of the heavenly bodies of the universe are certainly stunning," says Andrew. "Clouds and swirls of gas and dust in the midst of the galaxies appear as though a nonchalant artist has splashed some splotches of paint here and there. The imagery is extraordinary yet the impact of this Australian 3D documentary is not the powerful experience I expected," says Louise.
INTERVIEW: It's the resolution revolution, explains Russell Scott.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2013:
This year's Lavazza Italian Film Festival (touring Australia Oct 2 - Nov 11) will be book-ended by two special films, both of which pay homage to Rome; The Great Beauty, about love and regret from Paolo Sorrentino will launch the Festival at Opening Night Galas in each state. For Closing Night, the festival will screen Fellini's 1972 gem, Roma, a tribute from the late, great director, to the city he adored. (Pic. The Great Beauty)

[Coming in October, Richard Curtis' About Time, starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy. "Like the title suggests, the story is about time as a precious commodity, weaving together the fumbles and grumbles, treasures and magical moments that colour the world of its "too tall, too skinny and too orange" protagonist, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson)," says Louise. "Lovely idea, isn't it: live each day as if you had a second (or even third) chance at it, fine tuning and improving your behaviour, responses to others, your humanity as you go," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

Prisoners, stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo;
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;
Mystery Road, stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten;

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.)

Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Lasse Fogelstrom. "Nuanced but robust, the screenplay is a masterclass in exposition, drama, character portraiture - and cinema," says Andrew.

Stars Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley. "..an audacious plot of comic book proportions and a special effects spectacle, the key factor to its success remains Robert Downey Jnr. Downey's likeable presence," says Louise.

Stars Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn. ".the humour is cumulative, emanating from the characters and situations and resulting in a bubbling feel-good snapshot of life from the view point of an aspiring comic with an oddball slant on things," says Louise.

Stars Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel. "For all its Aussie sensibilities, the film feels more like an American TV movie of a couple of decades ago," says Andrew.

Stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton. "Take a tissue for this heartfelt weepie about life, death, music and laughter that warmly embraces friendship and family," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Best Offer, starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland, courtesy Transmission Film, we asked 'Who among family and friends is deceptively sweet but secretly dangerous? Greg Parry (Qld): My wife has a nasty temper. She is like a chocolate praline with a chili centre.

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 Hard Word starring Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

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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