Welcome to our 863rd weekly edition; Thursday, September 19, 2013

Movies Now-Days

Antenna Documentary Festival 2013:
TRUE STORIES, BRAVE AND STRANGE
Antenna Documentary Festival 2013, comprising over 30 unique documentaries, will screen next month in Sydney and for the first time in Melbourne, will open with The Network - the hopes and perils of launching a TV station in Afghanistan. The program also includes The House I Live in, Eugene Jarecki's powerful film about the terrible damage caused by the 40 year war on drugs, as well as a tribute to the late Australian documentarian, Dennis O'Rourke.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Kim Williams to deliver Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture at SPAA;
* Mexico's smash hit, We Are The Nobles to screen at Hola Mexico Filmfest;
* Dream Racer brings Dakar Rally home;

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

COMPETITIONS
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
Win one of 20 double passes to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Tickets are valid nationally and will entitle the holder to receive 2 complimentary tickets to one Festival session of choice, excluding opening/closing nights, special events, public holidays and Saturdays after 5pm.

Movie reviews:
TURBO 3D
(US, 2013) Dir: David Soren. Voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Michael Pena, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader. "Filled with inventive ideas, wacky concepts and characters so colourful they are off the rainbow chart, Turbo is a breath of fresh air guaranteed to delight youngsters and adults alike," says Louise. "Perfectly predictable but endlessly entertaining and boasting amazing animation, Turbo is yet another zero to hero story," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
PLANES 3D
(US, 2013) Dir: Klay Hall. Voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher. "Reach for the stars is the theme of this Disney animation and while it's cute in part, it lacks the throttle of Pixar's Cars franchise," says Louise. "The schmaltzy resolution may work for the undemanding, but given how much fabulous work has gone into the film, it's a shame the result isn't a more complete success," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
(US, 2013) Dir: Thor Freudenthal. Stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson. "The vivid fantasy visuals provide wonderful imagery in this sequel about demi-gods and their quests, although to its detriment, the film is plot heavy and lacking in its emotional arc. It is pretty silly, too," says Louise. "The thin, silly story stretched into a showcase for visual and special effects left me even colder than the cinema (VMax 2, Event, Sydney)" says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
I'M SO EXCITED
(Spain, 2013) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar. Stars Cecilia Roth, Lola Duenas, Blanca Suarez, Paz Vega. "... despite an over-weighted gay theme, there's a lot to like in this colourful Almodóvar blast of joie de vivre, as secrets are revealed, desires unleashed and the complexities of relationships are exposed," says Louise. "For a cinematic icon to get it so wrong, one has to assume it is deliberate; something to play with," says Andrew.

Now online:
DOING DUNGOG 2008
Andrew L. Urban's doco of the second and most successful edition of the now defunct Dungog Film Festival; includes interviews with Margaret Pomeranz, Joel Edgerton, Matt Newton, Chris Hayward, Noni Hazlehurst and festival directors Allanah Zitserman & Stavros Kazantzidis among others, plus clips from festival films, including The Nothing Men (Colin Friels, David Field) and Black Water.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Sister, starring Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson. "Like a mountain whose slopes are to be discovered by the skiers who conquer them, the relationship between 12 year old protagonist Simon and his irresponsible older sister Louise is one that is just as mysterious," says Louise. "Set in a Swiss ski resort, it's also a film that points to the chasm between people so close together. Loneliness," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

NEW TRAILERS
Kill Your Darlings, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen;
Prisoners, stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano;
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;

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:
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto. "..no holds barred fabulous sci-fi adventure that satisfies at every turn," says Louise.

REBELLE
Stars Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien - "Absolutely compelling and haunting, Rebelle is a film for anyone, especially those who think they have seen it all," says Andrew.

THE CALL
Stars Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga. "tense and gripping nail-biter that involves us in the moment-by-moment revelations of a terrifying abduction case," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MOOD INDIGO
To win double passes to Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh and Omar Sy courtesy Vendetta Films, we asked: Who among family and friends has an obsessive interest - and in what? Steve McGinley (NSW): My mother loves clocks. Her house is covered in small ones, big ones, old ones and new ones. Not a good idea to visit at 3pm when they all chime at the same time!

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, Khyentse Norbu's Travellers & Magicians (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO
Naked luaus on the beach, a unique tequila-in-belly-button championship, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Madonna dining with Sean Penn, Bette Midler, Lee Majors, spaced-out magicians and surprise bare-breasting; these - and much more - are the ingredients that make up the legacy of La Fonda. Hotel No-Tell. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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