Welcome to our 864th weekly edition; Thursday, September 26, 2013

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Seventeen directors each contribute a chapter; stars include Cate Blanchett, Myles Pollard, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Susie Porter and Dean Daley Jones. "... the work creates its own rhythms and moods, and weaves a rich tapestry of human experience that keeps us engaged. That is the film's achievement," says Andrew. "The film's striking landscape is like a winding road that links the thoughts, ideas and senses evoked by Tim Winton's stories as themes of regret, guilt and renewal wind their way through the diverse narratives.... Some of the narratives resonate more than others: some pierce their target while others could be considered pretentious," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Harvey Weinstein's Body of Work in Canberra;
* Horror double in Retro at Sydney's Orpheum;
* Conrad Rothman remembered;

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

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Tim Winton's book The Turning plus a signed poster of the film starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, and a prize pack comprising Home Song Stories (Dir. Tony Ayres), Balibo (Dir. Robert Connolly), Van Diemen's Land (Dir. Jonathan auf der Heide, Prod. Maggie Miles), Samson & Delilah (Dir. Warwick Thornton, Prod. Kath Shelper), courtesy Madman Entertainment and Pan MacMillan (RRP: $119.75). Four runner up winners will receive a copy of the signed poster valued at $40 each. Tim Winton's The Turning releases nationally on September 26.

Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Sarah Polley's acclaimed documentary, Stories We Tell, courtesy Palace Films. "Polley has crafted a rare jewel of a film," says Louise Keller. In cinemas September 26.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Brad Furman. Stars Ben Affleck, Justine Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie. "Risk taking and assessing the odds are the key components of this taut and highly enjoyable thriller in which dreams rely on a dice toss... A guilty pleasure of a rollercoaster ride with high stakes. And a satisfying one, at that," says Louise. "... occasionally engaging and sometimes thrilling; just not often enough," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(Canada 2012) Dir: Sarah Polley. Documentary featuring Polley's family. "The facets, the secrets and the different perspectives of love are put under the microscope in this deceptively simple yet devastatingly complex portrayal of a family.... There are many moments when I was moved to tears - when raw truths involving emotions, are delivered by family members in spontaneous, unrehearsed fashion. Polley has crafted a rare jewel of a film that reveals much about her own family," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Stars Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, James Franco, Sharon Stone. "... It's voyeuristic, unbelievable and often shocking as it delivers surprises, twists and many elements of interest, including an effective depiction of the times during the sexual revolution," says Louise. "There is little doubt that most attention will focus on the relatively small but crucial role of Dorothy, Linda's mother, played with heartbreaking honesty by Sharon Stone, unrecognisable under her up-tight suburban persona, both guilt-ridden and cold-hearted," says Andrew.

Gamechanger: Beyond the game:
The tough female protagonist is played by Ellen Page; Willem Dafoe plays an enigmatic scientist in the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls, a PlayStation video game with the DNA of a movie. It is the first game to be invited to a film festival: Tribeca, New York, 2013. Andrew L. Urban reports on a Sydney forum where the future was present.

Now online:
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.

[Coming in October, Ron Howard's Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. "The film is one big adrenalin rush and the emotional wallop it delivers is its biggest surprise. You don't have to know anything about racing or be a Formula One fan to experience the whole gamut of emotions in this powerful and highly moving film, whose two champion central performances by Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth appropriately mirror the champions they represent," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

Gravity, stars George Clooney, Sandra Bullock;
Rush, stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl;
Insidious: Chapter 2, stars Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson;
Prisoners, stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo;
Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho;

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)

(US, Aus 2013) Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire. "Visually, Gatsby is a spectacle of beauty with a myriad of beautiful people, exquisite settings, lavish locations and gorgeous costumes. There's a constant sense of motion, the cameras zoom, dolly and deliver all kinds of brilliance. Yet the cinematic tools form an artifice that act as a shield to the film's heart," says Louise.

(Chile/France/US, 2012) Stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers. "It's a great and true story, but I wish it were better told on screen, because despite its Oscar nomination (Best Foreign Language Film), No is not as cinematically satisfying as I had expected," says Andrew.

To win one of 20 double passes to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, we asked: Who amongst family and friends would make the best honorary Italian and why? Con Gotsis (WA) says: The wife's relatives who have the Italian flags perched up high at the front of their house. Not one; but two; and these flags are not small. They want the whole neighbourhood to know.

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, John Duigan's Careless Love (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

So many vineyards, so little time ... and so many amazing people to meet, as Andrew L. Urban discovered in between screenings and parties at CinéfestOZ. Margaret River is not just a river, not just a town, not just a destination - it's a way of life.

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