Welcome to our 884th weekly edition; Thursday, February 13, 2014

This is our 17th anniversary edition - if you count the weeks: 52 x 17 = 884. If you mark it by the date, it'll be the February 27 edition. We'll celebrate both ... cheers!

Movie reviews:
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
(M) Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare. "Two stand-out performances and the claustrophobic depiction of a death-infested reality are the significant elements of Dallas Buyers Club. It's a tough film, based on a true story," says Louise. " .. how a reprobate womaniser, boozer, snorter and hustler made a difference to hundreds if not millions of lives .and how an actor called Matthew McConaughey resurrected the remarkable spirit of Ron Woodroof, in a performance that swallows the actor - body and all," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Chaplin 100 years later;
* Kevin Copeland stars in Infini (not naked);
* Star Wars Movie Marathon - may the fourth be with you X6;
* Shapelle released - on DVD;
* Aussie made Lego Movie breaks US box office records;
* Shadow of Doubt for L.A. Women's Int. Filmfest;
* Cannes winners bumped by elections;

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

COMPETITIONS
RUSH DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Rush on DVD, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, courtesy Hopscotch Entertainment. Available on blu-ray, DVD and digital on February 5.

Movie review:
ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING?
(US, 2013) Dir: Tom Gormican. Stars Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan. "... an amiable romcom endowed with romance, penis-humour and MA-rated sex," says Louise.

Movie review:
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
(Fr/Belg/Sp, 2013) Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche. Stars Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée. "It may be overshadowed by its controversial and graphic sex scenes, but the passion runs far beyond the sheets in this explosive and revelation-filled coming of age story that explores sexuality, desire, love and commitment," says Louise.

Movie review:
ROBOCOP
(US, 2014) Dir: José Padilha. Stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Hayley. "It's a film meant for young and excitable audiences (who don't mind scrambled images), and I don't qualify. Still, there are ideas here that grapple (fairly simply) with serious themes," says Andrew.

Movies Now 24:
MOVIE CLUB RETURNS - WITH BRUCE BERESFORD
The 24th season of 6 weekly screenings of new movies screened prior to their commercial release (like a private movie premiere) begins on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Sydney's Dendy Newtown, on the eve of this year's Oscar presentation (March 3 Sydney time) - with Bruce Beresford as guest to the post-screening discussion.
Bookings

Behind the Oscars:
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO ... OVER THE YEARS
Just days before this year's Oscars telecast (Monday, March 3, 2014 AEDT), TCM is screening a new documentary, And The Oscar Goes To. narrated by Anjelica Huston, taking viewers behind the scenes, behind the race to the awards - and behind some of the great (mostly) American films of the past 70 or so years.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, Tracks, stars Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver. "Solitude and a great sense of place is central to this gripping tale recounting Robyn Davidson's trek across the vast Australian desert in 1975, walking 1,700 miles with four camels and a dog as company," says Louise. "A real triumph against the odds - just as was Robyn's journey," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
The Lego Movie, voices of Chris Pratt, Elisabeth Banks;
A Million Ways to Die in the West, stars Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron;
Noah, stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly;
The Grand Budapest Hotel, stars Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes;
Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb;

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:
ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA
Stars Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montague. "With great irreverence and aplomb, Steve Coogan's loved BBC character Alan Partridge glides onto the big screen in a caper that is both hilarious and endearing," says Louise.

DIANA
Stars Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews. "I inwardly cringed through most of this soppy film that depicts the love affair between Diana and her heart surgeon lover," says Louise.

MYSTERY ROAD
Stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson. "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.

Competition winners:
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
To win double inseason passes to Dallas Buyers Club courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: If you were required to lose weight for work, would you agree and how would you go about it? Heather Hopley (QLD): Absolutely. I'd burn more calories than I consume. Starve myself and have very physical sex all day.

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 (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
LAKE COMO, ITALY
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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