Welcome to our 885th weekly edition; Thursday, February 20, 2014

FEATURED PREVIEW: ALL IS LOST
Man v Ocean in J.C. Chandor's bravura movie starring Robert Redford. Opens March 6, 2014.

Movie reviews:
NEBRASKA
(US, 2013) Dir: Alexander Payne. Stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacey Keach. "This is a beautiful film filled with melancholy, regret and longing and whose delicacy lingers," says Louise. "Full of little riches of observation, character and irony, Nebraska is a gem of a film from a master filmmaker," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Newcastle's Regal re-opens with remastered Cinema Paradiso;
* 52 Tuesdays has won the Crystal Bear at Berlin;
* Inaugural award for Indian Film Fest;
* Global shorts comp on 'homeless' theme;

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

COMPETITIONS
LOVELACE DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Lovelace on DVD, starring Stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard, courtesy Roadshow Entertainment. Available to rent and own on DVD, blu-ray & digital download.

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
Win one of 15 complimentary passes to the 25th Alliance Française French Film Festival. Passes are valid nationally and 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:
LE WEEK-END
(UK, 2013) Dir: Roger Michell. Stars Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum. "Disarmingly truthful with a bittersweet centre, this highly observant exploration of the complex shades of a long marriage, complete with its tensions, biting barbs, playfulness and loving familiarity weaves an edgy tale," says Louise. "Textured, truthful, tart, painful, hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and compelling, Le Week-End is a landmark film, as was Roger Michell's Notting Hill (1999)," says Andrew.

Movie review:
LONE SURVIVOR
(US, 2013) Dir: Peter Berg. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana. "The film doesn't glorify war, it pays tribute to courage and determination; while it doesn't play politics, it does show the Taliban as vicious, bloodthirsty and merciless . intense and often harrowing, balanced by the moments of surprising tenderness, among the men themselves and also in the field," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ENDLESS LOVE
(US, 2014) Dir: Shana Feste. Stars Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick. "It's formulaic and predictable, but with its two appealing leads and romantic notions, this Hollywood style Romeo and Juliet melodrama about forbidden love, caters perfectly for its young target market as they discover a love that is worth fighting for," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
WOLF CREEK 2
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Greg McLean. Stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Phillipe Klaus, Gerard Kennedy, Annie Byron. " .. filled with unrelenting terror, but the suspense that was so effective in his 2005 original film that made its controversial debut at Director's Fortnight in Cannes, has been relegated to an ugly shock-filled, torture porn fest filled with depravity," says Louise. "If it weren't for some misjudged - and extended - sequences that simply don't work, Wolf Creek 2 would have been a stronger propellant for No 3," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: It takes time to credibly recreate evil, Greg McLean tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie review:
WINTER'S TALE
(US, 2014) Dir. Akiva Goldsman. Stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith. "Problematic from the outset, this melodrama about destiny, chance and connections trips over its own self importance as it canvasses its ludicrous plot involving angels and demons, twinkling stars, true love and a magical white horse that flies," says Louise.

BAFTAS 2014:
HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO
The Brits know how to have your cake and eat it, too, judging by the BAFTA Categories for top honours, with 12 Years A Slave taking the Best Film award and Gravity winning for Outstanding British Film, at the 2014 BAFTA Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 16, London time), at a ceremony hosted by the eternally engaging Stephen Fry.

Berlinale 2014:
NICE WEATHER, PITY ABOUT (SOME) FILMS
The weather was a pleasant surprise, not so the official selection, says Nick Roddick, but there were a couple of gems - although not suitably recognised by the jury.

Movies Now 24:
MOVIES 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

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, The Grand Budapest Hotel, stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson. "It's a treasure trove of wonders - visually and emotionally," says Louise. "Wes Anderson's whimsical epic is the latest manifestation of cinema as a fantastic place where anything is possible - and magic is real," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Non-Stop, stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore;
The Grand Budapest Hotel, stars Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes;
All is Lost, stars Robert Redford;
Dallas Buyers Club, stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto;
Noah, stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly;
The Other Woman, stars Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann;

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:
PRISONERS
Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard. "..Blurring the lines between the hero and the perpetrator compounds the tension in this multi-layered and complex psychological thriller that will keep you anchored to your seat," says Louise.

ABOUT TIME
Stars Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy. "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. Easier said than done... Ground Hog Day with a major twist,"says Andrew.

2 GUNS
Stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton. "The repartee and edgy relationship between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg is the highlight of this enjoyable action thriller in which loyalties are questioned as bullets ricochet, buildings explode and the whys and wherefores of a $43.125 million stash are canvassed," says Louise.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris. "Visually extraordinary, this rainbow-coloured 3D animated sequel set in an eco system of living food, is as whimsical as the original 2009 film, even though its plot is lumpy enough to cause indigestion," says Louise.

Competition winners:
RUSH DVD
To win one of 10 copies of Rush on DVD, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, courtesy Hopscotch Entertainment, we asked: What kind of car brings back a memory from the past and why? Peter Hurditch (NSW): Matchbox Cars. All my hopes and dreams were in those little collectable cars - I was going to own that; and that; and that. Unfortunately my dream cars are still only 6cm long.

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 (pic), Romper Stomper, 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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