Welcome to our 888th weekly edition; Thursday, March 13, 2014

For your amazement - 'SINEMA SINAI'

Movie review:
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
(US, 2013) Dir: Alex Gibney. Documentary featuring Lance Armstrong. "... Gibney's gripping documentary is a breathtaking expose, not only of cyclist Lance Armstrong as a drug cheat, but one that explores deep into the culture of the sport of cycling and its intrinsic doping problems," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* $100,000 film prize open at CinefestOZ;
* Wendy Hughes: 1952 - 2014;

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

COMPETITIONS
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS DVD
Win one of 10 copies of the highly-acclaimed action adventure Captain Phillips on DVD, starring Tom Hanks, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Out now on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet.

Movie reviews:
HANNAH ARENDT
(Germany/Luxemburg/France, 2012) Dir: Margarethe von Trotta. Stars Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch. "Totalitarianism with sinful intentions versus bureaucratic compliance is what is on the menu - the result is more interesting on an academic and intellectual level than in actual engagement and entertainment terms," says Louise. "... it is as a piece of drama about the human condition that this film needs to be assessed, and on that score - with a few quibbles about structure and flashbacks and occasional lack of clarity - it is successful, in its own rigorous way," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE MONUMENTS MEN
(US, 2014) Dir: George Clooney. Stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Baliban. "It's a story with scale, texture and layers and whatever it lacks in grit and tension (required for a story based on fact) is compensated by chutzpah," says Louise. "Sometimes perfunctory, often hitting false notes, the film lacks the punch of its story," says Andrew.

Movie review:
NEED FOR SPEED
(US, 2014) Dir: Scott Waugh. Stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton. "For all its predictable turns and its final resolution, Need For Speed excels at what it sets out to do as a gripping action thriller which offers us high speed escape and wish fulfillment," says Andrew.

Awards:
FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA 2014
Mystery Road and The Rocket shared the Best Film Awards at the 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards this week. The Great Gatsby won the most awards (4 categories) followed by The Rocket with 3 and Mystery Road and The Turning with 2 each.

Feature:
GODFREY REGGIO'S VISITORS LETS US WATCH THE WATCHERS
The Toronto Symphony performed Philip Glass' score for Visitors live, at the film's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, in September 2013. But the film had its commercial premiere at the end of February, 2014 in Ottowa - and Joyce MacPhee* was there for the first night.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Only Lovers Left Alive, stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton. "As fascinating as it is bizarre and tedious, Jim Jarmusch's eclectic reality in which two vampires bound to each other through eternity, is a powerful magnet," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Grace of Monaco, stars Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth;
The Lego Movie, voices of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman;
Half a Yellow Sun, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton;
The Zero Theorem, stars Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Matt Damon;
The Grand Budapest Hotel, stars Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes;
Chinese Puzzle, stars Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France;

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:
THE FIFTH ESTATE
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Carice van Houten, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis. "The film is so busy that it feels much too long but Cumberbatch's wonderfully created Assange is certainly worth seeing," says Louise.

MACHETE KILLS
Stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Alexa Vega. "Exploitation doesn't get badder than this: Robert Rodriguez' blood splattered sequel is laced with deadly bravado, flying body parts, scantily dressed babes and belly laughs," says Louise.

MAGIC MAGIC
Stars Michael Sera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandina Moreno. "It begins like a nature doco and ends like a nightmare," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
ALL IS LOST
To win double inseason passes courtesy Universal Pictures, we asked: If you were going to take a sea journey on a small boat, with whom would you want to share your adventure? William Simpson (NSW) says: The Michelin Man; because in the worst case scenario he would make a great flotation device; at the very least he would be quiet.

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, Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train (stars Wendy Hughes, pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
THE GIGER OF GRUYERES: SWITZERLAND
It's a steep walk from Gruyères railway station to the historic Swiss hilltop village of Gruyères, world famous for its cheese. But Gruyères (population 300) has a dark secret which only the most curious - or well informed - will discover: the gallery of H. R. Giger, Oscar winning designer of the alien in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and other things similarly subversive, erotic, fantastic and out of this world. Andrew L. Urban reports.

REGISTER, UNSUBSCRIBE, CHANGE YOUR DETAILS
You can REGISTER for our free weekly email (or update your details) or
UNSUBSCRIBEfrom this newsletter.


This email was sent from Evergence on behalf of Urban Cinefile. If you would like to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please email us at mail@urbancinefile.com.au. Trademarks copyright © 2014 Urban Cinefile and their respective trademark holders.