Welcome to our 2012 Cannes Bumper edition for weeks 793, 794 and 795 covering all releases for May 17, 24 and 31, while our Editors are at the Festival. Thursday May 17, 2012
Next edition: June 8. The box office will be added twice weekly as usual.


Festival de Cannes 2012:
MY 12 DAYS WITH MARILYN
Multiple Cannes press badge holder and acclaimed film journalist Nick Roddick (who once edited Australia's Cinema Papers among many credits) opens the window to this year's Festival de Cannes (May 16 - 27), which - as he puts it - takes place under the benign gaze of Marilyn Monroe.

Festival de Cannes 2012:
THE AUSTRALIAN DOSSIER
It's a historically blessed slot for Australia, the midnight Gala screening Out of Competition on the first Saturday of the Festival de Cannes, where The Sapphires has its World Premiere this year; the last two Australian films screened in that special slot were Strictly Ballroom exactly two decades ago and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in 1994. Andrew L. Urban builds an Australian dossier for Cannes 2012. (Pic. Lawless)

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BOX OFFICE:
Twice weekly reports & charts.

COMPETITIONS
THE ARTIST DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Academy Award winning film The Artist on DVD, starring Jean Dujardin, Bernice Bejo, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available on DVD from June 28.

HUGO DVD PRIZES
Win one of four major prizes (1 x Hugo DVD - RRP $40; 1 x Hugo Cabret Book - RRP $35) and one of six runner up prizes (1 x Hugo DVD - RRP $40),l courtesy Paramount. (Prizes are valued at $540.) Hugo is available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 23.

Movie reviews:
Films opening May 17:
CARELESS LOVE
(Aust, 2012) Dir: John Duigan. Stars Nammi Le, Peter O'Brien, Andrew Hazzard, Penny McNamee, Ivy Mak, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, David Field, John Duigan. "John Duigan's magic cinematic touch is as vibrant as ever, his sensitivity and relevance driving great stories that resonate with us and guiding wonderful performances," says Andrew. "... morality, lies and perceptions are canvassed in a provocative and stimulating way. In a way, it's a road movie in which the road is life and the pit stops are sexual encounters," says Louise.

Movie review:
WOMAN IN BLACK
(UK/Canada/Sweden/2012) Dir: James Watkins. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds, Sophie Stuckey, Roger Allam. "Radcliff, in his first adult role since the Harry Potter franchise concluded, does an excellent job holding the film together, grief pouring from his expressive features. He is in almost in every scene and Watkins uses the close up to create an effective intimacy with his character," says Louise.

Movie reviews (opening May 16):
THE DICTATOR
(US, 2012) Dir: Larry Charles. Stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley. "If it's racist, discriminatory, provocative, in bad taste, plain stupid or self-indulgent, Cohen has probably included it in the film - after all, his vulgarity, hit-or-miss skits and high-risk comedy with flashes of brilliance are his signature and what his fans lap up," says Louise. "Although I'm no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen's work, I always find morsels of memorable satire or plain humour in his work, most of which relies on buffoonery, audacious bad taste and tickling the juvenile fancy," says Andrew.

Movie review:
SILENT SOULS
(Russia, 2010) Dir: Aleksei Fedorchenko. Stars Yuriy Tsurilo, Igor Sergeev, Yuliya Aug. "Simple but not simplistic, Silent Souls resonates like a beautiful bell," says Andrew.


Movie reviews:
Films opening May 24:
MEN IN BLACK III 3D
(US, 2012) Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld. Stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson. Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and changing history. (Reviews to be published on May 18.)

Movie review:
EMPIRE OF SILVER
(China, 2010) Dir: Christina Yao. Stars Aaron Kwok, Tie Lin Zhang, Hao Lei, Jennifer Tilly. "The complicated romance that punctuates the story adds spice (and a twist), but it's a film essentially about the banking family and their machinations at a time of rapid change in China," says Andrew.

Featured Preview:
EMPIRE OF SILVER
At the end of the 19th century, a young man destined to inherit the vast wealth of a Chinese banking empire must decide whether to follow his strong willed father's path or find his own. Greed, deception and jealousy surface under the pressures of war and the impending change from silver to paper bills... and the love of his life has become his step-mother. (Based on a true story.)

Movie reviews:
BEL AMI
(UK/France/Italy, 2012) Dirs: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod. Stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Natalia Tena, Colm Meaney. "He might have fangs in Twilight, but here, heartthrob Robert Pattinson has bitten off more than he can chew, unable to spit out the easy confidence required of a man whose passport to success bears the stamp of sex, lies and adultery," says Louise.


Movie reviews:
Films opening May 31:
GET THE GRINGO
(US, 2012) Dir: Adrian Grunberg. Stars Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton. "Mel Gibson is back doing what he knows, playing a flawed character with redeeming qualities who is also a resourceful tough guy," says Andrew. "The richness of the prison backdrop is a source of amazement .described as 'the world's sh*ttiest mall' with food stalls, drugs and sex on demand, guns in plentiful supply and an intimidation-driven system," says Louise.

Movie review:
DECLARATION OF WAR
(France, 2011) Dir: Valérie Donzelli. Stars Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaďm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaďm. "The underlying drama holds the film together even when self indulgence and the rawness of inexperience weakens the film," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, Swerve, starring Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons. "Paul Grabowsky's edgy score is a highlight of this taut thriller that rips along like a fast train on a track to nowhere. A cop with a temper, a girl in a convertible and a stranger passing through are the main players; it all starts when a car swerves on a deserted, dusty road not far from the dead-end town of Neverest," says Louise.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Amazing Spiderman, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone;
Men in Black 3, stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson;
The Dark Knight Rises, stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt;
To Rome With Love, stars Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg;
Swerve, stars Jason Clarke, Emma Booth and David Lyons;
Hotel Transylvania, voices Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez;
Bel Ami, stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman;

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...)

DVDS RELEASING MAY 17
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Kathy Burke, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds. ".. a splendid film on every level, soaking us in the period while retaining a contempo sensibility," says Andrew.

THE MUPPETS
Stars Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper. "I smiled throughout this madcap joyous adventure in which the Muppets are funny, silly, colourful and totally endearing in what must be the happiest film of the year," says Louise.

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
Stars Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine. " .. a likeable film that speeds along with a happy rush and is filled with grandiose imaginative ideas," says Louise.

YOUNG ADULT
Stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt. "Your expectations will bump into some fairly dark material, and while there is undoubted humour (quite a lot) it isn't what you are led to expect," says Andrew.


DVDS RELEASING MAY 24
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgĺrd. "The key to the credibility of the film lies in the casting of its incongruous diminutive heroine Lisbeth Salander (Mara) and the morally scrupulous journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) and the chemistry they evoke with each other," says Louise.

HUGO
Stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer. "With its exquisite production design depicting the ambience and life at the 19th century Paris railway station, Scorsese creates a reality that we immediately embrace," says Louise.

ARRIETTY
Voices of Saorse Ronan, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Phyllida Law. " .. a somewhat charming experience, albeit not as successful as Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle," says Louise.

THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR
Stars Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura, Lola Duanas. "An uplifting story with plenty of chuckles and surprises, the women on the 6th floor are definitely ones you will want to meet," says Louise.

X
Stars Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Wayne Blair, Peter Docker. "Sex, violence, corruption and disillusionment are the themes of Jon Hewitt's darkly erotic thriller in which two call-girls get more than they bargain for," says Louise.


DVDS RELEASING MAY 31
A FEW BEST MEN
Stars Rebel Wilson, Olivia Newton-John, Xavier Samuel. "Scripted by Death at a Funeral's Dean Craig, A Few Best Men cleverly combines its culture clash and buddy themes with a wild tale embracing family secrets, a drug deal gone wrong and a romantic wedding filled with hilarious mishaps," says Louise.

ALBERT NOBBS
Stars Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Brendan Gleeson. "There are surprises and twists in store and the poignancy of the tale is not revealed until the very end. Close is not the only one to shine brightly; McTeer is a revelation as Hubert," says Louise.

ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS
Stars Voices Justin Long, Matthew Gray. "The 8 year old inside me really loved this movie as it turns what was to be a sedate sailing holiday on the huge cruise ship into a wonderful adventure on a desert island," says Andrew.

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
Stars Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley. "Garbled from the start, the story pits humans against the werewolf Lycans and the competing vampires," says Andrew.

THJE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER
Stars Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sabine Azéma. "A bucolic provincial romance, you could call it, and gently, sensitively done, with no heavily dramatic scenes," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
IRON SKY
To win one of 25 double inseason passes to Iron Sky, starring Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby, and Stephanie Paul, courtesy Hoyts Distribution, we asked: Which uniform (military or other) would you like to wear on a regular basis and why? Cian O'Reilly (Vic) says: Pyjamas; I hate getting up in the morning and would allow me to answer the postman's knock instead of rushing to get my clothes on.

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 (pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Japanese Story and dozens more. Over 500 films.

This travelling life:
TRAVELFILE
Join Andrew L. Urban in Monaco, Connecticut, Mexico, Monaco and Tyrol... and Alien in Switzerland! (Pic. Louis XV in Monaco's Hotel de Paris)

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