Monthly Film Round-up: April 2013

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Apr 292013


April has been a reasonably quiet month, with cinema visits and repeat viewings down. As much as I love film, I also love TV, and this month has mostly been about catching up on Mad Men. I’ve also been following the cooking show My Kitchen Rules, as well as watching some Enlightened and Top of the Lake.

In April I viewed a mere 21 films. Check out my round-up after the jump.


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Apr 282013

Karl Markovics (The lead in the Oscar Winning film The Counterfeiters) makes his directorial début with Breathing, a slow burn and reflective drama which is screening as part of the 2013 Audi Festival of German Film. Is Markovics as good as a writer/director as he is a renowned actor? Find out after the jump.

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Iron Man 3

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Apr 272013

Iron Man 3

Tony Stark is back in the suit, but he’s lost some of his bravado after what went down in New York with The Avengers. When a new terrorist emerges, threatening innocent lives and people that he loves; can he hold it together enough to do what needs to be done? Iron Man 3 review after the jump.

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Trailer: The Bling Ring

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Apr 252013

Is it just me, or is this trailer off the charts awesome? I’m a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s films and I cannot wait for this to be released. Emma Watson looks to be channelling the very naughty celebrities from whom her character is stealing from. As always with Coppola’s films, it appears there will be a pulsating electronic soundtrack to really make the film pop.
The Bling Ring does not have a Australia or New Zealand release date at this time. It will play at the Cannes Film Festival before a limited US release on June 14.
By Sam McCosh

The Company You Keep

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Apr 232013

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The Sundance kid himself, Robert Redford returns behind and in front of the camera for the first time since 2007 (Lions For Lambs) for The Company You keep. An old school, slow-burn drama-thriller that along with Redford stars Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Terrance Howard, Nick Nolte and about 400 other well-recognised Hollywood actors. But behind the A-list cast and director, is there a good film? Does old-school storytelling and direction result in quality? Find out after the jump.

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The Human Rights and Arts Festival 2013

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Apr 232013

In the shadow of the sun

The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will open in Melbourne on May 9th and travel to 6 centres across Australia in May and June.

The festival will open in Sydney on Tuesday 28 May with the highly anticipated documentary In the Shadow of the Sun – the début feature by British film-maker Harry Freeland which looks at the harrowing reality of ritual Albino killings in Tanzania.

Intrigue, romance and revolution all come together in Sydney’s closing night film, Alias Ruby Blade. This action-packed documentary chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor and the remarkable relationship between, Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, and the incarcerated enigmatic leader of the Timorese resistance in Jakarta, Kay Rala “Xanana” Gusmão.
Be sure to visit the festival website to learn more about the great range of films and activities on offer.

The festival dates are below

MELBOURNE 9 – 23 May
SYDNEY 28 – 30 May
CANBERRA 3 – 5 June
PERTH 4 – 6 June
BRISBANE 4 – 6 June
ALICE SPRINGS May 31 – June 2
By Sam McCosh

Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream

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Apr 232013

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In the Western world access to the cinema is largely viewed as a right. But imagine living somewhere besieged by conflict, where the joy of visiting cinema has all but been lost. Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream is a documentary about bringing the magic of cinema back. Review after the jump.

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Break-up Man/Schlussmacher

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Apr 212013


When a man who is hired to break-up relationships gets caught up in the fallout of his handy work, he starts to re-examine both his career choice and his  thoughts on love. Check out my review of the German Box Office smash hit Break-up Man after the jump.

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