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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Monday, October 20, 2014 - Edition No 919 

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Movie reviews: BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
Movie reviews:
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

(UK, 2014) Dir: Rowan Joffe. Stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. “With its top-drawer cast, there’s a compelling aspect to this psychological thriller in which reality, truth and reason struggle against the dark subtext of the unknown, but the heavy-handed cloak and dagger elements push it over into the realm of the incredulous,” says Louise. “… feels rather manipulative as it tries to assert its premise….This is just about the only negative in an otherwise taut and terrific thriller with a vulnerable female (Nicole Kidman) at the centre, and a tragic story of brain damage that annuls her husband and son,” says Andrew. REVIEWS

NEWS & BOX OFFICE

BOX OFFICE: - Twice weekly reports & charts, Mondays, Thursdays (after 4pm).

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* Movies Now No 26 starts October 29;
* Movie Convention: Independent Exhibitors honoured;
* Box Office Awards - Movie Convention;
* Film & TV piracy increasing – new research;
* Prestigious Russian Film Festival - 11th season;

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Friday night thrillers

COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONS

MALEFICENT DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Maleficent on DVD, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 8.

Movie reviews: SON OF A GUN
Movie reviews:
SON OF A GUN

(Aust, 2014) Dir: Julius Avery. Stars Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites. “The debut feature from Julius Avery, director of the award winning short Jerrycan, this enjoyable Aussie crime thriller holds its own, largely due to the winning combination of Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites as the master crim and his apprentice,” says Louise. “Avery fashions a gritty, authentic mood in the opening scenes among the prisoners in maximum security, and carries it through to the satisfying conclusion,” says Andrew. REVIEWS

Movie review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES
Movie review:
A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

(US, 2014) Dir: Scott Frank. Stars Liam Neeson, Maurice Compte, David Harbour. “Competently made, this rather bleak film set in the disturbing, ugly reality of drug trafficking and depraved killings, feels rather routine, with Liam Neeson its best asset…The gruesome nature of the exposition may be inevitable but there is an element of sensationalism about it; it left me feeling rather grubby,” says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE
Movie review:
JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE

(Aust 2014) Dir: Kelly Dolen. Stars Jamie Bamber. “Although a bit muddle headed about what tone to adopt and confused about its moral stances, John Doe provides a talking point, if nothing else, about how society should respond to the inefficiencies of a justice system and police effectiveness. The arguments for taking the law into our own hands are persuasive, but the result may well get out of control. Two wrongs.... And all that,” says Andrew. REVIEW

Movie review: TAMMY
Movie review:
TAMMY

(US, 2014) Dir: Ben Falcone. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates. “Contender for worst film of the year, Tammy is a painful experience. If you are looking for a good laugh, a well-written script, engaging characters, quirky relationships, a story with a bit of heart and having a whale of a time, this Melissa McCarthy comedy is not it,” says Louise. REVIEW

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in December, Folies Bergere, stars Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darrousin. “Cows, boredom and infidelity form part of an interesting jigsaw in Marc Fitoussi’s highly enjoyable outing that delves into the emotional puzzles of a long-term relationship,” says Louise.] OCT 2014 RELEASES


(From left) The Devil's Violinist, Annie, Whiplash

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet, stars Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Paper Planes, stars Sam Worthington;
The Drop, stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Paper Planes, stars Sam Worthington;
Taken 3, stars Liam Neeson;
The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson;
Serena, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper;
Top Five, stars Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Chris Rock;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Fifty Shades of Gray, stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan;
Gone Girl, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, stars Helena Bonham Carter;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
Annie, stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne & Cameron Diaz;

TRAILERS

At a glance: TOP 20
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...) TOP 20


NEW DVDS
NEW DVDS

THE ROVER - Stars Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. “Sensationally contrasting characters and stunning performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson hold us in their grip as they undertake a journey that ends in the kind of resolution that will linger in the annals of cinema,” says Andrew.

EDGE OF TOMORROW – Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt. “An audacious concept, superbly executed, this grand scale sci-fi thriller will knock your socks off, combining white-knuckle tension with exhilarating action and a sense of humour. It’s a darned clever screenplay..” says Louise.

UNDER THE SKIN - Stars Scarlett Johansson. “Eventually the film irritates however, and despite the enigmatic presence of the alluring Scarlett Johansson, I felt like shrugging my shoulders, scratching my head and asking why?” says Louise.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
EDGE OF TOMORROW DVD
To win one of 10 copies of The Edge of Tomorrow DVD, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: If you could, which event in your life would you like to live through again and why? Domenic Papa (NSW) says: Can I have the whole thing again? There are so many bad decision I wish I could avoid making.

WHIPLASH
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.S. Simons, courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing, we asked: What teacher had the greatest impact on your life (good or bad) and why? Susan Gaskill (Qld): A guitar teacher has had an enormous impact on me. He taught my hubby how to play the guitar and play it LOUDLY!

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / 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, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Approximately 500 films AUSTRALIAN FILMS

TRAVELFILE – our new section: THE GIGER OF GRUYÈRES
TRAVELFILE – our new section:
THE GIGER OF GRUYÈRES

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. THE GIGER OF GRUYERES

HOW (& WHY) TO ADVERTISE ON URBAN CINEFILE
HOW (& WHY) TO ADVERTISE ON URBAN CINEFILE
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