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Movie review: WHIPLASH
Movie review:
WHIPLASH

(US, 2014) Dir: Stars J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller. “Thrilling and disturbing in equal parts, Damien Chazelle's magnificent film Whiplash, about a young jazz drummer obsessed with greatness and the sadistic teacher who pushes him to the brink, is a showcase in which fear, not harmony reigns. J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller offer superlative and unforgettable performances, as their characters duel as if in a fight to the death. One of the best films of the year,” says Louise. REVIEW


NEWS & BOX OFFICE

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

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* * Asia Pacific Screen Awards – line up confirmed;
* Movies Now No 26 starts October 29;
* British Film Fest 2014 – highlights;
* Zareh Nalbandian honoured at Movie Convention;
* Tango Underpants on a roll;
* The Dressmaker gets made;

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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: FURY
Movie reviews:
FURY

(US, 2014) Dir: David Ayer. Stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman. “David Ayer’s film succeeds in creating a claustrophobic mood, prising us into the Sherman tank in 1945 Germany with its melting pot of tension .., although the characterisations might have been better described,” says Louise. “The film’s impact is partly explained by the heavy artillery aimed at our sensibilities, not just our eardrums, and the almost careless narrative, which only glues together in the final, extended, extraordinary sequence best described as Wardaddy’s Last Stand,” says Andrew. REVIEWS

Movie review: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
Movie review:
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

(US, 2014) Dir: Shawn Levy. Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne. “Laugh or cry, there’s no correct response, says Jane Fonda’s matriarch Hillary, in this hilarious expose of a dysfunctional family thrown together at close quarters. For the audience, there is more laughter than tears… It’s caustic fun on rapids,” says Louise. REVIEW

Movie review: HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
Movie review:
HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

(UK, Ger, Can, S.Africa) Dir: Peter Chelsom. Stars Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike. “Quirky, engaging and unexpected, this charming exploration of the road to happiness is elevated by the appealing presence of Simon Pegg, whose dissatisfied psychiatrist delves into the conundrum with naïve enthusiasm. His enthusiasm is addictive,” says Louise. REVIEW


Composer focus: SORORAL’S HORRORBLE SCORE
Composer focus:
SORORAL’S HORRORBLE SCORE

The nice looking young man smiling shyly at the camera, Christopher de Groot, has composed a truly (and suitably) creepy score for Sororal, Sam Barrett’s creepy new, low budget horror movie; de Groot is one of the nominees for Best Feature Film Score at this year’s Screen Music Awards (Nov. 12, Sydney City Recital Hal ) and newest signing by Sweden’s Screamworks Records. Andrew L. Urban reports. FEATURE

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in November, The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel. “I connected on many levels with this powerful story about escape from Africa, loss, survival and struggling against the odds to create a new life,” 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.
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
Annie, stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne & Cameron Diaz;
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;
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;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
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 TWO FACES OF JANUARY - Stars Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac. “Admirably teased out of Patricia Highsmith's novel by Iranian-born filmmaker Hossein Amini, the screenplay for The Two Faces of January is complex, satisfying, edgy, and the film is studded with glittering performances,” says Andrew.

MALEFICENT - Stars Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning. “In a word, Maleficent is magical, with Angelina Jolie hypnotic as the betrayed fairy from whose perspective this re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty is told. Jolie has never looked more stunning,” says Louise. D

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - Stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett. “With its breathtaking production design and astonishing reality, Peter Jackson's second in the Hobbit trilogy offers more ballast this time with spectacular highlights,” 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

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