Welcome to our 1,022nd weekly edition; Thursday, October 6, 2016

Movie review:
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
(US, Belgium, UK, 2016) Dir: Tim Burton. Stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson. "Firmly branded with Tim Burton's magnetic and distinctive stamp, this wondrous time-travel fantasy adventure is propelled by imagination and superb execution. I felt like a kid in a candy store who gets to sample everything," says Louise.

Latest:
BOX OFFICE: Top 20 films with box office figures, number of screens, screen averages, release details, percentage rise/fall and comment - every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm).

COMPETITIONS
INFERNO
Win one of 5 Inferno Prize Packs, comprising a double inseason pass to Inferno, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, plus a pack with Inferno T-Shirt, Inferno pizza board and cutter, Inferno USB key ring, Inferno USB flexi reading light, Inferno travel wallet, Inferno mug, Inferno wine bag, courtesy Sony Pictures. Copyright 2016 CTMG. All Rights Reserved. IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 13.

Movie review:
DEEPWATER HORIZON
(US, 2016) Dir: Peter Berg. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich. "Despite the fact that much of the dialogue is indecipherable and it is hard to know exactly what is happening for much of the time, the sheer power and scale of one of the world's largest man made disasters takes your breath away," says Louise.
Feature: disaster epic from real life. Andrew L. Urban reports.

Movie review & Feature:
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
(US, 2016) Dir: Stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, John Malkovich. "Made with polish and buoyed by a rousing score, this 2016 cinematic remake is worth seeing on the big screen, largely due to the thrilling, climactic finale when bullets, arrows and knives find their marks with precision and great frequency. But the film is a bit long and lacks the kind of emotional involvement I craved," says Louise.
Feature: coming (back) to town.

Movie review & Feature:
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS
(US, 2016) Dir: Ron Howard. Documentary with The Beatles. "I tapped my toes throughout Ron Howard's fabulous documentary that gives a real sense of the time, the Beatles' talent and the Beatle-mania that sweeps the world in the 60s ... You don't have to be a baby boomer to embrace this Fab Film of the Fab Four!" says Louise.
Feature

Movie review:
SNOWDEN
(US, Ger, France, 2016) Dir: Oliver Stone. Stars Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage. "Whether Stone's portrait appears too saintly or overly supportive of petitions to pardon Snowden is a matter of judgment. In any case, this is a well-made and engaging film that presents Snowden as a principled romantic and modest hero," says Richard.

Movie review:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
(Iran, 2015) Dir: Vahid Jalilvand. Stars Niki Karimi, Amir Aghaei, Shahrokh Forootanian. "Australian audiences unfamiliar with Iranian cinema might find this film a confronting exploration of a culture that appears so misogynistic that we are outraged just watching it. But that's not the point of the film. Indeed, this is a philosophy workshop in the guise of a morality tale with the genes of a character drama," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
(US, 2016) Dir: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud. Voices of Louis C. K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart. "Not as cute as I expected with surprisingly dark elements and more action than laughs, this family animation takes a novel idea that explores what animals do when their owners are out and executes it with aplomb, although the whole is not as good as the sum of its parts," says Louise.

Nominations:
SCREEN COMPOSERS AWARDS 2016
The winners of this year's Screen Composers Awards will be announced at a gala event in Sydney at the City Recital Hall on Tuesday 8 November where the screen music community will gather to celebrate the composers who write music for the small and large screen. They will be joined by Emmy Award winning screen composer Ashley Irwin, who will lead a live orchestra that will perform a selection of nominated compositions. The Chaser’s Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen will host the ceremony.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in October, Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively. The ensemble cast works well and Allen's jazzy selection of music is irresistible.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

NEW TRAILERS
Nocturnal Animals, stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk;
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
Marvel's Doctor Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams;
The Accountant, stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick;

NEW DVDS:
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp. "A wonderful, vibrant, inventive and visually astonishing film, this Alice does justice to the Lewis Carroll creation and justifies harvesting that beloved old world," says Andrew.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. "It's an entertaining popcorn movie sure to satisfy its target market of younger audiences, done with all the polish that Hollywood money can buy," says Andrew.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant. "Music, love and money are the three key ingredients of this unique tale into which director Stephen Frears has skillfully woven multiple layers of complexity," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MONEY MONSTER & WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT DVDS
To win prize packs courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Which is your current favourite movie star and why? Deb Xuereb (NSW): I'd have to say Bryan Cranston. No, wait: Judy Dench. Yes, absolutely, Judy Dench. But hold on; Meryl Streep! Of course. Meryl. Then again, say Mel Gibson recently and he's still got it. Far out! Can't choose!

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 (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
BUDAPEST NIGHT LIGHTS CRUISE

The most sensational visual trip in Budapest is unquestionably a night cruise on the Danube, writes Andrew L. Urban.

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