Welcome to our 1,025th weekly edition; Thursday October 27, 2016

Movie review:
DOCTOR STRANGE
(US, 2016) Dir: Scott Derrickson. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen. "Mind-bending effects, jaw-gaping action sequences and a cast with pedigree enable Marvel's Doctor Strange to soar through its many dimensions and parallel universes to a cinematic 3D Shangri-la. Benedict Cumberbatch's superhero is right up there with the best of them," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
HELL OR HIGH WATER
(US, 2016) Dir: David MacKenzie. Stars Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges. "In the perfect marriage of plot, character, setting and music, Hell or High Water is a crackling good thriller, compounded by the contrast of thrilling action juxtaposed on its laid back, lazy small town backdrop, where nothing ever happens, " says Louise. "Distinguished by a wonderfully nuanced, varied and haunting score thanks to Australian musos Nick Cave and Warren Ellis ...is a fascinating hybrid of melancholy morality play, modern Western and arthouse drama," says Andrew.
WIN one of 5 double inseason passes, courtesy Madman. In cinemas October 27.

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).

Movie review:
ELLE
(France, Germany, Belgium, 2016) Dir: Paul Verhoeven. Stars Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling. "Dark themes of violence, sex, fantasy and guilt are intertwined in Paul Verhoeven's mesmerising drama about twisted minds and relationships ... This is Verhoeven at his best, showcasing Huppert at hers," says Louise.

Movie review:
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
(US, 2016) Dir: Greg Mottola. Stars Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis. "Short of laughs with little to recommend it beyond its likeable cast, this contrived and predictable action comedy begs for a sharper, wittier script and a lot more chutzpah. It's a bit like Mr & Mrs Smith meets Spy in the suburbs, but ..." says Louise.

Feature:
ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2016: 10TH YEAR NOMINEES
Vying for Best Feature Film in this 10th year of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are Mustafa Kara's richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Cold of Kalandar (Turkey, Hungary), Reza Mirkarimi's portrait of the shifting balance of power within families, Daughter (Islamic Republic of Iran), Zeki Demirkubuz' slow-burn psychological drama Ember (Turkey, Germany), Kirill Serebrennikov's portrait of a student empowered by religious fanaticism, The Student (Russian Federation) and spiritual epic and passion project, Muhammad: the Messenger of God, by Iranian master Majid Majidi.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in November, Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal.] Calendar of films releasing in October

NEW TRAILERS
Assassin's Creed, stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons;
A United Kingdom, stars David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton;
A Cure for Wellness, stars Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Adrian Schiller;
Nocturnal Animals, stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon;
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
The Founder, stars Michael Keaton;

NEW DVDS:
GOLDSTONE
Stars Aaron Pedersen, David Wenham, Jacki Weaver. "It's an effective, engaging film, avoiding the expected resolutions for a more authentic result, while engaging us in the issues of how we live together in this old land," says Andrew.

SPEAR
Starring Bangarra Dance Theatre Company. "While it is difficult to definitively understand the meaning behind this complex marriage of dance and chant with its diverse imagery and striking settings, one thing is certain: Stephen Page's Spear is a unique piece of cinema," says Louise.

Competition winners:
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE DVD
To win, we asked: What is your favourite comedy of all time and why? Lauren Cividin (NSW) says: The Blues Brothers. I used to watch it all the time with my dad and sing the songs and laugh our faces off at the dry humour.

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, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate (pic) and dozens more. About 600 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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