Welcome to our 1,026th weekly edition; Thursday November 3, 2016

Movie review:
HACKSAW RIDGE
(US, Aust, 2016) Dir: Mel Gibson. Stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh. "Throwing up an intriguing paradox, Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge is a hardhitting drama about faith, conviction and conflict. These are themes that Gibson knows well and he stitches this unique story together with a broad range of emotions that emanate from the delicacy of a new relationship to those punctured by brutality," says Louise.
THE CORPORAL WITHOUT A GUN: Andrew L. Urban reports.

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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
HACKSAW RIDGE PRIZE PACKS
Win one of 5 Hacksaw Ridge prize packs comprising an inseason double pass to the film starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Ryan Corr, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths plus a $50 Mel Gibson DVD pack (Apocalypto, Passion of the Christ, Man Without A Face), courtesy Icon Film Distribution. Hacksaw Ridge releases nationally November 3.

Movie review:
THE ACCOUNTANT
(US, 2016) Dir: Gavin O'Connor. Stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons. "Be prepared to be startled: this thumping thriller is full of dark themes, secrets and unexpected revelations. The plot is like a jigsaw puzzle that takes shape slowly and keeps us guessing until the very end. You will need to pay attention: Gavin O'Connor's film is a mix of heavy-duty action and fascinating mind games," says Louise.

Movie review:
AMERICAN HONEY
(US, 2016) Dir: Andrea Arnold. Stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough. "As fresh and unexpected as its hypnotic star Sasha Lane, this seductive road movie with its serendipitous selection of songs to match emotional experiences, invites us into an intriguing and edgy reality which surprises at every turn. It's a gorgeous film with a spirit of its own that independent film lovers will adore," says Louise.
Movie review:
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
(US, 2016) Dir: Derek Cianfrance. Stars Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown. "I loved everything about this affecting and exquisitely made tearjerker, whose themes of love, loss and sacrifice rise and fall like the waves on the ocean. Cinematic, poetic and always accessible," says Louise.

Interview:
KILLS ON WHEELS
There are other films that celebrate the disabled, showing them as fully functioning individuals, just like anyone. But now, in what is arguably the ultimate in positive cinematic discrimination, acclaimed Hungarian director Attila Till has made Kills On Wheels, a darkly humorous thriller about wheelchair bound assassins, winner of the Roger Ebert Award at the 2016 Chicago film festival. On the eve of the film's screening at the Canberra International Film Festival this week (November 3, 2016), he talks about it to Andrew L. Urban.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week: "Nocturnal Animals toys with our emotions; our guides are Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, whose superlative performances are affecting and haunting," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
John Wick: Chapter 2, stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne;
Assassin's Creed, stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons;
A Cure for Wellness, stars Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth;
A United Kingdom, stars David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton;
The Founder, stars Michael Keaton;

NEW DVDS:
STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley. "The old and the new are seamlessly interwoven in J.J. Abrams' spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a swashbuckling intergalactic adventure that satisfies on every level with its superb storytelling, endearing characters, splashy visual effects and a masterful score by John Williams, " says Louise.

STAR TREK BEYOND
Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba. "There is a constant sense of motion in this grand scale sci-fi adventure, and while special effects overtake character and plot, we are grounded by the welcome familiarity of the characters we have long known and loved," says Louise.

Competition winners:
HELL OR HIGH WATER
To win courtesy Madman, we asked: Who would you choose as your partner in crime and why? Cheyne Ennis (NSW): Mel Gibson: The survivor and tactful being of a true partner in crime with a touch of comedy along the way. He has my back.

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, Clara Law's The Goddess of 1967 (pic) and dozens more. Around 600 films.

Travelfile:
RESTAURANT LOUIS XV, HOTEL DE PARIS, MONTE CARLO
It's not just about the fabulous food, says Andrew L. Urban, after sampling one of the most dazzlingly beautiful restaurants in the world.

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