Welcome to our 763rd weekly edition; Thursday October 20, 2011

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MOVIES NOW returns from Wed. Nov. 2 at Chauvel, Sydney; screening films (unannounced) prior to their commercial release, followed by a discussion with guests, moderated by Andrew L. Urban. Info & bookings

THE CLOSE UP:
Meet Oscar winning cinematographer John Seale (The English Patient, Witness, The Firm, Gorillas in the Mist, The Tourist, The Talented Mr Ripley, Rain Man, Careful He Might Hear You etc) in conversation with Andrew L. Urban, illustrated by three films in full plus several clips from his career; Sunday Nov. 6, 9.30am - 7.30pm, at AFTRS theatre, Sydney. Info & bookings

Movie review:
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
(Spain/US, 2011) Stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cottillard, Michael Sheen, Gad Elmaleh, Adrien Brody. "The magic of Paris and the mystique of an era gone-by are the stars of Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen's best film for years," says Louise. "Although the film suggests that we should enjoy the present for all it's worth, we have a great time enjoying this brief episode in a literate and beauty-filled past," says Andrew.

COMPETITIONS
THE DEAD & OUTCAST DVD PRIZE PACKS
Are you into all things weird, wonderful and totally gnarly? Thanks to Hopscotch Entertainment, we're giving away five prize packs containing their most haunting, off-beat new release DVDs, The Dead and Outcast. Supernatural beasts - tick. Flesh-eating zombies - tick. This will be one hell of a Friday night horror marathon. Available on DVD from October 20.

BOX OFFICE:
Twice weekly reports of the Top 20 at the Australian box office.

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Featured Preview:
1911
Releasing in cinemas globally to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of China's 1911 Xinhai Revolution, 1911 is also Jackie Chan's 100th film. Trailer

Movie reviews:
CONTAGION
(US, 2011) Stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Elliot Gould. " .. a concise and complex screenplay that is circular in structure and rarely lags as it canvasses the natural unravelling of society and the glue that bonds humanity together," says Louise. " .. a surprisingly clinical work.. it asks each of us: what would I do, and would I be proud of it?" says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
(US, 2011) Stars Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Orlando Bloom, Juno Temple, Christoph Waltz. "They don't make period romps like they used to, but The Three Musketeers comes close; all it needs is a bit more sex," says Andrew. "Director Paul W.S. Anderson has injected a great sense of fun in this visually sumptuous adventure," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week, Warrior, starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte. "As fight films go, Warrior is as gutsy as they get," says Andrew. "Emotions run far deeper than the bruises, cuts and scars from punishing rounds in the ring in this towering, punchy film in which redemption is the key theme," says Louise.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Adventures of Tintin, stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig;
A Few Best Men, stars Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John;
33 Postcards, stars Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Lincoln Lewis;
The Tall Man, stars Jessica Biel;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stars Tom Cruise;
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara;

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...)

DVDS THIS WEEK
OCEANS
- documentary. "Enthralling, enlightening, meditative and often humorous, this is a wonderful documentary about the oceans," says Louise.

ROADMAN
- Travis McMahon, Georgii Speakman. "Dealing in the darkest recesses of a destructive and corrosive father son relationship, Roadman is an unusual thriller," says Andrew.

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 and dozens more. Over 450 films.


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