Welcome to our 764th weekly edition; Thursday October 27, 2011

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

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Movie reviews:
WARRIOR
(US, 2011) Stars Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton. "As fight films go, Warrior is as gutsy as they get, with not just a big cash prize at stake but a whole family," says Andrew. " .. towering, punchy film in which redemption is the key theme ... a career-making role for Edgerton," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
* Quickflix launches online movie streaming service;
* Paramedico - The Film; cash transfusion needed;
* Lou wins Grand Jury Prize at Cinema des Antipodes;
* New Paris Film Fest with unique agenda;
* Wolf Creek is 'not simply a horror film ... but a film in which horror happens.' says author Sonya Hartnett in her new book on the film;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend October 20-23: Fear drove the weekend box office, with Paranormal 3 (on 192) taking $2.9 M and Contagion (on 235) grossing $1.58 M. Midnight in Paris (on 98) taking $1 M, just more than Three Musketeers (on 236) taking $0.9 M. The top 20 steadied, up just 1% to $10.99 M.

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COMPETITIONS
I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to I Don't Know How She Does It, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, courtesy Roadshow Films. Only at the movies on November 3.

Movie reviews:
DRIVE
(US, 2011) Stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks. "A gripping heist thriller with a difference, Drive relies on subtleties, surprises and shocks as it keeps the audience engrossed," says Louise. ".. it is ironic how much filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn uses the brakes in pacing this noirish art house thriller," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
IN TIME
(US, 2011) Stars Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy. "..much of the film's appeal is lost with an overly complicated premise and unexplained concepts," says Louise. "..unresolved issues suggest that the filmmakers were in a rush and the screenplay was left underdeveloped. Ironically, they seem to have run out of time," says Andrew.

Movie review:
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
(US, 2011) Stars Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller. "A kaleidoscope of bright colours, the best thing about this chirpy comedy for tweens is 12 year old Australian actress Jordana Beatty, whose energy and enthusiasm as the bubbly Judy Moody with the shock of unruly red hair, is contagious," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. "The film's real currency is the human condition," says Andrew. "Engrossing and unforgettable," says Louise.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
A Few Best Men, stars Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John;
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
33 Postcards, stars Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Lincoln Lewis;
The Tall Man, stars Jessica Biel;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stars Tom Cruise;
Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn, stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis;
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
LITTLE WHITE LIES - Marion Cotillard, Francois Cluzet, Benoit Magimel. " .. a beautifully constructed and insightful ensemble piece," says Louise.
FROM TIME TO TIME - Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith. " .. neither a full-on family film nor a grown up drama," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
DRIVE
To win one of 25 double inseason passes, courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Who among family and friends is the worst driver and why?
ORANGES & SUNSHINE DVD PRIZES
To win one of 10 prize packs courtesy Icon, we asked: With whom would you like to share these films and why?
THE DEAD & OUTCAST DVD
To win one of five prize packs courtesy Hopscotch, we asked: Whom (real or imaginary) would you choose to be your guide if you were on the run from zombies?

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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