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THE CLOSE UP: JOHN SEALE
KODAK & the Australian Cinematographers Society presents: A conversation with John Seale ACS ASC with Andrew L. Urban - Sunday, November 6, 4.00pm - 7.00pm at the ACS National Headquarters Level 2, 26 Ridge St. North Sydney.
Tickets $30 on the door.
INTERVIEW:On the eve of flying to the 2011Camerimage festival in Poland to receive his lifetime achievement award, the Oscar winning Seale talks about filmmaking with Andrew L. Urban.

Movie reviews:
ANONYMOUS
(US, 2011) Stars Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, Xavier Samuel, David Thewlis. "A wonderful hypothetical about the identity of William Shakespeare, Anonymous is incredibly credible, a story of intrigue and facades," says Andrew. "Power, betrayal, incest and the theatre are the red-hot ingredients of this intriguing and potentially explosive costume drama.. My lament... is the jumbled, convoluted storyline," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
* 91% of Australians want Aust content on screen;
* 33 Postcards on 33 screens;
* Brisbane Film Fest brings the world;
* Dining, not just eating, at Cinema Nova;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend, October 27 - 30: Midnight in Paris has taken an extra 4% in its second weekend after adding 7 screens in its 2nd weekend - a good omen. In Time opened at No 1 with $2.38 M on 221 screens (avg $10,808). Warrior opened softer than it deserves with just over $700 K on 224 screens while Drive fared even worse, taking less than half a million - albeit on just 81 screens. #Figures in [brackets] indicate number of screens and average; takings are in Aus dollars.

COMPETITIONS
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison, courtesy Hopscotch. Only at the Movies November 3.

BRIDESMAIDS DVD
Win one of 15 copies of Bridesmaids DVD, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, courtesy Universal. Available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3.

Screen Music Awards Nominations:
MUSOS TALK PICTURES
Some of Australia's leading screen music composers talk about their nominated works prior to the 2011 Screen Music Awards: online interviews by Andrew L. Urban.
Screen music award NOMINATIONS

Movie review:
I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
(US, 2011) Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks. "If you enjoyed Sex and the City, you'll like this funny, sassy and fast-paced melting pot of domestic and business chaos, where the key to juggling is throwing, not catching," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
(US, 2011) Documentary. "This is a fascinating portrait of a unique character who has built his own world out the worlds of others. Quite unlike poseur photographers, he dresses, eats sleeps and talks simply; he gets around on a push bike. And he smiles a lot," says Andrew. "This is a rare and special film that should be savoured," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
JUCY
(Aust, 2010) Stars Cindy Nelson, Francesca Gasteen, Ryan Johnson, Damien Freeleagus, Andrew Ryan. "There's vibrancy about the two lead performances - both girls are exceptionally good, and we genuinely care about their characters. The film is short and sweet with a good heart," says Louise. "From the opening credits with Lucy and Jackie dancing in sync to a bright French pop song, the film is carried along by a tone of grounded good humour and has something to say," says Andrew. (Releasing Brisbane, ACT, Adelaide, Wagga and Orange)

Movie review:
OUR IDIOT BROTHER
(US, 2011) Stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer. "The film has a two-tone sensibility, mixing rumpus fun with attempts at meaningful observational drama, and it's a bit simplistic, but has enough entertainment value to pass muster. Just," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
(US/Aust/Mexico, 2010) Stars Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison. "There are a few genuine scares in this fantasy horror movie produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, although it smacks of melodrama and manipulation," says Louise. "The formula is all too predictably followed," says Andrew.

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
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;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stars Tom Cruise;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara;
http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=4005&s=VisionStream

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The First Grader, stars Naomie Harris, Sam Feuer, Oliver Litondo. "A powerful story about the power of the pen," says Louise. "...a unique blend of uplifting self determination and harrowing conflict," says Andrew.]
Films releasing soon....

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
BRIDESMAIDS - Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne. " .. embraces everything from high fashion to toilet humour," says Louise.
KISS ME AGAIN - Stefano Accorsi, Vittoria Puccini, Pierfrancesco Favino. "While Kiss Me Again is overlong (nearly two and a half hours), it's mesmerizing," says Louise.
THE TRIP - Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon. "misleadingly marketed as a series of conversations about 'the big questions of life'. It would have been a better film if that were so," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
To 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, we asked: What is the most difficult thing that you have to juggle in your daily life?

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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