Welcome to our 767th weekly edition; Thursday November 17, 2011

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn - the verdict.

Movie reviews:
(UK/AUST, 2011) Stars Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis, Rachel Griffiths, Kerry Fox. "This is a powerful and moody film that delves into the A to Z of life, exploring love, death, sex, parenthood, frustration and acceptance," says Louise. "Oddly, for all its deep emotional touchstones and the profoundly sad plot, the film doesn't ignite the fires of our emotions," says Andrew.

* Animal Logic to play with $48 million Lego;
* Twilight food in Gold Class;
* Gold Class goes gourmet;

Weekend, November 10 - 13: Moneyball is on the money at No 1 in its debut weekend with $1.3 M on 218 screens. None of the other six new releases grossed over $1 M, and the top 20 slipped 7% to $7 M.

Win one of 20 double inseason passes to The Orator courtesy Transmission Films. Selected as New Zealand's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. Releasing in NSW, VIC, QLD only. (Apologies to readers in other states.) Only at the Movies November 17.

Win one of 10 Super 8 DVD prize packs comprising Super 8, starring Elle Fanning, Gabriel Bass, Zach Mills and a Zombie make-up kit, courtesy Paramount Home Entertainment. Available on DVD and Triple play from November 17.

Surprise, Surprise:
The surprise winner of the Best Feature Film Score Award is the feature debut score by Jed Kurzel for his brother Justin's film, Snowtown, an eerie work filled with dread - just as is the film, which is based on the crimes of Australia's most notorious serial killer, John Bunting.

Movie reviews:
(UK, 2011) Stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. ". Ramsay aspires to make a film that is nuanced and opaque; not linear but chaotic like the souls she is dealing with. The result.. is a missed opportunity to explore the darkest corners of the human condition: the mother of evil," says Andrew. " .. a complex and disturbing film that compounds as it goes along. It's not an easy film to watch but yet another great platform for Swinton and a statement from Ramsay," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2011) Documentary. "It's clear and concise, the known facts and the deeply felt emotions all displayed. We see Palm Island through the eyes of the storytellers, but also get an insider's glimpse," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: Gut wrenching, emotionally draining and demanding, making the documentary about Cameron Doomadgee's death was also rewarding, the film's producer, Darren Dale tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie reviews:
(UK/US/Kenya, 2010) Stars Naomie Harris, Sam Feuer, Tony Kgoroge, Oliver Litondo. "Learning never ends is the message of this inspiring true story set in Kenya in which an 84 year old villager joins local primary students in a bid to learn how to read. It's a great story," says Louise. "Based on real events, The First Grader is a unique blend of uplifting self determination and harrowing conflict," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(NZ, 2011) Stars Fiaula Sanote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Iaota Tanielu. "In the smallest village in Samoa, the human condition is largely the same as in the biggest city across the world. The Orator's modest scale shouldn't be underestimated, for the film deals with some of the eternal truths of humanity, ranging from belonging to betrayal, courage to bigotry. And illicit teenage romances," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - Samoan filmmaker Tusi Tamasese tells Andrew L. Urban how he overcame some of the challenges he faced.

[Coming next week, Arthur Christmas, with the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy. "Arthur Christmas is a deceptively bland title for one of the best films of the year - no matter what your age or where you are on the Santameter," says Andrew. "Let all your Christmases come at once with this brilliantly funny, inspired animation from the makers of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run," says Louise.]
Films releasing soon....

Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Arthur Christmas, voices of James McAvoy, Bill Nighy;
Burning Man, stars Matthew Goode;
Arrietty, from Studio Ghibli;
A Few Best Men, stars Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John;
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
The Adventures of Tintin, stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig;
Melancholia, stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland;

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...)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - (Part 2). Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes. "As far as spectacle goes, this final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise has plenty of it," says Louise.

SUPER 8 - Stars Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Kyle Chandler. "J.J. Abrams rekindles the child in all of us in this super film that is all at once sci-fi thriller, mystery adventure and coming of age story," says Louise.

Competition winners:
We asked: Who amongst family and friends would you choose to save the planet from the evil Decepticons and why? Caroline Gunnulson's winning entry (Transformers DVD plus webcam): My Transformer loving mad husband; who even named one of his trucks back in the Eighties Optimus Prime so I know from his knowledge he could save the world and fight the Decepticons. Four runners up receive DVD.

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. About 500 films.

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