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AACTA AWARDS 2011 - NOMINEES
Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter has received nominations in 14 categories, including Best Film, direction, adapted screenplay and music in the inaugural AACTAs, followed in volume by Fred Schepisi's The Eye of The Storm with 12, Snowtown 10, Red Dog 8, Oranges and Sunshine 7 and Mad Bastards 5.

Movie review:
RESTLESS
(US, 2011) Stars Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Jane Adams, Ryo Kasa. "Gus Van Sant's film bristles with an ethereal quality as we are drawn into a reality in which time seems to be suspended. First time screenwriter Jason Lew has penned a poignant and heartfelt story," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
* Human Centipede banned by censor;
* inaugural Cool Planet Short Film winner announced;

BOX OFFICE:
Weekend, November 24 - 27: Twilight Breaking Dawn dipped a nasty 59% on its second weekend to $5 M, and averages on 611 screens plummeted to $8,217. The Inbetweeners Movie opened strongly on the back of its TV popularity with $2.85 M and a healthy average of $12,362 on 231. Immortals took $1.79 M (avg $7,538 on 238) and Arthur Christmas collected $1.37 M on 420 (avg $3,263) - with revenue diluted by the high proportion of child price tickets. Also opened: Toomelah (MA, Curious) $5,070 on 5 screens.

COMPETITIONS
HANNA DVD
Win one of 15 copies of Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, courtesy Universal. Available on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1.

Movie reviews:
ATTACK THE BLOCK
(UK, 2011) Stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost. " .. the story unfolds visually for the most part, and the body language is enough to keep us informed. It just doesn't quite meet expectations for a movie that has an interesting premise," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
I'M NOT DEAD YET
(Aust, 2011) Documentary featuring Chad Morgan. "What stands out most is the twin personas of Chad Morgan: the off stage, teetotalling, happily married everyman and on stage, the politically incorrect, eccentric musical entertainer," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
WE HAVE A POPE
(Italy, 2011) Stars Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr, Nanni Moretti. "Uncertainty is the essence of this unusual tale that is a curious melee of serious drama tinged with some unexpected comical elements," says Louise. "If as quoted, Moretti wanted to combine the grotesque with the real, he succeeded - albeit not entirely to the benefit of the film," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
X
(Aust, 2011) Stars Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Belinda McClory. "Sex, violence, corruption and disillusionment are the themes of Jon Hewitt's darkly erotic thriller in which two call-girls get more than they bargain for in a tough night on the job," says Louise. "(Jon Hewitt) has made a short, sharp and edgy thriller that's as effective and engaging as his Red Ball (1999), which was set in the world of corrupt cops," says Andrew. (Releasing in Sydney)

Awards:
ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2011 - WINNERS
Two outstanding films dominated this year's APSAs, but the Jury Highly Recommend several others - and Ivan Sen won the UNESCO Award for Toomelah.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. "All eyes are on Meryl Streep in what must be the most extraordinary performance of the year, says Louise. "We are not disappointed by Meryl Streep's magical interpretation of Margaret Thatcher, but we are a bit disappointed in the story telling in this much awaited biopic," says Andrew.]
Films releasing soon....

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Shame, stars Michael Fassbender, Arrietty, from Studio Ghibli;
The Iron Lady, stars Meryl Streep;
War Horse, stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis;
A Few Best Men, stars Rebel Wilson, Xavier Samuel, Olivia Newton-John;
The Adventures of Tintin, stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stars Tom Cruise;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright;

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 OF THE WEEK
RED DOG
- Josh Lucas, Rachel Taylor, Noah Taylor, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Luke Ford. "A quirky and endearing tale about man's best friend, Kriv Stenders' latest film is funny, moving and uniquely Australian," says Louise.

BEAUTIFUL LIES - Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila, Stephanie Lagarde. "The plot happily twists and turns and the journey offers loads of fun, as each situation becomes more hilarious than the last. Good entertainment," says Louise.

OTHER DVDS:
HANNA
Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Tom Hollander. " .. intriguing and cinematically tempting . [but] The coherence of the film's internal workings and logic are constantly eroded," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - Making the film was gruelling . fun, says Saoirse Ronan.

CAPTAIN AMERICA - Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell." a fantastical and fevered comic book affair," says Andrew.

LARRY CROWNE - Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. "An immensely likeable film, this uplifting rom com about turning life around has a whole lot of things going for it," says Louise.

WU XIA - Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu. " .. one of the most interesting of recent Chinese period films with martial arts traditions," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
TOOMELAH
We asked: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up and what did you become? John Hamilton (NSW) says: At the age of eight I decided to become an architect. An utter love of Lego blocks and a fascination with house plan supplements pointed me in a direction from which I never wavered.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
We asked: Who amongst family and friends has double crossed you in some way - good or bad? Roberto Colombi says: My mate promised not to shave off my eyebrows during my bucks night - he did not do that but left me naked and handcuffed to a lamp-post - do I want revenge? I do; I do; I do!

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. Approx 500 films.

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