Welcome to our 866th weekly edition; Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pablo Berger's breathtakingly beautiful film and a uniquely spirited homage to 1920s black-and-white cinema, through the story of Snow White - but unlike you've ever seen before. (Opens September 12, 2013)

Acclaimed Aussie filmmaker Ivan Sen's acclaimed new film, Mystery Road, opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, had a gala screening at Margaret River's CinefestOZ and won the praise of critics.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Baltasar Kormákur. Stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos. "Washington and Wahlberg are great together - bullish and brash with a twinkle in the eye as they improvise and fly by the seat of their pants, even when things have supposedly been carefully planned," says Louise. "Iceland's Baltasar Kormákur warms to the task of delivering a fun filled action thriller, with writer Blake Masters freely commandeering the Tarantino signature of quirky banal dialogue in the midst of action," says Andrew.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Controversial doco Shadow of Doubt Sydney screening;
* The Rocket & Lore win movies AWGIES;
* The Rocket one of record 76 Foreign Oscars entries;
* Aussie women directors in WIN;
* Jury named for 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards;
* Bana & Connolly to release Closed Circuit;
Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

A brutal crime, a rookie cop out of his depth stands alone between two worlds, where the mystery lies just below the surface. Mystery Road ... Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Ivan Sen's Mystery Road, starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton, courtesy Dark Matter. Part of official selection at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In cinemas October 17.

Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Patrick, directed by Mark Hartley and starring Rachel Griffiths, Charles Dance, Damon Gameau, Jackson Gallagher, courtesy Umbrella Entertainment. In cinemas October 17.

Movie reviews:
(UK, 2013) Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel. Stars Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards. "I inwardly cringed through most of this soppy film that depicts the love affair between Diana and her heart surgeon lover. The backdrop is of well documented tabloid moments re-enacted in an embarrassing mix of fluffy soap opera and saintly portrait of a desperately lonely woman," says Louise. "The focus on Diana becomes almost claustrophobic in its intensity; we stay within her world so intently that we lose perspective. This may well be intentional, but it doesn't work as intended," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2013) Dir: Nimród Antal. Stars Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo. "Solely for hardcore Metallica fans, this 3D spectacular, immersive thrash metal music experience combines its wailing guitars, rasping vocals, pounding rhythms with an explosive theatrical display of laser lights, interspersed eclectic imagery depicting violence and angst and a narrative construct to punctuate its attitude," says Louise.

Vancouver International Film Festival - wrap:
Jury member Geoff Gardner discovers a droll Anatomy Of A Paper Clip and other splendid surprises at Vancouver's 20th edition.

Now online:
Andrew L. Urban's doco of the second and most successful edition of the now defunct Dungog Film Festival; includes interviews with Margaret Pomeranz, Joel Edgerton, Matt Newton, Chris Hayward, Noni Hazlehurst and festival directors Allanah Zitserman & Stavros Kazantzidis among others, plus clips from festival films, including The Nothing Men (Colin Friels, David Field) and Black Water.

[Coming in October, Captain Phillips, stars Tom Hanks. "The sea is not the only thing that is rough in Paul Greengrass's emotionally tense film in which the twists and turns of its real-life hostage drama are as unpredictable as the waves on which it takes place," says Louise. "The agonizing and terrifying true story of a giant cargo ship taken captive by four armed young Somalis is excellent material for a piece of thrilling cinema," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

Patrick, stars Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, Jackson Gallagher;
Jack Ryan 2, stars Tom Cruise;
The Counselor, stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt;
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D;
Prisoners, stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo;

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)

(US, 2013) - Stars Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang. "The beauty of Sofia Coppola's intoxicating film that dabbles with celebrity obsession is that it entwines us so completely it its fake culture, that it makes us believe we are part of it," says Louise

(US, 2013) - Stars Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Zach Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy. "Neither as good as it wants to be or as bad as I had feared, The Hangover Part III is a crazy-paving of a movie, as you'd expect, with its focus on Alan (Zach Galifianakis), with Doug (Justin Bartha) stuck in kidnapped mode," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
To win one of 25 double inseason passes, courtesy Sony Pictures, we asked: Who among family & friends surprised you about a job they had/did and why? Sarri Looyen (NSW): My dad used to dress up like a tree in shopping centres to raise money for Greenpeace. I didn't believe until I saw a photo of him wearing a green dress holding branches.

To win one of 10 DVD copies of Fast and Furious 6, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Walker, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family & friends thinks they are a better driver than they really are and why? Joanne Emery (SA): My daughter - every time her mobile rings when she's driving she smudges her makeup and spills her drink!

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, Clara Law's Goddess of 1967 (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

So many vineyards, so little time ... and so many amazing people to meet, as Andrew L. Urban discovered in between screenings and parties at CinéfestOZ. Margaret River is not just a river, not just a town, not just a destination - it's a way of life.

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