Welcome to our 868th weekly edition; Thursday, October 24, 2013

EDITORIAL: Shadow of Doubt - a movie to make a difference.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Paul Greengrass. Stars Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Max Martini. "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. "If it weren't for the Greengrass/Ackroyd school of eye-crossing filmmaking, it would be even more intense and gripping, but this filmmaking duo prefer to use a hand held camera in all circumstances ... The ethos continues through the editing, so that chaos is shot chaotically, as if that were necessary," says Andrew.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
Chester Porter QC at Shadow of Doubt Sydney screening and Q&A;
Big names in new slate;
Patrick to close Lincoln Centre Scary Movies 7;
The Chaser's Hansen & Taylor to stitch up APRA Awards again;
The Railway Man to open Brisbane filmfest;
Surf, skate & snow films at TILT fest;
Inaugural Sydney Intercultural Film Festival;
1 bloody big award for 100 Bloody Acres;

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

Win one of 10 copies of The Lone Ranger on DVD, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter, courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The Lone Ranger gallops onto Blu-ray, DVD and digital on October 30.

Movie reviews:
(Spain, 2012) Dir: Pablo Berger. Stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce, Macarena Garcia. "There are countless priceless moments, none more moving than one in that huge Seville arena towards the film's end where the film's black and white status is reinforced in an unexpected way. Bitter sweet moments are a-plenty and I still have a lump in my throat from the unforgettable final scene," says Louise. "This is a beautiful film," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(UK, 2013) Dir: Declan Lowney. Stars Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Nigel Lindsay. "With great irreverence and aplomb, Steve Coogan's loved BBC character Alan Partridge glides onto the big screen in a caper that is both hilarious and endearing," says Louise. "The English twerp is a reliable staple of British humour, and Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge is like a second cousin to Basil Fawlty, a self centred incompetent whose capacity for grandiose self delusion knows no bounds," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Robert Rodriguez. Stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Alexa Vega, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Lady Gaga. "Exploitation doesn't get badder than this: Robert Rodriguez' blood splattered sequel is laced with deadly bravado, flying body parts, scantily dressed babes and belly laughs. It's cheeky, fresh, bloody and outrageous," says Louise. "Over the top is an understatement for this sometimes hilarious sometimes silly escapade, whose story is simply a skeleton for a lot of exploitation action, ranging from bikini-clad women with guns, to goons with guns and the fate of the free world at stake," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(France, 2012) Dir: Gilles Bourdos. Stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers. "The ambience and exquisite imagery, depicting the impressionist palette of Renoir offers a bewitching snapshot of the ageing artist's life, although director Gilles Bourdos's vision and veteran Taiwanese cinematographer Ping Bin Lee superb cinematography alone do not satisfy in this drawn out and often frustrating drama," says Louise. "Performances are all terrific, but the painstakingly told development of the family's inner workings when Renoir's middle son Jean (Rottiers) returns wounded from the war, drag the film into ennui," says Andrew.

[Coming in November, One Chance, starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Mackenzie Crook, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney. "Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma from Turandot on Britain's Got Talent was a profoundly emotional experience and tears dripped onto my keyboard as I watched. The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel elicits exactly the same response in the re-enactment of the unlikely rags to riches story of the chubby working class boy from Wales," says Louise. "A hero's journey on an operatic scale, One Chance brings together a wonderful, beneficial cinematic storm of a great story, superbly cast & performed and directed with exactly the right balance of heart and tension," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

The Counselor, stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt;
The Wolf of Wall Street, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConnaughey;
Jack Ryan 2, stars Tom Cruise;
Insidious: Chapter 2, stars Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson;
The Butler, stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda;

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)

Stars Brad Pitt. "Brad Pitt, zombies and an all-out assault of chaos, stunts, 3D special effects and a surprisingly good script all resonate in this hero's journey with scale, style and bite," says Louise.

Stars David Morse, Mike Vogel, Corey Monteith, Rachel Nichols, Ciarán Hinds. "..plenty of emotional wallop, all delivered with an economical and well constructed screenplay," says Andrew.

Stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Eloise Laurence. "It is through the eyes of an impressionable 11 year old girl that we witness the unravelling of lives in this arresting and moving film that explores life's many facets, as issues of discrimination, bullying, sexual promiscuity and belonging are canvassed," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win tickets courtesy Rialto Distribution, we asked: Who amongst family and friends would make a good bullfighter and why? Dan Gray (NSW): My son pretends he is a bullfighter with our dog. He waves his red T-shirt around; when the dog comes running, he pulls it away at the last second. Then starts again. Classic.

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, Robert Connolly's The Bank (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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