Welcome to our 870th weekly edition; Thursday, November 7, 2013

GROUNDBREAKING: Urban Cinefile takes movies to Junee jail for new course;

Movie reviews:
THE COUNSELOR
(US/UK, 2013) Dir: Ridley Scott. Stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt. "Intriguing from the get-go, Ridley Scott's superbly directed thriller distinguishes itself by its complex, colourful and mostly bad characters ... Greed and lust are the drivers and it is one hell of a ride," says Louise. "Every element of the film is designed for maximum impact, no matter how small its part in the big picture," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Sebastian Urban & team launch Quixomatic.com for small business;
* Mad Max & Romper Stomper double at Orpheum Retro Sunday;
* Aussie films a hit at Nova Melbourne;
* Skin Deep and Safe Water 3D selling at L.A. market;

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

COMPETITIONS
ENOUGH SAID
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Colette, courtesy 20th Century Fox. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. In cinemas November 14

HORROR DVD BUNDLES
Win one of 10 Horror DVD Bundles, comprising The Purge, Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and Curse of Chucky, starring Fiona Dourif, A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott and Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Releasing Home Entertainment. Now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra Violet.

Movie reviews:
FRUITVALE STATION
(US, 2013) Dir: Ryan Coogler. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand. "..it rings true. There is no manipulation or theatrical construct that deflect from the story's core; the film ensures Oscar's legacy remains and that we feel as though we have got to know this young man whose loss is a senseless tragedy," says Louise. "Thank goodness ... for the performances, all powerful and compelling, from Michael B. Jordan as Oscar to the wonderful Octavia Spencer as his mum and Melonie Diaz as his gf Sophina," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
MR PIP
(PNG, Aust, NZ, 2012) Dir: Andrew Adamson. Stars Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville, Florence Korokoro, Kerry Fox. "I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that," says Louise. "...from a story about literature as the door to imagination and inner freedom to the brutality of ignorance and the lack of imagination, from a coming of age story to a character portrait, and a hero's journey," says Andrew.

Screen Music Award Nominees:
DEPTH OF FIELD IN SCREEN MUSIC
Multiple winners of previous awards line up for the 2013 prizes, along with newcomers in a field demonstrating the depth of talent in screen music composing in Australia. (Published after 11 am, Thurs. Nov 7)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in November, 20 Feet From Stardom, documentary. "Having had the privilege of providing backing vocals to singing stars such as Rosemary Clooney and Lou Rawls back in the 70s, I have special interest in the topic. But this film is not just for aficionados, it is a rich and wonderful experience that involves us, makes us laugh, cry, remember, as well as understand the journey," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Xmen Days of Future Past, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender;
Ender's Game, stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield;
Jack Ryan 2, stars Tom Cruise;
Insidious: Chapter 2, stars Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson;
Kill Your Darlings, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen;
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine;

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)

NEW DVDS:
THE LOOK OF LOVE
Stars Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots. "Steve Coogan is perfectly cast, brazenly indulging in his every sexual fantasy; the film concentrating on his desires and urges, as his empire and wealth grow. He is an occasionally fascinating, if repugnant character, whose relationships with his wife, mistress and daughter are the film's focus," says Louise.

WIKILEAKS: WE STEAL SECRETS
Documentary with Julian Assange. "As Oscar Wilde so astutely wrote for Algernon to say in The Importance of Being Ernest, the truth is rarely pure and never simple and Alex Gibney's fabulous doco about Assange, WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning is the latest testament to that truism," says Andrew.

HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON
Stars Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams. "The President's mistresses, a royal visit and a hot dog picnic are the tasty ingredients of this slight but intriguing drama that concocts a menu of infidelity and insecurity on the eve of the forging of the US and British alliance," says Louise.

THERESE D.
Stars Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lelouche. "An exquisite portrait of a free spirit, stifled in a marriage of convenience, Thérèse D. plays like a beautiful melody whose main voice is the silent counterpoint that reflects the yearning of a woman quashed," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MR PIP
To win double inseason passes to Mr Pip, courtesy Transmission Films, we asked Which of your teachers do you remember - and for what reason? John Hamilton (NSW): My film buff English teacher who when I was 15 screened Antonioni's 'Blow Up' at school. It opened my eyes to a world of cinema beyond the conventional. Hooked for 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 (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
HOTEL CHRISTINA, PERTISAU, TYROL, AUSTRIA
The first Australian to visit, Andrew L. Urban explores the Tyrolean village resort of Pertisau and its unique stone oil. (Photos by Louise Keller)

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