Welcome to our 871st weekly edition; Thursday, November 14, 2013

FILL THE VOID - Featured Preview Duty calls: marrying her sister's widower.

Movie reviews:
ENOUGH SAID
(US, 2013) Dir: Nicole Holofcener. Stars James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette. "The delicacy of nuance and the impact of the minutiae are placed under the microscope in this keenly observed comedy about relationships and the unpredictable essence of human behaviour. This is filmmaker Nicole Holofcener's forte," says Louise. "It may well have been titled Too Much Said, as two divorced women and a bickering married one are thrown into a relationship train wreck - two of them participants, the third a snappy onlooker," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Shadow of Doubt doco disturbs lawyers;
* The Starving Games - don't hold your breath;

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

COMPETITIONS
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Monsters University on DVD, courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Voice cast includes Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes and Steve Buscemi. Releasing on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on November 13.

Movie reviews:
THE FIFTH ESTATE
(US/Belg, 2013) Dir: Bill Condon. "It tries to pack in far too much material, but where The Fifth Estate is spectacularly successful is in leaving an impression of the character and duplicitous morals of WikiLeaks founder and self-hailed celebrity, Julian Assange," says Louise. "Cumberbatch is fetching as Assange, and he manages to sound convincingly similar; he also captures the mannerisms. But more importantly, he conveys the deadpan egotism and edgy self promotion, coupled with a fervent belief in his own messianic status," says Andrew.

Awards:
2013 ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS: NOMINATIONS
Three Australian films have been nominated in major categories at the 7th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the region's highest accolade. The announcement was made on November 12 by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, Enders Game, stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfield. "Based on Orson Scott Card's military sci-fi novel, the film is brilliantly brought to the screen by South African director Gavin Hood who marries fantasy, visual effects and drama in one ultra smooth and spectacular sweep," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
The Butler, stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey;
Ender's Game, stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield;
Xmen Days of Future Past, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender;
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:
MAN OF STEEL
Stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane. "..both ambitious and intelligent, cleverly weaving all the background and plot elements in a non-linear, mammoth and thrilling exposition," says Louise.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
Voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren. "It is the sheer wit and charm of Pixar's quirky, multi-coloured characters that make this cleverly conceived prequel such an enjoyable romp," says Louise.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gylenhaal, Jason Clarke. "..there are surprises along the way and Emmerich keeps us engaged and connected throughout," says Louise.

THIS IS THE END
Stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd. "..crude, rowdy, self-indulgent buddy-movie mash-up travesty about the end of the world," says Louise.

Competition winners:
ENOUGH SAID
To win double inseason passes courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: Who among family and friends do you know who has an irritating habit and what is it? Alison May (QLD): My entire in-law family. They all know the same jokes; and now they only tell the punch-lines. I have no idea what they're talking about sometimes

HORROR DVD BUNDLE
To win Horror DVD bundles, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Releasing Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you like to snuggle up to while watching a scary movie and why? Samantha Clifton - Happy with myself - I just remove my glasses and it all goes sight unseen.

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, Louise Alston's Jucy (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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