Welcome to our 913th weekly edition; Thursday, September 4, 2014

Movie review:
BOYHOOD
(US, 2014) Stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette. "There is something quite extraordinary about Richard Linklater's film as it depicts a fictional representation about growing up, family, relationships and life's choices - using real time as its bookmark and calling card. It's like being a fly on the wall and watching 'ordinary' life change in front of our eyes," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* AACTA Awards nominations for Short Animation & Short Fiction;
* Maze Runner - at Luna Park;
* New doco asks: What's Wrong with Australian Films?

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

COMPETITION
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Win one of 10 inseason double passes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Minae Noji, plus featuring the voices of Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Alan Ritchson (Raphael). Prizes courtesy Paramount Pictures. ©2014 Par. Pics. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is only at the movies SEPTEMBER 11!

Movie reviews:
THE RECKONING
(Aust, 2014) Stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Viva Bianca. "A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture," says Andrew. "What I like most about John V. Soto's engaging police procedural cum thriller is that we get more than we bargained for. It's a bit like a road trip - we start in one place before heading in a different direction, the story line weaving and twisting every which way, to form an intriguing jigsaw of deceit and vengeance," says Louise.

Movie review:
INTO THE STORM
(US, 2014) Stars Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh. "Engulfed in a plethora of terrifying special effects, it's like being caught in the middle of a twister... Steven Quale's film delivers as expected, providing a sense of immediacy and urgency as a group of storm chasers, daredevils and students are thrown together in terrifying circumstances," says Louise.

Movie review:
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
(NZ, 2014) Stars Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Jonathan Brugh. "Filled with throw away humour and occasional LOL moments of the ghoulish kind, the film's technical achievements help audiences take it seriously while at the same time laughing along with the comedic ideas," says Andrew.

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THE RECKONING (M)
Jonathan LaPaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Viva Bianca, Alex Williams and Hanna Mangan Lawrence star in THE RECKONING. Detective Robbie Green sets out to bring the murderer of his police partner to justice. His best lead...? Track down two teenage runaways whose video footage could be the key to identifying the killer. Written & directed by John V. Soto (Needle, 2010). In cinemas from September 3, 2014.

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UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week, Phillip Noyce's The Giver, starring Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. "It's a hero's story, a tale of redemption and one in which the heart holds the key," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

NEW TRAILERS
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Fifty Shades of Gray, stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Sin City 2, stars Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis;
The Little Death, stars Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;

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:
MONUMENTS MEN
Stars George Clooney, Matt Damon. "It's a story with scale, texture and layers and whatever it lacks in grit and tension (required for a story based on fact) is compensated by chutzpah," says Louise.
George Clooney & Grant Heslov interview

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
Stars Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson. "Today's sensibilities and yesterday's reality is the quirky juxtaposition for Seth MacFarlane's 19th century western romp, filled with expletives, farts, sheep jokes and a frontier cast," says Louise.

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Stars Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones. "The treatment of this story, adapted from a well regarded book by Claire Tomalin, is a tad turgid, with the sense of woe and sorrow deeply saturated to the film's bones. So if that was the intention, the filmmakers have succeeded brilliantly," says Andrew.

HERCULES
Stars Dwayne Johnson. "It's the humanising of Hercules - demi-god, mercenary and legend - as he combats betrayal, treachery and revenge that gives this big budget spectacular an appealing point of difference," says Louise.

Competition winners:
PREDESTINATION
To win one of 10 double inseason passes to Predestination, courtesy Pinnacle Films, we asked: Who among family and friends would you ask to be your wingman if you were a secret agent tripping through time? Lynett Martino (WA): My teenage son who can find his way through any maze; has army skills and a killer smile!

TRANSCENDENCE DVD
To win one of 10 DVD copies of Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: In which Johnny Depp movie would you like to be a character and why? Belle Hitzke (Qld): Nightmare of Elm Street is my favourite movie from the 80s. I know Freddy's every move; I would play him like a game of chess.

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, Little Fish (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
GIGER OF GRUYERES, SWITZERLAND
It's a steep walk from Gruyères railway station to the historic Swiss hilltop village of Gruyères, world famous for its cheese. But Gruyères (population 300) has a dark secret which only the most curious - or well informed - will discover: the gallery of H. R. Giger, Oscar winning designer of the alien in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and other things similarly subversive, erotic, fantastic and out of this world. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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