Welcome to our 915th weekly edition; Thursday, September 18, 2014

Movie reviews:
WE ARE THE BEST
(Swe, 2013) Dir: Lukas Moodysson. Stars Mira Markhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Lijemark. "Propelled by its energy and sheer enthusiasm, Lucas Moodysson's film about a would-be teenage punk band is a vibrant shot in the arm. Moodysson captures all the unbridled spirit, optimism and chutzpah of youth and tosses it into the air for us to catch," says Louise. "Impeccably, nay astonishingly, performed by Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, the film sweeps us into their world," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* David and Margaret: it's a wrap;
* Rob Carlton to host Screen Music Awards;
* Antenna doco fest lets auds choose ending;
* A Single Body wins Best Int Short at Toronto;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE SKELETON TWINS
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing. Release date: September 25 with special advance screenings September 19-21.

Movie reviews:
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
(US, 2014) Dir: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez. Stars Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke. "The stylistic brilliance of the Sin City sequel is much the same as its forerunner in 2005 - an explosive interpretation of Frank Miller's graphic novels in which dames are curvaceous temptresses and men are killing machines at the ready," says Louise. "The mood is dry as gunpowder - and as explosive," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
THE INFINITE MAN
(Aus, 2014) Dir: Hugh Sullivan. Stars Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades. "I like the quirkiness of the film and the commitment that Sullivan has made to his characters, pushing the boundaries to outlandish limits; for me, the black comedy elements work best," says Louise. "The screenplay is a clever riff on the notion of time travel as a way of improving the past, and some will see an echo of Groundhog Day, the iconic film that goes the whole hog on that theme (pardon the pun)," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
WISH I WAS HERE
(US, 2014) Dir: Zach Braff. Stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin. "Witty, zippy dialogue coupled by tangible situations and honest reactions mesh sweetly to create a dense and meaningful film, replete with all the ups and downs that life can dish out and to which we can relate so intimately," says Louise. "Lashed together with bands of humour ... is a darkish parcel of stumbling humanity in search of answers we all seek - like the meaning of life," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE MAZE RUNNER
(US, 2014) Dir: Wes Ball. Stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson. "It doesn't quite have the bite or originality of The Hunger Games, but there are parallels in this first of a new sci-fi action fantasy franchise about survival in a controlled environment," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE BOXTROLLS
(US, 2014) Dir: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi. Voices of Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris. "The stop-motion animation is extraordinary, but there is something lacking in this third film from Laika Studios - heart," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE HOUSE OF MAGIC 3D
(US, 2014) Dir: Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen. Voices of Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, George Babbit, Murray Blue. "It's the whimsy and mix of lovable characters that make this animated family film from Belgium a winner, especially for the youngsters, who will giggle and warm to the colourful visuals," says Louise.

AACTA Awards 2014:
SIX FEATURES TO PREMIERE AT SCREENINGS
Of the 25 feature films that will compete for an AACTA Award this year, six will have their 'premieres' at the member screenings (Oct. 6 - 23): My Mistress, The Mule, Son Of A Gun, Turkey Shoot, William Kelly's War, and The Water Diviner.

Feature:
CHANGING THE WORLD - 59 FILMS AT A TIME
With 13 narrative features, 16 documentaries, 30 shorts and its central agenda-driven 11 'Action Sessions', this year's BOFA Film Festival is dedicated to change: "We see screen based stories as a powerful way to inspire people to take action - and to create change in the world," is how festival director Owen Tilbury has put it. Andrew L. Urban reports.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman. "Produced by Mick Jagger, the film is dynamite, portraying the explosive life of James Brown, Godfather of Soul, whose raucous, unbridled energy, audacious look and unique voice excited the world through a career bridging six decades," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in September
NEW TRAILERS
The Judge, stars Robert Downey Jnr, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton;
Serena, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper;
Paper Planes, stars Sam Worthington;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;

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:
ROMEO & JULIET
Stars Halee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti. "I felt like jumping on a plane to Verona after watching Julian Fellowes' traditional adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy in which beauty, youth and a superb sense of place cocoon the narrative in which forbidden love is the theme," says Louise.

GODZILLA
Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn. "It takes a while to get going but when it does, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla fulfils expectations with a gigantic roar: spectacular visual effects, an enveloping dark production design and an outstanding score by Alexandre Desplat that screams its terror throughout," says Louise.

THE ZERO THEOREM
Stars Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis. "Wondrously bizarre, Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem exploration of the meaning of life explodes on screen in a blaze of imagination with its thought-provoking concepts, perverse humour and uniquely zany visuals. Christophe Waltz blends naturally into the mix," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
To win double inseason passes courtesy Icon Film Distribution, we asked: Who among family or friends has a graphic novel kinda life and why? Andrew Winter (NSW): My brother Terry has Asperger syndrome and definitely only sees the world in black and white.

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 , Louise Alston's Jucy (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 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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