Welcome to our 917th weekly edition; Thursday, October 2, 2014

Movie reviews:
(US, 2014) Dir: David Fincher. Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris. "As far as adaptations go, this is one of the best, Gillian Flynn's screenplay perfectly capturing the tone of her novel, in which a dark portrait of a marriage unravels... It's disturbingly good. As well as dense, entertaining, funny, insightful and more," says Louise. "... director David Fincher wanted to make a flawless murder thriller in which the audience loyalty and association with the key characters was pushed and pulled unmercifully for maximum impact. He succeeds," says Andrew.
WIN one of 5 double inseason passes, courtesy 20th Century Fox. In cinemas October 2.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* AACCTA adds events to Awards week;
* Rise - true story of wrongful rape conviction;
* The Theory of Everything to open Movie Convention;
* Movies Now No 26 starts October 29;

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

Movie review:
(US, 2014) Dir: John R. Leonetti. Stars Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard. "The overuse of flashing lights is always a sign of creative weakness in horror films (and many use it) as is the high volume slap sound scape and music. But nothing can make up for insipid characters who are two dimensional and unworthy of our attention, never mind sympathy," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2014) Dir: Lina Plioplyte. Documentary. "Although it runs out of puff, it's easy to take, this 'impromptu' doco, colourful and fun, and very New York - not to mention full of surprises. Death included," says Andrew.

[Coming later in October, Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. 'Thrilling and disturbing in equal parts, Damien Chazelle's magnificent Whiplash, about a young jazz drummer obsessed with greatness and the sadistic teacher who pushes him to the brink, is a showcase in which fear, not harmony reigns,' says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

The Drop, stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Taken 3, stars Liam Neeson;
The Water Diviner, stars Russell Crowe;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;

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 Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton. "The bold cinematic style of Boon Joon-ho strikes gold in this striking and powerful drama in which control and the order of things are key," says Louise.

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.

Stars Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas. "Francois Ozon's intriguing exploration of a young girl's sexuality fascinates yet frustrates as she secretly steps into a life of prostitution," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win DVD copies, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you choose as your sponsor and why? Jonathan Trinder (Qld): My mother. She still congratulates me on a good lawn mow!

To win tickets, courtesy Madman Entertainment, we asked: Who among family & friends would go to any lengths to pay for your ransom if you were kidnapped, and why? Dennis Dembo (NSW) says: My wife, because I'm the only one who can work the Foxtel IQ box. Also, if I wasn't there, the cat would start attacking her instead of me.

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 and dozens more. (Pic. Michael Davie's heart-jolting documentary The Choir, set in a harsh Johannesburg prison, where redemption comes through music.) Over 500 films.

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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