Welcome to our 918th weekly edition; Thursday, October 9, 2014

Movie review:
THE JUDGE
(US, 2014) Stars Robert Downey Jnr, Robert Duval, Vera Farmiga. "The law may be black and white but there is nothing black and white about the father son relationship in this potent drama that comes to a blistering head during a murder trial... It's a powerhouse of a film, worth seeing for the performances alone," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Japanese Film Festival;
* AACTA - two year partnership with sponsor Hyundai;
* Movies Now - Course No 26 starts Oct 29.

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

COMPETITIONS
THE TRIP TO ITALY DVD
Win one of 10 copies of The Trip to Italy on DVD, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, courtesy Madman. Available on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital on October 15.

Movie reviews:
FORCE MAJEURE
(Sweden, 2014) Dir: Ruben Oatlund. Stars Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren. "While engaging much of the time - and the snowy setting is gorgeous - the pace is slow, with long pauses, which occasionally distracts somewhat from the snowballing tension and friction between the characters," says Louise. "If only the film was (as) dramatically dynamic and somewhat more economical in its style, it may have been a powder keg," says Andrew. (Special advance screenings 10, 12, 13; releases October 16)

Movie review:
SIDDHARTH
(Canada, India, 2013) Stars Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora. "Propelled by a hauntingly beautiful music score, Richie Mehta's film about a missing 12 year old boy and the father who searches for him is profoundly sad, as it reveals disturbing truths. It's a poignant story ... also effective is the vivid portrayal of India; we feel as though we are there, immersed among her distinctive gaudy colours, textures and sounds," says Louise.

Nominations:
2014 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS
Screen composers Antony Partos and Cezary Skubiszewski lead the nominations for this year's Screen Music Awards with six nominations each for their music composition work across the categories of television, mini-series, documentary and advertising. This year's event will be held on Wednesday 12 November at Sydney's City Recital Hall with an orchestra conducted by Emmy Award winning screen composer, Ashley Irwin. Full list of nominations. (Pic. AGSC President Guy Gross)

Preview:
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
The annual Jewish International Film Festival returns to Melbourne and Sydney in October / November - and, for the first time Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand - with an incredibly rich global selection of 49 award-winning features, documentaries and shorts - all of which lay bare the soul of this fascinating and continually evolving culture.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in November, The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. 'Hardy's performance is sublime, making every action and word of dialogue meaningful,' says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

NEW TRAILERS
Paper Planes, stars Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, stars Helena Bonham Carter;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;

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 TRIP TO ITALY
Stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon. "The scrumptious combo of good food, beautiful Italy and the unbridled wit of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon makes this a compelling affair. Everyhing soars - the improvised patter, the left of field humour, the lunacy of the movie star improvisations and the combative, easy relationship between the two men," says Louise.

FRANK
Stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhall, Domhnall Gleeson, Scoot McNairy. "There's something impossibly endearing about this band of misfits whose lead singer, played enigmatically by Michael Fassbender, wears an oversized, expressionless plaster head and whose members use a safe-word when things get too intense," says Louise.

THE SELFISH GIANT
Stars Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Ralph Ineson. "Astonishing naturalistic performances, especially by the two young leads, gives this gritty film its emotional power, while the downbeat mood and provincial setting gives it a bleak tone," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
GONE GIRL
To win inseason passes, courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: Who among family and friends would you say has a modern marriage and why? S. Denford (NSW) says: I expect all my friends and family to have 'modern marriages' with secrets unknown to the outside world. If a marriage seems perfect, the more suspicious I am.

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 (pic), Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE
It's the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o'clock, Villefranche is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming Medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera.

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