Welcome to our 919th weekly edition; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Movie reviews:
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
(UK, 2014) Dir: Rowan Joffe. Stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. "With its top-drawer cast, there's a compelling aspect to this psychological thriller in which reality, truth and reason struggle against the dark subtext of the unknown, but the heavy-handed cloak and dagger elements push it over into the realm of the incredulous," says Louise. ". feels rather manipulative as it tries to assert its premise..This is just about the only negative in an otherwise taut and terrific thriller with a vulnerable female (Nicole Kidman) at the centre, and a tragic story of brain damage that annuls her husband and son," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Movie Convention Independent Exhibitors honoured;
* Film & TV piracy increasing - new research;
* Prestigious Russian Film Festival - 11th season;
* Andrew L. Urban's Movies Now - 26th season begins Oct 29;

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

COMPETITIONS
EDGE OF TOMORROW DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Edge of Tomorrow DVD, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

WHIPLASH
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.S. Simons, courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing. Special advance screenings on October 17, 18, 19. Releases nationally on October 23.

Movie reviews:
SON OF A GUN
(Aust, 2014) Dir: Julius Avery. Stars Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites. "The debut feature from Julius Avery, director of the award winning short Jerrycan, this enjoyable Aussie crime thriller holds its own, largely due to the winning combination of Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites as the master crim and his apprentice," says Louise. "Avery fashions a gritty, authentic mood in the opening scenes among the prisoners in maximum security, and carries it through to the satisfying conclusion," says Andrew.

Movie review:
A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES
(US, 2014) Dir: Scott Frank. Stars Liam Neeson, Maurice Compte, David Harbour. "Competently made, this rather bleak film set in the disturbing, ugly reality of drug trafficking and depraved killings, feels rather routine, with Liam Neeson its best asset... The gruesome nature of the exposition may be inevitable but there is an element of sensationalism about it; it left me feeling rather grubby," says Louise.

Movie review:
JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE
(Aust 2014) Dir: Kelly Dolen. Stars Jamie Bamber. "Although a bit muddle headed about what tone to adopt and confused about its moral stances, John Doe provides a talking point, if nothing else, about how society should respond to the inefficiencies of a justice system and police effectiveness. The arguments for taking the law into our own hands are persuasive, but the result may well get out of control. Two wrongs... And all that," says Andrew.

Movie review:
TAMMY
(US, 2014) Dir: Ben Falcone. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates. "Contender for worst film of the year, Tammy is a painful experience. If you are looking for a good laugh, a well-written script, engaging characters, quirky relationships, a story with a bit of heart and having a whale of a time, this Melissa McCarthy comedy is not it," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, Folies Bergere, stars Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darrousin. "Cows, boredom and infidelity form part of an interesting jigsaw in Marc Fitoussi's highly enjoyable outing that delves into the emotional puzzles of a long-term relationship," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

NEW TRAILERS
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, stars Helena Bonham Carter;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Whiplash, stars Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Fat Pizza vs Housos, stars Paul Fenech, Johnny Boxer, Maria Venuti;

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:
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt. "An audacious concept, superbly executed, this grand scale sci-fi thriller will knock your socks off, combining white-knuckle tension with exhilarating action and a sense of humour. It's a darned clever screenplay.." says Louise.

THE ROVER
Stars Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. "Sensationally contrasting characters and stunning performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson hold us in their grip as they undertake a journey that ends in the kind of resolution that will linger in the annals of cinema," says Andrew.

UNDER THE SKIN
Stars Scarlett Johansson. "Eventually the film irritates however, and despite the enigmatic presence of the alluring Scarlett Johansson, I felt like shrugging my shoulders, scratching my head and asking why?" says Louise.

Competition winners:
A TRIP TO ITALY DVD
To one of 10 copies of The Trip to Italy on DVD, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, courtesy Madman, we asked: Where would you like to go in Italy and why? Maria Angela Barone (SA): Bologna to visit the Ferrari factory and the Ducati factory and hire a red Ferrari in which to cruise around Bologna.

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, Rob Sitch's Any Questions for Ben (pic), 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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