Welcome to our 921st weekly edition; Thursday, October 30, 2014

Movie review:
(US, 2014) Dir: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski. Stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe. "A thrilling and relentless shoot-fest is countered by understatement in this cool, ultra violent, heavy-action revenge thriller in which Keanu Reeves shoots, kicks, punches and stabs his way through an army of Russian bad guys. Make no mistake, there are no good guys; it's just that some are badder than others," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Composer Peter Sculthorpe - new fellowship in his honour;
* Cate Blanchett & Robert Redford to film Truth in Sydney;
* Aussie thriller wins Jury Prize at Austin Film Fest;
* Asia Pacific Screen Award nominations;

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

Win one of 10 copies of Ghostbusters on Blu-ray, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Experience the supernatural comedy that defined a generation all over again, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, now fully remastered and with all-new special features. Available now to own on Blu-rayTM. (Blu-rayTM Double Pack comprising Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II, also available.)

Movie review:
(US, 2014) Dir: Michael Hoffman. Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato. "Grab a tissue and get ready to have your heartstrings tugged in this Nicholas Sparks melodrama, replete with its elements of love and loss... The perfect date movie, the film is romantic in the purest sense with dramatic highs and lows that sweep you along - together with its beautiful settings and rousing score," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2014) Dir: Geoff Davis. Stars Josh Davis, Tony Bonner, Ella McIlvena, Matthew John Davis, Lachlan Hume. "A solidly made war drama, William Kelley's War resonates with the atmosphere of country Australia at the beginning of the 20th century, a mood so poignantly captured it propels the film," says Andrew. "There is an appealing truth about the heroic exploits of William Kelly, told with the semblance of historic precision," says Louise.

Movie review:
(UK, 2014) Dir: Matthew Warchus. Stars Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine. "Barriers tumble and pride is upheld as the tapestry of emotions is woven together when gay and lesbian activists become staunch supporters of striking miners. With the heart of Billy Elliott and the conviction of Milk, this is a crowd pleasing film filled with passion - and passion is the fuel for change," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Can, France, US, 2013) Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Stars Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Dominic Pinon. "Punctuated by the same whimsy Jean-Pierre Jeunet displayed in Amelie, this adaptation of Reif Larsen's novel is as fresh as the Montana air, its frivolous tone and inventive style coating a deep and satisfying emotional subtext.. Audiences of all ages will warm to this delightful tale that is all at once a road movie, a coming of age story and one about a young boy longing for his father's approval," says Louise.

[Coming later in November, Men Women & Children, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner. 'A terrifying look at the digital world in which we exist - within the realm of internet, social media, texting and sexting - this is a film everyone should see,' says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

St Vincent, stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts;
Annie, stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhane Wallis;
Interstellar, stars Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
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)

Stars Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, John Lloyd Young. "Beyond the toe-tapping songs, it's the drama that brings the grit to Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys which, like the successful musical, explores the rough and tumble background, turbulent relationships, struggle for success and of course the unique musical sound created by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like the group, the film takes a while to get going.." says Louise.

Stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall. "So much more interesting and idiosyncratic than most horror films (whether from Japan or Australia or America), The Babadook is original and compelling, not the least for the extraordinary performance of Noah Wiseman as the 6 year old son, Samuel," says Andrew.

Stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. "Like his 2011 film Carnage, Roman Polanski's film adaptation of the stage show Venus in Fur is both a powerful depiction of emotions and a performance showcase," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win, courtesy Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment, we asked: With whom among family and friends have you had a falling out and how did it resolve (or not)? Nellie Vassallo (NSW): My best girlfriend's brother borrowed my car and smashed it. We didn't speak for 5 years; met again and I married him. Still happy 10 years later.

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 (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Uniquely recalling the endings of relationships, this award winning museum is really a compelling collection of melancholy, intimate snapshots from the lives of strangers. Andrew L. Urban found its cathartic vibe surprisingly uplifting.

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