Welcome to our 922nd weekly edition; Thursday, November 6, 2014

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2014) Dir: Mack Lindon. Stars Nathan Wilson, Martin Sacks, Marty Rhone. "There is enough emotional punch to carry this occasionally uneven film across the line, with a standout performance from Martin Sacks and a heart wrenching, wordless one from Marty Rhone, both in jail for murder," says Andrew. "Mack Lindon has written and directed his first feature based on his own experiences. There is nothing more real than that... While Lindon's screenplay is underdeveloped and the film does not always flow smoothly, its strength is its sense of integrity," says Louise.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Orpheum declared best - again;
* Priscilla turns 20 - New York celebrates;
* Message from Mungo wins United Nations media award;
* Love Marriage in Kabul - special event screenings;
* The Other Film Festival - the world's leading disability film fest;
* Throwback - Melbourne premiere;
* VIPs at Journey from Aids to HIV premiere;

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

Win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini, courtesy 20th Century Fox. In cinemas November 13.

Movie reviews:
(Belgium, 2014) Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Stars Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione. "Some may find the journey slight, but there is nothing superficial in the film - from the emotional honesty of Cotillard's performance to the workplace injustice, bullyboy tactics and worker reactions as they are desperate to protect their own income," says Louise. "Maybe I just don't get it, but this multi-awarded film from the celebrated (and Cannes regular) Belgian Dardenne brothers is not only slight - as in, without cinematic scale - it is a bit contrived and tedious," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2014) Dir: Stephen Lance. Stars Emmanuelle Béart, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachael Blake. "Stephen Lance's debut feature (co-written with Gerard Lee) is like a wet dream - a fantasy scenario that titillates but never quite reaches a satisfactory climax, despite two impressive performances by Harrison Gilbertson as the obsessed teen and Emmanuelle Beart as the provocative and shapely mistress," says Louise.

Movie review:
(US, 2013) Documentary featuring Vivien Maier. "Something of a revelation - or rather, a series of revelations - about a unique individual who collected wonderfully observed images of people on her camera as if to make up for not collecting any in her actual life. A lonely spinster who worked as a nanny and carer while secretly amassing a stockpile of photographs and 8mm movies, hundreds of which weren't even developed when she died," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(Aust/Afghanistan, 2014) Documentary with Mahboba Rawi. "Winner of the Audience Award at this year's Sydney Film Festival, this is a film with a big heart; beyond the central story of forbidden love and its obstacles, we become intricately involved in the unique life and customs of Afghanistan. It is reassuring to know that good things really can happen," says Louise. (Special event screenings. Staggered release - Sydney this week; Melbourne next week followed by other states.)

Movie review:
(UK, US, 2014) Dir: Christian Diller. Stars Lily Collins, Sam Claflin. "Bad timing is the central theme of this Four Weddings and A Funeral wanna-be, which despite several weddings, a funeral and a cliché ridden script, (based on Cecelia Ahern's novel) groans with predictable twists and turns as the two protagonists um and err about their future together," says Louise.

[Coming in January 2015, Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone. "The rhythmic pounding of a jazz drummer as accompaniment to the little voice inside Michael Keaton's head instills non-stop tension in this incongruous, edgy and brilliant film from Alejandro Inarritu, whose dark comic tones agitate the unfathomable world of the creative actor," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

The Imitation Game, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley;
The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones;
St Vincent, stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Into the woods, stars Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt;

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 Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly. "Like the pull of a quicksand, the deeper we tread, the more we are sucked in; this is a complete work that beautifully showcases life's contradictions and complexities," says Louise.

Stars Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace, Lily Sullivan, Maya Stange. "Absolutely committed performances anchor the film's dramatic payload, an exploration of youthful bravura that breeds irresponsibility that leads to tragedy. Guilt, love, prejudice and friendship are key ingredients," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
To win, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you choose to be your personal Ghostbuster, should you require their services? Kim Rattray (NSW): He wears socks with sandals; tells the endings to films before we've seen them and collects the garbage bins naked. My uncle Bob shows no fear or embarrassment. He'd be my perfect Ghostbuster protector.

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, Ana Kokkinos' Blessed (pic), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 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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