Welcome to our 923rd weekly edition; Thursday, November 13, 2014

Movie review: INTERSTELLAR
(US, UK, 2014) Dir: Christopher Nolan. Stars Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon, Michael Caine. "Conceptually brilliant, Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi drama is all about time. Agitating the boundaries of science with fantasy, Nolan's vision is hugely ambitious, like the film's near 3 hour running time, enabling total immersion. It's not as complete as Memento, The Prestige or Inception, but you do feel as though you have been there for a hell of an adventure," says Louise.
Latest: NEWS: Gossip-free zone * APDG Awards - nominations for 2014; * Asia Pacific Screen Awards - announce 2014 international juries; * Windows on Europe Fest - two films from Austria; * Des Monaghan - SPA Lifetime Achievement Award;

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Win one of 10 DVD copies of Locke, starring Tom Hardy, courtesy Madman. "A tense, quietly explosive thriller, of which all but 90 seconds or so takes place inside a single car," says Andrew. Available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
Movie review: THE DROP
(US, 2014) Dir: Stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. "I have seen him in more than a dozen films, but it wasn't until Locke (2013) that I sat up and really took notice of Tom Hardy. In The Drop, Hardy is even more of a revelation playing the quietly spoken Bob, who tends bar and waits on customers in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood. Hardy's performance is sublime, making every action and word of dialogue meaningful," says Louise.
Movie review: MY OLD LADY
(UK/France/US, 2014) Dir: Israel Horovitz. Stars Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas. "An inheritance is a curse and a blessing in this complex entanglement about lovers and the children who pay the price. Infidelities, cross cultures and untangling the past are the potent theme. Offering much more than imaginable at first glance, this is a sophisticated and satisfying film, directed with great sensitivity," says Louise.
Movie reviews: WINTER SLEEP
(Turkey, 2014) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Stars Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag. "The film is certainly long, but it is worth the trip, the trip along the symbolic road to hell, that is often paved with good intentions," says Louise. "This is an extraordinary film, both extra in content and length and yet ordinary in the sense that filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan observes the 'ordinary' daily interactions of a sophisticated and educated older man Aydin (Haluk Bilginer, excellent), who has retired from the stage but continues a theatrical, drama-riddled existence," says Andrew.
Movie review: EXIST
(US, 2014) Dir: Eduardo Sanchez. Stars Chris Osborn, Samuel Davis, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards. "If you hang in there, the final half hour is terrifying, especially with the appearance of BigFoot who dominates the screen in every way. But the main problem with Sanchez' Exist is a lacklustre script with few surprises for its cardboard characters," says Louise.
Cezary Skubiszewski scores Screen Music Awards trifecta and David Hirschfelder wins Feature Film Score of the Year for The Railway Man.

'for lovers of contempo noir'
Street wise tough guy Jake (Jason Yee) is a driver for a seedy escort service operating out of The Naked Eye strip club. He soon falls for the witty high-class escort Sandy (Samantha Streets). When Sandy is found murdered, the only clues are the phone calls she made on her mobile the night she died. Directed by David Ren. Available through Third Millenium Entertainment on DVD from November 20, 2014.


[Coming in December, Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne. "As sure as the sun will come out tomorrow, you'll fall in love with Annie! It’s a breath of fresh air," says Louise.] Calendar of films releasing in November
The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones; The Imitation Game, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley; St Vincent, stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts; The Water Diviner, stars Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko; Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler; Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
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 Tom Hardy. "A lot of elements to get right, but Steven Knight has managed it with Locke, a tense, quietly explosive thriller, of which all but 90 seconds or so takes place inside a single car," says Andrew.
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (10th Annniversary re-release)
Stars Jon Heder. "The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth, as a high-school loser sets about to turn his life around," says Louise.
Stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazddin Siddiqui. "Writer director Ritesh Batra in his debut feature, stirs his flavours gently, allowing the delicate aromas of human interaction to blossom unexpectedly in a heart-warming romance," says Louise.
Competition winners: THE DROP
To win double inseason passes, courtesy 20th Century Fox, we asked: Who among family and friends would make a good bagman and why? Kevin Harris: My wife would be perfect. She has so much stuff in her carry-bag that the cops could go through it all day and never find what they are looking for.


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, Burning Man (pic), Muriel's Wedding, 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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