Welcome to our 926th weekly edition; Thursday, December 4, 2014

Movie reviews: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
(US, 2014) Stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver. "A rousing spectacle with scale in line with that of Gladiator, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is big, bold and impressive," says Louise. "It's hard to tell whether Ridley Scott's Exodus is a misfire satire or a creative misfire, but I suspect it's the latter given that it takes itself so seriously, " says Andrew.

Bouquets: DAVID AND MARGARET: 2 STARS GET 5 STARS AT FAREWELL
The end-of-an-era party for David & Margaret was held on the 7th floor of the ABC tower in Ultimo, a symbolic 7th Heaven to which these two movie critics were welcomed to be acclaimed and fondly farewelled, after 28 years of movie reviews on television, first at SBS, latterly at the ABC.

Latest: NEWS: Gossip-free zone * 4th AACTA Awards - nominees; * Over 100 films vie for four US$25,000 grants; * IMAX enjoys box office with Interstellar; * George Liddle big winner at APDG Awards; * St George Open Air Cinema 2015 program & highlights; * Australian & Chinese producers hold hands;

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

COMPETITIONS: LUCY DVD

Win one of 10 copies of Lucy on DVD, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital with UltraViolet fro December 4.

Movie reviews: TURKEY SHOOT
(Aust, 2014) Stars Dominic Purcell, Belinda McClory, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor, Nicholas Hammond. "Inspired in its writing and execution, this new Turkey Shoot... offers a complex set of cinematic thrills, from wicked humour and stylistic flourishes to a clever plot, acidic satire and pace that never flags," says Andrew. "Jon Hewitt's Turkey Shoot is a blast of action and satire, glued together by its reality television framework," says Louise.

Movie review: SERENA
(US, 2015) Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence. "Greed and jealousy are the key elements of this dramatic misfire from Susanne Bier in which even the power (re)pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fails to ignite our interest," says Louise.

Movie review: ALEXANDER (AND THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE, GOOD, VERY BAD DAY)
(US, 2014) Stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould. "It's the snowball effect of this lightweight but enjoyable family film with an appealing cast that makes it funny," says Louise.

Movie reviews: THE CAPTIVE
(US, 2014) Stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos. "If you are prepared to accept that real life is not predictable, much less real people, The Captive will engage and stimulate you. But you will need to pay attention," says Andrew. "The film is a fragmented essay of ideas haphazardly put together; it's a case of the individual parts being more successful than the whole," says Louise.

Movie review: THE GREEN PRINCE
(Israel, UK, US, Germany, 2012) Documentary featuring Mossab Hassan Yousef. "It's a riveting story, weaving together a story of two men's psychological and emotional journeys under the blanket of espionage," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in January, Birdman starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough. "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 December

NEW TRAILERS
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
St Vincent, stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts;
The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones;
The Imitation Game, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley;
The Water Diviner, stars Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko;
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 our favourites if they don't make the top 20)

NEW DVDS:
LUCY
Stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman. "It might be too bizarre for some, but Luc Besson's high concept exploration of the meaning of life as it deals with the human brain and its capacity, is wildly fascinating and blatantly sensational, "says Louise.

AND SO IT GOES
Stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton. "The easy going charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton blend beautifully in this discerningly funny rom-com with a pedigree," says Louise.

Competition winners: A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
To win double inseason passes, courtesy Madman, we asked: Describe a photo that has made an impact on you and why? Alan Stone (WA): We were ten. Our teacher showed us two photos; one an acorn; the other an oak tree; saying; 'You have the same power and potential to become magnificent too.' I've always remembered this.

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, Brian Trenchard Smith’s Absolute Deception (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile: MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ZAGREB, CROATIA
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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