Welcome to our 967th weekly edition; Thursday September 17, 2015

Movie review:
(US, 2015) Dir: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. "The mountain is the star in this high-altitude 3D drama in which life and death lurks around every treacherous corner," says Louise. "The grand, operatic beauty of the mountain range is superbly captured, as tiny morsels of humanity crawl up its sheer walls of ice and snow," says Andrew.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Two Australian films awarded at Venice fest;
* Metro Screen to close;
* IMAX Melbourne claims to offer the most advanced cinema experience in the world;
* Phil Avalon autobiography out;
* Special Guest for next Movies Now;

Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

Win one of 10 DVD copies of Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Kevin McHale, courtesy Becker Film Group. Available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Stuart McDonald. Stars Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Deborah Mailman, Terry Camilleri, Shane Jacobson. "There's plenty to like in this endearing Australian film about a chicken farmer named Swampy from the coastal town of Warrnambool, whose his unruly dog Oddball incredibly protects a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks. Based on a true story, director Stuart McDonald injects humour and heart into the tale," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Deane Taylor. Voice cast: Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Toni Collette, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman, Richard Roxburgh, Barry Otto, Barry Humphries. "It's a colourful, high spirited tale with endearing characters, non stop action and plenty of heart, as Australia's favourite koala embarks on a grand Outback adventure in search of his missing father," says Louise.

Movie review:
(India, 2015) Dir: Prashant Nair. Stars Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori. "The superficial attraction for some audiences may well be the pairing of Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma and the bellboy from the Grand Budapest Hotel, Tony Revolori as best friends on an adventure. And sure enough, that's a good enough reason, but there are many more, in this bitter sweet drama that marries themes of aspirational 'migration' with coming of age and cultural traditions that are broken," says Andrew.

[Coming in October, Alex and Eve, starring Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades. "With its upbeat vibe and charismatic leads, there's something irresistible about this laugh-out loud cross-culture Aussie rom com," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

The Intern, stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway;
Spotlight, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams;
Freeheld, stars Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon;
Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Belluci;
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy;
Bridge of Spies, stars Tom Hanks;

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)

Stars Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac. "Borrowing body parts from the age old horror/sci-fi workbook, Alex Garland makes a female Frankenstein movie (sort of) and interrogates the pursuit of AI in the process," says Andrew.

Stars Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing. "While there may not be too many surprises in this warm-hearted feel-good movie about music, belonging and nurturing the gifts you are given, Boychoir soars by grace of its clear narrative, strong cast and the pure harmonious voices that can only be described as celestial," says Louise.

Stars Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halvrson. "There are enough truths and scares in this teen horror flick to make anyone jumpy, all the action taking place online and through social media," says Louise

Competition winners:
To win DVDs plus a Mad Max bumper sticker courtesy Roadshow Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would you ask to accompany you on a road trip filled with danger and challenges and why? David Nolte (SA): My mother in law; if someone HAS to be sacrificed for the greater good.

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, Mark Lee's The Bet (pic) and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Celebrating its 225th anniversary, the dark and mysterious drink, Unicum, keeps its secret recipe but gives up its history, as Andrew L. Urban reports.

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