Welcome to our 968th weekly edition; Thursday September 24, 2015

Movie reviews:
SICARIO
(US, 2015) Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro. "The pitch of Sicario's intensity is like a scream, underlined by the film's ominous score as it deliberates its moral quandary," says Louise. "The team of American writer/actor Taylor Sheridan, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, English cinematographer Roger Deakins and Icelandic composer Johan Johansson have made a combustion of a movie, pushing the sub genre of Mexican drug wars to thrilling new limits," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Eighteen new Russian films at 12th Russian Resurrection Film Festival;
* Free masterclass for makers of short films at Sydney’s Academy of Information Technology;
* Animal Logic opens Vancouver studio;
* OzAsia fest at Adelaide's Mercury Cinema;
* A display of some 100 extremely rare, mint condition souvenir movie programs;

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

COMPETITIONS
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, courtesy Icon Home Entertainment. Available to rent or buy on Blu-Ray, DVD or Digital September 23.

Movie reviews:
LONDON ROAD
(UK, 2015) Dir: Rufus Norris. Stars Olivia Colman, Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig. "A fascinating marriage of genre and subject matter, this unique musical with recitative-like delivery, mockumentary-style dramatization and understated execution is a breath of fresh air," says Louise. "This is a seductive, creative and thoroughly engrossing work, underpinned by the factual reality of the story of a serial killer in sleepy Suffolk, who murdered five local prostitutes in less than ten weeks," says Andrew.

Movie review:
CUT SNAKE
(Aus, 2014) Dir: Tony Ayres. Stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell, Jessica De Gouw. "A young crim out of jail, trying to go straight... hardly an original concept, but Blake Ayshford's screenplay gives it a novel twist and extra layers, while director Tony Ayres pushes for an edgy delivery," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE VISIT
(US, 2015) Dir: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn. "The second best thing about The Visit is the surprise twist in the story; the best thing is its sense of humour, which makes it possible even for those like me who don't take to the horror genre (much less to M Night Shayamalan's recent films) to get something out of it.," says Andrew.

Obituary:
YORAM GROSS 1926 - 2015: HIS ANIMATED LIFE
"No more jokes from Mr Gross Snr..." read the first line of the text message just after 7am on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from Mr Gross Jnr, a perfectly apt way to ease into the news of his death overnight. Yoram Gross was as well known among family and friends for his inexhaustible humour as he is known world wide for his work as a pioneer in Australian animation. By Andrew L. Urban.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in October, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette. "Just like Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey in Beaches, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are best friends, who embrace the highs and lows of their emotionally complex lives and loves," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

NEW TRAILERS
Sleeping with Other People, stars Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie;
Bridge of Spies, stars Tom Hanks;
Spotlight, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo;
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;
Rock the Kasbah, stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel;
Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Belliucci, Ralph Fiennes;

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:
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR
Stars Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana. "Domestic chaos is delicately handled, in this feature debut by Maya Forbes, whose childhood experiences living with her bi-polar father while her mother studies form a kaleidoscope of tumultuous emotional adventures," says Louise.

SHAUN THE SHEEP
Voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djilali. "The wonderful English eccentricity of Aardman's Wallace and Gromit captured our hearts and minds, their naiive antics and slam dunk adventures fed our funny bones. There is still a trace of all that in Shaun the Sheep, but not the distinctive personas nor the full bottle of wit," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
BOYCHOIR DVD
To win DVD copies of Boychoir, courtesy Becker Film Group, we asked: Who among family and friends has a talent and why is it special? Rebecca Haines (ACT): My dad is an artist and shapes unique and futuristic sculptures. I think his talent is very special.

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, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (pic) and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
UNICUM - HUNGARY
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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