Welcome to our 969th weekly edition; Thursday October 1, 2015

Movie reviews:
(US, 2015) Dir: Ridley Scott. Stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels. "Humour is the unexpected bonus of this thrilling space rescue adventure that offers a bit of everything, as it keeps us on edge throughout," says Louise. "This is a crowd pleaser on a grand scale and I certainly admire the craftsmanship and the cinematic values, although I could have wished for clearer exposition at times," says Andrew.

* Friendly and foodie BOFA;

* Animation from Pakistan in Indian filmfest;
* Shadow of Doubt features at Lorne filmfest;
* Aussie summer = Moonlight Cinema;
* Canberra filmfest 'not standard fare';
* Have you heard the one about ... The Heckler;
* Ross Hannaford on DVD thanks Haydn Keenan;
* The widow and The Telegram Man win at Cause filmfest;

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

Win one of 10 inseason double passes to Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), courtesy Transmission. In cinemas nationally October 1.

Movie reviews:
(UK, France, US, 2015) Dir: Justin Kurzel. Stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard. "A powerful visceral statement in which imagery and music almost overshadow the dialogue, Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is a stunning and ambitious piece of cinema," says Louise. "Mood and tone are everything .. and what better than music and sound to drive that home in tandem with the images," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2015) Dir: Nancy Meyers. Stars Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro. "Anne Hathaway lights up the screen in this likeable comedy in which work, purpose, life and love come under the magnifying glass," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Malta, 2014) Dir: Rebecca Cremona. Stars Adrian Farrugia, Mark Mifsud. "A haunting film about a nightmare in which we are all now participants, active or otherwise," says Andrew.

[Coming in November, He Named Me Malala. "Academy award winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) tells Malala's moving story with a gentleness that counters the harsh elements of her story," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

The Lobster, stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz;
Bridge of Spies, stars Tom Hanks;
Sleeping with Other People, stars Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie;
Spotlight, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo;
He Named Me Malala, documentary by Davis Guggenheim;
Man Up, stars Lake Bell, Simon Pegg;

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 George Clooney, Britt Robertson. "A blast of a film, in praise of dreamers," says Louise.

Stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne. "It's spoof, comedy and action all bundled together in one delicious entertainment package helmed by Bridesmaid's Paul Feig, its splendid cast lassoed together by Melissa McCarthy in her best role yet," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win courtesy Icon Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends has defied the odds and succeeded at something, despite difficulties? Jacky Burkett (QLD): My autistic nephew has worked hard; battled prejudice and bureaucracy and is now undertaking an IT degree.

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, Dr Plonk (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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