Welcome to our 970th weekly edition; Thursday October 8, 2015

Movie review:
BLACK MASS
(US, 2015) Dir: Scott Cooper. Stars Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch. "Moral selectivity is in full flight here, as things are done that are justified by the means," says Andrew. "Johnny Depp's tour de force performance as legendary Boston crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger carries this heavy hitting gangster film, in which loyalty is everything," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone.
* Aus films take $64 m for new record;
* Son of Saul to open Jewish filmfest;
* Second Sci-Fi Fest for Halloween;
* 20 Hollywood classics in retro;
* Fabric of Iranian identity in filmfest;
* Orpheum at 80 welcomes Danish Girl;
* Lexus Australia puts $200,000 into shorts fellowship;
* Screen Music Awards nominees;

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

COMPETITIONS
INDIAN SUMMERS SEASON 1 DVDS
Win one of 5 sets of Indian Summers Season 1 on DVD, starring Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel and Jemima West, courtesy EOne Home Entertainment. Out on DVD and Digital October 8.

Movie reviews:
LEARNING TO DRIVE
(UK, US) Dir: Isabel Coixet. Stars Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer. "It's an engaging diversion but falls short of anything more, " says Louise. "Driving a car is a useful cinematic metaphor for taking control of one's life, and there is a gentle determination behind this film which makes it more engaging than it sounds," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MISS YOU ALREADY
(UK, 2015) Dir: Catherine Hardwicke. Stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine. "It's a rich, warm and moving chick flick with an upbeat slant ... as it celebrates the special bond girlfriends share," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley. "Audacious, funny and thrilling," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

NEW TRAILERS
Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Belliucci, Ralph Fiennes;
Burnt, stars Bradley Cooper;
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;

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:
SAN ANDREAS
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino. "As far as disaster movies go, they don't come much better than this: heart-stopping action with ginormous stunts and a story that touches your heart," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MACBETH
To win tickets courtesy Transmission, we asked: If you were casting Macbeth using family and friends, who would you cast in the two lead roles and why? Sacha Pech (SA): Hubby's ex would be all 3 of the witches because, well.. shoe fits and my son is Macbeth: power hungry at age 6.

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, Ana Kokkinos' Blessed (2009), starring Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 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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