Welcome to our 972nd weekly edition; Thursday October 22, 2015

Movie reviews:
BRIDGE OF SPIES
(US, 2015) Dir: Steven Spielberg. Stars Tom Hanks. "Tom Hanks' innate sense of decency shines through in Steven Spielberg's espionage thriller in which a war of principles takes place," says Louise. "A remarkably well crafted and engaging film from the fine screenplay, superbly cast and beautifully executed," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone.
* The 10th year of Movies Now ends with course starting November 4;
* Australian in Film honour ... Australians in film;
* Tanna release follows Venice Awards;
* Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush with live music;
* Classic Aus films restored;
* Industry salutes Miller, Edgerton, Anderson;
* British filmfest opens with Youth;

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

COMPETITIONS
MAGIC MIKE XXL
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Magic Mike XXL, starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Amber Heard, Andie McDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Jada Pinkett Smith, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to rent or buy on Blu-Ray, DVD or Digital.

Movie review:
BURNT
(US, 2015) Dir: John Wells. Stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy. "Demons and beautiful cuisine are on the menu in this edgy film in which Bradley Cooper yet again puts every foot right," says Louise.

Movie review & Interview:
ALEX & EVE
(Aus, 2015) Dir: Peter Andrikidis. Stars 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.
INTERVIEW - The fear of new and unknown is the driving force behind the Greek v Lebanese culture clash explored in Alex and Eve, multi-award winning (Greek descendant) director Peter Andrikidis tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie review:
THE LOBSTER
(Greece/France/UK/Netherlands/Ireland, 2015) Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos. Stars Lea Seydoux, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Wishaw, John C. Reilly. "The sheer verve of the filmmakers earned them the Jury Prize at Cannes, where unique and risky filmmaking is rewarded ahead of commercially satisfying fare," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in November, 99 Homes, starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern. "Shannon is superb as the aloof, unaffected mogul who uses real estate as his stepping-stones to a 'green-sky' future," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, stars Harrison Ford, Billie Lourd;
The 33, stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin;
The Dressmaker, stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis;
Mistress America, stars Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke;
Sleeping with Other People, stars Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie;
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:
MAGIC MIKE XXL
Stars Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello. "Sex continues to be the sizzle in this raunchy road movie that plays out like fun-filled foreplay and in which Channing Tatum has all the moves," says Louise.

MINIONS
"Wonderfully absurd, brilliantly inventive and totally adorable, the Minions is literally a laugh a minute ... You don't need a kid to see this film," says Louise.

Competition winners:
ALEX & EVE
To win double inseason passes courtesy Transmission, we asked: Who among family and friends has a relationship in which their backgrounds and/or religious beliefs are different and how has it worked out? Kristen Davis (Vic): My husband and I. He believes that football is a religion. It works by me not joining his Saturday afternoon worshipping!

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, Black Robe (pic) and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
SOPRON - HUNGARY
Sopron, a town in north west Hungary, is famous for its past loyalty and now its great gelato and relaxed cafe lifestyle, as Andrew L. Urban discovered.

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