Welcome to our 976th weekly edition; Thursday November 19, 2015


Movie review:
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2
(US, 2015) Dir: Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. "In a lengthy drawn-out but satisfying finale, the Hunger Games franchise with Jennifer Lawrence's strong, selfless female protagonist concludes, amid spectacular action, plot twists, surprise deaths, relationship development and a poignant final screen appearance by Philip Seymour Hoffman," says Louise.

Latest:
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* Aussie film Tanna in Zagreb line-up;

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

COMPETITIONS
99 HOMES
Win one 10 double inseason passes to 99 Homes, starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Linney, courtesy Madman. In cinemas November 19.

Movie review:
SECRET IN THEIR EYES
(US, 2015) Dir: Billy Ray. Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman. "Based on Juan Jose Campanella's excellent 2009 Spanish language film of the same name, Billy Ray's story about obsession, passion and justice is buoyed by three superb performances and a tense undercurrent that never lets up," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
99 HOMES
(US, 2014) Dir: Ramin Bahrani. Stars Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Linney. "It's a mesmerizing and disturbing portrait, elevated by two strong performances," says Louise. "Audiences will no doubt notice the powerful and important role played by the score, from Australian screen composers Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales; important and remarkably effective," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE CROW'S EGG
(India, 2014) Dir: M. Manikandan. Stars Ramesh, J, Vignesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Ramesh Thilak."Deceptively simple, this charming film about dreams evolves in the most unexpected way, endearing us its two young slum boy protagonists in the process," says Louise.

Movie review:
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING
(UK/US, 2015) Dir: Terry Jones. Stars Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley. "Mildly amusing, but grossly overdone. The same goes for everything. Absolutely everything," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in January, Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber. "As a piece of cinema, Spotlight (the name of the investigative team at the Boston Globe) is exceptional," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Joy, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper;
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, stars Nina Vandalis, John Corbett;
The 33, stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin;
The Danish Girl, stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander;
The 33, stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin;
Youth, stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel;

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:
RUBEN GUTHRIE
Stars Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades. "Based on Cowell's stage play, the film is as high spirited as the subject matter, delving into the social pressures surrounding the drinking culture and its effects on life, love and family," says Louise.

Competition winners:
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING
To win prize packs courtesy Icon Film Distribution, we asked: Who amongst family and friends (alive or dead) would you clone if you had one magic chance to do so and why? Vanda Bacich (WA): Me! We'd get the house clean in half the time and I could babysit and go out at the same time! Also my husband could have sex twice as much or me half as much!

TRAINWRECK DVD
To win copies courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends needs to clean up their act and why? Kei Ishizaka says: My wife. She acts like a single girl; goes out with her single girlfriends too often. Her husband is lonely at home.

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, Robert Connolly's Balibo (pic) and dozens more. Over 570 films.

Travelfile:
VILLANY- HUNGARY: CABERNET FRANC COUNTRY
On the eve of the 2015 harvest (promising) and the launch of a new marketing campaign to promote the Southern Hungarian wine region of Villany with its star wine, the cabernet franc, Andrew L. Urban harvested this story.

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