Welcome to our 987th weekly edition; Thursday February 4, 2016

Movie reviews:
(US, 2015) Dir: Danny Boyle. Stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels. "Aaron Sorkin's brilliant screenplay feels like a hyperactive backstage expose... and if every historic milestone is not crystal clear, the overall impression of the man certainly is. As for Michael Fassbender, he can do no wrong: his portrayal of Steve Jobs is formidable, " says Louise. "Aaron Sorkin's screenplay and Danny Boyle's direction give us a Steve Jobs profile that does not idolise or flatter him. As a result, the film gains respect and we gain insight, " says Andrew.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone;
* George Miller President at Cannes 2016;
* Carol and Mad Max tops at the 5th AACTA International Awards;
* Aus Film Critics nominees;
* "Exuberant" Monkey King 2 opens same day as China;

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

Win one of 10 double in-season passes to Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels, courtesy Universal Studios. Nominated for two Academy Awards. Copyright 2015 Universal Studios. In cinemas February 4.

Movie review:
(US, 2015) Dir: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson. Voices: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan. "Superficially simple, Anomalisa is actually a thoroughly complex web of human experience, recognisably real, even though the characters are 30 cm tall stop motion puppets," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2016) Dir: Ross Katz. Stars Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker. "This Nicholas Sparks weepie is a surefire recipe for disaster: syrupy Mills & Boon romance, cliched script, overcooked performances, irritating characters and a twist that makes you weep for all the wrong reasons," says Louise.

[Coming in March, The Daughter, starring Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Miranda Otto. "It's an intense work and not surprisingly the film is dense and unrelenting, never letting us off the hook as it canvasses its potent themes of secrets, lies, blame and guilt," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

Grimsby, stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson;
Kung Fu Panda 3, stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie;
45 Years, stars Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtney;
Steve Jobs, stars Michael Fassbender;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;
10 Cloverfield Lane, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman;

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 Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer. "Strong performances by Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley make this charming if slight cross culture tale well worth seeing," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win double in-season passes to Room, courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: Who among family and friends would you choose to help you escape, if you were trapped in a room, and why? Benjamin Travia (WA): Brother in law. He's in IT. There are no locked doors in his world.

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, Burning Man (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Gruyeres (population 300) has a dark secret which only the most curious - or well informed - will discover: the gallery of H. R. Giger, Oscar winning designer of the alien in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and other things similarly subversive, erotic, fantastic and out of this world. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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