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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Edition No 924 
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You are invited to a free preview of THE CAPTIVE, hosted by Andrew L. Urban, at Dendy Newtown, Sydney, on Monday, November 24, 6.30pm and followed by a discussion of the film. REGISTER HERE

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Movie review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
Movie review:
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1

(US, 2014) Dir: Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore. "Capitalising on the Jennifer Lawrence factor, Part 1 of the final Hunger Games trilogy will please the fans, although there is too much padding around the key thrilling sequence; the film would have been more complete had the two parts of the split finale been merged," says Louise. REVIEW


NEWS & BOX OFFICE

BOX OFFICE: - Twice weekly reports & charts, Mondays, Thursdays (after 4pm).

NEWS: - Gossip free zone.....
* The Captive – free preview, Nov 24 FULL HOUSE;
* Hoyts goes Lux;
* True Aussie Grit – meet the filmmakers;
* Hector Crawford Memorial lecture – Phillip Adams transcript; * AACTA Awards tickets onsale;

Watch movies and DVDs on DHgate cable TV
Browse the range for a DHgate set top box

Friday night thrillers

For non-movie home based entertainment see CasinoReef and PokiesStop - these two gaming sites review places to play slots, poker and other casino games online. They specialize in Australian sites, which allow people to play and deposit in AU$ - recommended

COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONS

MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer and Dean Norris. Only at the movies November 27.
 ©2014 Par.Pics.

Invitation: THE CAPTIVE (Advance Screening & Discussion)
Invitation:
THE CAPTIVE (Advance Screening & Discussion)

SYDNEY ONLY: Monday November 24 at 6.30pm. Register for your complimentary invitation to The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedyman, courtesy Icon Film Distribution. The film will be followed by a discussion of the film led by Andrew L. Urban. In cinemas December 4. INVITATION

Movie review: THE DARK HORSE
Movie review:
THE DARK HORSE

(NZ, 2014) Dir: James Napier Robertson. Stars Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Xavier Horan, Miriama McDowell. "Cliff Curtis delivers a spectacular characterisation, one which will no doubt be compared to Geoffrey Rush as brilliant pianist David Helfgott in Shine, as Gen has a mild mental condition for which he has to take medication, and is recently out following a stint in what he calls 'the ward'," says Andrew. REVIEW


Movie reviews: MAPS TO THE STARS
Movie reviews:
MAPS TO THE STARS

(US, 2014) Dir: David Cronenberg. Stars Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Carrie Fisher. "With its themes of incest, suicide, death and greed, Maps to the Stars is a caricature masquerading as a satire and playing like a nihilist expose," says Andrew. "Using the worst of Hollywood to glue its string of unlikeable, disturbed characters together, David Cronenberg has created a bizarre and repulsive reality of extremes. To his credit, Cronenberg goes for the jugular in this satire, although for me, it never quite hits the mark," says Louise. REVIEWS

Movie review: ROCK THE CASBAH
Movie review:
ROCK THE CASBAH

(French/Moroccan, 2013) Dir: Laila Marrakchi. Stars Nadine Labaki, Morjana Alaoui, Lubna Azabal, Omar Sharif. "The enigmatic presence of Omar Sharif as he gives a running commentary from the sidelines, is the best thing about Laila Marrakchi's film about secrets, lies and family feuds. The fact that the successful Moroccan businessman Sharif plays happens to be dead only adds to the mystique – it's as though he has at last risen above the scandal, bickering and angst, and plays the role of master of ceremonies with charm and aplomb," says Louise. REVIEW

Review: THE MULE
Review:
THE MULE

(Aust, 2014) Dir: Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson. Stars Angus Sampson, Leigh Whanell, Hugo Weaving. "The performances are the Crown Jewels in this otherwise lackluster film, notably the veterans Hugo Weaving as a world weary detective who bends the rules and Noni Hazlehurst as Ray's doting mum," says Andrew. REVIEW

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in January, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong. "A riveting biopic," says Louise. "I am reasonably familiar with the subject matter, yet the film still manages to knock my socks off, " says Andrew.] NOV 2014 RELEASES


(From left) Folies Bergere, St Vincent, The Water Diviner

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Fat Pizza vs Housos, stars Paul Fenech, Johnny Boxer, Maria Venuti;
The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones;
The Imitation Game, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley;
The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones;
St Vincent, stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts;
The Water Diviner, stars Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko;
Annie, stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne & Cameron Diaz;
Men, Women & Children, stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler;
Birdman, stars Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone;
Paper Planes, stars Sam Worthington;
The Drop, stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini;
The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson;
Serena, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper;
Top Five, stars Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Chris Rock;
Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Studios;
Fifty Shades of Gray, stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan;
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars Judi Dench, Richard Gere;
TRAILERS

At a glance: TOP 20
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 the editors’ favourites if they don’t make the top 20...) TOP 20


NEW DVDS
NEW DVDS

THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE - Stars Jason Yee, Samantha Streets. “A tinge of sweet nostalgia for the dark shadows of the hard boiled private eye genre swept through me as the film began with a shot of the cover of Dark Mystery magazine featuring a frightened, scantily clad blonde, a smoking gun and the movie title promising pages of thrills,” says Andrew.

CHARLIE'S COUNTRY - Stars David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr. "The haunting face of David Gulpilil is the overwhelming image that remains after watching Rolf de Heer’s film about a man conflicted by living on the edge of two worlds," says Louise.

THE DEVIL'S KNOT -Stars Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Colin Firth. "There’s something fundamentally dissatisfying about Atom Egoyan’s film as it explores the shocking murder of three eight year old boys in North Memphis, Arkansas and the surrounding satanic cult theory,"

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
LOCKE DVD
To win one of 10 DVD copies of Locke, starring Tom Hardy, courtesy Madman, we asked: What kind of car reflects your personality and why? June Lawler (Vic): An old FJ Holden; I was made in Australia, very popular when I was young but my duco has faded, my gears are worn and I need a lot of maintenance.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / 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 and dozens more. Approximately 500 films AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Travelfile: MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ZAGEB, CROATIA
Travelfile:
MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ZAGEB, CROATIA

Uniquely recalling the endings of relationships, this award winning museum is really a compelling collection of melancholy, intimate snapshots from the lives of strangers. Andrew L. Urban found its cathartic vibe surprisingly uplifting. FEATURE

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