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  URBAN CINEFILE CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY - AND BOWS OUT
  URBAN CINEFILE'S 20th ANNIVERSARY - YOUR APPLAUSE
Thank you all for your warm and generous applause as we exit the online stage after 20 years of weekly movie reviews, with our 1,040th edition on February 16, 2017. Here below we share some of the emails and other messages of congratulations we have received. It’s all very much appreciated.
 
  DAVID & MARGARET LIVE AT THE ORPHEUM: A CINEMATIC LIFE
It will be unique: Margaret Pomeranz talking on stage about a film with her co-critic for the past 25 + years, David Stratton, in it . . . not only in it but the subject of it. The special Q&A will be held prior to the screening of David Stratton: A Cinematic Life at the Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, Sydney, on Tuesday, February 28, from 6.30pm (tix $25).
 
  OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2017
Bets are on – to see who are the Oscar winners on February 26, 2017, in the 89th Academy Awards, to be presented in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre. Here are the films and talents we think SHOULD win this year.
 
  SAG AWARDS 2017 – WINNERS
Signposting to the Oscars…? Perhaps. This year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards recognise black actors, in what is a highly competitive field.
 
  TROPFEST 2017 - WINNERS
Matt Day, best known as a movie & TV actor, is the winner of the 25th anniversary Tropfest, which was held for the first time at Parramatta Park in Sydney, with his film, The Mother Situation, which tells the comedic story of three adult siblings who assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide. Along with the other 15 finalists, it was screened to a crowd of nearly 40,000 people in Parramatta, broadcast nationally on Channel Eleven and globally on Red Bull TV.
 
  BAFTA AWARDS 2017 - WINNERS
The contrast couldn’t be greater between the two major award winners at the 2017 BAFTAs: the joyous musical ode to Hollywood that is La La Land (Best Film) and the miserable damnation of the British social service system [blamed on the Tories] that is I, Daniel Blake (Best British Film).
  BEATLES, THE: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews and stories of The Beatles 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966 (opens in Australia on September 16, 2016) is like a rush of musical nostalgia – taking us back to those memorable, socially and musically blooming years in the 60s.
 
  HACKSAW RIDGE - THE CORPORAL WITHOUT A GUN
Why would a 23 year old Adventist conscientious objector from Lynchburg, Virginia, enlist voluntarily – and then refuse to kill or carry a weapon into combat? And how – under those circumstances - did he become the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour. These questions are explored in Mel Gibson’s fact-based Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield as Desmond Thomas Doss, and made in Australia. Andrew L. Urban reports.
 
  BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK - EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE
19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions. What is Ang Lee’s latest film really about? Andrew L. Urban reports.
 
  EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: BOSCH, MONET AND MORE
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN brings significant art exhibitions from galleries around the world to cinemas. Produced by award-winning director, Phil Grabsky, the 2016/17 season was filmed exclusively for cinema at the exhibitions and on location and presents four new titles: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch opens nationally on 10 December, and will be followed by I, Claude Monet on 25 February, The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism on 25 March, and Michelangelo: Love and Death on 22 July. Andrew L. Urban steps into that curious world ...
 
  A UNITED KINGDOM … OF BOTSWANA
It’s something of a controversial fairy story, albeit true and little known these days: Ruth Williams from Eltham in South London attends a London Missionary Society dance in June 1947, meets a Prince from Botswana, falls in love and by September 1948 they are married - amid much controversy. Andrew L. Urban traces the story that has been made into the movie, A United Kingdom.
 
  OSCARS 2017 – NOMINATIONS
Australian attention this year is on the six nominations for Lion (including Best Picture), Hacksaw Ridge (Best Picture nominee) and the Foreign Language Category, where Tanna is nominated; but Hollywood will be looking for La La Land …
 
  DEEPWATER HORIZON – DISASTER EPIC FROM REAL LIFE
 
  Five best and five worst Australian casino movies
The best ? The worst? Well, casino movies are a genre all their own.
  Five stereotypes about businesses you always see in films
Whenever you think of a working environment certain images and expectations will pop into you head. These images are often stereotyped and exploited within the world of TV and films. In many cases the characters are barely at work at all, but what happens when films do show the working and business environment? Well here we break down just five examples of how business is portrayed in films.
  Five Unmissable Music Biopics
Music biopics are one of the more niche parts of the movie industry, largely because a poor imitation of a legendary artist is an almost guaranteed way to annoy an audience - a point that 1994’s Beatles film Backbeat, learned the hard way. Often dealing with the darker, more charismatic characters of the music world, this genre tends to lean on the dramatic side of things, a world apart from other musicals and music-related films and series like Glee and Grease.
 
  Gangster film remakes
 
  Hard Eight
There are lots of movies that manage to take advantage of the casino aesthetic in more ways than one. These movies are usually going to make use of the fact that casinos tend to be well-decorated areas that are already picturesque enough for a film. Some of these movies are about heists, and casinos are more glamorous settings for heists than liquor stores or some of the more common locations for heists in real life. Movies that are more strongly about the experience of gambling are much more rare, and the gamblers that manage to find any of them should appreciate them that much more as a result. Finding a Hard Eight movie review written by an enthusiastic gambler is not difficult.
  HEROES, SUPERHEROES AND WITCHES
Scary fairy tales of evil stepmothers and wicked witches, of monsters and fire spitting dragons, cruel kings and evil spirits are not things of the past. They are not confined to our childhood. Far from it. We also crave them as adults and movies – and video games, and games of chance - deliver them.
  How To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Brussels Film Festival
Brussels in Belgium is fast becoming one of the coolest and chicest places to visit in Europe, with its fabulous food, awesome nightlife, numerous museums, fab shopping, trendy bars, small town charm and diverse range of festivals and exhibitions. It’s also a growing attraction for those passionate about anything art, fashion and design- the ultimate creative mecca!
 
  Jason Bourne (2016) - was it good?
 
  Movie-based Slot Machines: Tribute or Humiliation?
Movies have served as an inspiration for the world of gaming since home computers became a widespread medium for gaming. Sometimes things happened the other way around - but that's a topic for another time.
 
  Seven of the greatest casino movies of all time
With the smell of get-rich-quick ambition in the air, the excitement of the surroundings, the bright lights and more beautiful people than you can shake a stick at, it’s no wonder that the all-American casino has been used as a setting for some of Hollywood’s greatest ever movies. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best casino-based films to have graced the silver screen.
  SHOULD BOND BET WITH BITCOINS?
 
  The best Marvel casino games
The year 2008 was a breakthrough year for Marvel Studios. From wavering on the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990s and having enjoyed little success with previous films featuring their superheroes – take Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies, for example – Iron Man literally came to the rescue.
  The Gambler 1974 versus 2014
A wry look at gambling, by a special correspondent.
  The Hangover: Is It Still Good 7 Years Later
The Hangover is the first in a trilogy of comedy films directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. The film tells the story of Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms), Alan (Galifianakis) and Doug (Bartha) who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug’s impending marriage. The following morning, Phil, Stu and Alan walk up to find Doug missing and they have no memory of the previous night’s events, and must find the groom before the wedding can take place.
  The thrill of casinos in the cinema
Throughout the years casinos established a fascinating way of excitement like no other. The reason, of course, is that the thrill, and the agony of gambling is the same inside every man or woman that decides to find himself for a few days inside a casino and enjoy as long as it is possible. This feeling leads many different people to be a part of the casino universe for all different reasons.
 
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  Why is James Bond so successful at the casino?
There is no one who loves gambling high stakes and winning big more than James Bond. In the movie Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s Bond won a combined sum of the equivalent of $129,629,934. Although his preferred table game is baccarat, there is a roulette strategy named after him, which covers a large number of outcomes in order to guarantee a profit, so you can try to replicate the success that James Bond achieves in the casinos.
  Will Ocean's 2016 movie have hacking and robbing an online casino?
The Ocean's Eleven franchise of casino movies is one of the most successful casino movie franchises in all of history. These are films that have helped further the careers of everyone involved, including many of the more established stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. There is a new Ocean's Eleven movie that has been in development since the year 2015, and it is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2016.
 
  How did they manage to get so many cars for the opening scene of La La Land?
 
  Top 5 Matt Damon Films





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