Welcome to our 1,005th weekly edition; Thursday June 9, 2016

Movie reviews:
A PERFECT DAY
(Spain, 2015) Dir: Fernando Leon de Arona. Stars Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry. "Who says you need bullets and violence to depict the horrors of war? Guided by an armoury of pragmatism, common sense and dark humour, Fernando Leon de Aranoa deals a hand from a different pack of cards; one that successfully manages tone shifts," says Louise. "The irony of the title becomes clear fairly quickly as does the black humour that envelops this tragedy, one that is replicated thousands of times in war zones such as the Balkans in the 90s. The searing insights are presented with minimal flourish and with riveting storytelling," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Great books to great movies: Great Adaptations at the State Library of NSW presented by Andrew L. Urban;
* Ashleigh Cummings awarded Heath Ledger Scholarship;
* Nick Cave Filming Skeleton Tree 'With Feeling';
* Sanctuary Cove Fest fires up again;
* ACMI & NFSA strengthen working relationship with MoU;

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

COMPETITIONS
VINYL & BALLERS DVD
Win one of 5 prize packs of Vinyl & Ballers DVD: The Complete First Season, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Vinyl (from Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger) stars Bobby Canavale & Olivia Wilde; Ballers (from HBO & the creators of Entourage) stars Dwayne Johnson. Available on Blu-ray & DVD on June 8.

MR RIGHT PRIZE PACK
Win a prize pack valued at $150 comprising a double inseason pass to Mr Right, starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell as a killer couple, plus a DVD pack including Eagle vs. Shark, New in Town, Not Suitable for Children, Scoop, Warm Bodies, Wild Target and What Women Want. Prizes courtesy Icon Film Distribution. Mr Right releases June 16..

Book review:
THERE'S A FAX FROM BRUCE
AND ONE FROM SUE, TOO... Between 1989 and 1997, Bruce Beresford and Sue Milliken made nine films between them, two of which they made together. And when they weren't on set, they used the fax machine to stay in touch. As well as taking care of business, the faxes were a commentary - sometimes droll and often wry - on life around them, written to amuse and liberally laced with industry gossip. Andrew L. Urban reports on the faxes ...

Beware this book!:
FAHFANGOOLAH! INDEED
Michael Winkler's self published book, Fahfangoolah!, is subtitled 'The despised and indispensible Welcome to Woop Woop' - perhaps it should also carry a warning slash: 'Beware - minefield!' Andrew L. Urban throws caution to the cinematic wind and steps inside.

Movie review:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
(US, 2016) Dir: Dave Green. Stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Stephen Arnell, Laura Linney. "It's loud and brash with a mindless plot involving a portal to another dimension and an intergalactic threat. For my money, it's too loud and mindless but who am I to argue with the fans? Besides, the KISS formula (Keep it Simple, Stupid) seems to work in this context," says Louise.

Movie review:
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
(Canada, 2016) Dir: John Kent Harrison. Stars Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen. "A heartfelt retelling of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic children's story Anne of Green Gables, this Canadian telemovie wonderfully captures all the elements of its young red-haired protagonist... It's delightful," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later this month, Deniz Gamze Erguven's Mustang, starring Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu. Mustang is not your predictable 'girls in rebellion' movie; it is much more than a simplistic feminist essay, says Andrew.] Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Down Under, stars Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk;
Monster Trucks, stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover;
Bridget Jones' Baby, stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;
Ben-Hur, stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Morgan Freeman;
Miles Ahead, stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor;

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:
BY THE SEA
Stars Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt. "Poetic, intimate and beautiful, there's a European sensibility about Angelina Jolie's film about grief and loss. Of course there's an undeniable voyeuristic element," says Louise.

THE DANISH GIRL
Stars Alicia Wikander, Eddie Redmayne. "As nuanced, articulated and meticulously detailed as his Oscar winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne's gift to cinema in this outstanding work by Tom Hooper is riveting," says Andrew.

ROOM
Stars Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson. "What a thrilling discovery is young Jacob Tremblay, a consummate actor well able to sustain a complex, credible and authentic character for an entire movie. It's his film, and he shines," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
To win double inseason passes, courtesy Paramount Pictures, we asked: Which is your favourite turtle and why? Caroline Newman (WA): Raphael is my favourite. Growing up with three brothers in the 90s, I was elected as Raph! We practiced our Ninja skills on each other. I kicked some shell in those days!

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, Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban.

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