Welcome to our 1,006th weekly edition; Thursday June 16, 2016

Movie reviews:
ME BEFORE YOU
(US, 2016) Dir: Thea Sharrock. Stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Stephen Peacocke. "From tears to laughter, Me Before You is a wonderful weepie that makes you glad you took the trip," says Louise. "Once upon a time not long ago, a rich and handsome young bachelor who lived in a splendid castle in a bucolic English village had a terrible accident and became a quadriplegic ... but along came a pretty young village girl to get a job as his carer ... fairy tale stuff, yes, but with several redeeming features as well as some darned flaws," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Meet Oscar winner John Seale at screening of The English Patient;
* Girl Asleep wins gold at Seattle fest;

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

COMPETITIONS
TRUMBO DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Trumbo, starring Academy Award nominee Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment. Available on DVD and digital June 16.

Movie review:
FINDING DORY
(US, 2016) Dir: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane. Voices Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Ed O’Neill. "It's bright and colourful with a throng of ultra cute marine characters but the film is a pale imitation of its precursor Finding Nemo, never replicating its magic or touching our heartstrings," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
MILES AHEAD
(US, 2015) Dir: Don Cheadle. Stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor. "Like the improvised nature of jazz, Don Cheadle's biopic about Miles Davis brings a syncopated view on the legendary musician and trumpet player's life as it scats around his turbulent life," says Louise. "It may be a tad obvious but I would have called this film Sketches of Miles, not only to earmark his iconic and legendary album Sketches of Spain – my first Miles Davis album - but also because it more accurately reflects Don Cheadle's style of exploring the Davis persona on screen," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
BACKTRACK
(Aust, 2015) Dir: Michael Petroni. Stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy. "It's a decent story, but the film suffers from the muddling effect of ghost story mixed with thriller," says Andrew. "The climactic sequence involving a police car and a train is terrifying indeed. It may not be enough however, to totally rescue the film and its lack of cohesion, although it ends up in a far better place than how it begins," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, Embrace, documentary with Taryn Brumfitt. "An inspiring work in which the different ideals of beauty are explored," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in June

NEW TRAILERS
Goldstone, stars Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, David Gulpilil;
Maggie's Plan, stars Ethan Hawke, Julianna Moore;
Ghostbusters, stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Chris Hemsworth;
Down Under, stars Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk;
Bridget Jones' Baby, stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;

NEW DVDS:
TRUMBO
Stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman. "A fascinating inside look at Hollywood and the blacklist era when political ideologies determined who worked or not, Trumbo is a triumphant mix of portrait and insightful glimpse into the workings of the film industry," says Louise.

ANOMALISA
Voices of 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.

Competition winners:
VINYL & BALLERS DVD
We asked: Which is your favourite TV drama series and why? Roberto Colombi (NSW): G.O.T: It has "Throne" my whole schedule to chaos - running home to catch the latest episodes; discussing various possible plotlines and interpretations with fellow tragics. Thank God there will only be 7 series!

MR RIGHT
We asked: Who among family friends make a killer couple and why? Amanda Guy (Qld): My sister and husband; they both work for a debt collector. They kill dreams daily.

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, Lynn-Maree Milburn's documentary In Bob We Trust (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
DANUBE, AUSTRIA: MELK TO KREMS CRUISE
The spectacular baroque Melk Abbey, and a short cruise past the nudist beaches of the Wachau Valley back to Vienna ... with Andrew L. Urban on board.

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