Welcome to our 1,009th weekly edition; Thursday July 7, 2016

Movie reviews:
GOLDSTONE
(Aust, 2016) Dir: Ivan Sen. Stars Aaron Pedersen, David Wenham, Jacki Weaver, Alex Russell. "The best thing about the film is the mood, which resonates throughout; Sen's stamp is firmly all over the film, as director, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer and composer, " says Louise. "It's an effective, engaging film, avoiding the expected resolutions for a more authentic result, while engaging us in the issues of how we live together in this old land, " says Andrew.
Feature: A drama charged thriller.

Latest:
BOX OFFICE:
Top 20 films with box office figures, number of screens, screen averages, release details, percentage rise/fall and comment - every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm);

COMPETITIONS
STAR TREK BEYOND
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Star Trek Beyond starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, Karl Urban and Sofia Boutella, courtesy Paramount Pictures. Copyright 2016 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. In cinemas July 21.

20th Anniversary Screening:
THE ENGLISH PATIENT
Winner of 9 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Cinematography for John Seale ASC ACS; starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche. Join John Seale for a Q&A session at this special screening at NSW State Library, Wednesday, 2pm, July 13, hosted by Andrew L. Urban. Info & Bookings

MORE MOVIE PREVIEWS
Join Andrew L. Urban for Movies Now, another season of 6 mystery movie previews at Dendy Newtown, Sydney, on Wednesdays from July 27, 2016, followed by a discussion with a special guest. Presented by University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education.

Movie review:
THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
(US 2016) Dir: David Yates. Stars Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson. "Alexander Skarsgard's abs, the magic of a digitally inhabited jungle and the breathtaking beauty of the Congo setting are the key elements of this interesting mix of superhero epic, adventure, creature feature, historical drama buoyed by a touch of lusty romance," says Louise.

Movie review:
MAGGIE'S PLAN
(US, 2016) Dir: Rebecca Miller. Stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph. "It's like a screwball comedy without a linear storyline that meanders through the snakes and ladders of relationships, career imperatives and family dynamics, and while the film beggars belief for much of the time, its saving grace is its perfectly judged ending," says Louise.

Movie review:
SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ
(US, 2015) Dir: Wayne Blair. Stars Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo. "Made with passion and compassion, Septembers of Shiraz is a marvelously crafted film that leaves a lasting impression," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming later in July, Brazil's The Second Mother, starring Regina Case, Michel Joelsas, Camila Mardila. "The minutia matters as we become engrossed in the divergent worlds of the domestic and her employers," says Louise.
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Blood Father, stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriaty;
Why Him, stars Bryan Cranston, James Franco;
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders & Robert Knepper;
Star Trek Beyond, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Anton Yelchin;
Jason Bourne, stars Matt Damon, Alicia Wikander;
Down Under, stars Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha;

NEW DVDS:
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
Stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett. "There is such genuine affection for the characters in this uplifting sequel that we cannot help but be carried along by the craziness, energy and uproarious passion for all things Greek, " says Louise.

GODS OF EGYPT
Stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites. "Shot in Sydney at the Fox Studios, director Alex Proyas made the most of the opportunity to cast Australians in some supporting roles, for which their bank managers would be grateful. I doubt their agents would use the film as a showcase for further work, though; it's not that kind of film, " says Andrew.

Competition winners:
GOLDSTONE
We asked: Who among family and friends has the makings of a good detective and why? Ivan Tye (NSW): My Dad; as a research scientist he has a very analytical mind. He collects data and looks at it from different angles to find commonality. He also loves reading crime and detective novels.

THE WAIT
We asked: Who among family and friends is worth waiting for and why? Nicole Murphy: My partner, because after surviving a long distance relationship, I know that I will wait forever for the right person.

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, Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
RESTAURANT LOUIS XV, HOTEL DE PARIS, MONTE CARLO
It's not just about the fabulous food, says Andrew L. Urban, after sampling one of the most dazzlingly beautiful restaurants in the world.

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