Welcome to our 1,010th weekly edition; Thursday July 14, 2016

Movie reviews:
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR
(UK, France, 2016) Dir: Susanna White. Stars Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard. "Thank goodness for Stellan Skarsgard, who splashes lashings of colour on this otherwise routine espionage canvass from John Le Carre, although all the ingredients are there for a good yarn involving the Russian Mafia, a money laundering plot and murder most foul," says Louise. "Although this adaptation has a few gaps and the genre is more thriller than spy movie, it is a well produced and made movie sausage - no disrespect intended," says Andrew.

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).

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.

Special Event & Win Tickets:
THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK FESTIVAL 2016 AT ORPHEUM
The Festival, July 21 - August 10, at Sydney's Cremorne Orpheum, home of Special Event Cinema, will screen 15 of Hitchcock's films, including his classics Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North By Northwest and Dial M For Murder.
WIN one of 5 double passes to the film of your choice. Select which film and session from a feast of Hitchcock films including classics, lesser-known films and the fabulous doco Hitchcock/Truffaut, that offers a greater appreciation for everything Hitchcock.

Movie review & Competition:
SING STREET
(Ireland, UK, US, 2016) Dir: John Carney. Stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy. "The authenticity of place and time, the bubbling (not to be confused with bubbly) performances of the teens who take centre stage in this almost mythical story of growing into their dreams, and the music, yes the music, all combine to give us an enthralling time," says Andrew.
WIN one of 10 double inseason passes, courtesy Roadshow Films. In cinemas July 14.

Movie review:
GHOSTBUSTERS 3D (2016)
(US, 2016) Dir: Paul Feig. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon. "At first glance, this new take on the original Ghostbusters from thirty years ago has all the elements: quirky characters, a top drawer comic cast, oodles of green slime and a paranormal bucket of visual effects in 3D. Yet somehow the film is not as much fun as it should be," says Louise.

Movie review:
SWISS ARMY MAN
(US, 2016) Dir: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert. Stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. "Inspired? Absurd? Silly? Genius? Surreal? Fake? Well, in short, unique. The story cannot be taken as naturalistic, given that drowned men don't come to life by farting. Indeed, farting is this man's metaphor for how to change one's life 'one fart at a time'," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ADVENTURES OF A HAPPY HOMELESS MAN
(Aus, 2016) Dir: Dicky Tanuwidjaya. Stars Felino Dolloso, Iwona Abramowicz, Eliza St John. "Comedic docufakery is different to mockumentary in as much as a mockumentary is presented as a documentary - but it's fiction. Docufakery, like this well-meaning, soft-hearted oddball film - is a self-aware fiction pretending to be a documentary. You can't mistake one for the other," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, Louder Than Bombs, starring Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert. "It plays like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces are scattered before they come together, this internal, complex film about realities and perspectives," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Absolutely Fabulous, stars Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders;
Blood Father, stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriaty;
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;
Bridget Jones' Baby, stars Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;

NEW DVDS:
THE WITCH
Stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. "Visually and viscerally effective, intelligent and haunting," says Andrew.

HAIL CAESAR
Stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton. "A burnt out Hollywood Executive, a kidnapped movie star, a tenacious gossip columnist and a study group with communist tendencies are some of the scrumptious characters in this latest Coen Brothers jewel," says Louise.

Competition winners:
STAR TREK BEYOND
To win courtesy Paramount Pictures, we asked: Who is your favourite Star Trek character and why? Wendy Hammond (WA): Doctor Spock: he doesn't get fazed by anything lurking in space, and always has a deadpan look; just like my husband.

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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