Welcome to our 1,011th weekly edition; Thursday July 21, 2016

Movie review:
STAR TREK BEYOND
(US, 2016) Dir: Justin Lin. Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg. "There is a constant sense of motion in this grand scale sci-fi adventure, and while special effects overtake character and plot, we are grounded by the welcome familiarity of the characters we have long known and loved," says Louise.

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).

Great Adaptations, State Library:
ATONEMENT
Ian McEwen's powerful, Booker-listed novel, gives writer Christopher Hampton and director Joe Wright all the ingredients for a heart-wrenching, haunting film, starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and launching the career of a young Saoirse Ronan. Winner of 2008 Best Film BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards, and Best Original Score Oscar. Join Andrew L. Urban for a special screening & discussion, 2pm, Saturday, August 13, 2016, State Library of NSW.

Starting soon:
SEE IT FIRST AT MOVIES NOW
Selected (mystery) previews of coming films, presented by Andrew L. Urban at Dendy Newtown, Sydney, in 32nd season of Movies Now, starts Wednesday July 27, 2016. Discussion with guests follow screenings. Presented by University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education.

COMPETITIONS
EYE IN THE SKY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul & Alan Rickman, courtesy EOne Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital on July 20.

Movie reviews:
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
(US, 2006) Dir: Whit Stillman. Stars Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry. "Love, money and convenience engage in a merry dance, in this engaging comedy of manners ... in which its drawing room of characters feel as though they have descended from their gilt-framed portraits hanging on the wall of their stately manors," says Louise. "Whit Stillman doesn't go far enough, not for me anyway, with his stylised satire based on Jane Austen's satirical and episodic novella about a right bitch of a scheming, lying, selfish woman, Lady Susan Vernon - played to the death by a sparkling Kate Beckinsale," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT
(France, US, 2015) Dir: Kent Jones. Documentary featuring Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater. "A surprisingly intimate, revealing and engaging documentary, this is not just for the cinema buffs and film tragics who deconstruct films like clever kids take apart lego worlds," says Andrew. "If you love Hitchcock's films or are interested in cinema, you will be fascinated by this documentary that not only shows the genius of 'the man who wrote with a camera', but offers greater appreciation for such films as Vertigo, Notorious, Psycho and The Birds," says Louise.

Feature:
CINEFESTOZ FILM PRIZE - SHORT LISTED FOR $100,000
Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and the MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom are the four finalists vying for Australia's richest film prize at CinefestOZ, with the films to be judged at the Festival (August 24 - 28, 2016) by a jury of five, led by award-winning director Gillian Armstrong.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in August, the uplifting documentary Embrace with Taryn Brufitt. "Every body is beautiful in its own way, is the primary message, and women should stop tormenting themselves with body image issues," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in July

NEW TRAILERS
Jason Bourne, stars Matt Damon, Alicia Wikander;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;
Absolutely Fabulous, stars Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders;
Blood Father, stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriaty;
Why Him, stars Bryan Cranston, James Franco;
Down Under, stars Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha;

NEW DVDS:
EYE IN THE SKY
Stars Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul. "Full of excruciating truths about impossible choices in war, Guy Hibbert's screenplay is a searing, gripping and heart wrenching work that is superbly transposed from page to screen by a fabulous cast in the hands of a director who knows his craft," says Andrew.

THE DAUGHTER
Stars Geoffrey Rush, Odessa Young, Sam Neill. "Fractured lives form a complex maze in this stylish production whose individual parts are more complete than the whole," says Louise.

Competition winners:
SING STREET
To win double inseason passes to Sing Street, courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: Who among family and friends would you recruit as lead singer or lead guitar and why?

HITCHCOCK FILM FST AT ORPHEUM, CREMORNE
To win double passes to the film of choice in the Alfred Hitchcock Festival at the Orpheum, Cremorne, we asked: Which Hitchcock film would you like to see and why?

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, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (pic) and dozens more. About 600 films.

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

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