Welcome to our 1,012th weekly edition; Thursday July 28, 2016

Movie reviews:
JASON BOURNE
(US, 2016) Dir: Paul Greengrass. Stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel. "Gripping from the outset, the most powerful thing about this tense action thriller is that it is intensely personal with a great sense of high stakes and risks," says Louise. "Fast paced, engaging, inventive, intelligent and thrilling, Jason Bourne reminds us what a talented director Paul Greengrass is - and what a great script writer, too," 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).

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.

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, from Wednesday July 27, 2016. Discussion with guests follow screenings. Presented by University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education.

COMPETITIONS
EMBRACE
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to the inspiring and controversial documentary Embrace, with Taryn Brumfitt, courtesy Transmission. In cinemas August 4.

Movie reviews:
THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil, 2016) Dir: Anna Muylaert. Stars Regina Case, Michel Joelsas, Camila Mardila. "This is a film in which the minutia matters as we become engrossed in the divergent worlds of the domestic and her employers," says Louise. "What I find noteworthy about this film is that you don't fully realise its power until the ending. It subtly unfolds...," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
(Colombia/Venezuela/Argentine, 2015) Dir: Ciro Guerra. Stars Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. "Visually stunning, the raw beauty of the landscape is breathtaking, yet the narrative involving two scientists and their search 40 years apart fails to embrace as it should," says Louise. "The many awards and accolades (including an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film) together with positive reviews quoted on the marketing materials for this film lifted my expectations - perhaps too high," says Andrew.
Movie reviews: WEINER
(US, 2016) Dir: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg. Documentary with Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Amit Bagga, Adam S. Barta. "This is one hulluva documentary, and not because of Anthony Weiner's sexting about his weiner," says Andrew. "It's a bit like watching a car crash: you simply can't look away," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming next week: As It Is In Heaven 2 (Heaven on Earth), starring Frida Hallgren, Axelle Axell, Bjorn Bengtsson, Eric Ericson. Does it live up to expectations?] Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
Marvel's Doctor Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders & Robert Knepper;
Absolutely Fabulous, starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Rebel Wilson;
Why Him, stars Bryan Cranston, James Franco;
Down Under, stars Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha;

NEW DVDS:
A BIGGER SPLASH
Stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts. "Carnal pleasures and temptations are integral to this intriguing psychological drama in which intricately bound relationships reveal darker undertones beneath the frivolity," says Louise.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN
Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill. "It's a risky game to pit two beloved superheros against each other, a gamble that doesn't pay off partly because we feel cheated by the resolution," says Andrew.

DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT
Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller. "The trouble with this third film in the franchise is that its messages are muddled: the premise changes, there is too much going on and the filmmakers have forgotten that we need to care about the characters," says Louise.

Competition winners:
EYE IN THE SKY DVD
To win courtesy EOne Home Entertainment, we asked: Among family and friends, who is the most decisive person 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, Alkinos Tsilimidos' Blind Company (pic: Colin Friels, Nick Barkla, 2010) and dozens more. Over 600 films.

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

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