Welcome to our 1,013th weekly edition; Thursday August 4, 2016

Movie reviews:
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE
(UK, US, 2016) Dir: Mandy Fletcher. Stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks. "Happy to report that Eddy and Patsy have still got it, and the film is 'bloody good fun', the term used to describe the reason why the latter has stayed latched to Edina after all these years," says Louise. "This odd couple is a hook for black comedy. They do bad things. Bad things happen to them. Life poops in their soup. Just like any of us, really, and that's why we love to laugh at them, with them, about them and despite them," 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.

COMPETITIONS
INDIAN SUMMERS SEASON 2
Win one of 10 DVDs of the lush British drama series Indian Summers Season 2, starring Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Julie Walters, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment. Available on digital now; on DVD September 7

Movie reviews:
EMBRACE
(Aus, 2016) Dir: Taryn Brumfitt. Documentary featuring Taryn Brumfitt, Mia Freedman, Ricki Lake. "Our body is not an ornament but a vehicle, says Taryn Brumffit, whose life-endorsing documentary is a surprisingly moving experience," says Louise. "Embrace is an uplifting and engaging film with plenty of guts, setting out the social parameters that constrain women of almost all ages by impossible, self imposed criteria. Good on her," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN 2: HEAVEN ON EARTH
(Sweden, 2015) Dir: Kay Pollak. Stars Frida Hallgren, Niklas Falk, Lennart Jahkel, Axelle Axell. "Filled with the same passion that lifted the hearts of everyone who saw the original in 2004, this film feels more like a reunion than a sequel," says Louise. But Andrew says: "The magic has gone, sad to say."

Still Shining:
SHINE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
"It is remarkable to watch Shine again after all these years; the film is still as fresh and as compelling as it ever was. This series of screenings around Australia celebrates a remarkable success story for Australian cinema and for the remarkable team that brought the film to the screen," said Ronin Film’s Managing Director Andrew Pike, who oversaw the original cinema release campaign, on the eve of its 20th anniversary cinema season around Australia (August 10 -19).

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortenson, Frank Langella. "It's a wonderful role for Viggo Mortensen who slips naturally into the shoes of a hippie mountain man who home schools his children and instructs them in the art of physical and mental disciplines," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
Hell or High Water, stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Office Christmas Party, stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman
Marvel's Doctor Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton;
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders & Robert Knepper;

NEW DVDS:
HARDCORE HENRY
Stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett. "Dirty Harry has nothing on Hardcore Henry, whose day is constantly being made by an army of robotic mercenaries singularly incapable of overcoming Henry's superior combat skills. But then Henry is a rebuilt human reminiscent of Billion Dollar Man - except he hasn't had his speech module activated ...," says Andrew.

THE HUNTSMAN: THE WINTER'S WAR
Stars Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth. "Liquid gold morphing into the divine Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt as the glam ice queen are two highlights of this special effects driven tale that struggles valiantly to invent a coherent plot to hold it together," says Louise.

SHERPA
Documentary by Jennifer Peedom. "Documentary is a fascinating genre: it can lead filmmakers to unexpected places and smartly opportunistic filmmakers (in the best sense), will take advantage of such opportunities. This is such a case. This is such a film," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
EMBRACE
To win, courtesy Transmission Films, we asked: Among family and friends, who inspires you 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, Karl Zwicky's The Magic Pudding (pic) 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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