Welcome to our 1,014th weekly edition; Thursday August 11, 2016

Movie reviews:
DOWN UNDER
(Aus, 2016) Dir: Abe Forsyth. Stars Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha, Harriet Dyer, Alexander England, David Field. "The comic elements sit rather uncomfortably next to the graphic violence, so the film does not play as funnily as it is probably intended," says Louise. "There are far too few moments of wit and far too many stretches of raucous swearing, and it's difficult to get even black comedy working in such a negative and crude environment as these characters find themselves in," 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
MOTHER'S DAY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Mother's Day, starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Hudson, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Yours on Blu-rayâ„¢, DVD & Digital with UltraVioletâ„¢ from August 11, 2016

Movie reviews:
LOUDER THAN BOMBS
(Norway, France, Denmark, 2015) Dir: Joachim Trier. Stars Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg. "Of the various themes explored in this complex story, Joachim Trier's fascination with the way our memories are manipulated by our unconscious is the most interesting," says Andrew. "It plays like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces are scattered before they come together, this internal, complex film about realities and perspectives," says Louise.

Movie review:
TRUMAN (2015)
(Spain, Argentina, 2015) Dir: Cesc Gay. Stars Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara. "A wonderfully elegant and restrained score, sparingly used, provides the perfect mood for this subtle yet powerful story about male friendship, and man's best friend," says Andrew.

Movie review:
MOTORKITE DREAMING
(Aus, 2016) Documentary by Charlie Hill-Smith. "It's exhilarating and often strikingly beautiful as the various cameras fitted to the flying gizmos capture the innards of Australia with bird's eye views," says Andrew.

Feature:
MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID
A spectacular costume from the Hollywood biopic, Million Dollar Mermaid, in which Esther Williams portrays Australia's amazing Annette Kellerman, is part of an exhibition at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum (from August 10, 2016), which also includes footage from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's collection, showing Kellerman performing an underwater adagio ballet in 1939.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Woody Allen's Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell. "Themes involve love, adultery, jazz and murder," says Louise.] Calendar of films releasing in August

NEW TRAILERS
War Dogs, stars Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill;
Indignation, stars Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Dunkirk, stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy;
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:
THE BOSS
Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage. "Peter Dinklage is the film's greatest asset - he is loads of fun, never taking himself too seriously and delighting at every turn," says Louise.

MOTHER'S DAY
Stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston. "Syrupy, manipulative and predictable, Mother's Day smacks of every commercial contrivance with its meshing stories about every kind of mother found in Forrest Gump's box of chocolates," says Louise.

Competition winners:
INDIAN SUMMERS SEASON 2
To win copies of the lush British drama series Indian Summers Season 2, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment, we asked: What is a drama series that has captured your imagination 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, Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm (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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