Welcome to our 1,016th weekly edition; Thursday August 25, 2016

Movie reviews:
THE CARER
(UK, 2016) Stars Brian Cox, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox. "A wonderful screenplay full of wit and brimstone drives this - I was going to write charming but it's much tougher than that - emotionally satisfying and dramatically satisfying comedy," says Andrew. "In the role of his career, Brian Cox is magnificent as the ailing actor who finds a new lease of life when a forthright Hungarian would-be actress becomes his carer and he discovers they speak the same language: Shakespeare. It's funny, unexpected and profoundly moving," 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).

COMPETITIONS
BLOOD FATHER & DVD PRIZE PACKS
Win one of 5 prize packs comprising a double inseason pass to Blood Father, starring Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna and William H. Macy plus a DVD prize pack with Edge of Darkness, Get the Gringo, Machete, Kills, We Were Soldier, The Man Without a Face. Prizes courtesy Icon. Blood Father is in cinemas August 25.

Movie review:
FREE STATE OF JONES
(US, 2016) Dir: Gary Ross. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali. "The bloody, brutal American Civil War continues to be the source for some exceptional stories, interesting both historically and socially, and like this one, with a very long tail," says Andrew.

Movie review:
WAR DOGS
(US, 2016) Dir: Todd Phillips. Stars Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill. "Despite the film's breezy approach, it reveals the darker sides of the story," says Andrew.

Movie review:
BEN-HUR (2016)
(US, 2016) Dir: Timur Bekmambetov. Stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro. "With no disrespect to the publisher, this remake of Ben-Hur is like a Reader's Digest version, stripped down to its plot points and made with a combination of spectacle and old fashioned Christian schmaltz," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ENDLESS NIGHT
(Spain, France, Bulgaria, 2016) Dir: Isabel Coixet. Stars Gabriel Byrne, Rinko Kikuchi, Juliette Binoche. "It must be said at the start that the voters in Spain's 2016 Goya Awards were much more impressed with Isabel Croixet's latest film than I am, as were the selectors for the Berlin Film Festival, where it competed for the Golden Bear Award," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The Magnificent Seven, stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke.]
Calendar of films releasing in September

NEW TRAILERS
Bridget Jones's Baby, stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey;
Blood Father, stars Mel Gibson;
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
Dunkirk, stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy;
Hell or Highwater, stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;

NEW DVDS:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVILWAR
Stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson. "An agile mind is required to keep up with the never-ending plot twists and leaps; it is refreshing to find genuine originality and flair in the way Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's script has been shaped and realized under Anthony and Joe Russo's adept direction," says Louise.

THE NICE GUYS
Stars Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling. "If you like your films to zig zag for entertainment, this is an always engaging and edgy work, carrying Black's signature elements of conflicting textures which created the sardonic action buddy comedy franchise, Lethal Weapon," says Andrew.

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst. "A religious cult, a desperate father on the run and a little boy from whose eyes emanates blinding light are the elements that form the starting point in Jeff Nichols' often intriguing sci-fi thriller," says Louise.

Competition winners:
BASTILLE DAY DVD
To win, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Which city is the perfect setting for an action movie and why? Randall Gill (Qld): In Spain, the sleepy town San Sebastian would be perfect, with its narrow stone streets for car chases and huge plaza square perfect for a shoot out.

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 Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, Jane Campion's 1993 Palme d'Or winner, The Piano (pic) and dozens more. Over 600 films.
The Piano has been happily claimed as an Australian film. And as a New Zealand film. (The French have thankfully resisted the temptation, even though it was paid for by French francs.) So what nationality is it? Does it matter?

Travelfile:
RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG
Shortly after its first anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, welcomed Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller for 24 hours of indulgence. Unlike others in the famous chain, with their English gentleman's club ambiance, this one is ultra modern and ultra high... the highest hotel in the world.

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