Welcome to our 1,028th weekly edition; Thursday November 17, 2016

Movie review:
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
(UK, 2016) Dir: David Yates. Stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Johnny Depp. "Style overtakes substance in J.K. Rowling's new era of Wizarding Worlds, when an overload of special effects and confused storytelling hinders the film from soaring like the winged beasts of the title ... Of course there are some good things too," 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
THE FOUNDER
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, courtesy Roadshow Films. In cinemas November 24.

Movie review:
WAR ON EVERYONE
(UK, 2016) Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Pena. "The witty, sharp dialogue between Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena's renegade cops flies faster than bullets in this black and wildly incongruous action thriller, although to its detriment, the plot scatters everywhere," says Louise.

Movie review:
I, DANIEL BLAKE
(UK, 2016) Dir: Mike Leigh. Stars Dave Johns, Natalie Ann Jamieson."There's a sense of despondency about Ken Loach's latest film as it describes the plight of a decent man whose self-respect is throttled by bureaucracy. Paul Laverty, who penned Loach's last film, Jimmy's Hall, has not shied away from painting a heartbreaking portrait and Loach tells his story with great simplicity," says Louise.

Movie review:
DRAMA
(US, Aust, France, 2015) Dir: Sophie Mathisen. Stars Sophie Mathisen, Jonathan Burteaux, Franxois Vincentelli. "Sophie Mathisen's engaging debut screenplay is brought to vibrant life by her assured direction and her star turn as Anna, the young woman who overcomes her several disappointments," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon: The Legend of Ben Hall, stars Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, William Lee. "This film attempts to balance the bushranger books and deconstructs the myth of Ben Hall as a mild mannered highway robber. He never killed anyone," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Split, stars Stars James McAvoy, Betty Buckley;
The Founder, stars Michael Keaton;
A United Kingdom, stars David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton;
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
Assassin's Creed, stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons;
John Wick: Chapter 2, stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne;

NEW DVDS:
HIGH RISE
Stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons. "The film offers some interesting ideas about society, sex and paranoia, but is style-heavy," says Louise.

JASON BOURNE
Stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander. "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.

Competition winners:
WAR ON EVERYONE
To win tickets courtesy Icon Films, we asked: Which cop movie ranks among your favourites and why? Colleena Rotherham (NSW): Dirty Harry - a man with old school principles who won't let anyone down. If only there were more like him.

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, Jonathan Teplitzky's Better Than Sex (pic) and dozens more. Around 600 films.

Travelfile:
HONG KONG - CONTEMPO & SKY HIGH
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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