Welcome to our 1,029th weekly edition; Thursday November 24, 2016

Movie reviews:
THE FOUNDER
(US, 2016) Dir: John Lee Hancock. Stars Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson. "A ripper of a story in which persistence and determination forge the pathway to success, this is an enthralling film filled with surprises. To begin with, the story ... is not a success story about a burger business, but that of real estate," says Louise. "Robert D. Siegel - whose memorable, award winning screenplay for The Wrestler is a solid recommendation - has crafted a screenplay in which the birth of McDonald's and the death of a salesman's morality are intertwined. That's why it's such a fascinating story," 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).

COMPETITIONS
BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
Win of 15 double inseason passes to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, starring Joe Alwyn and directed by three-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing. Copyright 2016 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group. All Rights Reserved. In cinemas November 24.

Movie review:
BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
(US, 2016) Dir: Ang Lee. Stars Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel. "Two worlds collide in this emotionally dizzying personal experience of a young soldier thrust in the midst of war and celebrity ... an affecting and meticulously made film that provides much food for thought about life, war and the world in which we live," says Louise.
EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE: What is Ang Lee's latest film really about? Andrew L. Urban reports.

Movie review:
THE FENCER
(Finland, Germany, Estonia, 2015) Dir: Stars Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp. "Inspiration is the life-affirming theme of this charming story in which a fencer in Soviet occupied Estonia inspires the children he teaches to learn a new skill and face new challenges," says Louise.

Movie review:
LIKE CRAZY (2016)
(Italy, 2016) Dir: Paolo Virzi . Stars Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti . "We are indeed all crazy in our own way, and it can be a fine line between some on the outside and some on the inside - as Paolo Virzi's film suggests," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, Mahana, starring Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe. "The verdant beauty of New Zealand's countryside adds a visually exciting element to a film that is emotionally and cinematically rich," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
Red Dog: True Blue, stars Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Thomas Cocquerel;
Cars 3, voices of Owen Wilson, Jason Pace;
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;

NEW DVDS:
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS
Documentary with The Beatles. "I tapped my toes throughout Ron Howard's fabulous documentary that gives a real sense of the time, the Beatles' talent and the Beatle-mania that sweeps the world in the 60s," says Louise. (Next week: win a copy of the DVD)

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
Stars Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel. (Director) "Whit Stillman does not go far enough, not for me anyway, with his stylised satire based on Jane Austen's satirical and episodic novella about a right bitch of a scheming, lying, selfish woman, Lady Susan Vernon - played to the death by a sparkling Kate Beckinsale," says Andrew.

DOWN UNDER
Stars Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, Rahel Romahn. "The incongruous, the shocking and the ridiculous are thrown together with great gusto by actor, writer and director Abe Forsythe in this ultra black Aussie comedy," says Louise.

Competition winners:
THE FOUNDER
To win, courtesy Roadshow Films, we asked: What is your favourite eating place and why? Knar Loveday (WA): The dinner table at home. Family? Check. Comfort? Check. Good food? Check. Best memories being made? Absolutely check!

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, David Parker's Diana and Me (pic) and dozens more. Over 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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