Welcome to our 1,030th weekly edition; Thursday December 1, 2016

Movie review:
THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL
(Aus, 2016) Dir: Matthew Holmes. Stars Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, William Lee, Joanne Dobb. "Writer/director Matthew Holmes steers and controls the film's tone with a single minded focus that serves the film well, appealing to the serious historian and invested film lover," 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
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (one disk version), courtesy StudioCanal and Polygram Entertainment. Copyright: 2016 Apple Corps Limited. All Rights Reserved. Artwork 2016 Apple Corps Limited. Beatles is a trademark of Apple Corps Limited. Apple and the Apple logo are exclusively licenced to Apple Corps Limited. Available now on Digital Download, Blu-Ray, DVD plus 2 Disc Special Edition on both formats.

Movie review:
TROLLS 3D
(US, 2016) Dir: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn. Voices: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. "A candyfloss rainbow of colour, song and enchantment, this eye-popping family film is an undiluted hit of happiness... Music is incorporated into the fabric of the film like a pumping heart, propelled by its dream cast. It's a joyous, uplifting film that reminds us about the essence of fun," says Louise.

Movie review:
GOLDEN YEARS
(UK, 2016) Dir: John Miller. Stars Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna, Simon Callow. "Founded on solidly serious themes of ageing, dying, illness and crime, the film does not on the surface offer much hope for fun, but the surface is exactly where the fun is," says Andrew.

Movie review:
SAND STORM
(Israel, 2016) Dir: Elite Zexer. Stars Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari. "It's not the story that engages us; it's the storytelling and the cinematic language. An economical screenplay with the barest dialogue is given screen life with images, silences and action," says Andrew.

Movie review:
UP FOR LOVE
(France, 2016) Dir: Laurent Tirard. Stars Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cedric Kahn. "Two charming lead performances are wasted in this misconceived comedic romcom whose one-joke premise quickly wears thin and is adversely tainted by the wrong tone," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE MENKOFF METHOD
(Aust, 2016) Dir: David Parker. Stars Noah Taylor, Robert Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Catherine McClements. "There is something old fashioned about The Menkoff Method; perhaps it's the strange top & tail narration or perhaps the film's tone of comedic action that is reminiscent of silly comedies of old," says Andrew.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016:
THREE AWARDS FOR COLD OF KALANDAR
The Turkish/Hungarian co-produced Cold of Kalandar has won three major awards at this year's Asia Pacific Screen Awards, including Best Feature.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, Allied, starring Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard.]
Calendar of films releasing in December

NEW TRAILERS
A United Kingdom, stars David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton;
Red Dog: True Blue, stars Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Thomas Cocquerel;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Cars 3, voices of Owen Wilson, Jason Pace;
Allied, stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard;
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen;

NEW DVDS:
EMBRACE
Documentary with Taryn Brumfitt. "Positivity simply leaps from the screen through this inspiring and liberating film as it puts our physical attributes into perspective and allows us to realise we can take control of our own sense of worth. To accept and embrace ourselves is Bruffit's mantra," says Louise.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
Stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley. "There is genuine affection for the characters and Eddy is the epitome of the tragic protagonist whose aim in life is to avoid being fat or old, which is clearly unlikely, as she complains that her side profile is seemingly larger than the front," says Louise.

BEN HUR
Stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell. "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.

Competition winners:
BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
To win courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing, we asked: What is your favourite war movie and why? Mark Sigalas (SA): Star Wars of course. What could be better than a movie based around the epic battle between good and evil!

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, Matthew Saville's Felony (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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