Welcome to our Christmas Bumper, incorporating weekly editions 1,032 - 1,035. Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Next edition: January 19, 2017. (Box office will be uploaded as usual twice weekly.)


Movie review:
LA LA LAND
(US, 2016) Dir: Damien Chazelle. Stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. "Buoyed by the charm and charisma of its talented stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film is a whirlwind of unbridled happiness that sweeps us away with music and colour. It's an ambitious glamorous work that is gloriously realized: the feel-good film of the holiday season," says Louise. (Releases December 26)

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).

Movie reviews:
ALLIED
(US, 2016) Dir: Robert Zemeckis. Stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard. "Love and betrayal are the themes of this sweeping love story in which star power and intrigue keep us on tenterhooks throughout... There are sparks galore between Pitt and Cotillard," says Louise. "Superbly designed and filmed, Allied is a film for grown ups that appreciate drama which reflects life that is not seen through a fake cinematic filter," says Andrew.
WIN one of 10 double inseason passes, courtesy Paramount Pictures. In cinemas BOXING DAY.

Interview:
JOHN POLSON: TROPFEST AT 25 ... in 2017
A year after it was in financial ruin, Tropfest is about to celebrate its 25th year with a bold move from central Sydney to central Parramatta. It's a (free) film festival for everybody, founder John Polson tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie review:
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
(US, 2016) Dir: Gareth Edwards. Stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk. "Technically brilliant, Rogue One delivers the spectacle and the aerial combat that are such signatures of the Star Wars ethos, with some eye pleasing vistas of a hectic part of the stunningly beautiful universe," says Andrew. (In cinemas now)

Movie review:
ROSALIE BLUM
(France, 2016) Dir: Julien Rappeneau. Stars Noemie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz. "Delicately blending drama and romance with a comic touch, the film is a beguiling jigsaw puzzle in which lives intersect, connections are made and secrets revealed... Meet Rosalie Blum; you will be glad you did," says Louise. (Releases December 26)

Movie review:
RED DOG: TRUE BLUE
(Aust, 2016) Dir: Kriv Stenders. Stars Bryan Brown, Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Hanna Mangan Lawrence. "With Bryan Brown and the stunning Pilbara region as its greatest assets, True Blue is a sweet film, although it lacks the completeness of the 2011 original," says Louise. (Releases December 26)

Movie review:
A UNITED KINGDOM
(UK, 2016) Dir: Amma Asante. Stars Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton. "It's a fascinating film but I couldn't help but wonder how much more potent it might have been in the hands of another director," says Louise. (Releases December 26)
FEATURE

Movie review:
PATERSON
(US, Germany, France, 2016) Dir: Jim Jarmusch. Stars Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani. "Here is a film that is simple but not simplistic. Its themes are ordinary yet unexpected. Nothing much happens, yet there is so much going on. Poetry, cup cakes and an English bulldog are some of the unlikely ingredients of Jim Jarmusch's Paterson whose existential themes weave an indelible, rich tapestry," says Louise. (Releases December 26)

Movie review:
SING
(US, 2016). Dir: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet. Voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reece Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane. "It's hard to pick out highlights - the whole film is a highlight. The animal characters are recognisably authentic avatars for humans we all recognise, and are rendered with sublime artistry; we catch ourselves forgetting they are animations. It's just wonderful," says Andrew. (Releases December 26)

Movie review:
MOANA
(US, 2016) Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker. Voices: Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Philippa Soo, Auli'I Cravalho. "We are so spoilt by the amazing achievements of animation we hardly notice when something special comes along, unless we look out for it. Moana makes us look," says Andrew. (Releases December 26)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in February, Manchester By the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler. "Like an angry sea, the narrative swells and subsides with the tide of emotions as life steams ahead regardless. There are no contrivances, no manipulations, no false notes," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in January 2017

NEW TRAILERS
Collateral Beauty, stars Will Smith, Edward Norton;
Baywatch, stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron;
Fences, stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis;
Lion, stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Split, stars Stars James McAvoy, Betty Buckley;

NEW DVDS:
SULLY
Stars Tom Hanks. "Based on the autobiographical book by Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, Todd Komarnicki's screenplay is an economical and focused work, which Eastwood turns into a gripping film," says Andrew.

BRIDGET JONES' BABY
Stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. "Filled with priceless laugh out loud moments, everything comes together in this last chapter of the irresistible Bridget Jones story," says Louise.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke. "Director Antoine Fuqua delivers a stylish, handsome western that would benefit from more light and shade. If you are expecting laughs you will be disappointed: bullets and horseplay are the main focus, although there are a few instances of dark humour," says Louise.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella. "Challenging, complex and engaging, Captain Fantastic (irony abounds) is a bracing addition to the movie menu, observing the human condition with a jaundiced eye," says Andrew.

MISS PEREGRINE HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield. "Firmly branded with Tim Burton's magnetic and distinctive stamp, this wondrous time-travel fantasy adventure is propelled by imagination and superb execution. I felt like a kid in a candy store," says Louise.

BLOOD FATHER
Stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty. "True to Gibson's trademark of playing angry or deranged characters, Link fits the mould: rebellious, hot-headed, unpredictable and fearless. He is another incarnation of Mad Max," says Louise.

THE CONFIRMATION
Stars Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, Maria Bello, "A little gem of a film from Bob Nelson, the writer of the acclaimed film Nebraska (2013), The Confirmation is a charming two hander in which a single dad and his young son bond during the weekend from hell," says Louise.

Competition winners:
RED DOG: TRUE BLUE
To win tickets, courtesy Roadshow, we asked: Among family and friends, who has a dog whose name is perfect and why? Tracy Harris (WA): My friend; Jennifer has 2 toy poodle crosses called 'Golly and Gosh'. Always makes me laugh when she calls out 'Golly Gosh' in the park to tell them off!

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, Steph Elliot's A Few Best Men (pic) and dozens more. Over 600 films.

Travelfile:
SZEGED: HUNGARY
Hungary's second most famous dish, the fisherman's soup (halaszle) made from the river catch, is made with lots of red paprika. Both come from Szeged, where Andrew L. Urban did a taste tour and found much more.

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