Welcome to our 1,038th weekly edition; Thursday February 2, 2017

URBAN CINEFILE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY - AND BOWS OUT
After 20 years of online publishing (1,040 weekly editions), Urban Cinefile will pop the champagne to celebrate its final weekly edition on February 16, 2017. But Australia's pioneering online movie magazine will remain a freely accessible online resource with its full complement of over 22,000 articles, including a special section dedicated to over 600 Australian films.

Movie review:
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
(US, 2016) Dir: Stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges. "In his best role to date, Casey Affleck delivers a haunting, internal performance as a man whose anger has rendered him numb - until he is forced to confront his demons... Prepare to be moved. This is one of the year's best," 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
CAFE SOCIETY DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Woody Allen's bittersweet romance Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment. Available now to buy or rent on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.

Movie reviews:
GOLD
(US, 2016) Dir: Stephen Gaghan. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramierez, Bryce Dallas Howard. "The elements are promising: Matthew McConaughey as we have never seen him before and an amazing true story about dreams and gold. But, the film never fires, largely due to a screenplay that seems to be in a hurry, never managing to properly establish the characters, relationships or let us understand the minutiae in a story where detail is everything," says Louise.

Movie review:
PATRIOT'S DAY
(US, 2016) Dir: Stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman. "There is a predictability to the film, of course, with the familiarity of the recent historic event very clear in our minds, but the filmmakers are clearly earnest in their endeavor," says Andrew.

SAG AWARDS 2017 - WINNERS
Signposting to the Oscars ...? Perhaps. This year's Screen Actors Guild Awards recognise black actors, in what is a highly competitive field.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, Rules Don't Apply, starring Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening. "Resembling a young Elizabeth Taylor, Lily Collins is exquisite. She oozes star quality as Marla Mabrey, the conservative beauty queen who does not fit the curvaceous mould of the Hollywood starlet," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Miss Sloane, stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong;
Fences, stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis;
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life - documentary with David Stratton;
Logan, stars Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook;
Alone in Berlin, stars Daniel Bruhl, Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson;
Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner;

NEW DVDS:
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Stars Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges. "Distinguished by a wonderfully nuanced, varied and haunting score thanks to Australian musos Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Hell or High Water is a fascinating hybrid of melancholy morality play, modern Western and arthouse drama," says Andrew. "A crackling good thriller," says Louise.

TROLLS
Voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake. "A candyfloss rainbow of colour, song and enchantment, this eye-popping family film is an undiluted hit of happiness," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
To win one of 5 double in season passes to Manchester By The Sea, courtesy Universal Pictures, we asked: On whom would you rely if tragedy strikes and why? Jonah Klein (NSW): My therapist. Who else?

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, Stephen Wallace's Blood Oath [aka Prisoners of the Sun] starring Bryan Brown, George Takei, Russell Crowe (pic) and dozens more. Over 600 films.

Travelfile:
DEBRECEN: HUNGARY
Hungary's second largest city, home of the famous Debreceni sausage mixes long history with a buzzing contemporary culture, reports Andrew L. Urban.

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