Welcome to our 1,039th weekly edition; Thursday February 9, 2017

URBAN CINEFILE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY - AND BOWS OUT
For those who haven't caught our latest news ... After 20 years of online publishing (1,040 weekly editions), Urban Cinefile will pop the champagne to celebrate its final weekly edition (and final weekly newsletter) on February 16, 2017.

Movie review:
FENCES
(US, 2016) Dir: Denzel Washington. Stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis. "As hard hitting as a baseball whose game acts as a metaphor for the protagonist's life, Fences is a potent drama about survival, family and dreams - with sublime performances ... This is an emotional experience you will not want to miss!" 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 LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment. Available now on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital.

Movie reviews:
MOONLIGHT
(US, 2016) Dir: Barry Jenkins. Stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes, Jharrel Jerome, Andre Holland. "While the muffled dialogue and slang may stop you from understanding every word, one thing is sure, there is no mistaking the powerful statement this exploration of the Afro American male makes.... The subject matter is tough; the experience is touching," says Louise.

Movie review:
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
(UK, 2016) Dir: Roger Spottiswoode. Stars Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas. "There are some scenes that over-egg the situation and there are unnecessary interstitial moments that stand in the way of a crisp story, but you can't squawk at a film which keeps Bob the Cat in close ups long enough to make you feel he's a friend.... not just a star," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
TONI ERDMANN
(Ger, Austria, Romania, 2016) Dir: Maren Ade. Stars Sandra Huller, Peter Simonischek. "Acclaimed with awards and showered with positive reviews though it is, Toni Erdmann has somehow missed out on making me a fan, despite the excellent performances and its quirky qualities," says Andrew. "A highly lauded and awarded comic drama that has many scratching their heads wondering what the fuss is all about ... If you can persevere through the film's often frustrating first half, there is a pay off," says Louise.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, Ghost in the Shell, stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin;
Miss Sloane, stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong;
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:
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Stars Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz. "I loved everything about this affecting and exquisitely made tearjerker whose themes of love, loss and sacrifice rise and fall like the waves on the ocean. Cinematic, poetic and always accessible," says Louise.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Stars Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis. "Short of laughs with little to recommend it beyond its likeable cast, this contrived and predictable action comedy begs for a sharper, wittier script and a lot more chutzpah. It's a bit like Mr & Mrs Smith meets Spy in the suburbs," says Louise.

Competition winners:
CAFE SOCIETY DVD
To win DVDs, courtesy eOne Home Entertainment, we asked: Which is your favourite Woody Allen film and why? Kirsten Davis (Vic): Annie Hall. Like my favourite wine, it has a seductive lead with a punchy, zesty finish. It is elegant, surprising and full of class.

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, Martin Butler & Bentley Dean's 2017 Oscar nominated film Tanna (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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