Welcome to our 975th weekly edition; Thursday November 12, 2015

Movie reviews:
SPECTRE
(US/ UK, 2015) Dir: Sam Mendes. Stars Daniel Craig, Lea Sedoux, Monica Belluci, Ralph Fiennes. "Everything is there ready for tasting - it's a Bond degustation," says Louise. "The glance backwards by the writers signals a kind of watershed in the development of the new Bond since Daniel Craig slipped his Beretta into 007's shoulder holster," says Andrew.

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* Animal Logic & Johnny Depp to make Fortunately The Milk;

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Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING
Win one of five prize packs comprising a double inseason pass to Absolutely Anything, starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard plus voice talents of Robin Williams, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle plus DVDs (Death at a Funeral, Wild Target, Scoop and Keeping Mum; RRP $79.80). Prizes courtesy Icon Film Distribution. In cinemas on November 19.

TRAINWRECK DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-ray with UltraViolet and DVD from November 12.

Movie reviews:
HE NAMED ME MALALA
(US, 2015) Dir: Davis Guggenheim. Documentary with Malala. "Two-times Academy award winning director Davis Guggenheim tells Malala's moving story with a gentleness that counters its harsh elements," says Louise. "The Taliban will never understand why this film was made, why it is being seen around the world, why it shows their inhumanity and why Malala's influence, resolve and power is spreading," says Andrew.
From the archives:
ON THE SET, THE CROSSING (1989) - PAIN DISTILLED
Featuring Russell Crowe in his first starring role, the 1989 drama, The Crossing, brought together Crowe with acclaimed director George Ogilvie and his co-stars Robert Mammone - and Danielle Spencer, who Crowe married in 2003. Andrew L. Urban reported on the making of the film from the set on November 13 & 14, 1989.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in January, Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara. "The storytelling is sublime, as is the look of the film," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in November

NEW TRAILERS
The 33, stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin;
Joy, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper;
The Danish Girl, stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander;
The 33, stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin;
Youth, stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel;
Spotlight, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo;

At a glance:
TOP 20
Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight or tomorrow or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of our favourites if they don 't make the top 20)

NEW DVD:
TRAINWRECK
Stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson. "Told in a distinctively subversive way, it's about life and love, work and play and the ups and downs - delivered with lashings of attitude," says Louise.

Competition winners:
AMY DVD
To win one of 5 DVD copies of AMY, the extraordinary story of singer / songwriter Amy Winehouse, courtesy EOne Home Entertainment, we asked: What is your favourite Amy Winehouse song and why?

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, Serhat Caradee's Cedar Boys (pic) and dozens more. Over 575 films.

Travelfile:
VILLANY- HUNGARY: CABERNET FRANC COUNTRY
On the eve of the 2015 harvest (promising) and the launch of a new marketing campaign to promote the Southern Hungarian wine region of Villany with its star wine, the cabernet franc, Andrew L. Urban harvested this story.

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