Welcome to our 979th weekly edition; Thursday December 10, 2015

Awards:
CATE BLANCHETT - 2015 LONGFORD LYELL AWARD
Cate Blanchett is this year (2015) awarded Australia's highest screen honour: the AACTA Longford Lyell Award. Andrew L. Urban glances through her career, recalling some of the conversations they had about her films and her views on acting.

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NEWS:
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BOX OFFICE:
Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
YOUTH
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, courtesy Studio Canal. In cinemas December 26. Advance screenings December 18-20.

Movie review:
MISSISSIPPI GRIND
(US, 2015) Dir: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. Stars Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds. "A seamless blend of buddy movie, gambling movie and road movie, Mississippi Grind delivers two terrific central performances from Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry and Ryan Reynolds as Curtis, two losers - with optimism," says Andrew. (Melbourne only)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in January, Carol, starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara. "Blanchett is breathtaking in the title role," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in December

NEW TRAILERS
The Big Short, stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt;
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, stars John Stamos, Rita Wilson, Nia Vandals;
Zoolander 2, stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell;
Daddy's Home, stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg;
The Danish Girl, stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander;
Joy, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper;

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 DVDS:
LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Stars Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford-Wolf. "To its credit, it excels at observations of Australian culture, attitudes and behavior, but false notes prise us out of the overlong narrative, which lags where it should be contemplative and moving," says Louise.

PUMP
Documentary with John Hofmeister. "Well, if it's propaganda, it's very well done, convincingly making the case for ethanol and methanol as well as biofuel in general - at least in the US market," says Andrew.

AIMY IN A CAGE
Stars Crispin Glover, Allisyn Ashley Arm. It's a film of arresting images, often surreal and fantastical, a visceral work that is void of physical violence yet violent in other ways, absolutely committed to its creative chaos, says Andrew.

Competition winners:
RICKI & THE FLASH
To win DVDs, courtesy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we asked: Which Meryl Streep movie role sticks in your mind as one of her best and why? Deb Harrison (NT): Donna in Mamma Mia; Meryl revived my interest in my outdated overalls and outdated boyfriends. She convinced me I need a Greek Island and a personal Greek Tragedy to make my life real.

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, Little Fish (pic) and dozens more. Over 550 films.

Travelfile:
VILLANY- HUNGARY: CABERNET FRANK 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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