Welcome to our 986th weekly edition; Thursday January 28, 2016

Movie reviews:
SPOTLIGHT
(US, 2015) Dir: Tom McCarthy. Stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber. "As a piece of cinema, Spotlight (the name of the investigative team at the Boston Globe) is exceptional," says Andrew. "The stench of a dead rat in the corner is a fitting analogy to the film's theme about the church cover up to child molestation. Like Truth, the film plays out like a gripping procedural," says Louise.

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COMPETITIONS
ROOM
Win one of 10 double in-season passes to Room, starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy courtesy Roadshow Films. ROOM has been nominated for 4 Academy Awards including; Best Picture, Best Actress (Brie Larson), Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue). In cinemas on Thursday January 28.

Movie reviews:
ROOM
(Ireland/Canada, 2015) Dir: Lenny Abrahamson Stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay. "It's powerful and arresting, although it may fall short of delivering the psychological impact for which the novel is known," says Louise. "The first half of the film, all taking place inside Room, filled with action and suspense, is intense, engaging and intriguing, with the best, most inventive writing. It isn't sustained, though, as the screenplay runs out of ideas what to do or what it is trying to say," says Andrew.

Movie review:
LOOKING FOR GRACE
(Aus, 2015) Dir: Sue Brooks. Stars Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh, Odessa Young. "A jigsaw puzzle of insignificant things form the canvass on which Sue Brook's drama about guilt and loss are set... (they) do come together, although some like me, may not be satisfied by the outcome," says Louise.

Movie review:
DIRTY GRANDPA
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Robert De Niro, Zac Effron, Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney. "Cringeworthy on every level, this gross-out American Pie comedy for seniors is an all time low for Robert De Niro, who is complicit in the tirade of crude language, expletives, masturbation, simulated sex acts, drug orgies and embarrassing behavior," says Louise.

Feature:
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI RETROSPECTIVE: LOVER & LEGEND
A retrospective of seven films will celebrate the late & great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924 - 1996), on the 20th anniversary of his death, presented by Andrew L. Urban, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (Feb 18 - May 26, 2016). The program will feature the brilliant roles interpreted by Mastroianni in the decade which saw the flourishing of the so-called commedia all'italiana (comedy Italian Style).
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Feature:
CRITICAL VOICE OF GEN Y
100 Word Reviews by Jo Bradley The Voice of Gen Y - 17 year old Jo Bradley of Sydney is an aspiring arts journalist; she sent us a few samples of her 100 word movie reviews and - impressed by her economy of words and to encourage her - we share these reviews with our readers.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in February, Son of Saul, starring Geza Rohrig. "Possibly the most focused film we will see this year - or perhaps any year - Son Of Saul is as obsessed with its central character as its central character is with his self appointed mission," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in January

NEW TRAILERS
45 Years, stars Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtney;
Steve Jobs, stars Michael Fassbender;
Concussion, stars Will Smith;
10 Cloverfield Lane, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;
Zoolander 2, stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell;

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:
EVEREST
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Debicki, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington. "Based on 1996's real life events when adverse weather conditions cause tragedy to strike, stranding climbers, the film excels through its physicality - the harsh, brutal scenes when man battles against the elements," says Louise.

Competition winners:
IRRATIONAL MAN MAN DVD
To win DVD copies of Irrational Man, courtesy EOne Home Entertainment, we asked: Which Woody Allen film is your favourite 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, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve parts (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
EGER - HUNGARY
Famous for its Bull's Blood, but the blood of the Hungarian heroes of the 16th century siege of Eger by Ottoman Turks also runs in its veins, and now there is also chocolate, as Andrew L. Urban found on his visit.

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