Welcome to our 988th weekly edition; Thursday February 11, 2016

Movie reviews:
(UK, 2015) Dir: John Crowley. Stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters. "Superbly told, this engrossing 50s romantic drama captures our imagination in all things - big and small, " says Louise. " Brooklyn deals with universal themes, but through the most intimate prism of a young woman who is starting to shape her life, uncertainly, walking into the future without a handrail," says Andrew.

Gossip-free zone;
* The 2016 French Film Festival has two new program elements;
* Spanish Affair 2 to open Spanish Film Fest;
* Greats including Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf on TCM in April;

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

Win double in-season passes to the award winning, acclaimed film 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, courtesy Madman. Nominated for 2016 BAFTA Best Film; 2016 Academy Awards: Best Performance in a Leading Role. In cinemas February 18.

Bruce Joel Rubin interview:
His spectacular trip on LSD in 1965 fired both his writing imagination and his spiritual life, intertwining them for a stellar career in movies. Andrew L. Urban meets Oscar winning writer Bruce Joel Rubin.

Movie review:
(US, 2015) Dir: Tim Miller. Stars Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano. "It may not be original, but what the film lacks in freshness it makes up in cinematic bravura, from 'breaking the fourth wall' (talking to the audience) to self referential nonsense amidst violent mayhem," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(UK, 2015) Dir: Adrian Noble. Stars David Suchet, Emily Barber, Michael Benz. "Oscar Wilde is the undoubted and unseen star of this play - always was and will be. His wit, encased in sublime and wicked use of English, is not only sharp, it is pointedly observed and satirical," says Andrew.

[Coming in March, Lady in the Van, stars Maggie Smith. "As a 'mostly true story', The Lady in the Van is a delicious piece of English eccentricity," says Andrew.] Calendar of films releasing in February

The Angry Birds Movie, voices Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride;
Jason Bourne, stars Matt Damon;
Grimsby, stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson;
Kung Fu Panda 3, stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie;
45 Years, stars Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtney;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;

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)

Stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard. "A powerful visceral statement in which imagery and music almost overshadow the dialogue, Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is a stunning and ambitious piece of cinema, capturing the essence of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about power, madness and death, " says Louise.

Stars Tom Hardy. "It's a mesmerizing representation and wonderful insight into a world of intimidation, power and violence, humanized by the relationships, not least being that between the brothers themselves, self-acclaimed gangster princes," says Louise.

Competition winners:
To win double in-season, courtesy Universal Studios, we asked: Who among family and friends dares to be different and how? Anne-Marie Finch (NSW): My sister went to live on a stunning, pristine deserted island in the Marshall Islands. Left her job to life a simple life writing books and gathering black lip oysters for black pearl cultivation.

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, Goddess (pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

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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