Welcome to our 989th weekly edition; Thursday February 18, 2016

Special Feature:
OUR 19TH ANNIVERSARY
This month we celebrate our 19th Anniversary, and look forward to our 1,000th weekly edition on May 5, 2016. To mark our 19th annual milestone, we recall the Australian films that have won or were nominated in the AFI - and latterly the AACTA - Best Film Awards during our publishing lifetime. These are not the only films worth remembering and celebrating, but it gives us a sense of the recent past in Australian cinema - of which we have been a regular journal of record. (Pic. Kiss or Kill)

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* 70th Anniversary screening of Smithy;
* China Aust co-production Nest, has wrapped;
* Mother Mary Sex and Death;

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

COMPETITIONS
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, starring John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, courtesy Paramount. Copyright 2016 Paramount Pictures. In cinemas February 25.

Movie reviews:
TRUMBO
(US, 2015) Dir: Jay Roach. Stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman. "With elements that include politics, star power, glamour and money, there is plenty of bite in Trumbo. It's a crackling good tale, says Louise. "It's full of both gravitas and titillation, as perhaps any true story is; there is the destruction of lives and careers on one hand, and the spectacle of the players on the other - with Hollywood stars of the 40s and 50s as more or less support players," says Andrew.

Movie review:
45 YEARS
(UK, 2015) Dir: Andrew Haigh. Stars Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay. "Intimate moments that bind and divide are the focus of this intricate exploration of a long-term marriage, complete with perceptions that are both real and imagined. Charlotte Rampling's subtle performance, rich with nuance is sublime," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
CONCUSSION
(US, 2015) Dir: Peter Landesman. Stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin. "The expose of brain damage risks to footballers is powerful stuff, but the film never flies, due to a messy screenplay that loses its focus and awkwardly interweaves an immigrant love story into the mix," says Louise. "I am a sucker for cause films that champion right against might, but even allowing for that bias, I can recommend Concussion as engaging cinematic grit," says Andrew.

Movie review:
RISEN
(US, 2015) Dir: Kevin Reynolds. Stars Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth. "Faithful to the scriptures (as it were) Risen is a sort of redemption story inasmuch as Roman Tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) finally comes to believe in the resurrection - and in the personage of Yeshua (Clifton Curtis) as the Messiah," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ZOOLANDER 2
(US, 2015) Dir: Ben Stiller. Stars Ben Stiller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson. "In short, the joke is dead, the script is a mess and the film is a tedious embarrassment - despite the divine Penelope Cruz' seductive fashion division Interpol agent and a revolving door of star cameos," says Louise.

Movie review:
CITY OF GOLD
(US, 2015) Dir: Laura Gabbert. Documentary. "Getting a Pulitzer Prize for restaurant criticism must attract our attention, and Jonathan Gold's enthusiasm coupled with his eye (and palate) for places off the beaten food critics track kinda explain the prize," says Andrew.

Winners:
TROPFEST 2016
Rising Phoenix-like from potential annihilation, Tropfest went smoothly on Valentine's Day (Feb 14) at Centennial Park, with a four minute stop motion animation taking the major prize: Daniel "Cloud" Campos and Spencer Susser are the winners of Tropfest Australia with Shiny, which challenges the materialistic status quo; it also won the Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.

BAFTAS 2016:
MAD MAX WINS 'LOOKS' AWARDS, REVENANT BEST FILM
Mad Max: Fury Road has won BAFTAs for production design, costumes, make up, and editing, but it is The Revenant that won Best Film, Best Director (Alejandro G Inarritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) & Best Sound - while despite nine nominations, Carol did not win any of them.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Marguerite starring Catherine Frot, Andre Marcon. "Music, love and money are the elements of this unusual story in which delusion and deception are bedfellows, says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
Miles Ahead, stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor;
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, stars John Stamos, Rita Wilson, Nia Vandals;
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, voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie;

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:
MISS YOU ALREADY
Stars Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Toni Collette, Paddy Considine. "It's a rich, warm and moving chick flick with an upbeat slant that will make you laugh as well as cry, as it celebrates the special bond girlfriends share. But it never reaches the heights of Beaches," says Louise.

THE WALK
Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon. "Audacious, funny and thrilling, Robert Zemekis' film about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit is a story with everything and effectively uses the 3D and visual effects to elevate it into a glorious edge-of-seat affair," says Louise.

Competition winners:
45 YEARS
To win one of double in-season passes, courtesy Madman, we asked: Who among family and friends has a relationship that has defied the odds and why? Jackie Santucci (WA): He is a truck driver and she is professor and they have 3 beautiful children and have been married for over 17 years. Her parents never went to the wedding and still carry on about it today.

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, The Interview, 1998, pic) and dozens more. Over 580 films.

Travelfile:
POSITANO - AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban.

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