Welcome to our 990th weekly edition; Thursday February 25, 2016

Movie reviews:
HAIL CAESAR
(US, 2015) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen. Stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes. "A burnt out Hollywood Executive, a kidnapped movie star, a tenacious gossip columnist and a study group with communist tendencies are some of the scrumptious characters in this latest Coen Brothers jewel," says Louise. "The wry tone, the dry wit and the sometimes not so dry moment (eg synchronised water dancing led by the irritable (and pregnant) DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson), serve as flavouring to this Coen brothers movie meal," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Indiana Jones live in Melbourne;
* Laura Jones Lifetime Award;
* Don't Tell shooting

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

COMPETITIONS
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FESTIVAL 2016
Win one of 10 double passes to the 27th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returning to Palace Cinemas with a dazzling line-up of 42 superb contemporary features, a timeless classic and a fabulous new programme strand showcasing 5 of France's premier television series. Sydney: 1-24 March; Melbourne: 2-24 March; Canberra: 3-29 March; Brisbane: 11 Mar-3 April; Perth: 16 March-7 April; Adelaide: 31 March-24 April; Casula: 7-10 April; Parramatta: 7-10 April; Hobart: 28 April - 4 May.

Movie reviews & Interview:
SON OF SAUL
(Hungary, 2015) Dir: Laszlo Nemes. Stars Geza Rohrig. "If you think that having seen your share of Holocaust movies you have seen them all, you are in for a surprise," says Andrew. "Son of Saul is a disturbing film; so intense is the feeling of claustrophobia that at times I felt I could not breathe," says Louise.
INTERVIEW: After his powerful debut feature won the Grand Prix de Jury at Cannes in May 2015, Laszlo Nemes got emails from some of the naysayers he had met along the way, variously saying they had misjudged the screenplay, he tells Andrew L. Urban in this exclusive interview.

Movie review:
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
(US, 2016) Dir: Michael Bay. Stars John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale. "The challenge for Michael Bay was to make a compelling drama from a story whose ending is neither Hollywood-happy nor unknown. It is to his credit that he meets the challenge," says Andrew.

Movie review:
HOW TO BE SINGLE
(US, 2015) Dir: Christian Ditter. Stars Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann. "There's a welcome zany energy about this Sex and the City wannabe, but too many plot strands with characters that have minimal appeal stop the ultimate sizzle," says Louise.

Movie review:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
(US, 2016) Dir: Burr Steers. Stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston. "The incongruity of the ludicrous marriage genres - period romance & zombie horror - deserves praise for chutzpa and the execution of the film is of a high standard," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS
(Can, 2011) Dir: Stephen Low. Documentary. "The combination of aerial photography with archival material provides plenty of texture not just eye candy, and the simplicity of the film allows the giant IMAX images to rule," says Andrew.

Awards:
FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2016
Mad Max: Fury Road impressed the critics, who voted it Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and joint Best Production Design (with Holding the Man).

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in March, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett.]
Calendar of films releasing in February

NEW TRAILERS
The Angry Birds Movie, voices Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride;
Miles Ahead, stars Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor;
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:
THE DRESSMAKER
Stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving. "The Dressmaker is the kind of film that might have been made by Pedro Almodovar, both for its melodramatic story complete with family secrets and for its wicked tone - as well as some notable excesses (eg Hugo Weaving’s fetishist local cop Sgt Farrat [ha ha])," says Andrew.

LOVE THE COOPERS
Stars Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei. "Contrived, schmaltzy and predictable with a few lashings of truth thrown in for good measure, this sugar-coated comedy about a dysfunctional family at Christmas does its best to explore the relationships," says Louise.

Competition winners:
13 YEARS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
To 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, we asked: What is your favourite Michael Bay film 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, The Piano (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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