Welcome to our 993rd weekly edition; Thursday March 17, 2016

Movie review:
THE DAUGHTER
(Aus, 2015) Dir: Simon Stone. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Odessa Young, Sam Neill, Nicholas Hope. "I was engrossed by the elements and the superb look of the film, yet I felt a little disappointed that it never yields the emotional power that it should. Nonetheless, the cast is terrific and the performances are strong, each troubled, interesting, damaged in part - like the symbolic wounded duck," says Louise.

Latest:
NEWS:
Gossip-free zone;
* Scorsese retro at Melbourne ACMI;
* Tribeca with Australian six-pack;

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

COMPETITIONS
THE DAUGHTER
Win one of 10 double inseason passes to The Daughter, starring Geoffrey Rush, Paul Schneider, Anna Torv, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto and Odessa Young, courtesy Roadshow Films. In cinemas March 17.

Movie review:
THE WITCH
(US, 2016) Dir: Robert Eggers. Stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. "There are several reasons why Robert Egger's multi-awarded debut feature, The Witch, is so engaging and genre defying, most notably perhaps Eggers total disregard for the trite and labored conventions of horror films these days... Visually and viscerally effective, intelligent and haunting," says Andrew.v FEATURE: A NEW ENGLAND FOLKTALE
Growing up in New England, witches have always been "part of my consciousness; part of my nightmares," writer/director Robert Eggers explains in this Q&A.

Movie review:
LONDON HAS FALLEN
(US, UK, Bulgaria, 2016) Dir: Babak Najafi. Stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell. "This is an altogether better film with a screenplay than its predecessor, Olympus Has Fallen (2013), albeit it's the same template, the good guys are still good guys through and through, the bad guys are always bad guys through and through, and the political context is also black and white," says Andrew.

Movie review:
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
(US, 2016) Dir: Dan Trachtenberg. Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. "With its patchwork story, sewn together from disparate plotlines (perhaps collated from discarded script ideas), 10 Cloverfield Lane can be trying on our patience when it should be tightening the tension screws," says Andrew.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in April, Pawno, starring John Brumpton.]
Calendar of films releasing in March

NEW TRAILERS
Mother's Day, stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Hudson;
Labyrinth of Lies, stars Andr Szymanski, Alexander Fehling;
Bastille Day, stars Richard Madden, Idris Elba;
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton;
The Secret Life of Pets, voices of Lake Bell, Kevin Hart;
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. (Pic. The Lady in the Van) 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:
SPECTRE
Stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes. "Daniel Craig continues his run as a splendid Bond, boasting just the right stuff: a mix of cool and hot in all departments, intellectual, emotional and physical," says Louise.

THE MARTIAN
Stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean. "Entertaining, funny, tense and emotionally powerful; everything you could want in a film. It's terrific," says Louise.

Competition winners:
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
To win courtesy Paramount, we asked: Among family and friends, who would you rely on to help you escape from anywhere, anytime and why? Michelle Dever (NSW): Definitely my 4 year old son. He manages to get out of locked gates; can climb high; has way too much energy and is a hide and seek champion. He would certainly get me out.

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, David Parker's Diana and Me (1997/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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