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Movie reviews:
THE BELIER FAMILY
(France, 2015) Dir: Eric Lartigau. Stars Louane Emera, Karin Viard, Francois Damiens."What is wonderful about the film is that we immediately engage with the characters, laughing WITH rather than AT them," says Louise. "The screenplay has plenty of fun with the elements, not least the fact that not everyone knows that the Belier family is mostly deaf," says Andrew.

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Movie review:
SUFFRAGETTE
(UK, 2015) Dir: Sarah Gavron. Stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter. "While the film resonates on many levels with its meticulous production design and authentic reflection of the times (1912 London), the composite nature of the characters makes the narrative feel somewhat contrived. This stops a good film from being a great one," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
JOY
(US, 2015) Dir: David O. Russell. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro. "A bit like sex when it fails to live up to expectations, Silver Linings Playbook director David O'Russell's film leaves us feeling disappointed. It's a great shame because there are good things about it, beginning with another great turn by Jennifer Lawrence," says Louise.

Movie review:
YOUTH
(US, 2015) Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda. "Like a film that zooms in and out of close ups, I was engaged and not so engaged at varying times. But there is no denying the power of the film's conclusion when all the story strands come together with emotional ballast. Music once again plays the key role, allowing the film to soar high above the beautiful Swiss Alps into an indescribable realm," says Louise.

Movie review:
DADDY'S HOME
(US, 2015) Dir: Sean Anders, Stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg. "Sometimes we all need a dose of nonsense, and this zany comedy fits the bill perfectly with its continual stream of hilarious jousting between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg," says Louise.

Movie review:
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
(US, 2015) Dir: Peter Sohn. Voices Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla. "It plays a little long, but the visuals are spectacular in Pixar's holiday film about family and overcoming fear. It's a curious blend of coming of age story, buddy movie and mid west adventure," says Louise.

Movie review:
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT
(US, 2015) Dir: Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Documentaryu. "Peggy Guggenheim became an art addict, yes, but she was also a bit of a sex addict, according to those who knew her, many of them speaking kindly but frankly about her dual addiction," says Andrew.

Releasing January 1:
Movie review:
SNOOPY & CHARLIE BROWN
(US, 2015) Dir: Steve Martino. Voices Bill Melende, Noah Schnapp, Alex Garfin."Crisp clean animation on a sea of colour form the foundation of this endearing family film that brings Charles M. Schulz's beloved comic strip characters to the big screen," says Louise.

In case you missed our reviews:
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
(US, 2015) Dir: J.J.Abrams. Stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson. "The old and the new are seamlessly interwoven in this swashbuckling intergalactic adventure that satisfies on every level with its superb storytelling, endearing characters, splashy visual effects and a masterful score," says Louise. "Well, was it worth the wait and the anticipation? In my book, yes," says Andrew.

Feature:
TOP 10 FILMS OF 2015
If you only saw 10 films this year, these were the ones we would have recommended as the year's best - according to Louise Keller.

From the archives - Russell Crowe:
AMBITION NOT THE SAME AS EGO
Ambition gets confused with ego, Russell Crowe tells Andrew L. Urban, in a revealing interview in June 1994 (for Cinema Papers), during the making of The Sum of Us.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in February, Steve Jobs. "Danny Boyle's film is ambitious and stimulating. As for Michael Fassbender, he can do no wrong: his portrayal of Steve Jobs is formidable," says Louise.]
Calendar of films releasing in January

NEW TRAILERS
Carol, stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara;
The Big Short, stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt;
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, stars John Stamos, Rita Wilson, Nia Vandalis;
Zoolander 2, stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell;
The Danish Girl, stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander;
Spotlight, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams;

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:
WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED
Documentary by Gillian Armstrong. "With sheer artistry, Gillian Armstrong helms this rich, vibrant and fascinating film, about Orry-Kelly, a uniquely talented artist with many facets, steering us through the calm, turbulent and glistening waters of his life and times," says Louise.

SOUTHPAW
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams. "Director Antoine Fuqua has crafted a hard-hitting film in which the battle in the ring is only a part," says Louise.

MADAME BOVARY
Stars Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti. "The cost of temptation is the beguiling theme of this tale, in which a country doctor's wife pays the price when she succumbs: to the arts, sexual passion, material beauty and ambition," says Louise.

5 FLIGHTS UP
Stars Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton. "Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson It's about the little things and the big things while the dynamic between Freeman and Keaton is solid gold," says Louise.

A WALK IN THE WOODS
Stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson. "The ripe chemistry between Robert Redford and Nick Nolte makes this hybrid adventure and buddy movie into a thoroughly enjoyable outing," says Louise.

Competition winners:
DADDY'S HOME
To win prize packs, courtesy Paramount Pictures, we asked: Who among family and friends have a competitive element and how does it pan out? Fiona Osborne (Vic): My husband! Because he's in a wheelchair and competes against life every day and wins!

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 (pic) and dozens more. Over 570 films.

Travelfile:
VILLANY- HUNGARY: CABERNET FRANK COUNTRY
On the eve of the 2015 harvest (promising) and the launch of a new marketing campaign to promote the Southern Hungarian wine region of Villany with its star wine, the cabernet franc, Andrew L. Urban harvested this story.

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