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Welcome to our 20th anniversary - our final weekly edition, No 1,040
Welcome to our 20th anniversary - our final weekly edition, No 1,040

IT'S BEEN A PRIVILEGE
Thank you all for your warm and generous applause as we exit the online stage after 20 years of weekly movie reviews, with our 1,040th edition on February 16, 2017.

We share some of the emails and other messages of congratulations we have received. It's all very much appreciated. We welcome your Comments.

We hope you will continue to access our archives of over 22,000 articles (reviews, interviews, features, news, plus box office reports), including our extensive section dedicated to Australian films.
Please Note: we will no longer produce our weekly newsletter.

OUR FINAL NEWSLETTER; Browse our archive of previous weekly NEWSLETTERS

Movie reviews: HIDDEN FIGURES
Movie reviews:
HIDDEN FIGURES

(US, 2017) Dir: Theodore Melfi. Stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner. "It's a great, uplifting story filled with 'firsts' at a time in the 60s when segregation was rife, women's roles were compromised and the NASA space program was keenly competing against the Russians to send the first man into spaceÖ Three delightful performances bring the women to life," says Louise. "A terrific film in the style of Hollywood Ďapplauseí films, where the heroes or heroines are portrayed as not only morally superior but endlessly likeable," says Andrew. REVIEWS

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LEFT: Louise Keller & Andrew L. Urban with their lanyards ... Acces All Movies - for 20 years. (Photo courtesy Manly Daily)

BOX OFFICE: Archives of 20 years (February 1997 - February 2017) of top 20 films with box office figures, number of screens, screen averages, release details, percentage rise/fall and comment.

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Movie review: FIFTY SHADES DARKER
Movie review:
FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(US, 2017) Dir: James Foley. Stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson. "No rules, no punishments, no secrets is the promise of this titillating and voyeuristic sequel that penetrates deeper this time through the ongoing exploration of control, sex and submission. Like a holiday page-turner, the film is a big tease.. Perfect for a girls' night out. Or a date night, if the man is willing!" says Louise, REVIEW

Review: SILENCE
Review:
SILENCE

(US, 2017) Dir: Martin Scorsese. Stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds. "It is visually gorgeous if thematically brutalÖ It tends to overshadow the theological and intellectual aspects of the work, which can be viewed either as a tribute to Christianity or a savage deconstruction of it. Both readings are valid, especially for those who are skeptical of the faith and/or of religion," says Andrew. REVIEW

Movie review: TRESPASS AGAINST US
Movie review:
TRESPASS AGAINST US

(UK, 2016) Dir: Adam Smith. Stars Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal. "The irony of this film is that we are enthralled by the cast creating marvellously three dimensional characters, yet we are not really engaged by them nor care for most of them. Perhaps in part that is the result of heavily accented dialogue that's hard to unscramble Ö " says Andrew. REVIEW

Tropfest 2017 winners: ITíS MATTíS DAY ON A HOT SYDNEY NIGHT
Tropfest 2017 winners:
ITíS MATTíS DAY ON A HOT SYDNEY NIGHT

Matt Day, best known as a movie & TV actor, is the winner of the 25th anniversary Tropfest, which was held for the first time at Parramatta Park in Sydney, with his film, The Mother Situation, which tells the comedic story of three adult siblings who assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide. Along with the other 15 finalists, it was screened to a crowd of nearly 40,000 people in Parramatta, broadcast nationally on Channel Eleven and globally on Red Bull TV. FEATURE

Feature:  DAVID & MARGARET LIVE AT THE ORPHEUM: A CINEMATIC LIFE
Feature:
DAVID & MARGARET LIVE AT THE ORPHEUM: A CINEMATIC LIFE

It will be unique: Margaret Pomeranz talking on stage about a film with her co-critic for the past 25 + years, David Stratton, in it . . . not only in it but the subject of it. The special Q&A will be held prior to the screening of David Stratton: A Cinematic Life at the Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, Sydney, on Tuesday, February 28, from 6.30pm (tix $25). FEATURE

Awards: BAFTA AWARDS 2017 - WINNERS
Awards:
BAFTA AWARDS 2017 - WINNERS

The contrast couldnít be greater between the two major award winners at the 2017 BAFTAs: the joyous musical ode to Hollywood that is La La Land (Best Film) and the miserable damnation of the British social service system [blamed on the Tories] that is I, Daniel Blake (Best British Film). WINNERS

Oscars 2017:  THE OSCARS (SHOULD) GO TO ...
Oscars 2017:
THE OSCARS (SHOULD) GO TO ...

Bets are on - to see who are the Oscar winners on February 26 in the 89th Academy Awards, to be presented in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre. Here are the films and talents we think SHOULD win this year. OUR PREDICTIONS

Coming Soon! UPCOMING FILMS
Coming Soon!
UPCOMING FILMS

[Coming in April, Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy. "The story is simple enough, itís the characters that draw us in, make us care, generate the laughs, tease out the tears," says Andrew. "Bill Nighy is a real scene stealer as a hammy actor whose theatricality is a source of great entertainment," says Louise.]

Films releasing in FEBRUARY 2017 and MARCH


20th Century Women

NEW TRAILERS:
NEW TRAILERS:

Preview trailers of many films on your own screen.
Denial, stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall;
Snatched, stars Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn;
Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin;
Miss Sloane, stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong;
Logan, stars Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook;
Alone in Berlin, stars Daniel Bruhl, Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson;
Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner;
Fences, stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis;
Manchester by the Sea, stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams;
Lion, stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman
Baywatch, stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron;
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, stars Vin Diesel;
Cars 3, voices of Owen Wilson, Jason Pace;
A Cure for Wellness, stars Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth;
Dunkirk, stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy;
TRAILERS


NEW DVDS
NEW DVDS

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer. "Guilt and revenge are the emotions explored in Tom Ford's hypnotic noir thriller in which fantasy, fiction, the past and the present swirl together in an exhilarating cinematic jungle, " says Louise.

THE ACCOUNTANT
Stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons. "Be prepared to be startled: this thumping thriller is full of dark themes, secrets and unexpected revelations," says Louise.

ARRIVAL
Stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner. "In a breathtaking performance, Amy Adams grounds this hypnotizing sci-fi drama from Incendies director Denis Villeneuve, in which communication, purpose and time are key," says Louise.

Competition Winners:
Competition Winners:
SILENCE
To win, courtesy Transmission Films, we asked: Which is your favourite Martin Scorsese film and why? Vicky Signals (SA): Cape Fear. Itís so deliciously creepy. I havenít watched it for 25 years yet just thinking about it sends chills down my spine. Now thatís a powerful movie.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / 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, Murielís Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. About 600 films AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Travelfile: CHATEAU DE LA NAPOULE, FRENCH RIVIERA
Travelfile:
CHATEAU DE LA NAPOULE, FRENCH RIVIERA

A short drive by car but centuries by history, the Chateau de La Napoule near Cannes is a little known castle and art foundation with magical gardens, right on the Mediterranean shore. Andrew L. Urban was privileged to be a guest Ė and stayed in the Tower Room. FEATURE

Travel file: SZEGED: HUNGARY
Travel file:
SZEGED: HUNGARY

Hungary's second most famous dish, the fisherman's soup (halaszle) made from the river catch, is made with lots of red paprika. Both come from Szeged, where Andrew L. Urban did a taste tour and found much more. FEATURE

Travelfile: HOTEL BEETHOVEN, VIENNA
Travelfile:
HOTEL BEETHOVEN, VIENNA

Ludwig is the name of the family who bought this once busy brothel in the once disreputable district of Vienna's 16th century food and vintage stall Naschmarkt, but old Ludwig shares the musical association with old Mozart, since the hotel is in Papagenogasse, named after Mozart's famous character from the Magic Flute. Andrew L. Urban visits the Hotel Beethoven HOTEL BEETHOVEN

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