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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Monday, October 23, 2017 

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URBAN CINEFILE - 18th ANNIVERSARY – 936 EDITIONS

Dear Valued Readers,
Thank you for sharing our passion for cinema over all these weeks as they turn into months and years, each Thursday the movie gods delivering another batch of new movies in cinemas and a further batch on DVDs – and increasingly on digital platforms.

Those movie gods deserve thanks, too, from the many categories of filmmakers to the many categories of stars, as well as the distributors and the exhibitors, most of whom are as passionate about films as we are.

We have an enviable job here at Urban Cinefile, reviewing new films for our thousands of readers who have trusted us to voice our opinions for 936 weekly editions. You don’t have to agree with what we write, of course, but we hope you enjoy reading our reviews anyway. It is for you, our readers, that we write our reviews, not for each other or fellow critics, not for the filmmakers or the distributors or exhibitors. It’s for you.

As Australia’s pioneering online movie magazine, we take pride in reviewing all films from all countries against the same set of cinematic assessments, not as some superior authority but as movie lovers with the experience of seeing many, many movies; on average 4 or 5 every week.

Readers will have noted that we don’t award ‘star ratings’ to films, and we wish others didn’t either. We feel it is demeaning the filmmakers, simplistic and at odds with the very idea of constructive, informed, thoughtful film reviewing. And we have never had any of you ask us to introduce it. Thank goodness.

Films continue to explore the human condition and many are inspirational. So many films show human nature at its struggling best and it is a privilege to be able to experience them as part of our daily life.

Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller,
Urban Cinefile
Australia's Online Movie Magazine since 1997


Andrew & Louise drink to Life of Pi ... And all movies, at that film's iconic location, the Piscine Molitor, Paris

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