The Canberra Film Diary: 23 – 29 January 2014

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Hello all and welcome to the latest edition of The Canberra Film Diary, your one stop shop for all notable cinematic screenings within the ACT.  For details on specific cinemas check out the Canberra page.

Highlights

Lots of Australia Day offers plus plenty of Oscar action await you this week in the ACT, as well something special for all your Beliebers out there.  So without further ado, here are this week’s highlights:

$5 Tickets All Weekend –  Palace Electric

The Palace Electric celebrates its first birthday this weekend and appear keen to share this occasion with as many Canberrans as possible, as they are offering all tickets for all sessions between Friday and Monday for a mere $5 each.  That’s practically giving them away and will no doubt be extremely popular so grab them while you can.  My personal recommendation – Her, my first ★★★★★ film of this year.

Australian Cinema – Sat & Sun, Arc Cinema

Continuing the Australia Day theme, the Arc cinema is offering a weekend of Australian cinema for you to enjoy.  On Saturday you can catch The Rocket, Mystery Road and The Goddess; whilst on Sunday, the family favourite Satellite Boy, along with Tim Winton’s epic The Turning.

Oscar Favourites – All week, Dendy

No doubt you will have seen the Oscar nominations last week but just in case you haven’t quite made your mind up, Dendy are bringing back American Hustle, Gravity 3D and Blue Jasmine to Canberra screens.  Screening at different times so best check the Dendy site for more details.

12 Years A Slave – Fri – Sun, Dendy, GRU and Limelight

One of the big guns of this Oscar season with 9 nominations overall is here in Canberra for a preview weekend before opening wide on Thursday next week.  By all accounts this is a harrowing, but must see tale of one man’s fight for freedom.

Justin Beiber’s Believe – Fri – Mon, Limelight

Apparently this film reveals the long-awaited answers to questions about Justin’s passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never seen before concert footage, unprecedented behind the scenes access and blah blah blah blah.  Probably just for those ‘dedicated’ fans out there.  I thought he had retired?

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

The Great Beauty – The recent winner of the Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes and the opening night feature at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, finally gets a full and exclusive run at Palace Electric.

The Wolf Of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese’s latest epic is tipped for awards galore and if you have three hours spare and fancy seeing Leonardo Di Caprio fully embracing wealth, women and white powder, then this the flick for you.  But be warned, it’s one long and wild ride, which for me was slightly overcooked. Screening everywhere. ★★★★

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – More colons and more freaky action.  Not a sequel, more of a spin-off.  Screening at Hoyts.

Other Notable Screenings

Reality – Friday 2pm, Arc

A Fistful Of Dollars – Saturday 7.30pm, Arc (Outdoors)

The Castle – Sunday 6.30pm, GRU

Have a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments.

The Canberra Film Diary: 16 – 22 January 2014

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You know where has permanent shade and gorgeously chilled air conditioning? That’s right the cinema; so in this summer heat, embrace the good old indoors!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of The Canberra Film Diary, your one stop shop for all notable cinematic screenings within the ACT.  For details on specific cinemas check out the Canberra page.

Highlights

Its hot outside and hot on the screens this week, with more Oscar fever films coming our way and a chance to see another classic on the big screen.  So without further ado, here are these weeks highlights:

The Wolf Of Wall Street – Monday 6.30pm, Hoyts (Members Screening)

Martin Scorsese’s latest epic is tipped for awards galore and if you have three hours spare and fancy seeing Leonardo Di Caprio fully embracing wealth, women and white powder, then this the flick for you.  But be warned, it’s supposed to be one long and wild ride.

Rocky – Friday 7.30pm, ARC

A lot of people do not realise that Sylvester Stallone actually penned the screenplay for Rocky and subsequently went on to direct a number of the sequels.  Remind yourself of this and that there life was before The Expendables in this 1976 classic, on the gorgeous ARC 4K projector.

The Great Beauty – Fri – Sun, Palace Electric

Another chance to catch the film that opened the recent Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Palace Electric and the recent winner of the Best Foreign Film Golden Globe.

Major Releases

Four major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

Her  – One of my most anticipated films of 2013 finally hits Australian shores.  Have you ever got drunk and tried to chat up Siri on your iPhone? Well, if so you are well placed to appreciate this futuristic tale of a lonely writer who develops a relationship with his computer’s operating system.  Screening at Palace and GRU.

Jack Ryan:Shadow Recruit – Another title with a colon in it, but this time its the latest iteration of the Tom Clancy authored Jack Ryan franchise.  See how Chris Pine stacks up compared to the previous Jacks – Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford.  Screening everywhere.

Inside Llewyn Davies – The Coen brother’s latest offering examines the nobility in failure, folk music and felines, in this quirky and unique tale of one week in the life of a 1961 folk singer.  Compelling and foot tapping stuff.  Screening at Palace and GRU. ★★★★.

47 Ronin – Hands up who doesn’t know that Keanu Reeves likes his martial arts, anyone, anyone?  Well just in case you didn’t here is yet another example to prove a point.  The story is something about Samurais and Shoguns, which sounds a bit like good name for a band – write that down.  Screening at Dendy and Hoyts.

Other Notable Screenings

Viva Las Vega – Saturday 8.30pm, ARC (outdoors)

Gambit – Sunday 4.30pm, ARC

Have a good week and stay cool out there.

The Canberra Film Diary: 9 – 16 January 2014

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Happy New Year to one and all and welcome to the latest edition of The Canberra Film Diary, your one stop shop for all notable cinematic screenings within the ACT. For details on specific cinemas check out the Canberra page.

Highlights

A triple treat awaits all Oscar lovers this week with a chance to catch three films tipped for Oscar glory plus one outstanding classic outdoors. Therefore without further ado, here are this week’s highlights:

12 Years A Slave – Wednesday 6.30pm, Dendy (Members Screening)

By all accounts Steve McQueen’s tale of slavery in the pre-civil war US is the one to beat in this years Oscar race. Catch it this weekend before the Oscar announcements next week.

Inside Llewyn Davies – Friday – Sunday, Palace Electric and GRU Manuka

The latest offering from the Coen brothers and a tale of a week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

Dr Strangelove – Saturday 7pm (for a sunset start), ARC 

ARC continue their Saturday night outdoor screening programme with Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr Strangelove, a story of an insane General who attempts to start a nuclear war.

Major Releases

Two major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

Saving Mr Banks – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this tale of how Mary Poppins came to delight us on our screens. Screening everywhere.

The Book Thief – Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse star in this WWII drama about a couple sheltering a Jewish refugee who finds an escape from the horrors of war by stealing and sharing books. Screening everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings

The Piano – Friday 2pm, ARC

The Wicker Man – Friday 7.30pm + Sunday 2pm, ARC

From Up On Poppy Hill – Saturday 2pm, ARC

Have a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments.