The Canberra Film Diary: 27 Feb – 5 March 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.

Things are getting busy in the Capital at the moment with the annual Open Air Cinema in full swing in Acton Park as well as the ANU Film Club kicking off its Semester One programme.  For details on both then please click on the links.  For once, we actually seem to be quite spoilt for choice, which is something you don’t get to say all the time here in Canberra.  Therefore, please make sure you check out the listings at the bottom of the page, as there are some real gems to choose from.

As there is quite a lot to pack in, lets crack on with this week’s highlights.

Highlights

Priscilla 20th Anniversary Extravaganza, Friday 5.30pm, ARC

ARC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this classic Australian film with a special night of sequins and champagne.  The evening will include Tim Chappel, the award-winning costume designer discussing and showing off some of the costumes from the film, followed by something called ‘Tranny Bingo’ and then a special under the stars screening.  This will sell out, so you will need to act quickly.

The Princess Bride, Monday 10am & 6pm, Dendy

Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.  Do I need to say any more?

Tracks, Fri – Sun, Dendy, Limelight  & GRU  

Starring Canberra’s own Mia Wasikowska, Tracks is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson.  Join Robyn, her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels as they trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and then onto the Indian Ocean; a total of 2700km of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert.

Point Break, Wednesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Ignore all the recent announcements of another ill-conceived reboot and drink in the glory of this 100% pure adrenaline 90s classic.

Major Releases

Four new releases hit Canberra screens this week:

Gloria – Another CIFF 2013 alumni gets a wider release.  A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets in the clubs.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Utopia – John Pilger’s latest documentary, which takes viewers on a personal journey around the vast region of our country known as Utopia.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Non-Stop – Liam Nielson stars as air marshal who springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.  ‘Taken Off’ anyone…..also is it just me or do the airline stewardesses look like extras from Star Trek?  Screening almost everywhere.

3 Days To Kill – Kevin Costner stars as a dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. Screening almost everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings

Thursday

Thor: The Dark World – 7.30pm, ANU

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Friday

The Gate Keepers – 2pm, ARC

American Hustle – 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 7.30pm, ANU

Enough Said – 9.15pm, ANU

Saturday

Annie – 10.30am, Palace

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

Frozen – 7pm, ANU

Frozen – 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Delivery Man – 9pm, ANU

Sunday

Annie -10.30am, Palace

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

All About Eve – Sunday 3pm, Palace

Grease Sing a long – Sunday, 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Monday

The Princess Bride – 10am & 6pm, Dendy

Tuesday

12 Years A Slave – Tuesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Wednesday

Point Break – Wednesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema

 

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

The Canberra Film Diary: 6 – 12 February 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.

An interesting week ahead here in the Territory, with another early glimpse at an Oscar front runner, some sneaky Stallone and a whole bunch of new releases to wrap your eyeballs around.  So without further ado, here are the weeks highlights:

Highlights

Dallas Buyers Club – Fri – Sun, Dendy, Palace Electric & GRU

The McConaissance continues with Matthew McConaughey starring as Ron Woodroof who fights against the system to provide his fellow AIDS sufferers with medicine at affordable prices. Both McConaughey and Jared Leto are up for shiny gold statues, as is the film itself.

Bullet To The Head  – Friday 7.30pm, Arc

Part of Arc’s ‘Blink and You Miss it’ schedule which showcases films which never made it to Australian screens, Sly Stallone stars as a world-weary New Orleans hitman who teams up with a younger DC detective to hunt down the man who killed both their partners. Bullet to the Head has been referred to as an underrated retro-styled action film and is showing just the once, so be quick.

The Blue Lagoon – Sunday, 3pm, Palace Electric (Vintage)

Brooke Shields stars in this 1980’s classic and with temperatures as hot as they are, then an air-conditioned cinema watching the tale of two you teenagers shipwrecked on a tropical island sounds like a good escape plan to me.

Major Releases

Five major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom – Idris Elba stars in the biopic of this great man.  Screening everywhere

Labor Day – Jason Reitman is one of my favourite young directors, so I am looking forward to his latest offering, though the trailer didn’t fill me with joy.  Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in this tale of an escaped convict looking for shelter and perhaps more.  Screening everywhere.

The Past – Fresh from CIFF, Ashgar Farhadi the director of A Separation, continues this theme with a tale of divorce, children and a clash of cultures in this powerful and enthralling French language drama. Screening at Palace. ★★★★

Robocop – There are some films that should never been remade and I would put Robocop into this category.  I will however reserve judgement till I see it, which you can everywhere.

Last Vegas – Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate the marriage of Michael Douglas to a lass half his age.  Is this a true story I hear you ask? Screening everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings

Grease (Sing along) – Monday 10am & 6pm, Dendy

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

The Canberra Film Dairy: 1 – 5 February 2014

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Hello all and welcome to the latest (but slightly delayed) 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

Flix in the Sticks – Saturday 6.30pm, Australian National Botanic Gardens

This melting pot of live music, film and comedy comes to the Australian National Botanic Gardens this weekend and looks to be a cracking night out.  The short film section has been curated by Julia Morris and includes two films that have scooped numerous short film festival awards around the globe: Penny Dreadful and Minimus.

The Past  – Sunday 4pm, Palace Electric

Fresh from CIFF, Ashgar Farhadi the director of A Separation, continues this theme with a tale of divorce, children and a clash of cultures in this powerful and enthralling French language drama. ★★★★

Blue is The Warmest Colour – Sunday 2pm, Palace Electric

The controversial winner of the 2013 Cannes Palme D’or and a host of other international awards examines love, growth and desire and has received five-star reviews across the board.  Be warned, it is almost three hours long and continues explicit scenes.

Honourable Mentions

The Blues Brothers – Monday 10am & 6pm, Dendy Cult Classics (Encore)

Everybody, needs somebody to love – need I say more? ★★★★★

Stand By Me – Sunday 3pm, Palace Electric (Vintage)

Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic adaption of a Steven King short story, tells the tale of a group of children’s thirst for freedom, adventure and their quest to see a dead body. ★★★★★

Major Releases

Two major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

12 Years A Slave – Steve McQueen’s hard hitting and powerful depiction of one man’s fight against slavery gets its wide release here in the Capital.  It’s an incredible film, but make sure you have light-hearted plans for afterwards.  Personally I would recommend a screening of Love Actually to restore your faith in humanity.  Screening everywhere. ★★★★★

Grudge Match – The tale of two washed up actors, oh sorry I meant boxers, who decide to cash in by returning to the ring one last time.  Rocky meets Raging Bull anyone? Screening at Hoyts and Limelight.

Other Notable Screenings

Absolute Deception – Saturday 2pm, Arc

The Wicker Man – Saturday 4.30pm, Arc

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Saturday 8.30pm, Arc

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

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.