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.

The Canberra Film Diary: 12 – 18 December 2013

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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

Christmas comes early this week in the ACT with a bumper crop of advanced previews to get you in the festive mood as well as freeing up your Boxing Day schedule.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Nebraska – Friday 6.30pm, Palace Electric

There was an awfully long wait between Sideways and The Descendants, but thankfully Alexander Payne only made us wait two years this time.  Now he is back with a tale about a father and son trip across Nebraska, which is already receiving Oscar buzz and five star reviews.  This is a must see, especially as it won’t be out until February next year.

Frozen – Sunday 10.30 am, GRU Manuka.

What says Christmas better than a Disney film? In the latest offering, fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.  Sounds perfect family fun.

Saving Mr Banks – Monday 7.00pm, GRU Manuka

Continuing the Disney theme, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this tale of how Mary Poppins came to delight us on our screens.  Another Oscar front-runner and not out till 9 January next year.

Honourable Mentions

The Railway Man  – Monday 6.30pm, Palace Electric

Director Jonathan Teplizky will be in attendance for a special Q&A after this advanced screening of his latest drama, a true story set in WWII starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which is not scheduled for release until Boxing Day.

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the ACT this week:

American Hustle – Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence lead an all-star case in the latest offering from David O Russell.  Screening everywhere

The Gilded Cage – Family, food and friendships are all examined in this delightful and charming tale of the importance of remembering your roots.  One of the highlights of CIFF for me.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Battle Of The Year: The Dream Team – Ever wondered if Sawyer from Lost could coach a dance troop to glory?  Well here is you chance to find out. Playing Hoyts and Limelight.

Other Notable Screenings

12 Dec – ARC – Fallout

13 Dec – Palace – Nebraska

13 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Dirty Dancing

14 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Blue Jasmine

14 Dec –ARC  – Wolf Children

14 Dec – ARC – Fallout

14 Dec – ARC – The Patience Stone

14 Dec – Palace GFF – A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant

14 Dec – Palace GFF – Capital

15 Dec – ARC – The Pevert’s Guide to Ideology

15 Dec – Palace Vintage – Anchorman

16 Dec – Palace – The Railway Man Q&A

18 Dec – Sunset Cinema – The Counsellor

So that’s it, another bumper week of cinematic goodness.  Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.

The Canberra Film Diary: 5 – 11 December 2013

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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 to look forward to this week, including a short film festival, some education from James Bond and the second half of a Tom Cruise double to enjoy. Here are this week’s highlights:

Tropfest  – Sunday, 8pm, Exhibition Park.

Tropfest is both Australia’s most prestigious and the world’s largest short film festival.  It takes place in Sydney’s Centennial Park with live feeds to state capitals, including Canberra.  The event will screen the 16 finalists from over 700 entries and also include live music, entertainment, bars and food.   Should be a cracking night out.   Click here for more details.

One Life – Monday + Tuesday, Palace & Dendy

See BBC Earth’s fascinating exploration of life and survival in the animal kingdom on the big screen and narrated by the one and only Daniel Craig.  Promises to be both beautiful and educational.

Philomena – Wednesday, Dendy (Club Dendy screening)

Fresh from the British Film Festival, Philomena, is a tale of a mother (Judi Dench) who with the help of a BBC journalist, attempts to track down her son who was taken away from her decades before.  Having received rave reviews, it’s not opening here till Boxing Day, so grab this chance to see it before the Christmas rush.

Honourable Mentions

Days Of Thunder – Sunday, Limelight

One of last week’s highlights was the Sunset Cinema screening of Top Gun.  This week, Limelight gives you the opportunity to watch Top Gun with cars, which is effectively what Days of Thunder is.  Nowhere near as good, but still a huge amount of fun. Remember, rubbing is just part of racing. ★★★

Major Releases

Enders Game – The latest of this years science fiction adaptions touches down, starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield. Screening Everywhere.

Kill Your Darlings – They say all the best poetry comes from pain and love; well this tale of the origins of the beat poets has plenty of both.  Didn’t quite do it for me at CIFF, but still worth checking out.  Screening at Dendy and Palace. ★★★

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – The long awaited follow up to one of the most original and bonkers animated films in years has finally arrived and it’s been worth the wait.  Cross Jurassic Park with food and you’ll get the picture.  Screening everywhere. ★★★★

Delivery Man – The latest Vince Vaughn vehicle arrives and is the tale of affable underachiever who discovers he has fathered over 500 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago.  Screening Hoyts, Dendy and Limelight.

Night Train To Lisbon – Another CIFF alumni gets a wider release. I missed this one at the festival, but it sold out which tells you something about this adaption of Pierre Mercier’s bestselling novel. Screening at Palace and GRU.

The Spectacular Now – I missed this during last weeks previews, but I remain very intrigued to see this tale of high school romance from the director of Smashed and the writers of (500) Days Of Summer, two of the best films of recent years. Screening exclusively at Palace.

Closed Circuit  – Straight from the recent British Film Festival and now finally into a full run, Eric Bana stars in a slightly stilted tale of legal ramifications in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in London.  A promising premise, but ultimately unsatisfying.  Screening exclusively at Palace. ★★

Other Notable Screenings

5 Dec  – Sunset Cinema – Prisoners

5 Dec – ARC – The Pevert’s Guide to Ideology

6 Dec – Sunset Cinema – The Smurfs 2

7 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Captain Phillips

7 Dec – ARC – Patrick

7 Dec – ARC – The Pevert’s Guide to Ideology

7 Dec – Palace GFF – The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

8 Dec – ARC – Fallout

8 Dec – ARC – Koolhaus Houselife + Phillip Johnson

8 Dec – Palace Vintage – Pretty Woman

8 Dec – Limelight – Days Of Thunder

8 Dec – TropFest

8 Dec – Palace GFF – Greek-Australian Short Film Festival

11 Dec – Sunset Cinema – We’re The Millers

11 Dec – Club Dendy – Philomena

11 Dec – Palace GFF – Love in the End

So that’s it, another bumper week of cinematic goodness.  Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.

The Canberra Film Diary: 28 November – 4 December 2013

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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

After the disappointment of the unfortunate postponement of last weeks Body of Works, we have another new film festival, a crop of advanced screenings and a couple of real 80s classics to sink your teeth into this week.

Here are the highlights:

Delphi Bank 20th Greek Film Festival

The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a programme of the best contemporary cinema from Greece, screening at Palace Electric from 29 November – 14 December.  I must admit I know very little about Greek cinema, but you can check out the full program here.

Advanced Screenings

A cracking selection of advanced screenings will be on the Canberra screens this weekend, so catch them early before the rush.  Here is what you have to choose from:

The Spectacular Now – Very intrigued to see this tale of high school romance from the director of Smashed and the writers of (500) Days Of Summer, two of the best films of the last few years. Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun.

The Gilded Cage – Family, food and friendships are all examined in this delightful and charming tale of the importance of remembering your roots.  One of the highlights of CIFF for me.  Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun. ★★★★

Closed Circuit  – Straight from the recent British Film Festival, Eric Bana stars in a slightly stilted tale of legal ramifications in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in London.  A promising premise, but ultimately unsatisfying.  Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun. ★★

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – The long awaited follow up to one of the most original and frankly bonkers animated films in years has finally arrived and it’s been worth the wait.  Think Jurassic Park, but with food and you’ll get the picture. Screening on Sunday at Hoyts Woden & Belconnen. ★★★★

Sunset Cinema – Top Gun

The delectable Sunset Cinema brings Tony Scott’s 80s classic to the outdoor big screen in the National Botanic Gardens.  Two Russian MiG 22’s couldn’t keep me away from this.  Wednesday night. ★★★★★

Honourable Mention

Gremlins

Dendy’s Cult Classic series continues with the monstrously good Gremlins, screening on Monday at 10am and 6pm.  See it once and you’ll never look at cuddly toys in the same way again. ★★★★★

Major Releases

Four new releases hit Canberra’s screens this week:

One Chance – Another film fresh from the British Film Festival, the true-life tale of Paul Potts, an amateur opera singer and the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent. Screening everywhere.

Carrie – Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in this remake of the 1976 horror classic about a young girl with a telekinetic powers and an aversion to Prom.  Screening at Hoyts and Limelight.

On My Way – Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road with her grandson. Screening exclusively at Palace.

How I Live Now – More British Film Festival goodness as Saoirse Ronan stars in this tale of love and survival in the aftermath of a nuclear attack on London.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Other Notable Screenings

28 Nov – Palace BFF – The Third Man

28 Nov – Palace BFF – Good Vibrations

28 Nov – Dendy – Uncharted Waters – Wayne Lynch

28 Nov – ARC – Patrick

28 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Rush

29 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Planes

29 Nov – Palace BFF – Jump

29 Nov – Palace BFF – Blood

29 Nov – Palace – The Spectacular Now

29 Nov – Palace – The Gilded Cage

29 Nov – Palace – Closed Circuit

29 Nov – Palace  GFF – What If

30 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Thanks For Sharing

30 Nov – ARC – Absolutely Modern

30 Nov – ARC – My Winnipeg

30 Nov – ARC – Patrick

30 Nov – Palace BFF – Brief Encounter

30 Nov – Palace BFF – Great Expectations

30 Nov – Palace BFF – Still Life

30 Nov – Palace BFF – Le Weekend

30 Nov – GRU – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

30 Nov – Palace BFF – Romeo and Juliet

30 Nov – Palace – The Spectacular Now

30 Nov – Palace – The Gilded Cage

30 Nov – Palace – Closed Circuit

30 Nov – Palace GFF – Wild Duck

1 Dec – ARC – Tiny Furniture

1 Dec – ARC – Patrick

1 Dec – Palace Vintage: Scarface

1 Dec – Palace BFF – Lawerence of Arabia

1 Dec – Palace BFF – How I Live Now

1 Dec – Palace BFF – Philomena

1 Dec – Palace – The Spectacular Now

1 Dec – Palace – The Gilded Cage

1 Dec – Palace – Closed Circuit

1 Dec – GRU – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

2 Dec – Dendy Cult Classics – Gremlins

4 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Top Gun

4 Dec – Palace GFF – One Step Ahead

So that’s it, another bumper week of cinematic goodness.  Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.

The Canberra Film Diary 21 – 27 November 2013

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Welcome to the second 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.

A bit of an epic week in the Territory with the British Film Festival in full swing at the Palace Electric (check out my preview here), Sunset Cinema hitting its stride, the last week of this semester for the ANU Film Club, Harvey Weinstein’s Body of Work, plus the long-awaited release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and a couple of real hidden gems.

Highlights

So many highlights this week, I’m not sure where to begin:

Body of Work – Harvey Weinstein

This weekend sees the inaugural Body of Work which this year will honour Hollywood supremo Harvey Weinstein.  Body of Work ‘is a weekend long conversation on the importance of independence to the film industry – how independence breaks new ground through innovation, risk taking and the search for talent.’

Harvey Weinstein’s Body of Work will consist of a series of intimate discussions with the man himself alongside numerous high-profile Australian filmmakers and actors.  Additionally there will be screenings of the US version of The Sapphires, The Piano (including a Q&A with Sam Neil and Margaret Pomeranz) and the Australian Premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.  Tickets are limited so you will need to act fast if you want to come along.  Click here for more details.

The Cult of ARC – Handmade by Stan: The Terminator and Aliens

On 23 November, ARC continues their homage to two of the most prolific and influential ‘analogue’ special effects masters: stop motion specialist Ray Harryhausen and classic make up artist Stan Winston.   In celebration ARC will be screening the 1984 classic The Terminator followed by the 1986 epic Aliens, for which Stan won the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  Both films will be screened in their gorgeous and original 35mm prints.

The Exorcist – 40th Anniversary Screening + Q&A with Linda Blair

Also on 23 November, GU Manuka offers you a unique opportunity to see one of the scariest films ever made and the first horror to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar on the big screen.  In attendance will be the one and only Linda Blair, who will introduce the film and talk about its making and the influence it had on her career during a Q&A after the film.  A must see for all horror fans.

Honourable Mention

I normally try to keep the highlights down to three events, but no one puts The Doctor in the listings.

Day of the Doctor – Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Episode

On 23 November, Doctor Who, already the world’s longest running sci-fi series, celebrates its 50th anniversary with an extended and 3D episode in cinemas for the first time.  Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Bille Piper and John Hurt, this is a must for all Whovians out there.  Playing at Dendy and GU Manuka.

Major Releases

Six (yes that’s right, six) major releases hit the capital’s screens this week:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – the long-awaited sequel to 2011’s The Hunger Games, which to me contained one of the scenes of the year when Jennifer Lawrence was waiting in the tubes to enter the games.  Midnight screenings abound, however I’m too old to stay up that late, but I’ll be there Thursday night for sure.  Screening everywhere.

Adoration – Described as a gripping tale of love and lust starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright.  Screening at Palace and GU Manuka

20 Feet From Stardom – Tells the true stories behind the back up singers who have supported some of the greatest music legends of our time.  Screening at Palace and GU Manuka

After May – Described as a loosely autobiographical and incisive drama about a young French student caught up in a whirlwind of politics, art and sex in the wake of the electrifying events of May 1968.  Exclusive to Palace

Filth  – Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Scotland, James McAvoy stars as a bipolar, bigoted and slightly barmy Scottish policeman who sets out on a campaign for promotion like none other. Fresh from CIFF, this is worth seeing for McAvoy’s performance alone.  Screening at Palace and Dendy

Blackfish – Another CIFF alumni and by all accounts a powerful documentary which chronicles the life of a male Orca, who after seven years in captivity turned on and killed his trainer during a routine performance.  Screening at Dendy.

Other Notable Screenings

21 Nov – ARC – La Maison de la Radio

21 Nov – ARC – Downloaded

21 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Before Midnight

21 Nov – Palace Electric BFF  – Still Life

21 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Mission To Mars

22 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Private Peaceful

22 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Closed Circuit

22 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Turbo

22 Nov – ANU – Gravity

22 Nov – ANU – Riddick

23 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Runner Runner

23 Nov – ARC  – Opal Dream

23 Nov – ARC – NFSA – Decalogue Nine, Ten

23 Nov – ARC – The Cult of ARC – Handmade by Stan: The Terminator and Aliens

23 Nov – ANU – White House Down

23 Nov – ANU – Groundhog Day

23 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Brief Encounter (High Tea Event)

23 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Blood

23 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Dom Hemingway

23 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Good Vibrations

23 Nov – GU Manuka – The Exorcist, including a Q&A with Linda Blair

24 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – The 39 Steps

24 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Austenland

24 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – How I Live Now

24 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Closed Circuit

24 Nov – Palace Electric Vintage – Annie Hall

24 Nov – Palace Electric – Body of Work – The Long Walk To Freedom

24 Nov – Day of the Doctor – 50th Anniversary Episode

24 Nov – ARC – The Sapphires (US Version) (BoW)

24 Nov – ARC – The Piano (BoW)

24 Nov – ARC – Fellini’s Roma

24 Nov – Limelight – Sixteen Candles

25 Nov – Dendy Cult Classics – Fight Club

25 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Private Peaceful

25 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Mission To Lars

26 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – One Chance

27 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Jump

27 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Austenland

27 Nov – Palace Electric BFF – Romeo and Juliet

27 Nov – Sunset Cinema – 2 Guns

27 Nov – Limelight – Titanic

27 Nov – GU Manuka – The Delivery Man (advanced screening)

So thats it, a bumper week of cinematic goodness.  Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.