The Canberra Film Diary: 23 – 29 January 2014


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.


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: 12 – 18 December 2013


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.


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.