The Canberra Film Diary: 6 – 12 February 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.

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:


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.