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: 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.