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.

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