Archive for month: May, 2016

Halifax film screening picks — May 30-June 5

30 May
May 30, 2016

Dalhousie University will award an honorary doctorate to filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin tomorrow, and tonight she will be presenting her documentary Trick or Treaty?, in which she “digs into the tangled history of Treaty 9,” at the Central Library. The screening will be hosted by filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, with filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin offering a traditional Mi’kmaq welcome, and Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas performing a poem. Obomsawin will remain for a discussion after the film.

Cineplex Park Lane has a couple of screenings this week of The Boy and the Beast, last year’s anime hit in Japan from Momoru Hosoda, who might be the current leading candidate for “new Miyazaki”.

This Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has the New Zealand film The Dark Horse, which has gathered a large number of positive reviews for its lead performance by Cliff Curtis. The film made the rounds of the 2014-15 festivals but only last month got a North American commercial release.

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 30) — Trick or Treaty?, Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 2014, 85 minutes.
      — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 31) — The Boy and the Beast, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:50pm, regular Tuesday-discount pricing. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 120 minutes.
    • Wednesday (June 1) — The Boy and the Beast, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 120 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Sunday (June 5) — The Dark Horse, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. James Napier Robertson, New Zealand, 2014, 124 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 23-29

23 May
May 23, 2016

The Dalhousie Art Gallery Wednesday noir series concludes this Wednesday with the 1955 Robert-Aldrich-directed Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery, Kiss Me Deadly, a “jagged, baroque, nightmarish picture captures the paranoid mood of the McCarthy era, the Cold War and nuclear angst.”

Out of town this week, the King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has a Tuesday screening of the Zhang Yimou picture Coming Home. In Wolfville, Fundy Cinema concludes its Wednesday documentary series with Gayby Baby, and this Sunday has The Brand New Testament, which Carbon Arc screened in March.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 23) — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1986, 103 minutes.
      — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:50pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 24) — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:15pm & 9:30pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1986, 103 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 25) — Kiss Me Deadly, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Robert Aldrich, USA, 1955, 106 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (May 24) — Coming Home, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Zhang Yimou, China, 2014, 111 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 25) — Gayby Baby, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Maya Newell, Australia, 2015, 85 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 29) — The Brand New Testament, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2015, 113 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 16-22

16 May
May 16, 2016

It’s the penultimate week of the Dalhousie Art Gallery Wednesday noir series—this week it’s one of my personal favourites, Charles Laughton’s remarkable, bordering-on-surreal one-off, The Night of the Hunter, a film deliberately “keyed to the basic emotions of love and fear, just as the great silent movies were.”

Cineplex has some 30-anniversary screenings of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off this weekend.

The Lobstera film that truly understands the “existential hellscape of modern dating”—is still at Park Lane, through Thursday at least, and has a Fundy Cinema screening in Wolfville on Sunday.

Halifax film screening picks — May 9-15

09 May
May 9, 2016

There are only three weeks left in the Dalhousie Art Gallery Wednesday noir series—this week’s selection is one of the all-time greats, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, the 1955 film that survived blacklisting to earn recognition as a genuine masterpiece.

Park Lane has booked some additional Prince-memorial screenings of Purple Rain, and with Dartmouth Crossing has some more Classic Film Series screenings of Rocky. Meanwhile the well-reviewed Susan Sarandon vehicle The Meddler has moved in at the Oxford, while The Lobster has hopped over to Park Lane.

It took me a couple of weeks, but I caught up with Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. I’m not sure if it’s quite as strong as his previous effort Blue Ruin, but it’s an enjoyable-if-gory suspenser that benefits from a helping of Saulnier’s patiently-observed melancholy realism stirred into the genre mix.

In Wolfville on Sunday, Fundy Cinema has Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in Born to Blue.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 9) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:30pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      — Purple Rain, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Albert Magnoli, USA, 1984, 111 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 10) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      — Purple Rain, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Albert Magnoli, USA, 1984, 111 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 11) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      Rififi, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Jules Dassin, France, 1955, 122 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (May 10) — 45 Years, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 15) — Born to be Blue, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Robert Budreau, Canada/UK, 2015, 97 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 2-8

02 May
May 2, 2016

The nation-spanning travelling roadshow that is TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival hits Halifax this week, with a week of free screenings at the Central Library. I haven’t seen any of the films that are on offer, but if forced to pick a top three that I hope to see:

There’s also a screening of Les êtres chers, which played Carbon Arc a couple of weeks ago, and Guantanamo’s Child, the Omar Khadr doc, previously screened by CBC in a shortened version—the full version is coming up May 16 on Documentary Channel.

The Dalhousie Art Gallery Wednesday noir series returns this week with The Sniper, a San-Francisco-set psycho-assassin tale directed by Edward Dmytryk.

Across Canada tonight there are screenings of Purple Rain, in memory of Prince—the Halifax screening is at Park Lane. It wasn’t so long ago that The Thrillema screened this, kicking off with a memorable intro.   And this Sunday, Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing have Classic Film Series matinee screenings of Rocky.

There are a number of notable films on Cineplex screens this week, including the well-reviewed Green Room, director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to the remarkable Blue Ruin, and the first English-language film from esteemed young Danish director Joachim TrierLouder Than Bombs.

I can strongly recommend one of last year’s festival favourites, the (really) darkly humorous The Lobster, which has arrived at the Oxford for a Halifax engagement. It is also playing in Liverpool this Wednesday at the Astor Theatre.

In Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has the Chilean documentary The Pearl Button on Wednesday, and the drone thriller Eye in the Sky, on Sunday.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 2) — Purple Rain, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Albert Magnoli, USA, 1984, 111 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 3) — Our Loved Ones (Les Êtres Chers), Central Library, 6pm, free. Anne Émond, Canada, 2015, 102 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 4) — The Forbidden Room, Central Library, 6pm, free. Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson, Canada, 2015, 119 minutes.
      — The Sniper, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Edward Dmytryk, USA, 1952, 88 minutes.
    • Thursday (May 5) — Guantanamo’s Child, Central Library, 6pm, free. Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard, Canada, 2015, 80 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 7) — Ninth Floor, Central Library, 4pm, free. Mina Shum, Canada, 2015, 82 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 8) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      The Demons, Central Library, 1:30pm, free. Philippe Lesage, Canada, 2015, 118 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (May 4) — The Lobster, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands, 2015, 118 minutes.
      The Pearl Button, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Patricio Guzmán, Chile/France/Spain, 2015, 82 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 8) — Eye in the Sky, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Gavin Hood, UK, 2015, 102 minutes.