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Halifax film screening picks — September 26-October 2

26 Sep
September 26, 2016

The Atlantic Film Festival is over for another year, but Carbon Arc is back with a fresh fall season of screenings. Up first this Friday: Chevalier, “a brilliantly contained and sublimely ridiculous send-up of competitive male egos from a refreshing female perspective“—that of Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari.

The Cineplex Classic Films series is bringing the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds back to the big screen for October, but if you prefer to see it on a pay-what-you-can basis—with snacks by Lemon Dogsthis Wednesday’s Thrillema screening might be just the (free advance) ticket. The film is by no means in the top tier of Hitchcock’s oeuvre but it is certainly one of his most iconic, in no small measure due to Tippi Hedren’s classy performance and Edith-Head-designed costumes.

Cineplex Park Lane is also continuing its Star Trek 50th anniversary screenings this Thursday with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country—the final film to feature the entire classic Star Trek cast—featuring the directorial return of Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), and Christopher Plummer rocking the Klingon makeup and Shakespeare quotes. Incidentally, this nice little clutch of September Trek-film screenings at Park Lane is nothing compared to the bloody big deal that TIFF is making of this anniversary, this fall in Toronto.

Speaking of Shakespeare, Dal Art Gallery’s Wednesday evening free screenings of Shakespeare films continues with Laurence Olivier’s first performance of Shakespeare on screen in the 1936 Paul Czinner adaptation of As You Like It.

The Radical Imagination Project is also back with another series of social-issue doc screenings for the fall, starting Monday with the very crowd-sourced Every Cook Can Govern, the story of the Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist C.L.R. James.

Out of town, on Tuesday, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has Sing Street, while Fundy Cinema‘s Wednesday screening is the extremely well-reviewed new technology doc from Werner Herzog, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. On Sunday, Fundy has director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, featuring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore.

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  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Sep 26) — Every Cook Can Govern: The Life, Impact & Works of CLR James, Central Library (Lindsay Room), 6:30pm, free. Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris, UK, 2016, 121 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Sep 28) — The Birds, The Thrillema @ Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free advance tickets. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119 minutes.
      As You Like It, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Paul Czinner, UK, 1936, 96 minutes.
    • Thursday (Sep 29) — Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, $6.99. Nicholas Meyer, USA, 1991, 110 minutes.
    • Friday (Sep 30) — Chevalier, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9:15pm, $7. Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 2015, 105 minutes.
      — Three Stooges Fest: A Collection Of Shorts, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Various directors, USA, 1934-1953, 109 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 2) — The Birds, Cineplex Park Lane, 1pm & Cineplex Darmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119 minutes.
      — Three Stooges Fest: A Collection Of Shorts, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, $6.99. Various directors, USA, 1934-1953, 109 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Sep 27) — Sing Street, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. John Carney, Ireland/USA/UK, 2016, 105 minutes
    • Wednesday (Sep 28) — Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Werner Herzog, USA, 2016, 98 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 2) — Maggie’s Plan, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Rebecca Miller, USA, 2015, 98 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — September 19-25 (Atlantic Film Festival edition 2)

19 Sep
September 19, 2016

There is much to be said for the small-city film festival experience. Yes, you have to put up with some pretty excruciating pre-film commentary at moments (like when a staffer asks audience members to put up a hand “if you’ve heard of the auteur theory”). Yet the continuing miracle of the Atlantic Film Festival is that it keeps bringing in some of the absolute cream of the festival circuit, albeit to a largely under-appreciative local audience, who really only turn up in big numbers if there is a local rooting interest. Unlike at TIFF, there is really next to no effort involved in getting into screenings of the hottest international films, which constantly makes it feel like an absolute bargain for the dedicated cinephile. Here is a very partial, incomplete list of some of those films that should be worth checking out in the final four days.

All of those films are evening screenings, but there are interesting films playing in the earlier time slots, as well, and some NSCAD profs are hosting discussions after select 4pm screenings—check it out here.

It’s been a bit under the radar to this point, but the Dal Art Gallery Wednesday evening free film screening series has started up again, and the fall theme is Shakespeare—adaptations of, and films about, “chosen for manageable durations as well as their overall quality.” This week’s pick is the 1935 Max Reinhardt Hollywood production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Out of town, on Tuesday, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has last year’s Cannes Palme D’Or winner Dheepan, while Fundy Cinema‘s Wednesday screening is “India’s first female buddy comedy,” Angry Indian Goddesses. On Sunday, Fundy has the Meryl Streep vehicle Florence Foster Jenkins.

Halifax film screening picks — September 12-18 (Atlantic Film Festival edition 1)

12 Sep
September 12, 2016

The Atlantic Film Festival—challenging films, challenging website. OK most of the films aren’t really that challenging, but the new website is an act of digital sadism that I haven’t seen the like of in some time. That as may be, I have braved the digital frontier to come back with a dozen picks for the weekend phase of this year’s edition:

Before the festival kicks off on Thursday, on Wednesday night at Cineplex Park Lane you can get a virtual taste of the big-city festival experience with a special premiere of the new Oliver Stone political thriller Snowden, where the film is followed by a live-via-satellite Q&A featuring Stone and the film’s subject, Edward Snowden.

There are some pretty excellent screenings out of town this week as well: on Tuesday, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has Terence Davies’ Sunset Song, while Fundy Cinema‘s Wednesday documentary screening is Hockney. On Sunday, Fundy has one of the better films from last year’s festival: Simon Stone’s excellent update of Ibsen’s The Daughter.

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Sep 13) — Sunset Song, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Terence Davies, UK/Luxembourg, 2015, 135 minutes
    • Wednesday (Sep 14) — Hockney, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Randall Wright, UK, 2014, 112 minutes.
    • Sunday (Sep 18) — The Daughter, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 95 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — September 5-11

05 Sep
September 5, 2016

This pre-festival-season time of year tends to be a bit of a dumping ground at the movies, but a happy exception to that is Hell or High Water, the heist drama featuring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges, that is currently one of the ten best reviewed films so far this year. “As the brothers head toward Oklahoma, the resigned ranchers and deserted strip malls they encounter speak to a vanishing way of life, their journey becoming a parable of corporate exploitation and bleed-them-dry greed,” says Jeanette Catsoulis.

Starting Thursday, fans of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds can rejoice that there will be a few Cineplex Park Lane screenings of One More Time with Feeling, a film that, as Andrew Pulver (covering it at the Venice Film Festival) has it, exceeds its album-promotional purposes to become “an undeniably moving contemplation of shattering loss.” Note that there is premium pricing for these screenings at $14.95 a ticket.

This week there are also Park Lane screenings of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

This Saturday, AFCOOP is presenting a free screening of the highly regarded documentary The Academy of Muses at the University of King’s College KTS Lecture Hall.

Out of town this week, Indignation gets a Wednesday Cinema Series screening at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, and on Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Love & Friendship.

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
  • Annapolis Valley and South Shore screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (Sep 5) — Indignation, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. James Schamus, USA, 2016, 110 minutes.
    • Sunday (Sep 11) — Love & Friendship, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Whit Stillman, Ireland/USA, 2016, 92 minutes