Archive for month: May, 2017

Halifax film screening picks — May 29-June 4

29 May
May 29, 2017

The First Features series of free Wednesday screenings at the Dal Art Gallery wraps up this week with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the “weirdly exhilarating” Persian-language California-shot vampire spaghetti western.

This Sunday, Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing have a Classic Films screening of The Godfather, and 45 years on from its initial release, it’s worth revisiting this initial Hollywood Reporter review, which, like the film, holds up. But the story of how it came to be made is an epic tale itself.

  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (May 31) — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 100 minutes.
    • Friday (Jun 2) — The Graduate, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:20pm, $6.99. Mike Nichols, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jun 4) — The Godfather, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1972, 175 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 22-28

22 May
May 22, 2017

The Thrillema is back on Tuesday with the 1959 Vincent Price vehicle and certified classic, House on Haunted Hill—a film that failed to impress older viewers at its first preview screening, but found a “wildly enthusiastic” reception when screened instead for young people.

The First Features series of free Wednesday screenings at the Dal Art Gallery continues this week with Fruitvale Station, the unforgettable first teaming of actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler, who successfully re-teamed for Creed.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville this Sunday has The Zookeeper’s Wife, the latest from Whale Rider director Niki Caro, who takes on a plot that you would think would be overdetermined by the likes of Schindler’s List, and instead delivers “a singular, thrilling portrait, filled with surprises and moving performances.”

  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 22) — Your Name (Japanese version w English subtitles), Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 107 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 23) — David Lynch: The Art Life, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm & Rick Barnes, USA, 2017, 90 minutes.
      House on Haunted Hill, The Thrillema @ Natural History Museum, 8pm, free tickets in advance and at the door. William Castle, USA, 1959, 75 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 24) — Fruitvale Station, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Ryan Coogler, USA, 2013, 87 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (May 23) — The Red Turtle, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $10. Michaël Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, 2016, 80 minutes.
    • Friday (May 26) — Maudie, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7pm, $10. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 27) — Maudie, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7pm, $10. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 28) — Maudie, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 2pm & 7pm, $10. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
      The Zookeeper’s Wife, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Niki Caro, USA/UK, 2017, 126 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 15-21

15 May
May 15, 2017

The run-up to this Sunday’s return of Twin Peaks (a build-up that includes a debut of two new episodes at the Cannes Film Festival) continues this week at Park Lane with another screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on Tuesday, and the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life on Sunday. This “cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch” is back for a second Halifax screening after making its debut at Carbon Arc.

Park Lane also has a couple of screenings of the Japanese-language version of Your Name., with English subtitles. And speaking of the Cannes Festival, Alliance Française is acknowledging the annual fest with a screening of the Dardenne brothers gem Two Days, One Night, featuring a burner of a performance by Marion Cotillard—good news for those who didn’t catch it before it left Netflix.

The First Features series of free Wednesday screenings at the Dal Art Gallery continues this week with Submarine, the 2010 coming-of-age drama that from the beginning had first-time director Richard Ayoade fending off Wes Anderson comparisons.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville this Sunday has Being 17, “the strongest film in many years by the post-New Wave French director André Téchiné.” Before that, on Wednesday it is screening the artful, pulsing, and occasionally wrenching documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, a film that I picked as one of my five notables of 2016.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
    • Get Out, Jordan Peele, USA, 2017, 103 minutes
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 15) — Your Name (Japanese version w English subtitles), Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 107 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 16) — La La Land, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:40pm, $9.95. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
      Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $9.95. David Lynch, France/USA, 1992, 135 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 17) — La La Land, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, $9.95. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
      Singin’ in the Rain, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, USA, 1952, 103 minutes.
      Submarine, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Richard Ayoade, UK, 2010, 97 minutes.
    • Thursday (May 18) — Your Name (Japanese version w English subtitles), Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 107 minutes.
    • Friday (May 19) — Your Name (Japanese version w English subtitles), Cineplex Park Lane, 4:20pm, regular pricing. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 107 minutes.
      Two Days, One Night, Alliance Française (5509 Young Street), 7pm, suggested donation: $5. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France/Italy, 2014, 95 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 21) — David Lynch: The Art Life, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm & Rick Barnes, USA, 2017, 90 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley and South Shore screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 15) — The Lost City of Z, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. James Gray, USA, 2016, 140 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 17) — A Quiet Passion, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Terence Davies, UK, 2016, 126 minutes.
      Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Laura Israel, Canada/USA/France, 2015, 82 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 21) — Being 17, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. André Téchiné, France, 2016, 116 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 8-14

08 May
May 8, 2017

Fascinating disaster“? Or “David Lynch’s masterpiece“? Feels like, for the most part, critical opinion has come 180 degrees on the 1992 Twin Peaks prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, just in time for the series revival. This Friday at Cineplex Park Lane you can draw or revisit your own conclusions as “the film that almost killed Twin Peaks” returns to the big screen.

Before that, on Tuesday, you can revisit Lynch’s first hack at this sort of material with a Park Lane screening of Blue Velvet, the 1986 film much hated by Roger Ebert, despite his affection for Lynch himself.

Speaking of Ebert, Cineplex (Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing) this Sunday has a Classic Films screening of Singin’ in the Rain, the musical that in Ebert’s words “is a transcendent experience… no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.” Cineplex Park Lane has also added A Quiet Passion, the Terence Davies biopic with the wonderful Cynthia Nixon as poet Emily Dickinson—it played Wolfville a couple of months ago, but is only now arriving in Halifax.

The First Features series of free Wednesday screenings at the Dal Art Gallery returns this week with Transamerica, the 2005 debut of Duncan Tucker that is associated, perhaps more than any film, with the comparatively recent shift toward positive portrayals of transgender people in movies.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville this Sunday has Jean of the Joneses, which played the Emerging Lens festival in Halifax last month. In Liverpool, the Astor has last screenings of Maudie today and this weekend brings in the very well reviewed James Gray film The Lost City of Z. King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday has the wonderful Cape Breton ’70s-set road movie Weirdos, by Bruce McDonald.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (May 9) — Blue Velvet, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, $9.95. David Lynch, USA, 1986, 120 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 10) — Transamerica, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Duncan Tucker, USA, 2005, 103 minutes.
    • Friday (May 12) — Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, $9.95. David Lynch, France/USA, 1992, 135 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 13) — Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $9.95. David Lynch, France/USA, 1992, 135 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 14) — Singin’ in the Rain, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, USA, 1952, 103 minutes.
      Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:25pm, $9.95. David Lynch, France/USA, 1992, 135 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley and South Shore screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 8) — Maudie, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Friday (May 12) — The Lost City of Z, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. James Gray, USA, 2016, 140 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 13) — The Lost City of Z, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. James Gray, USA, 2016, 140 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 14) — The Lost City of Z, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. James Gray, USA, 2016, 140 minutes.
      Jean of the Joneses, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Stella Meghie, Canada, 2016, 82 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 1-7

01 May
May 1, 2017

TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival finally hits Halifax this week at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (almost 4 months after this excellent overview appeared in the NY Times), but you’d have to be forgiven if you haven’t heard about it. With an almost total lack of publicity (not listed on the AGNS website events page, pretty much hidden under a “CTTFF” sub-link on the Atlantic Film Festival events menu, and with no Facebook events created) and pretty terrible screening times (only 1 evening screening among the 10 screenings through the week), it feels more like a covert operation than an effective way to shine a light on Canada’s best films of last year.

Perhaps the most impressive of the lot, Cape Breton director Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature Werewolf is playing Thursday afternoon at 3pm. This will be the third Halifax screening, after selling out at the Atlantic Film Festival in September and at Carbon Arc in March. I am also very much looking forward to Kevan Funk’s violence-and-hockey drama, his “terse and devastating feature film debutHello Destroyer, which is the one evening screening, also on Thursday.

So many of these films, as with Hello Destroyer, played just once in Halifax, at the Atlantic Film Festival, and have been eagerly awaited since—Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, Johnny Ma’s Old Stone, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk. And in the case of Zacharias Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers)—an Inuit response of sorts to John Ford’s The Searchers—this will be its first Halifax screening. It’s too bad that it will be nearly impossible for folks with daytime commitments to seem them.

None of the regular local screening series have offerings this week.

Out of town, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Carbon Arc crowd favourite Kedi on Wednesday and Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-nominated The Salesman on Sunday. In Liverpool, the Astor has the Olivier Assayas gem Personal Shopper on Wednesday and Atlantic Canadian box office sensation Maudie on Friday and Saturday—hopefully it can do for the Astor what it did for Fundy Cinema.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 1) — Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Ann Marie Fleming, 2016, Canada, 89 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 2) — It’s Only the End of the World, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Xavier Dolan, 2016, Canada/France, 99 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 3) — Old Stone (Lao Shi), Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Johnny Ma, 2016, Canada/China, 80 minutes.
    • Thursday (May 4) — Werewolf, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Ashley McKenzie, 2016, Canada, 79 minutes.
      — Hello Destroyer, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 7pm, free. Kevan Funk, 2016, Canada, 110 minutes.
    • Friday (May 5) — Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free. Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie, 2016, Canada, 183 minutes.
      Blue Velvet, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $9.95. David Lynch, 1986, USA, 120 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 6) — Canada On Screen Shorts Programme 1, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free, 95 minutes.
      Angry Inuk, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016, Canada, 82 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 7) — Canada On Screen Shorts Programme 2, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free, 79 minutes.
      Maliglutit (Searchers), Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Zacharias Kunuk, 2016, Canada, 94 minutes.
      Blue Velvet, Cineplex Park Lane, 9pm, $9.95. David Lynch, 1986, USA, 120 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley and South Shore screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (May 3) — Personal Shopper, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Olivier Assayas, France, 2016, 110 minutes.
      — Kedi, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Ceyda Torun, Turkey/USA, 2016, 80 minutes.
    • Friday (May 5) — Maudie, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 6) — Maudie, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 7) — The Salesman, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France, 2016, 125 minutes.