Archive for month: June, 2017

Halifax film screening picks — June 26-July 2

26 Jun
June 26, 2017

The Atlantic (International!) Film Festival launched its absurd rebrand as “FIN” last week (in an act of sublime self-parody, launching the rebrand on the Harbour Hopper, and telling journalists that the festival damages itself by using the word “film”), and now moves into summer outdoor movies season with a Friday screening of Strange Brew, the most Canadian adaptation of Hamlet you will ever see.

Over the rest of this year, Cineplex will be showing six of anime giant Hayao Miyazaki’s films in one-off event screenings. The screenings will be offered in both English and Japanese audio, kicking off this Sunday with the “recommended gateway drug” of the Studio Ghibli universe, My Neighbour Totoro in English (the Japanese-audio version will screen the subsequent Wednesday).

The Featured Director series of free screenings of Richard Linklater films continues this week with School of Rock, which I’m pretty sure is the only Linklater film to spawn a Broadway adaptation. The screening will be introduced by local arts and entertainment journalist Tara Thorne.

This Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, the latest from the brilliant New-York-born Israeli director Joseph Cedar, who is in familiar edgy territory here—”It’s less that Mr. Cedar blends realism with absurdity than that he refuses to acknowledge any distinction between them.

  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Jun 27) — School of Rock, Central Library, 6:30pm, free, introduced by Tara Thorne. Richard Linklater, USA, 2003, 109 minutes.
    • Friday (Jun 30) — Strange Brew, Halifax Public Gardens, 9pm, free, please bring food donations  for Feed NS. Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas, Canada, 1983, 90 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jul 2) — My Neighbour Totoro, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $12.95. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1988, 86 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screenings this week:

Halifax film screening picks — June 19-25

19 Jun
June 19, 2017

There are exactly three film screenings of note in Halifax this week—and they are all happening Tuesday evening.

The Featured Director series of free screenings of Richard Linklater films continues this week with Slacker, the generation-defining effective debut of the Texan director. The screening will be introduced by local film blogger Chris Campbell.

Tuesday is World Refugee Day and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 has a screening of Welcome to Refugeestan, the documentary film by award-winning French journalist and director Anne Poiret.

Last but not least, The Thrillema returns with “the movie that started it all—the one Whedon probably wishes you wouldn’t, the one that Buffy fans generally ignore, the one that only really gets discussed today as a footnote on what it ended up improbably inspiring.” That’s right, it’s the original, now 25-year-old, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Kristy Swanson—not Sarah Michelle Gellar—in the starring role.

Maudie was released in the USA on Friday, resulting in a fresh batch of reviews, including this admiring notice from Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, resulting in the film’s critical Metascore ticking upward.

This Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Tommy’s Honour, “a movie for golf enthusiasts, pure and simple.”

Halifax film screening picks — June 15-18

12 Jun
June 12, 2017

The OUTeast Film Festival kicks off on Thursday and has some excellent films on its slate this year. I’ve picked what I think is the outstanding film on each day, but do check the program as there are many more screenings than what I’ve listed here:

Halifax film screening picks — June 5-11

05 Jun
June 5, 2017

It’s been a week since the 2017 Cannes Film Festival wrapped and declared its surprise Palme d’Or winner—so that must mean it’s time for the 2016 winner to arrive in Halifax? Hey, better late than never. I, Daniel Blake, the latest blast of social realism from Ken Loach, is at Cineplex Park Lane (at least through Thursday). It’s Loach at his most Loach and, yeah, bring your Kleenex, folks.

This Tuesday another Featured Director series of free weekly screenings kicks off at the Central Library, this time focusing on Dazed and Confused, a film that has always seemed to me to be loved by many who understand it the least.

This week the 11th edition of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival takes place, with screenings happening again at the Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage. As usual, there are strong showcases of short films, a number of which get the Sure Thing checkmark from The Coast. But there are also some notable feature-length film screenings:

This Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Neruda, the “stunningly inventive” by Pablo Larraín (No, The Club, Jackie) that has been called “not a biopic but a bio-fic.”

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Jun 6) — Dazed and Confused, Central Library, 6:30pm, free, introduced by Mark Palermo. Richard Linklater, USA, 1993, 102 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Jun 7) — The Godfather, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1972, 175 minutes.
      Never Eat Alone, Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, 9pm, $10/$8, Q&A with director. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada, 2016, 68 minutes, preceded by 3 short films (30 minutes).
    • Thursday (Jun 8) — By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao Khanong), Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, 7pm, $10/$8, Q&A with director. Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand/Netherlands/France/Qatar, 2016, 105 minutes.
    • Saturday (Jun 10) — Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, 3pm, $10/$8, Q&A with co-director Simon Lavoie. Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie, Canada, 2016, 183 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screenings this week:
    • Sunday (Jun 11) — Neruda, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/France/Spain, 2016, 107 minutes.