Archive for month: July, 2017

Halifax film screening picks — July 31-August 6

31 Jul
July 31, 2017

Another Featured Director series of free screenings at the Central Library is starting up on Tuesday, this time showcasing the films of Stanley Donen, who at 93 years of age is still kicking and still believes in romance. This week’s screening is the transcendent Singin’ in the Rain, introduced by Chris Campbell.

The six-film Studio Ghibli retrospective continues with the Japanese-language version of Kiki’s Delivery Service Wednesday evening at Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing.

Halifax film screening picks — July 24-30

24 Jul
July 24, 2017

I saw Dunkirk, and my reaction is mixed. As a gripping in-theatre experience, it’s the most suspenseful and rousing film I’ve seen this year: “time and again, the action swells and dips, like a wave, then suddenly delivers a salty slap in the face.” And it delivers that in a refreshingly minimal-CGI way, with up to 60 actual period planes and warships filmed at a time.

But considered afterward—as an emotional experience, and an intellectual object to analyze and enjoy hashing through with friends… it offers next to nothing, “muddled sound and fleeting fury signifying something or other.” It’s the cinematic equivalent of empty calories from a celebrity chef.

Your best option for viewing it in Halifax is the IMAX Digital presentation at Scotiabank Theatre, Bayers Lake, but that is arguably only the fourth best format in which it being distributed (behind IMAX 70mm, 70mm, and IMAX Laser), a reminder that our beloved city still finds itself very much on the periphery of cinematic distribution.

One of the most interesting one-off film events this week is a Halifax City Hall screening of Milk for Pride Week, on Wednesday. All tickets are taken as of Monday but watch the Facebook event page in case some free up. There’s also an outdoor/waterfront screening of The Pirates! Band of Misfits on Friday, and Sunday, the latest monthly-ish instalment of a six-film Studio Ghibli retrospectiveKiki’s Delivery Service at Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing.

Out of town this weekend, the Astor Theatre in Liverpool has Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled; earlier, on Tuesday, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has The Sense of an Ending.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Jul 26) — Milk, City Hall, 7pm, free advance tickets. Gus Van Sant, USA, 2008, 128 minutes.
    • Friday (Jul 28) — The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Tall Ships Quay, 9pm, free, please bring food donation. Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt, UK/USA, 2012, 88 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jul 30) — Kiki’s Delivery Service, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $12.95. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1989, 102 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley & South Shore screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Jul 25) — The Sense of an Ending, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $10. Ritesh Batra, UK/USA, 2017, 108 minutes.
    • Friday (Jul 28) — The Beguiled, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Sofia Coppola, USA, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Saturday (Jul 29) — The Beguiled, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Sofia Coppola, USA, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Friday (Jul 30) — The Beguiled, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Sofia Coppola, USA, 2017, 94 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — July 17-23

17 Jul
July 17, 2017

The original summer blockbuster Jaws is back at Cineplex Park Lane for at least one screening this Friday.

There’s a local annual film festival, and it might be ok to call it the Atlantic International Film Festival, though you probably can’t call it AIFF, and it is presenting an outdoor free screening of The Grand Seduction this Friday evening at the Public Gardens.

Halifax film screening picks — July 10-16

10 Jul
July 10, 2017

This Sunday, Cineplex’s Classic Films series brings you maybe the greatest performance of Marilyn Monroe on film—Some Like It Hot. “You may prefer things classical or like them hot; Wilder’s film achieves both,” wrote Peter Bradshaw when the restored edition of this cheekily gender-playful comedy of cross-dressed errors returned to screens in 2014.

The much buzzed-about convention-busting rom-com The Big Sick, “which tells a great story with waves of deep feeling and questions of identity and makes the whole thing feel like a breeze,” has moved in at the Oxford.

The Central Library’s Featured Director series of free screenings of Richard Linklater films wraps up on Tuesday with the drawn-from-real life dark comedy Bernie, which features Jack Black forgoing his usual schtick for a “satirical creation of considerable substance.” Carbon Arc programmer Zack Miller introduces this screening.

The local film festival, whatever it’s called now, has an outdoor family-friendly free screening of Moana lined up for this Saturday evening.

Halifax film screening picks — July 3-9

03 Jul
July 3, 2017

This weekend saw a couple of very notable films open on Cineplex screens. The new remake of The Beguiled, which won Sofia Coppola the best director prize at Cannes, has moved in at Park Lane, and the new non-sequel yet box-office-successful comic actioner from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver, is at theatres all over.

The Central Library’s Featured Director series of free screenings of Richard Linklater films continues this week with Before Sunrise, the first of an unplanned trilogy of films famously driven by the undeniable chemistry of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a film with a series of closing shots that are maybe Linklater’s best film-school flourish—a touching homage to the legendary finale of Antonioni’s masterpiece L’Eclisse. Local journalist Tara Thorne introduces this screening.

On Wednesday, Cineplex continues its monthly screenings of six of anime giant Hayao Miyazaki’s films with a Japanese audio (English subtitled) screening of My Neighbour Totoro at Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing.

Saturday afternoon the North Memorial Library offers you a change to see this year’s most essential film, so far, for free—Get Out screens at 1:30pm.

  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Jul 4) — Before Sunrise, Central Library, 6:30pm, free, introduced by Tara Thorne. Richard Linklater, USA/Austria/Switzerland, 1995, 101 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Jul 5) — My Neighbour Totoro, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $12.95. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1988, 86 minutes.
    • Saturday (Jul 9) — Get Out, North Memorial Library, 1:30pm, free. Jordan Peele, USA, 2017, 103 minutes.