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Halifax film screening picks — Sep 14-20 (inc. Atlantic Film Festival pt. 1)

14 Sep
September 14, 2015

It’s festival time, kids! As usual, the Atlantic Film Festival schedule tends to be front-loaded with Atlantic/Canadian stuff while backloading global cinema, a.k.a what I’m interested in, so most of my top picks are playing next week, but I’ve sprinkled some AFF choices into this week’s picks.

It so happens that The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, has also arrived in town, so I’m making it my top cheap-night Tuesday pick this week.

The Radical Imagination Project returns this week as well, with the 1993 documentary milestone Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, screening at the central library on Monday evening.

Out of town, the highlight of the schedule is the Finnish social satire The Grump, playing this Sunday in Wolfville. The Astor in Liverpool has Amy, the Winehouse documentary, on Wednesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 14) — Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 1993, 119 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 15) — The End of the Tour, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (Cineplex Bayers Lake), 1:30pm,‎ ‎4:00pm,‎ ‎6:50pm &‎ ‎9:30‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Ponsoldt, USA, 2015, 106 minutes.
    — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumback, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
    — Testament of Youth, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm,‎ ‎6:25pm &‎ ‎9:20pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 minutes.
  • Friday (Sep 18) — Experimenter, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:45pm, AFF: tickets. Michael Almereyda, USA, 2015, 90 minutes.
  • Saturday (Sep 19) — Welcome to this House: A Film on Elizabeth Bishop, Cineplex Park Lane, 1:00pm, AFF: tickets. Barbara Hammer, USA, 2014, 79 minutes.
    Into the Forest, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:00pm, AFF gala: tickets. Patricia Rozema, Canada, 2015, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 20) — Victoria, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:30pm, AFF: tickets. Sebastian Schipper, Germany, 2015, 140 minutes.
    One Floor Below, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:30pm, AFF: tickets. Radu Muntean, Romania/France/Sweden/Germany, 2015, 93 minutes.
    Room, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, AFF: tickets. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, 2015, 118 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley and South Shore screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 15) — A Brilliant Young Mind (a.k.a. X+Y), King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 16) — Amy, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Asif Kapadia, 2015, UK, 128 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 20) — The Grump, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Dome Karukoski, Finland, 2014, 104 minutes.

 

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 7-13

07 Sep
September 7, 2015

Cineplex has a couple of free screenings of Rear Window at Dartmouth Crossing coming up in its Classic Film Series—in a break from form, the tickets are free (instead of the usual modest six bucks), but the catch is that you have to pick up tickets at the box office in person.

The new Noah Baumbach Mistress America has moved in at the Oxford, displacing British World War I drama Testament of Youth, now screening at Park Lane.

Fundy Film Society has three screenings this week, most notably this Sunday: Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo. The King’s Theatre Society in Annapolis Royal has What We Did On Our Holiday on Tuesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 8) — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumback, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
    — Testament of Youth, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm,‎ ‎6:25pm &‎ ‎9:20pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 13) — Rear Window, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, free tickets available at box office only. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 115 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Sep 7) — I’ll See You in My Dreams, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Brett Haley, USA, 2015, 92 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 8) — What We Did on Our Holiday, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, UK, 2014, 95 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 9) — Everyday Rebellion, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Arash T. Riahi & Arman T. Riahi, Austria/Switzerland/Germany/Greece/Belgium, 2014, 112 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 13) — Infinitely Polar Bear, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Maya Forbes, USA, 2014, 90 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Aug 31-Sep 6

31 Aug
August 31, 2015

It may be thin gruel for special screenings in Halifax this week, but out of town, three different screening series are kicking off their fall seasons. King’s Theatre Film Society in Annapolis Royal has the Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy (excellent performances all around the cast, with the strange exception of Paul Giamatti); Astor Theatre Cinema Series in Liverpool has the excellent Clouds of Sils Maria, rescheduled from August 5; Fundy Film Society in Wolfville has the Kickstarter-booted Blythe Danner vehicle I’ll See You in My Dreams.

The British World War I drama Testament of Youth has moved in at the Oxford.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Aug 31) — Jaws, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:25pm, $6. Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975, 124 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 1) — Testament of Youth, 6:30pm & 9:30pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 minutes.
    — The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:10pm, ‎‎‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Marielle Heller, USA, 2015, 102 minutes.
    —  Mr. Holmes, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 12:55pm &‎ ‎10:15pm‎‎, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.

Here are my South Shore and Annapolis Valley screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 1) — Love & Mercy, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 2) — Clouds of Sils Maria, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Olivier Assayas, Germany/France/Switzerland, 2014, 123 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 6) — I’ll See You in My Dreams, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Brett Haley, USA, 2015, 92 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Aug 24-30

24 Aug
August 24, 2015

The Thrillema has put on hold its screening of the Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli classic Princess Mononoke, from 1997. Originally scheduled for this Wednesday at the Museum of Natural History, it is now in search of a larger venue due to high demand. For updates watch the postings to this Facebook event page.

In the meantime, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the highly acclaimed film from Marielle Heller, has moved in at the Oxford.

Art-house screenings around the rest of the province get back under way in earnest next week, but there is nothing of the sort lined up for this week.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Aug 18) — The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15‎pm, ‎‎‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Marielle Heller, USA, 2015, 102 minutes.
    —  Mr. Holmes, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 12:55pm &‎ ‎10:15pm‎‎, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Aug 17-23

17 Aug
August 17, 2015

I’m not sure that anything said about the movies this week can be heard over the box-office noise being made by Straight Outta Compton—what can I say, I want to see it too. (When it comes to films with saturation-level distro, The Gift is another solid choice.)

But summer is winding down, and that means the Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series wraps up with The Avengers at the Halifax waterfront on Friday—prefaced by an additional treat, the Andrea Dorfman short Wound Up, from 1999.

Some summer-counterprogramming remains, with Mr. Holmes out at Bayers Lake, and Irrational Man still playing at the Oxford. And if you missed Far from the Madding Crowd when it played Halifax, there is a screening this Wednesday at Liverpool’s Astor Theatre.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Aug 17) — Apollo 13, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Ron Howard, USA, 1995, 140 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Aug 18) —  Mr. Holmes, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 11:30am,‎ ‎2pm, 4:30pm, 7:05‎pm & 9:40pm‎, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    — Irrational Man, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15‎pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Woody Allen, USA, 2015, 96 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Aug 19) — Apollo 13, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6, final screening of this engagement. Ron Howard, USA, 1995, 140 minutes.
  • Friday (Aug 21) — The Avengers, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 8:28pm, free, concessions & gates open at 7:28pm. Joss Whedon, USA, 2012, 142 minutes.

And one South Shore screening pick this week:

  • Wednesday (Aug 19) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Aug 10-16

10 Aug
August 10, 2015

I went to see the newly-opened suspenser The Gift over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised—this is an extremely well-crafted film, incredibly so when considered as a first feature (by Joel Egerton, whose acting in this film is also excellent). It’s been a while since I’ve seen a mainstream film embrace ambiguity with such intelligence.

In other first-run engagements, Irrational Man, the latest from Woody Allen, has taken over at the Oxford, bumping Mr. Holmes out to the Scotiabank Theatre in Bayers Lake.

The Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series rolls into its penultimate weekend with another pair of screenings: Guardians of the Galaxy at the Halifax waterfront on Friday, and The Incredibles at Dartmouth Crossing on Saturday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Aug 11) — The Gift, many times & Cineplex locations, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Joel Edgerton, Australia/US, 2015, 108 minutes.
    Irrational Man, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15‎pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Woody Allen, USA, 2015, 96 minutes.
    —  Mr. Holmes, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 11:30am,‎ ‎2pm, 4:30pm, 7:05‎pm & 9:40pm‎, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    — Amy, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 9:30pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday. Asif Kapadia, UK, 2015, 128 minutes.
  • Friday (Aug 14) — Guardians of the Galaxy, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 8:42pm, free, concessions & gates open at 7:42pm. James Gunn, USA, 2014, 122 minutes.
  • Saturday (Aug 15) — The Incredibles, Pondside Amphitheatre, Dartmouth Crossing, 8:40pm, free, concessions & gates open at 7:40pm. Brad Bird, USA, 2004, 115 minutes.

 

Halifax film screening picks — Aug 3-9

03 Aug
August 3, 2015

The Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series continues this week with not one but two screenings: Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) at the Halifax waterfront on Friday, and Men in Black (1997), at Sullivan’s Pond in downtown Dartmouth on Saturday.

This Sunday a couple of local Cineplex screens will have a 20th anniversary screening of the gripping Apollo 13.

Speaking of spanning multiple decades, Oxford has welcomed in Mr. Holmes, which re-teams director Bill Condon with star Ian McKellen—making me nostalgic for my first viewing of Gods and Monsters, which I recall was also at the Oxford, some 16 years ago at least.

This Wednesday if you’re up for a South Shore road trip, the beautiful Astor Theatre in Liverpool has the brilliant Clouds of Sils Maria, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Aug 4) — Mr. Holmes, Cineplex Oxford, 7:00‎pm & ‎9:30pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    — Amy, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 1:10pm,‎ ‎4:10pm,‎ ‎7:10pm and‎ ‎10:10pm; Cineplex Park Lane 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Asif Kapadia, UK, 2015, 128 minutes.
    — What We Did On Our Holiday, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (Bayers Lake), 1:10‎pm, ‎3:30pm,‎ ‎5:50pm‎, ‎8:10‎pm,‎10:30‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, UK, 2014, 95 minutes.
  • Friday (Aug 7) — Batman, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 8:52pm, free, concessions & gates open at 7:52pm. Tim Burton, USA, 1989, 126 minutes.
  • Saturday (Aug 8) — Men in Black, Sullivan’s Pond, Dartmouth, 8:52pm, free, concessions & gates open at 7:52pm. Barry Sonnenfeld, USA, 1997, 98 minutes.
  • Sunday (Aug 9) — Apollo 13, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Ron Howard, USA, 1995, 140 minutes.

And one South Shore screening pick this week:

  • Wednesday (Aug 5) — Clouds of Sils Maria, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Olivier Assayas, Germany/France/Switzerland, 2014, 123 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — July 27-Aug 2

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

There is just one special screening of note this week—the Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series continues at the Halifax waterfront (Tall Ships Quay) with X-Men: First Class. Screening is at 9:05pm, preceded by the Siddhartha Fraser-directed short film Kona (2005).

At Cineplex screens, the Winehouse doc Amy continues at the Oxford, and the Scotiabank Theatre Halifax in Bayers Lake has the well-regarded Brit-com What We Did On Our Holiday, with Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, and Billy Connolly.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (July 28) — Amy, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:45‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Asif Kapadia, UK, 2015, 128 minutes.
    — What We Did On Our Holiday, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 1:10pm,‎ ‎3:30pm,‎ ‎5:50pm,‎ ‎8:10pm, &‎ ‎10:30‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, UK, 2014, 95 minutes.
  • Friday (July 31) — X-Men: First Class, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 9:05pm, free, concessions & gates open at 8:05pm. Matthew Vaughn, USA, 2011, 132 minutes.

Halifax screening picks — July 20-26

20 Jul
July 20, 2015

With Halifax Pride Week comes a number of celebratory film screenings at the Halifax Central Library, including two essential, historic documentaries.  The Times of Harvey Milk, the 1984 film about the legendary San Francisco activist (and selected by the U.S. Library of Congress in 2012 for preservation in the National Film Registry), screens on Monday, and Paris Is Burning, the 1990 doc about NYC drag balls in the 1980s, has a 25th anniversary screening on Wednesday.

Amy, the new Amy Winehouse doc that is absolutely covered in rave reviews, plays the Oxford this week.

One more strong doc screening this week, but in Liverpool—on Wednesday the Astor Theatre has Iris, about fashion icon Iris Apfel. This is the final documentary by legendary director Albert Maysles.

This week’s Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening at the Halifax waterfront (Tall Ships Quay) is my personal favourite of the bunch—1978’s Superman: The Movie. Screening is at 9:15pm, preceded by the Jason-Eisener-produced short Moving Day (2007) by John Davies.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (July 20) — The Times of Harvey Milk, Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free. Rob Epstein, USA, 1984, 90 minutes.
    — Jaws, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975, 124 minutes.
  • Tuesday (July 21) — Amy, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:45‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Asif Kapadia, 2015, UK, 128 minutes.
  • Wednesday (July 22) — Paris is Burning, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Jennie Livingston, USA, 1990, 78 minutes.
  • Friday (July 24) — Superman, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 9:15pm, free, concessions & gates open at 8:15pm. Richard Donner, USA, 1978, 151 minutes.

And one South Shore screening pick this week:

  • Wednesday (July 22) — Iris, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Albert Maysles, USA, 2014, 80 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — July 13-19

13 Jul
July 13, 2015

Halifax’s best film screening series—Carbon Arc Cinemacelebrates its 5th anniversary this week with the 5th annual edition of the Animation With Love showcase. The 90-minute free screening at the Museum of Natural History, at 8pm, follows on this Thursday’s Food Truck Party kicking off at 4pm on the museum grounds, so anytime during the party you’ll be able to come inside and have your name added to the attendance list, to guarantee your seat.

If you’re bummed out about this week’s announcement that Atticus Finch is about to be literarily redefined from righteous advocate to reprehensible racist, maybe tonight (Monday) you can take comfort by revisiting Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning performance in that role in the classic film adaptation—Cineplex has a one-off screening at Scotiabank Theatre Halifax. (Personally I still resent the fact that the Oscar went to Peck’s two-dimensional square-jawed hero instead of the three-dimensional complexity of Peter O’Toole’s T.H. Lawrence—yeah when it comes to film history, I can hold a grudge.)

The Atlantic Film Festival is bringing its Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series to the Halifax waterfront (Tall Ships Quay) this week with a screening of Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man, which is so two reboots ago. The screening kicks off around 9:25pm preceded by the 2008 Namir Ahmed short Golden Age in another instalment of the AFCOOP Film 5 retrospective which is paired with the outdoor screening series.

If you’re looking for some jaw-dropping imagery that has nothing to do with action heroes, the Oxford this week has the acclaimed documentary The Salt of the Earth. Nominated for best doc at the Oscars, and winner for best doc at the Césars, the film is co-directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado, the son of Sebastião Salgado, the acclaimed globetrotting photographer whose life and work it depicts.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (July 13) — To Kill a Mockingbird, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (Bayers Lake), 7pm, $6. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
  • Tuesday (July 14) — The Salt of the Earth, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014, France/Brazil, 110 minutes.
  • Wednesday (July 15) — Jaws, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975, 124 minutes.
  • Thursday (July 16) — Animation With Love: 5 – Animated Shorts Screening, Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free, donations to the cinema welcome. Curated by Siloën Daley & Dylan Edwards, approx. 90 minutes.
  • Friday (July 17) — Spider-Man, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 9:25pm, free, concessions & gates open at 8:25pm. Sam Raimi, USA, 2002, 121 minutes.