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Halifax film screening picks — Jan 4-10

04 Jan
January 4, 2016

It may be only the 11th film in history to be made in Ultra Panavision 70, but if you want to see the roadshow version of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight projected in 70mm, you are SOL in Halifax. Only four theatres in Canada are screening it in that format, and in fact the nearest option for Haligonians is in Boston. Yes it is a Tarantino film, with all that implies—a lot of blood, gun violence, faces and heads blown off, copious use of the n-word… It’s so easy to criticize him for his tendencies that it seems pointless to do so, but the film is also a reminder that, as a director, he brings more than those excesses.

Speaking of OTT violence, the 25th anniversary 4K-remastered edition of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas has a couple of screenings at Park Lane this weekend, with an additional 30-minute making-of documentary.

Update Jan. 6: Also this weekend at Park Lane—late-night screenings of the 1988 Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice.

As the new year begins, few of the regular screening series have yet started up (the exception being the Fundy Film Society in Wolfville, which has the Mavis Staples doc Mavis! on Wednesday, and the Dalton Trumbo biopic Trumbo on Sunday). But some of the year’s best are in theatres, so it seems like the right moment to change up the format of this column a bit, and separate out those screenings from the one-offs.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:

    Carol, John Crowley, UK/USA, 2015, 118 minutes — Halifax screening times
    Joy, David O. Russell, USA, 2015, 125 minutes — Halifax screening times
    The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino, USA, 2015, 167 minutes — Halifax screening times
    Brooklyn, John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes — Halifax screening times 

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Friday (Jan 8) — Goodfellas, Cineplex Park Lane, 8pm, $6. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990, 145 minutes + 30-minute documentary “Scorsese’s Goodfellas”.
      Beetlejuice, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Tim Burton, USA, 1988, 92 minutes.
    • Saturday (Jan 9) — Beetlejuice, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Tim Burton, USA, 1988, 92 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jan 10) — Goodfellas, Cineplex Park Lane, 3pm, $6. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990, 145 minutes + 30-minute documentary “Scorsese’s Goodfellas”.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (Jan 6) — Mavis!, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Jessica Edwards, USA, 2015, 80 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jan 10) — Trumbo, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Jay Roach, 2015, USA, 124 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Dec 28-Jan 3

28 Dec
December 28, 2015

Update Tuesday December 29—Just saw Joy and I am pleasantly surprised to report that it is a genuinely inventive, smart and thoughtfully crafted film. All the more surprising after the garbage that was American Hustle. Adding it forthwith to my list of recommendations below.

It seemed like it took forever to get here, but the best-reviewed film of 2015, Todd Haynes’ masterpiece Carol, is finally in Halifax theatres. Don’t miss it as I’m sure it won’t be around for very long—it is only playing at Cineplex Park Lane, at the moment.

Speaking of Park Lane, the late night screening there this weekend is James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens, the second film in a franchise that seems to roll on relentlessly despite having never bettered this instalment.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Dec 28) — Carol, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:45pm,‎ ‎4pm,‎ ‎7:15pm &‎ ‎10:10pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). John Crowley, UK/USA, 2015, 118 minutes.
    Joy, Cineplex multiplexes everywhere, various times, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). David O. Russell, USA, 2015, 125 minutes.
    — Brooklyn, Cineplex Oxford, 1pm, 3:50pm, 6:45pm & 9:40pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes.
  • Friday (Jan 1) — Aliens, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. James Cameron, USA, 1986, 137 minutes.
  • Saturday (Jan 2) — Aliens, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. James Cameron, USA, 1986, 137 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Dec 21-27

21 Dec
December 21, 2015

Seven years ago today, I went to a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life that was mistakenly framed by the projectionist for a wider aspect ratio than the film’s native Academy standard 4:3—resulting in lots of scenes where Jimmy Stewart’s forehead was cut off at the eyebrows. Yes, it’s a film that can be constantly reconsidered from various perspectives but that wasn’t a perspective I was looking for. Hoping for better things from today’s digital projection systems at the local Cineplex screenings this week. Merry Christmas!

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Dec 21) — It’s a Wonderful Life, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1946, 130 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Dec 22) — Brooklyn, Cineplex Oxford, 4pm, 6:45pm & 9:30pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes.
    — Spotlight, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 10pm, & Scotiabank Theatre (Bayers Lake), 10:05pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Tom McCarthy, 2015, USA, 129 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Dec 23) — It’s a Wonderful Life, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1946, 130 minutes.
  • Thursday (Dec 24) — It’s a Wonderful Life, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1946, 130 minutes.
  • Friday (Dec 25) — It’s a Wonderful Life, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, 7:40pm & 10:45pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1946, 130 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Dec 14-20

14 Dec
December 14, 2015

Brooklyn is a really nice movie. There, that is about the faintest-sounding praise you can give, isn’t it? And yet… it also happens to be sparklingly intelligent, entertainingly witty, and, yes, tremendously moving. So maybe don’t hold its niceness against it. The Canadian-Irish co-production has a Nick Hornby screenplay adapted from a Colm Tóibín novel, and features excellent casting across the board, with an especially great starring turn by Saoirse Ronan. It’s playing at the Oxford, and also has a Tuesday night screening in Annapolis Royal.

As for me, I’ll be driving to Liverpool on Wednesday to see Taxi, the latest from Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi, because I’m too excited about it to wait for the March screening in Wolfville. You might be a cinephile if…

A couple of local screening series wrap up for 2015 this week. Tonight (Monday) at the Central Library, the Radical Imagination Project screens the documentary Cultures of Resistance (which you can also see in its entirety on Vimeo), and Wednesday at the Dalhousie Art Gallery the final instalment in the fall science fiction series is the rotoscoped Philip K. Dick novel adaptation by Richard Linklater, A Scanner Darkly.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Dec 14) — Cultures of Resistance, O’Regan Auditorium @ Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Iara Lee, USA, 2010, 73 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Dec 15) — Brooklyn, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm & 9:30pm, ‎regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes.
    — Spotlight, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing & Scotiabank Theatre (Bayers Lake), various times, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Tom McCarthy, 2015, USA, 129 minutes.
    — Room, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 1:10pm, 4pm, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:35pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Dec 16) — A Scanner Darkly, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Richard Linklater, USA, 2006, 100 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (Dec 15) — Brooklyn, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Dec 16) — Taxi, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Jafar Panahi, 2015, Iran, 82 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Dec 7-13

07 Dec
December 7, 2015

Now that I’ve had a chance to see Spotlight, I have to make it my top recommendation for this week. It is, as they say, a “solid procedural”—but if all procedurals were this excellent, that wouldn’t sound like faint praise. There isn’t a smidgen of cinematic innovation in this film, but there’s a perfection of pace, tone, and balanced perspective that I rarely see in this sort of film. And, simply, it has something important to impart.

The Dal Art Gallery film series returns from a two-week hiatus for the penultimate screening of the fall science fiction series—the Spielberg PKD adaptation Minority Report.

The Thrillema is back for a December screening, and a special one it is—with the Museum of Natural History in renovation mode, Menz & Mollyz Bar has stepped up to host a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. You’re invited to message the Thrillema kids via Facebook to get on the VIP list if you want to hang out and party afterwards without paying the bar’s usual cover.

If that isn’t enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, then maybe this weekend’s late-night Cineplex Park Lane screenings of Die Hard will make you want to say “Now I have a machine gun, ho ho ho!”

The Fundy Film Society in Wolfville has the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra tour doc Around the World in 50 Concerts on Wednesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Dec 8) — Spotlight, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing & Scotiabank Theatre (Bayers Lake), various times, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Tom McCarthy, 2015, USA, 129 minutes.
    — Room, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55‎pm, ‎3:50pm,‎ ‎6:40pm &‎ ‎9:30pm‎‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Dec 9) — Minority Report, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Steven Spielberg, USA, 2002, 144 minutes.
  • Thursday (Dec 10) — The Nightmare Before Christmas, Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 8pm, free advance tickets at Strange Adventures. Henry Selick, USA, 1993, 76 minutes.
  • Friday (Dec 11) — Die Hard, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. JohnMcTiernan, USA, 1988, 132 minutes.
  • Saturday (Dec 12) — Die Hard, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. JohnMcTiernan, USA, 1988, 132 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (Dec 8) — The Wrecking Crew, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Denny Tedesco, USA, 2008/2015, 101 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Dec 9) — Around the World in 50 Concerts, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Heddy Honigmann, Australia/Finland/Sweden/Netherlands, 2014, 95 minutes.
  • Sunday (Dec 13) — Grandma, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 92 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Nov 30-Dec 6

30 Nov
November 30, 2015

The Fundy Film Society brings two award winners to Wolfville this week: the 2014 Golden Lion winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, and Sundance 2015 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl—this Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, at the Al Whittle Theatre. The other out-of-town screening of note this week is this Wednesday at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool99 Homes.

There are a couple of social-justice doc screenings in Halifax this week—the Attawapiskat documentary After the Last River is presented Monday at the Central Library by the Radical Imagination Project, and Lia Tarachansky’s On the Side of the Road, on Nakba denial, screens this Thursday at Saint Mary’s University. That one is sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Canadians, Arabs, and Jews for a Just Peace (CAJJP), and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Dalhousie University (SAIA Dal).

As well on Thursday—which happens to be the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities—it’s the kickoff of “Atlantic Canada’s first disability film festival,” the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF). The kickoff party will feature a screening of Scars of Shame, which played the most recent Atlantic Film Festival, and will be followed by a varied program of events on Friday and a closing showcase of submitted/awarded films on Saturday. Free tickets here.

This weekend’s late-night pop-cult screening at Cineplex Park Lane is the 1982 John Carpenter classic The Thing.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Nov 30) — After the Last River, O’Regan Auditorium @ Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project, followed by special guest speaker Sherry Pictou. Vicki Lean, Canada, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Dec 1) — Room, Cineplex Oxford, 3 6:30pm &‎ ‎9:15pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
  • Thursday (Dec 3) — On the Side of the Road, Sobey Building Room 225 @ Saint Mary’s University, 7pm, free, followed by presentation by director. Lia Tarachansky, Israel, 2013, 83 minutes.
  • Friday (Dec 4) — The Thing, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 109 minutes.
  • Saturday (Dec 5) — The Thing, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 109 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (Dec 2) — A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Roy Andersson, 2014, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany, 100 minutes.
    99 Homes, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Ramin Bahrani, 2014, USA, 112 minutes.
  • Sunday (Dec 6) — Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015, USA, 105 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Nov 23-29

23 Nov
November 23, 2015

Decent film picks are few and far between this week with Carbon Arc and the Dal Art Gallery both on breaks this week. There are recent Bollywood and Japanese anime productions screening this week, but scanning the reviews I don’t think I can recommend either. However Monday does offer one last chance to catch Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Novak on the big screen (Park Lane, Dartmouth Crossing) in a Cineplex Classic Film Series screening of Pal Joey.

The best bets this week are out-of-town screenings: 99 Homes (with the ever-intense Michael Shannon) in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday, Lily Tomlin in Grandma at the Astor in Liverpool on Wednesday, and the highly-regarded Canadian coming-of-ager Wet Bum in Wolfville on Sunday.

This weekend’s late-night screener at Cineplex Park Lane is Spaceballs. May the schwartz be with you.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Nov 23) — Pal Joey, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. George Sidney, USA, 1957, 109 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Nov 24) — Room, Cineplex Oxford, 3 6:30pm &‎ ‎9:15pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
  • Friday (Nov 27) — Spaceballs, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Mel Brooks, USA, 1987, 96 minutes.
  • Saturday (Nov 28) — Spaceballs, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Mel Brooks, USA, 1987, 96 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (Nov 24) — 99 Homes, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Ramin Bahrani, 2014, USA, 112 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Nov 25) — Grandma, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
  • Sunday (Nov 29) — Wet Bum, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Lindsay MacKay, 2014, Canada, 98 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Nov 16-22

16 Nov
November 16, 2015

With the Jewish Film Festival done and Carbon Arc on hiatus until the new year it’s fair to say that film pickings are rather more slim this week. However, there are a few notables this week starting with the first local screening since the Atlantic Film Festival of the Naomi Klein documentary This Changes Everything, directed by her husband Avi Lewis. That’s being screening on Monday at the Central Library by the Radical Imagination Project.

A festival crowd favourite, the widely praised—though not uncontroversial—novel adaptation Room has moved in at the Oxford, and although I do have some reservations about the film I do recommend it, on balance—and of course encourage people to see it and make up their own minds about it.

On Tuesday there’s a one-off screening at Cineplex Park Lane of the Japanese anime The Anthem of the Heart, which is the latest from the creative team behind 2013’s Anohana Movie. If that’s your niche then here’s a rare opportunity.

Dal Art Gallery continues its Wednesday sci-fi series this week with the 1980 nugget Altered States, and I think I’m breaking some kind of rule by saying this but Friday and Saturday, Cineplex Park Lane will have late-night screenings of Fight Club.

If you missed the recent Carbon Arc screening, on Sunday in Wolfville the Fundy Film Society has Court.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Nov 16) — This Changes Everything, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project, followed by a panel discussion w Catherine Abreu, Catherine Martin, Kiki Wood. Avi Lewis, Canada/USA, 2015, 89 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Nov 17) — Room, Cineplex Oxford, 3 6:30pm &‎ ‎9:15pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
    The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga sakebitagatterunda), Cineplex Park Lane, 9:25pm, $6.99. Tatsuyuki Nagai, Japan, 2015, 120 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Nov 18) — Altered States, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Ken Russell, USA, 1980, 102 minutes.
  • Friday (Nov 20) — Fight Club, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. David Fincher, USA/Germany, 1999, 139 minutes.
  • Saturday (Nov 21) — Fight Club, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. David Fincher, USA/Germany, 1999, 139 minutes.

Here is my Annapolis Valley pick for this week:

  • Sunday (Nov 22) — Court, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Chaitanya Tamhane, India, 2014, 116 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Nov 11-15

11 Nov
November 11, 2015

So the Atlantic Jewish Film Festival is back for another annual instalment—an event that I’ve appreciated over the years for bringing in interesting films that would otherwise never play here. And indeed there are some excellent choices on this year’s program, but also a couple of head-scratchers, including a French film that was deemed too racist for distribution in the English-speaking worldSerial (Bad) Weddings, according to the National Post’s movie critic Chris Knight, is “something truly sickness-inducing”—its “humour sometimes strays across the good-taste divide and into actual racist remarks” and “often isn’t funny at all.” “The awkwardness and clichés about race and religion come out in this film” says the festival website. Indeed. As well, there is a Sunday afternoon screening of a documentary called Above & Beyond, about the early days of the Israeli air force, that looks to be a piece of straight-up propaganda about the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. “By including an extended, fairly one-sided account of the founding of Israel, complete with an interview with Shimon Peres, and placing it within the heroic yarn-spinning of American WWII vets, the filmmakers conjure the illusion of a national destiny linked to the United States, unchanged in its trajectory to the present,” says Ronnie Scheib in Variety. That one is co-presented by the Atlantic Film Festival. Hmm.

That’s the bad news, but the good news is that there are some really solid choices as usual, especially the closing film Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which played the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2014. This widely lauded courtroom drama critiques the effective veto power over divorce that husbands have in Israel. Matt Zoller Seitz’s review says that in this film, director siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkmbetz “prove that they rank with the finest filmmakers alive.” I’m also intrigued to see that there is a Friday morning screening of the 1938 Yiddish film classic Mamele, which has been recently restored by the National Center for Jewish Film. The Saturday evening screening of the doc Deli Man looks like a fun way to kick off the Gala party, and there is also a Friday afternoon co-presentation with Carbon Arc of Dough which looks a similarly feel-good experience. “A pokey, cliché-filled, completely unadventurous movie if ever there was one… It’s also impossible to resist,” says a reviewer who attended the Asheville Jewish Film Festival.

Speaking of Carbon Arc, the fall screening series wraps up this week (early, yes, due to repair work set to commence at the Museum of Natural History) with the (possibly final) Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall and the Chernobyl documentary The Russian Woodpecker.

The Cineplex Park Lane weekend late night screening this Friday and Saturday is the Coen brothers’ most cultish film, The Big Lebowski.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Friday (Nov 13) — Mamele, Museum of Natural History, 11am, tickets. Joseph Green & Konrad Tom, Poland, Yiddish w English subtitles, 1938, 97 minutes.
    Dough, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 2pm, tickets. John Goldschmidt, UK/Hungary, 2015, 94 minutes.
    Jimmy’s Hall, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Ken Loach, UK/Ireland/France, 2014, 106 minutes.
    The Russian Woodpecker, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $7. Chad Gracia, USA/UK/Ukraine, 2015, 80 minutes.
    The Big Lebowski, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Joel Coen, USA, 1998, 117 minutes.
  • Saturday (Nov 14) — Deli Man, Museum of Natural History, 2pm, tickets. Eric Anjou, USA, 2014, 92 minutes.
    — The Big Lebowski, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Joel Coen, USA, 1998, 117 minutes.
  • Sunday (Nov 15) — Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, tickets. Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkmbetz, Israel/France, 2014, 115 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Nov 2-8

02 Nov
November 2, 2015

I’m pretty pleased to see that Carbon Arc has two screenings of two films over two nights this week—featuring a pair of widely-lauded/highly-regarded films. Tangerine, a story of transgender L.A. sex workers, shot with three iPhones, has been called “a textbook example of how indies can tell groundbreaking stories in a way that Hollywood simply can’t match” while Court, the story of a 69-year-old folk singer on trial in India for singing anti-state lyrics, and purportedly goading a listener to suicide, has been described as “one of the strongest debut features in years.” The two films will flip between the early and late timeslots on Friday and Saturday, so check the schedule below. (With renovations to the Museum of Natural History’s ventilation system starting the week of November 16, the last screenings of the fall film series will be on November 13.)

The Dal Art Gallery film screening series is also doubling down this week—on classic science fiction. Fantastic Voyage (the 1966 film that was later kinda-sorta remade as Innerspace, and which James Cameron keeps threatening to remake again) screens on Tuesday, and Nicholas Roeg’s David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, if you’re on the fence about eating meat vs. going vegan, maybe the sight of “a cow being brutally loaded onto a bulldozer for slaughter, and a sustainably-reared duck being bloodily beheaded by a blunt axe” will be your tipping point. Yep, the Radical Imagination Project has the Leonardo-DiCaprio-funded vegan-gelical doc Cowspiracy in a free screening on Monday at the Central Library.

Speaking of science fiction, and bloody shifts in the food pyramid, it occurs to me that I’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s Alien on the big screen—looks like this Friday or Saturday at Park Lane I’ll have a chance to rectify that.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Nov 2) — Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, Halifax Central Library (room 301), 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn, USA, 2014, 91 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Nov 3) — Fantastic Voyage, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Richard Fleischer, USA, 1966, 100 minutes.
    — Grandma, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35‎pm, 6:50pm &‎ ‎8:55pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Nov 4) — The Man Who Fell to Earth, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Nicholas Roeg, USA/UK, 1976, 139 minutes.
  • Friday (Nov 6) — Tangerine, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Sean S. Baker, USA, 2015, 88 minutes.
    Court, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $7. Chaitanya Tamhane, India, 2014, 116 minutes.
    Alien, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Ridley Scott, UK/USA, 1979, 117 minutes.
  • Saturday (Nov 7) — Court, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Chaitanya Tamhane, India, 2014, 116 minutes.
    — Tangerine, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $7. Sean S. Baker, USA, 2015, 88 minutes.
    — Alien, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Ridley Scott, UK/USA, 1979, 117 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (Nov 3) — This Changes Everything, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Avi Lewis, Canada/USA, 2015, 89 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Nov 4) — The Second Mother, Cineplex Cinemas Bridgewater (349 Lahave St, Bridgewater), 4pm & 7pm, $8. Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2015, 112 minutes.