Hello and welcome to Halifax film picks, summer blockbuster edition. Yep, there’s not a lot of art-house action to be had in Halifax at the moment, but action-action is plentifully available. Perhaps the most fun option to be had this week (apart from treating yourself to another repeat viewing of Mad Max: Fury Road) is a free Friday night outdoor screening of X-Men: Days of Future Past at Dartmouth Crossing. Don’t get too excited, nerds—it’s not the Rogue Cut.
The Atlantic Film Festival is presenting this in their Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening series, kicking off the night with one of my favourite short films, Marc Almon’s The Wake of Calum MacLeod (2006)—the first Gaelic-language short dramatic film made in North America. (It’s available for viewing online here.)
This Sunday, you can catch a 40th anniversary screening of the very first summer blockbuster—Jaws. Yes, Jaws is 40 years old, which means I am… older. Cineplex has matinee screenings at Oxford and Dartmouth Crossing.
If you’re up for a road trip to Liverpool, the Astor has Ex Machina on Wednesday. It may not exactly be a blockbuster, but hey, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits, it’s your chance to see Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac doing a sci-fi team-up.
Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:
- Friday (July 10) — X-Men: Days of Future Past, Pondside Amphitheatre, Dartmouth Crossing, 9:30pm, free, concessions & gates open at 8:30pm. Bryan Singer, USA, 2014, 131 minutes.
- Sunday (July 12) — Jaws, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975, 124 minutes.
And one South Shore screening pick this week:
- Wednesday (July 8) — Ex Machina, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.