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Halifax film screening picks — July 6-12

06 Jul
July 6, 2015

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 blockbusterJaws. 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.

Halifax film screening picks — June 29-July 5

29 Jun
June 29, 2015

Folks, there are no one-off film screenings happening anywhere in or near Halifax this week. None.

Just make sure you catch Olivier Assayas’ brilliant Clouds of Sils Maria while it is still playing at Cineplex Park Lane—and have a happy Canada Day. See you next week.

Halifax film screening picks — June 22-28

22 Jun
June 22, 2015

White God! White God! White God!

Yep, it’s playing in Liverpool at the Astor Theatre this Wednesday evening. For those of you who can’t make it, I’m truly sorry.

Meanwhile in Halifax this week, Clouds of Sils Maria, the equally well-reviewed latest from the inimitable Olivier Assayas, featuring an award-winning performance by Kristen Stewart, yes, that Kristen Stewart, is playing at Park Lane this week, so that’s some compensation.

This Sunday, Halifax Pride has a fundraiser screening of the Wachowskis’ 1996 pop classic Bound, at the Oxford. Also on Sunday, if you missed While We’re Young during its Oxford run, you’ve got a second chance if you’re able to drive to Wolfville for the Fundy Film Society screening.

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

  • Monday (June 22) — The King and I, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Walter Lang, USA, 1956, 133 minutes.
  • Tuesday (June 23) — Clouds of Sils Maria, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm, 6:20pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Olivier Assayas, Germany/France/Switzerland, 2014, 123 minutes.
    — Love & Mercy, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 1pm, 3:50pm, 6:40pm & 9:50‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic with excellent performances from Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack—not so much from Paul Giamatti’s wig. Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.
  • Sunday (June 28) — Bound, Cineplex Oxford, 1pm, $5. The Wachowskis, USA, 1996, 108 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (June 24) — White God, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary, 2014, 121 minutes.
  • Sunday (June 28) — While We’re Young, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Noah Baumbach, USA, 2014, 97 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — June 15-21

15 Jun
June 15, 2015

Love & Mercy, the highly touted portrait of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, has arrived for a run out at the Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, fuelled by incredibly positive reviews across the board.

The Thrillema returns this Wednesday with the most totemic of Italian horror films—Dario Argento’s Suspiria. The intense filtered colours and forced lighting, not to mention the pulsing music score by Goblin, give this film a unique and enduring signature.

With a fifth Terminator film on the immediate horizon (July 1), Cineplex is offering a chance this Thursday to see the original on the big screen. This is a one-time-only deal, screening simultaneously at Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing.

This Sunday, Wolfville’s Fundy Film Society has A Brilliant Young Mind (a.k.a. X+Y), which features Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins in its excellent cast.

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

  • Tuesday (June 16) — Love & Mercy, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 1pm, 3:50pm, 6:40pm & 9:50‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.
  • Wednesday (June 17) — Suspiria, The Thrillema @ the Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free, advance tickets available at Strange Adventures.
    Trick or Treaty, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free. The first film by an indigenous filmmaker to be selected to the Masters program at TIFF, this doc is presented by the NFB Film Club in anticipation of National Aboriginal Day (June 21). Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 2014, 85 minutes.
    — The King and I, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Walter Lang, USA, 1956, 133 minutes.
  • Thursday (June 18) — The Terminator, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $6. James Cameron, USA, 1984, 107 minutes.

And one Annapolis Valley screening pick:

  • Sunday (June 21) — A Brilliant Young Mind (a.k.a. X+Y), Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — June 8-14

08 Jun
June 8, 2015

Last year the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival showed the singularly excellent doc feature Manakamana, and this year it looks to have another excellent choice in Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours. Cohen will be in attendence for a Q&A, and will also be showing a preview of his single-screen adaptation of his recent multi-screen documentary portrait of Cape Breton, We Have An Anchor.

This ninth edition of HIFF is once again taking place at the Neptune Studio Theatre, over four nights. The festival is as indie-alternative-avant as it gets in Halifax, and the name says it—the spotlight is on makers as well as films, which means Q&As galore and a chance to learn about the craft. In addition to multiple showcases of short films there is also a third feature from Polish directors Anka and Wilhlem Sasnal, the “nearly dialogue-less” Parasite, and the Halifax-shot “no-budget dramedy” Here Kitty, Kitty from Argentina’s Santiago Giralt.

After the festival, this Sunday, you can get your Anna Leonowens on at a couple of Cineplex matinee screenings of The King and I.

This is also an excellent week for a film road trip. One of last year’s very best festival films, the Irish-Troubles-set thriller ’71, is screening Wednesday at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool (easily my favourite place in Nova Scotia to see a movie). And this Sunday, the Fundy Film Society is screening Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, featuring raved-about performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.

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

  • Tuesday (June 9) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm, 6:35pm & 9:20‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.
  • Wednesday (June 10) — Atlantic Auteurs #1 (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 7 films, 78 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    — Here, Kitty Kitty, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Santiago Giralt, Argentina, 2014, 72 minutes, screening details here.
  • Thursday (June 11) — Atlantic Auteurs #2 (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 8 films, 76 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    Parasite, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Anka & Wilhelm Sasnal, Poland, 2014, 66 minutes, screening details here.
  • Friday (June 12) — [Re]Program (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 7 films, 83 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    Museum Hours, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 2012, 106 minutes, screening details here.
  • Saturday (June 13) — Danis Goulet Retrospective (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 3 films, 37 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    CFAT Artist-in-Residence Lisa Lipton (Video), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 2 short works, 22 minutes total running time, screening details here.
  • Sunday (June 14) — The King and I, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Walter Lang, USA, 1956, 133 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (June 10) — ’71, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.
  • Sunday (June 14) — Clouds of Sils Maria, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Olivier Assayas, Germany/France/Switzerland, 2014, 123 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — June 1-7

01 Jun
June 1, 2015

June is here, and that means that it’s road trip season—and one of my favourite Nova Scotia summer activities is getting out of town and checking out some of the excellent film series screenings around the province.  Starting this week, and through the summer, I’ll be adding Annapolis Valley and South Shore film screenings to my weekly picks.

There are a couple of excellent such opportunities this week. On Tuesday, the King’s Theatre Film Society in Annapolis Royal has Red Army, the feature doc (carrying an exec-producer credit for Werner Herzog) that tells the story of the most successful dynasty in sports history—the Soviet national hockey team, from the perspective of captain Slava Fetisov. And on Sunday, the Fundy Film Society in Wolfville has Phoenix, the 2014 festival favourite that re-teams the director (Christian Petzold) and star (Nina Hoss) of Barbara, one of my favourites from 2012.

Meanwhile in Halifax, Saturday you can check out “Incredifest – The Incredible Film Festival” which in a bit of perhaps genre-appropriate marketing overstatement, bills itself as “the best independent science fiction, fantasy and horror films from around the world” but is really just a two-hour showcase of 12 short films followed by a low-profile Japanese-ish zombie feature from 2011, Schoolgirl Apocalypse.  But with local talent like Jason Eisener (“One Last Dive”) and Angus Swantee (“Torturous”) on the short film lineup it seems like an excellent bet for genre fans. Note: the festival website refers to the venue as the “Maritime Museum of Natural History,” but it seems otherwise clear that the screenings are at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and not the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

The Dal Art Gallery noir series wraps up this Wednesday with Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow, starring Harry Belafonte—”one of the final films in the Noir cycle, a heist-gone-wrong flick that directly addresses race issues, all to a cool Modern Jazz Quartet soundtrack.”

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

  • Tuesday (June 2) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm & 9:20‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.
    Ex Machina, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm‎; Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 9pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
  • Wednesday (June 3) — Odds Against Tomorrow, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Robert Wise, USA, 1959, 95 minutes.
  • Saturday (June 6) — Incredifest Short Film Screenings, Museum of Natural History, 6pm, $10 (or $15 combined with 8pm feature screening).
    Schoolgirl Apocalypse, Museum of Natural History, 8pm, $10 (or $15 combined with 6pm short films screening). John Cairns, Japan, 2011, 86 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (June 2) — Red Army, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Gabe Polsky, USA, 2014, 85 minutes.
  • Sunday (June 7) — Phoenix, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2014, 98 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 25-31

25 May
May 25, 2015

Few films have been as raved about in the past couple of years as this year’s Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, Ida. This weekend it will feature in a two-film mini-festival of Polish films, presented by the Polish-Canadian Society of Nova Scotia, and screening at the University of King’s College.

The Sunday afternoon screening of Ida will be preceded on Saturday evening by The Death of Captain Pilecki, a 2006 made-for-TV bio-pic directed by Ryszard Bugajski, whose film Interrogation was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1990.

The Oxford this week has Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd, which you would think would be pretty near the top of any list of most unnecessary remakes—but hey, it’s getting way better reviews than the new Poltergeist, so…

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

  • Monday (May 25) — Oklahoma!, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1955, 145 minutes.
  • Tuesday (May 26) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Cineplex Oxford, 4:10pm, 7pm & 9:45‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.
    — Ex Machina, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, 7:20pm & 10:05‎pm‎; Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 2pm, 4:40pm, ‎7:20pm & 9:55pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
  • Saturday (May 30) — The Death of Captain Pilecki, U. King’s College: KTS Hall, New Academic Building 2nd floor, 7pm, $5 ($8 for combined ticket with Ida), event details here. Ryszard Bugajski, Poland, 2006, 85 minutes.
  • Sunday (May 31) —  Ida, U. King’s College — KTS Hall, New Academic Building 2nd floor, $5 ($8 for combined ticket with Pilecki), event details here. Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark/France/UK, 2013, 82 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 18-24

18 May
May 18, 2015

There are not many one-off screenings in Halifax this week (and that’s quite OK, if you’re as excited about Obey Convention as I am), but The Thrillema is back with a screening of the original Poltergeist this Wednesday. With the 2015 remake dropping this Friday, the timing is basically perfect for another look at the OTT original that remains seared into the brains of 80s kids everywhere.

The one documentary screening of note this week is a Fusion Halifax screening of the highly regarded 2006 film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Note that this Central Library screening takes place in room 201.

This Sunday afternoon, the William-Wyler-directed musical Funny Girl, with Streisand and Sharif, is screening at the Oxford. This is a fundraiser for the Halifax Pride Festival.

If you’re looking for some multiplex entertainment on your Victoria Day Monday off, you could do worse than to check out the brilliant Mad Max: Fury Road, which I am convinced has set a new standard against which future action films will be judged. Though the film was not shot with 3D cameras as originally planned, it is quite obviously intended to be seen in 3D—and a successful post-conversion, I’d say. But you probably weren’t depending on me to tell you that…

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

  • Monday (May 18) & Tuesday (May 19) — Mad Max: Fury Road, many screenings at several Cineplex locations‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film likely continues through the summer and possibly in perpetuity. George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015, 120 minutes.
    — Ex Machina, Cineplex Park Lane, 1:10pm,‎ ‎3:45pm, 7:20pm & 9:50‎pm‎; Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 11:55am,‎ ‎2:35pm, 5:15pm, ‎7:50pm & 10:25pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
    — While We’re Young, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:55pm &‎ ‎10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). ‎The highly-regarded latest feature from Noah Baumbach stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. USA, 2014, 97 minutes.
  • Wednesday (May 20) — Poltergeist (1982), The Thrillema @ the Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free advance tickets. Tobe Hooper, USA, 1982, 114 minutes.
  • Thursday (May 21) — The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, room 201 @ Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, short discussion to follow. Faith Morgan, USA, 2006, 53 minutes.
  • Sunday (May 24) — Funny Girl, Cineplex Oxford, 1pm, $5. William Wyler, USA, 1968, 155 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — May 11-17

11 May
May 11, 2015

Cineplex Oxford and Dartmouth Crossing are both showing Ex Machina this week—the extremely well-received directorial debut of Alex Garland, the screenwriter for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine. One of the many four-star reviews online comes from Matt Zoller Seitz, who effuses: “real science fiction is about ideas, which means that real science fiction is rarely seen on movie screens, a commercially minded canvas that’s more at ease with sensation and spectacle… Ex Machina is a rare and welcome exception to that norm.”

This Wednesday it will be 100 years, and exactly one week, since the birth of Orson Welles, and the Dal Art Gallery film noir series will be screening the unimpeachable, but not unrevisable, classic Touch of Evil, which is famous not only for its opening eight-minute tracking shot, but also for its chicanerous release & redaction history. The UK Blu-ray release has no less than five presentations of the film, including the theatrical release version, a preview release version, and the 1998 reconstructed version, which I suspect is what we will see on Wednesday.

The Radical Imagination Project has another free Monday urban-issues doc screening, this one in association with the Mayworks Festival, and on Tuesday AFCOOP has an interesting free screening—12 aboriginal Canadian shorts from the past decade, selected by Ariel Smith. The Ottawa International Animation Festival has more information about the program here.

All of this week’s one-off screenings are crammed into three nights, but hopefully Ex Machina and/or While We’re Young will stick around and offer some filmgoing options for the rest of the week.

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

  • Monday (May 11) — Portrait of Resistance: The Art and Activism of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge (Mayworks Halifax Festival event presented by the Radical Imagination Project), Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, details here. Roz Owen, Canada, 2011, 72 minutes.
  • Tuesday (May 12) — Ex Machina, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45‎ ‎& 9:30‎, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 11:55am,‎ ‎2:35pm,‎ ‎5:15pm,‎ ‎7:55pm, &‎ ‎10:35pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
    — While We’re Young, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). ‎The highly-regarded latest feature from Noah Baumbach stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. USA, 2014, 97 minutes.
    Welcome to Kanata,  AFCOOP – 5663 Cornwallis Street, 7pm, free. A touring package of contemporary animated films by Canadian aboriginal filmmakers, curated by Ariel Smith, award-winning filmmaker and Director of the National Indigenous Arts Coalition. 12 films, 80 minutes total running time, event details here, program details here.
  • Wednesday (May 13) — Touch of Evil, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Orson Welles, USA, 1958, 110-ish minutes.
    — Oklahoma!, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1955, 145 minutes.
    Heritage Minutes, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, free. Historica Canada presents a selection of classic Heritage Minutes, followed by the premiere of a brand new Heritage Minute.

Halifax film screening picks — May 4-10

04 May
May 4, 2015

With Montage of Heck not scheduled to screen on HBO Canada at any time in the foreseeable future, the only legal way to see the Kurt Cobain documentary in this country is to go to a one-off theatre screening tonight at 7pm.

Cineplex has a number of other special event screenings this week as well, including a live Rifftrax commentary-screening of the love-to-hate-it indie The Room on Wednesday, as well as family-friendly screenings this weekend of The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma!.

There are just 3 weeks left in the Dal Art Gallery noir series and this week’s selection is noteworthy for being in colour and directed by the Canadian-born Allan Dwan—Slightly Scarlet, with John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, and Arlene Dahl.

The Mayworks Halifax festival continues this week with an AFCOOP-presented showcase of short films—Reel Justice.

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

  • Monday (May 4) — Montage of Heck, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, regular pricing. Brett Morgen, USA, 2015, 132 minutes.
  • Tuesday (May 5) — While We’re Young, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). ‎The highly-regarded latest feature from Noah Baumbach stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. USA, 2014, 97 minutes.
  • Wednesday (May 6) — Reel Justice (Mayworks Halifax Festival short films presented by AFCOOP), Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free. 11 films, 94 minutes total running time, details here.
    Slightly Scarlet, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Allan Dwan, USA, 1956, 99 minutes.
    — Rifftrax Live: The Room, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 9pm, regular pricing. The MST3K guys give the treatment (one time broadcast via satellite) to ” the most baffling and hilarious independent film ever produced.” 120 minutes, info and trailer here.
  • Saturday (May 9) — The Wizard of Oz, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing & Cineplex Lower Sackville, 11am, $2.99. Victor Fleming, USA, 1939, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (May 10) — Oklahoma!, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1955, 145 minutes.