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Halifax film screening picks — Oct 26-Nov 1

26 Oct
October 26, 2015

I think that the Fundy Film Society wins film-Halloween this year, with the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night playing this Wednesday evening in Wolfville.

Carbon Arc has the “delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson,” François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend (two screenings on Friday), and the rather more reflective documentary Quebekoisie on Wednesday, with the directors Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins in attendance for a Q&A.

I’m pretty sure the first time I watched Solaris it was because the description on the VHS box at Video Difference sold it to me as Russia’s answer to 2001. In the years since I’ve watched it multiple times, read the novel, and twice watched the Soderbergh remake that is surprisingly truer to the book in some key ways. I now think of it, of course, as very much its own thing, and if you’ve never seen it, I’d suggest you check out this week’s screening—the latest in the Dal Art Gallery sci-fi Wednesdays series. On Tuesday the Gallery also has the visually rich The Mill and the Cross to conclude its October series of Dutch-art-related screenings.

Cineplex Park Lane has late-night screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this Friday and Saturday, because, yeah, Halloween.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — The Mill and the Cross, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Lech Majeswski, Poland/US/UK, 2011, 100 minutes.
    Grandma, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:05‎pm, ‎7:05pm &‎ ‎9:10pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Park Lane @ 6:45pm & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing @ 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 130 minutes.
    Quebekoisie, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, by donation, directors present for Q&A. Mélanie Carrier & Olivier Higgins, Canada, 2014, 80 minutes.
    Solaris, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 167 minutes.
  • Thursday (Oct 29) — Revolution, Ondaatje Auditorium @ McCain Building (6135 University Ave), 7pm, free. Follow-up to 2006’s Sharkwater examines threats to marine life around the globe—runner-up for People’s Choice doc award at TIFF 2012. Rob Stewart, Canada, 2012, 85 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 30) — The New Girlfriend, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9:30pm, $7. François Ozon, France, 2014, 107 minutes.
    — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 31) — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — Jimmy’s Hall, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Ken Loach, UK/Ireland/France, 2014, 106 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (Nov 1) — ’71, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 19-25

19 Oct
October 19, 2015

It’s Halifax Pop Explosion week, and there are a couple of screenings happening to celebrate. Thursday at the Halifax North Memorial Library, the Poptober presentations of Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline of Western Civilization trilogy wrap up with a free screening of the original instalment from 1981. And on Friday, Carbon Arc has the Les Blank documentary about Leon Russell—shot in the early ‘70s in Oklahoma but only released in 2015—A Poem Is a Naked Person. The single screening at 7pm is followed at 9pm by the musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows.

Marketing miscalculation or ahead of its time? Halloween III: Season of the Witch—the only Halloween instalment without Michael Myers—gets a Thrillema screening this Thursday.

The Dal Art Gallery screenings continue this week: Scarlett Johansson is Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in the 2003 Peter Webber film, in Tuesday’s Dutch art series, and the Wednesday sci-fi screening is Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. And speaking of Kubrick, Cineplex Park Lane has late-night screenings of The Shining this Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday at the Central Library you can catch another free Novel Tech Ethics health-issues screening with panel discussion—the John Kastner doc Out of Mind, Out of Sight—which won the best Canadian doc award at Hot Docs 2014—portrays the treatment process of four patients at a forensic psychiatric hospital.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 12-18

12 Oct
October 12, 2015

Once again this week, the film screening that I most want to attend is happening out of town—Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, an “unflinching, quietly furious exploration of life under radical Islamist rule,” is being screened by the Fundy Film Society in Wolfville this Wednesday.

Here in Halifax, Carbon Arc has double goodness this week: The remarkable, surprisingly upbeat documentary The Wolfpack has a single screening on Friday, and, as part of Nocturne: Art at Night, three free Saturday screenings of a collection of eight short films from the Schnit International Short Film Festival.

Cineplex Park lane has screenings today and tomorrow of a documentary whose existence is as improbable as the cancelled movie project that it examines—The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Yes, there was going to be a Tim-Burton-directed Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage, and yes, someone has made a film on this subject that might be worth seeing.

The Dal Art Gallery screenings continue this week with fresh instalments of the Tuesday Dutch art series and the Wednesday sci-fi series. In the former category we have director Peter Greenaway returning to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch with the documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, and in the latter, the repeatedly-remade 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Wednesday at the Central Library you can catch another free Novel Tech Ethics health-issues screening with panel discussion—the John Kastner doc NCR: Not Criminally Responsible “offers a timely and provocative examination of violence and mental illness, and the rights of victims.”

Thursday the Poptober screening series of the legendary Penelope Spheeris docu-trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization continues with Part II: The Metal Years, which delves into 80s “hair metal.” That’s at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

Cineplex Park Lane has a couple of late-night screenings of The Exorcist this weekend, and Jimmy Stewart fans can catch their favourite everyman on the big screen as well—a limited Classic Film Series engagement of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington kicks off at Cineplex this Sunday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Oct 12) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, Tuesday cheap-night pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2008, 100 mins.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free. John Kastner, Canada, 2013, 98 minutes.
    — Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Curt Siodmak, USA, 1953, 76 mins.
  • Thursday (Oct 15) —The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Halifax North Memorial Library, 7pm, free. Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1988, 93 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 16) — The Wolfpack, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Crystal Moselle, USA, 2015, 90 minutes.
    The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 17) — Schnit International Short Film Festival (selected short films), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 6pm, 8pm, & 10pm, free. Various directors, international, 2015, 70 minutes.
    — The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 129 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — Best of Enemies, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, 2015, USA, 88 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — Timbuktu, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, 96 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Love & Mercy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 5-11

05 Oct
October 5, 2015

The Dalhousie Art Gallery fall film series—Wednesday night sci-fi edition—continues this week with the 1953 nugget The Magnetic Monster: “With an ending set in Cape Breton, and a chunk taken from a 1930s German epic, The Magnetic Monster manages to blend ‘hard’ Science Fiction with pulp elements to produce a surprisingly effective cold-war thriller about an experiment with a radioactive particle gone wrong.” But through October you can also check out a Tuesday night series of films about Dutch painters, kicking off this week with Nightwatching, dramatizing the period in Rembrandt’s life when he painted his masterpiece The Night Watch, and directed by the brilliant Peter Greenaway.

Carbon Arc this Friday brings you the highly regarded Phoenix, directed by Christian Petzold and featuring his sixth collaboration with the star of the film, Nina Hoss. Those of you who have seen this film’s predecessor, the equally highly regarded Barbara, will find this one to be a little more arty in a Hitchcock sort of way. It’s an excellent film.

This Thursday sees the first in a series of Poptober/Halifax Pop Explosion screenings of Penelope Spheeris’ cult trilogy, The Decline of Western Civilization, beginning with the rarely screened Part III: “a fascinating look at the gutter punk scene of homeless teenagers in mid-‘90s LA featuring musical performances by Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression and The Resistance.” These are free and happening at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

The late-night Park Lane screenings this weekend feature the third instalment of the original Evil Dead trilogy—Army of Darkness, a timely screening with the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series set to debut 3 weeks later.

My pick of the out-of-town screenings is Paul Weitz’s Grandma, with a star turn by Lily Tomlin. I hear it was very well received at AFF, and this Wednesday you can check it out at Cineplex Cinemas Bridgewater as part of the Lunenburg County Film Series.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 6) — Nightwatching, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2007, 134 mins.
  • Wednesday (Oct 7) — The Magnetic Monster, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Curt Siodmak, USA, 1953, 76 mins.
  • Thursday (Oct 8) — The Decline of Western Civilization III, Halifax North Memorial Library, 7pm, free. Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1998, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 9) — Phoenix, 7pm & 9:30pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2014, 98 minutes.
    — Army of Darkness, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:45pm, $6. Sam Raimi, USA, 1992, 81 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 10) — Army of Darkness, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Sam Raimi, USA, 1992, 81 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (Oct 7) — Grandma, Cineplex Cinemas Bridgewater (349 Lahave St, Bridgewater), 4pm & 7pm, $8. Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
    Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Patrick Reed, Canada, 2013, 83 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 11) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 28-Oct 4

28 Sep
September 28, 2015

How do you prefer your anime—dubbed in English, or in Japanese with English subtitles? Carbon Arc lets you choose with this Friday’s screenings of When Marnie Was There (potentially the final feature from Studio Ghibli). The English-dialogue version screens at 7pm, and the subtitled version at 9:30pm.

In other local Studio Ghibli news, please note that this Wednesday’s Thrillema screening of Princess Mononoke has been sold out for days—folks looking for tickets are resorting to posting their requests on the Facebook event page.

The Dalhousie Art Gallery fall film series gets up and running this week—titled “Altered States: Transformation in Science Fiction Films,” it kicks off in fine fashion with the restored edition of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. (In addition to this Wednesday sci-fi series, you can look forward to Dutch-themed Tuesday film screenings in October, and a couple of screenings in November focusing on the future of medicine.)

The recent passing of Wes Craven is probably the reason for late-night Park Lane screenings this weekend of Scream—the original is a certifiable pulp classic no matter the progressively more mediocre sequels.

There are a number of excellent films playing out of town around Nova Scotia this week, but special mention goes to the latest Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall, which is playing this Sunday in Wolfville at the Al Whittle Theatre. The Astor Theatre in Liverpool has its screening of Diary of a Teenage Girl this Tuesday, departing from its usual Wednesday schedule.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 28) — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Park Lane, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary that just premiered at TIFF.
  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — Mistress America, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:10pm, 6:55pm, & 9:40pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Metropolis, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927, 145 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 2) — When Marnie Was There, 7pm (English dub) & 9:30pm (Japanese w English subtitles), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2014, 103 minutes.
    Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 3) — Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.

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

  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — The Salt of the Earth, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes. Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014, France/Brazil, 110 minutes.
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Marielle Heller, USA, 2015, 102 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Ex Machina, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 4) — Jimmy’s Hall, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9.

 

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 21-27 (inc. Atlantic Film Festival pt. 2)

21 Sep
September 21, 2015

It’s double goodness this week—not only is the Atlantic Film Festival in full swing, but also Carbon Arc returns for a fall season of screenings, kicking off with the well-received Brazilian domestic drama The Second Mother. The first three weeks have been planned as double screenings (7pm and 9:30pm) so it will be easier than ever to make it out to the Museum of Natural History to see films, starting this Friday.

If you’ve looked at my pre-festival top ten picks for AFF, you know that seven of those films are packed into the first four days of the week, so I guess you know where to find me for the next while.

The Radical Imagination Project isn’t taking a break for the festival, and has a Monday screening of Til the Cows Come Home—the story of the protests against the closing of Canada’s rehabilitative prison farms in 2010.

Out of town, the Lunenburg Doc Fest picks up where AFF leaves off, kicking off a weekend of documentary screenings on Friday. I haven’t broken out the individual screenings in my picks below, but you can check out the whole program here.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 20) — Cemetery of Splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, UK/France/Germany/Malaysia/Thailand, 2015, 122 minutes.
    — Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Zhangke Jia, China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 minutes.
    The Lobster, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands, 2015, 119 minutes.
    ‘Til the Cows Come Home, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Lenny Epstein, Canada, 2014, 60 minutes.
    — Rear Window, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:00pm, free tickets available at box office only. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 115 minutes.
    Rams (Hrútar), Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, AFF: tickets. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015, 93 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 21) — The Daughter, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 96 minutes.
    — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach,USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 22) — Dheepan, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:00pm, AFF: tickets. Jacques Audiard, France, 2015, 109 minutes.
    — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary just premiered at TIFF.
  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Son of Saul, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes.
    James White, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, AFF: tickets. Josh Mond, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Sep 24) — The Second Mother, 7pm & 9:30pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2015, 112 minutes.

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

  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Amy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 27) —  Mr. Holmes,  Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.

 

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.