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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.

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.