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.