Halifax film screening picks — August 22-28

Cineplex Park Lane has a few 25th anniversary screenings this week of Thelma & Louise, a film that holds up well, a little too well, as Megan Garber puts it, because its “fundamental fact… that ultimately drives its plot, and the one that makes it feel so disappointingly fresh today—is the women’s recognition that they can’t trust the law, because the law doesn’t trust them.”

Park Lane has a large number of other special screenings this week, including what may or may not be the “director’s”/final cut of Close Encounters of the Third Kind this Friday night—programmed simultaneously with the third instalment of Indiana Jones, in an act of seemingly in-joke-esque scheduling. This is truly the week of peak Indy for Cineplex, as there are screenings of all three chapters of the original trilogy (see below for timings—the whole trilogy plays in order this Saturday). There is also a Wednesday screening of Unlocking the Cage, the new animal rights documentary. The reviews have been mixed-to-good for this one, but at minimum a new doc by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus is always notable, it seems to me.

Tuesday at the Central Library the August series of screenings of Coen brothers films continues with A Serious Man, a film that is probably, no, definitely, in my top three Coen films ever. Your host this week is the always fun film fan-and-maker, CBC columnist, and Coast contributor Tara Thorne.

The latest release from stop-motion animation studio Laika has arrived, and the reviews are the best yetKubo and the Two Strings is “clearly made by people who understand that the border between classic children’s stories and horror lies deeper in the neighborhood of the latter than we might assume.”

If you missed the Halifax engagement of Swiss Army Man, there’s a chance to see it this Wednesday at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool.

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