Halifax film screening picks — Feb 8-14

08 Feb
February 8, 2016

Are you a cheap valentine? Why spend $125 to buy the John Cassavetes box set for your special someone, when you can take him or her to see all five films this weekend for seven bucks per person per movie? That’s the irresistible value proposition from Kazan Co-op starting this Friday evening, as they screen the Blu-ray editions of Opening Night, Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, Faces, and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie at The Waiting Room in a weekend event they are calling Valentine to Cassavetes. Advance tickets are available if you want to avoid a Valentine’s letdown.

This week kicks off with two of the best screenings of African Heritage Month: the Radical Imagination Project is showing The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 at the Central Library on Monday, and the Dal Art Gallery continues its Tuesday screenings of “First Films by Black Filmmakers” with Dear White People. The gallery’s Wednesday evening noir series continues as well, this week with the Fritz Lang Graham Greene adaptation Ministry of Fear.

Update: Due to the storm closures of Feb 8 & 9, Black Power Mixtape has been rescheduled to Feb 22, and Dear White People has been rescheduled to Feb 23.

Carbon Arc has a Friday screening of Laurie Anderson’s extremely well-reviewed cine-memoir of her late beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog LolabelleHeart of a Dog.

In Wolfville this week, Fundy Cinema has a Valentine’s Day screening of 45 Years. Charlotte Rampling is up for a Best Actress award at this month’s Oscars for her performance opposite Tom Courtenay in this film, but that hasn’t garnered a fraction of the attention that she has gained for some shockingly retrograde comments on the Oscars’ diversity deficit.

Cineplex’s “Great” Digital Film “Festival” continues through Thursday at Park Lane with a mix of ’80s-centric cult-y and blockbuster-y action-y stuff.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Update: Due to the storm closures of Feb 8 & 9, Black Power Mixtape has been rescheduled to Feb 22, and Dear White People has been rescheduled to Feb 23.
      Monday (Feb 8) — The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Göran Olsson, Sweden, 2011, 100 minutes.
      Runaway Train, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, $6.99. Andrei Konchalovsky, USA, 1985, 110 minutes. More Great Digital Film Festival screenings here.
    • Tuesday (Feb 9) — Dear White People, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. Justin Simien, USA, 2014, 108 minutes.
      — Mad Max: Fury Road, Cineplex Park Lane, 5pm, $6.99. George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015, 120 minutes. More Great Digital Film Festival screenings here.
    • Wednesday (Feb 10) — Ministry of Fear, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Fritz Lang, USA, 1944, 86 minutes.
      The Thing (1982), Cineplex Park Lane, 9:55pm, $6.99. John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 109 minutes. More Great Digital Film Festival screenings here.
    • Thursday (Feb 11) — Runaway Train, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:25pm, $6.99. Andrei Konchalovsky, USA, 1985, 110 minutes. More Great Digital Film Festival screenings here.
    • Friday (Feb 12) — Heart of a Dog, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Laurie Anderson, USA, 2015, 75 minutes.
      Opening Night, Kazan Co-op @ The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon St., 7pm, $7, advance tickets available. John Cassavetes, USA, 1977, 144 minutes.
    • Saturday (Feb 13) — Shadows, Kazan Co-op @ The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon St., 2pm, $7, advance tickets available. John Cassavetes, USA, 1959, 87 minutes.
      — A Woman Under the Influence, Kazan Co-op @ The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon St., 7pm, $7, advance tickets available. John Cassavetes, USA, 1974, 155 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 14) — Faces, Kazan Co-op @ The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon St., 2pm, $7, advance tickets available. John Cassavetes, USA, 1968, 147 minutes.
      — The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Kazan Co-op @ The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon St., 7pm, $7, advance tickets available. John Cassavetes, USA, 1976, 135 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening pick for this week:
    • Sunday (Feb 14) — 45 Years, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 minutes.
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