Halifax film screening picks — February 13-19

12 Feb
February 12, 2017

Last week, Jackie came and went at Cineplex Park Lane; this week, perhaps an even bolder bio-pic by Pablo Larraìn, Neruda, plays Friday only at Carbon Arc. The creativity of these two films, writes David Fear, “gives credence to the growing notion that, by taking a more fragmented, expressionistic route, you actually get closer to nailing the complexity of a life famously lived.” Neruda was Chile’s entry this year for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

On Saturday, Carbon Arc has the Iranian film Inversion (presented in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Center of Toronto—note the higher ticket price of $13). The film by Behnam Behzadi screened at last year’s Cannes festival in Un Certain Regard. “Nothing that happens in Inversion is overstated or even overtly dramatized, yet there’s an invisible tension that pulls us through the movie,” says Variety’s chief film critic Owen Gleiberman.

Tonight Cineplex Park Lane has the surprisingly well-engineered 3D conversion of Titanic (1997)—an actually watchable digital re-do for which Cameron spent over 60 weeks in 2011-12, going through the more than 260,000 frames of the film and giving notes. The original 2D version will screen at Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Park Lane Valentine’s throwback is The Princess Bride, about which Cary Elwes spilled quite a few production secrets a couple of years ago with a book about the making of the film.

The Dal Art Gallery continues its First Features series on Wednesday with the remarkable debut of Derek Jarman, Sebastiane, which it bills as “one of the first LGBT films—and perhaps the only one in Latin.” “One of a kind, it’s compulsively interesting on many levels,” says Time Out NY. Before that, on Tuesday, the Gallery continues its Black Music Biographies series with the HBO TV bio-pic Bessie, with Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville on Wednesday has The Red Turtle, a Studio Ghibli production—by the Dutch-British director Michaël Dudok de Wit—that doesn’t follow the house style and yet bears Ghibli’s “strong sense of color, philosophy and symbolism” such that it has now been acknowledged with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. On Sunday, Fundy has 20th Century Women, so this might be the best viewing opportunity for Haligonians who missed it.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (Feb 13) — Titanic (3D), Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. James Cameron, USA, 1997, 195 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Feb 14) — Bessie, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. Dee Rees, USA, 2015, 115 minutes.
      The Princess Bride, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, $6.99. Rob Reiner, USA, 1987, 98 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Feb 15) — Titanic (2D), Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. James Cameron, USA, 1997, 195 minutes.
      Sebastiane, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Derek Jarman & Paul Humfress, UK, 1976, 85 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 17) — Neruda, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/France/Spain, 2016, 107 minutes.
    • Saturday (Feb 17) — Inversion, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $13. Behnam Behzadi, Iran, 2016, 84 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley & South Shore screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Feb 15) — The Red Turtle, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Michaël Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, 2016, 80 minutes.
      — La La Land, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
    • Thursday (Feb 16) — La La Land, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 17) — La La Land, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
      — Manchester by the Sea, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7pm, $10. Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 2016, 137 minutes.
    • Saturday (Feb 18) — La La Land, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 19) — La La Land, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.
      20th Century Women, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Mike Mills, USA, 2016, 118 minutes.
      — Manchester by the Sea, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7pm, $10. Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 2016, 137 minutes.
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