Halifax film screening picks — Jan 11-17

11 Jan
January 11, 2016

If Roman Holiday made Audrey Hepburn a star, it was Sabrina that inaugurated her lasting relationship with Givenchy and thus the style we now think of as uniquely hers. This Sunday you can check out Cineplex Classic Film Series matinee screenings of Sabrina at Dartmouth Crossing and the Oxford.

Out-of-town screenings this week include, at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, the latest cinematic adaptation of Macbeth, which notably features Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and—appropriately for the Scottish Play—Scottish accents across the board, which have been variously described in the British media as “almost-perfect” and “mangled.” On the same night in Wolfville, the Fundy Film Society has Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home.

Cineplex Park Lane has seen fit to add a Tuesday screening of the 25th anniversary edition of Goodfellas, and this Friday has a late-night screening of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. There’s an Oscar push on for Lily Tomlin’s work in Grandma, so that film is back in theatres, and Park Lane has that as well.

This week in Halifax is front-loaded with a series of social issues & justice screenings with panel discussions, all free. Monday at the Halifax Infirmary’s QEII Royal Bank Theatre it’s Still Alice, with a panel discussion on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, family caregivers, and coping; Tuesday at the Central Library it’s the documentary The Hunting Ground, an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses—the cover-ups, and the toll on survivors and families—with a discussion on sexualized violence on Canadian campuses; Wednesday, also at the Central Library, it’s The Wanted 18, an ingenious doc, complete with talking cows, about the efforts of Palestinians in Beit Sahour to start a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada, followed by a Q&A with director Paul Cowan and guests. That one is presented by the Radical Imagination Project along with Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace and Independent Jewish Voices Halifax.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
    Carol, Todd Haynes, USA, 2015, 118 minutes — Halifax screening times
    Joy, David O. Russell, USA, 2015, 125 minutes — Halifax screening times
    The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino, USA, 2015, 167 minutes — Halifax screening times
    Brooklyn, John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes — Halifax screening times 
  • In theatres, watch-listed/notable:
    Grandma, Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 92 minutes — Halifax screening times 
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Jan 11) — Still Alice, QEII Royal Bank Theatre – Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St entrance, 7pm, free, panel discussion to follow. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, USA, 2014, 101 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Jan 12) — Goodfellas, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:10pm, $6. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990, 145 minutes + 30-minute documentary “Scorsese’s Goodfellas”.
      The Hunting Ground, O’Regan Auditorium @ Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, panel discussion to follow. Kirby Dick, USA, 2015, 103 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Jan 13) — The Wanted 18, O’Regan Auditorium @ Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free, discussion with director to follow. Amer Shomali & Paul Cowan, Palestine/Canada/France, 2014, 75 minutes.
    • Friday (Jan 15) — A Clockwork Orange, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Stanley Kubrick, UK, 1971, 136 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jan 17) — Sabrina, Cineplex Oxford & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Billy Wilder, USA, 1954, 113 minutes.
  • South Shore and Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (Jan 13) — Macbeth, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Justin Kurzel, UK/France/USA, 2015, 113 minutes.
      Coming Home, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Zhang Yimou, China, 2014, 111 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jan 17) — Brooklyn, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 112 minutes.
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