Halifax film screening picks — January 23-29

23 Jan
January 23, 2017

“The personal is the political, as second-wave feminists liked to say, and so it is in 20th Century Women,” says Manohla Dargis in her strong NY Times review. The third feature from Mike Mills—husband of Miranda July—is now playing at Cineplex Park Lane, and I have it on good authority that you should make it a priority.

The First Features screening series at the Dal Art Gallery continues this week with the debut feature by a director who embodies cinema itself—Federico Fellini’s The White Sheik, co-written with co-luminary Michelangelo Antonioni, no less. There hasn’t been a DVD release of this one since the now-out-of-print 2003 Criterion—used copies of which are going for as much as US$79 on Amazon—so this free screening is pretty much the deal of the month.

One of the most insightful film reviews I’ve read in a while is this take on Martin Scorsese’s Silence by Toronto critic Adam Nayman. On the topic of whether the film constitutes cultural ammo for the right wing, he writes: “The idea of holding a film set in the 17th century accountable to present-tense attitudes is as small-minded as it gets—the rich irony being that the themes Scorsese is getting at here do in fact very much apply to the here and now.” Paramount has added hundreds more screens this past weekend (though not in Halifax, where it is exclusively at Scotiabank Theatre in Bayers Lake), but box office receipts continue to fall, so I’d encourage you to get out and see it on the big screen while you still can.

It has also been playing this past weekend at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, which venerable institution has added a series of upcoming weekend engagements for currently critically-acclaimed releases: Manchester by the Sea, Hidden Figures, La La LandFundy Cinema in Wolfville has Cameraperson on Wednesday and The Edge of Seventeen this Sunday.

  • In theatres, new and critically acclaimed:
  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • Halifax area screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Jan 25) — The White Sheik, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1952, 88 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley & South Shore screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Jan 23) — Silence, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Martin Scorsese, USA/Taiwan/Mexico/UK/Italy/Japan, 2016, 161 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Jan 25) — Cameraperson, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2016, 102 minutes.
    • Friday (Jan 27) — Manchester by the Sea, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 2016, 137 minutes.
    • Saturday (Jan 28) — Manchester by the Sea, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 2016, 137 minutes.
    • Sunday (Jan 29) — The Edge of Seventeen, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Kelly Fremon Craig, USA, 2016, 99 minutes.
      — Manchester by the Sea, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 2016, 137 minutes.
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