Halifax film screening picks — July 4-10

04 Jul
July 4, 2016

One of my favourite experiences at the greatly missed Wormwood’s Cinema was a repertory screening of Jonathan Demme’s brilliant, never-equaled Talking Heads live-show doc Stop Making Sense. I can still recall the projectionist coming out before the screening to advise us that he would be turning up the sound very far—and that we should feel free to dance on the seats. I don’t think the staff at Cineplex Park Lane will be similarly accommodating at screenings this week so you might want to confine your dancing to the aisle.

Park Lane also has some throwback screenings of a classic piece of Canadian cultural ephemera, 1983’s Strange Brew, through Wednesday (your mileage will likely depend on how much nostalgia you feel for Bob and Doug McKenzie), and this Sunday, with Dartmouth Crossing, has a matinee screening of 1951’s A Place in the Sun, with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor—”They are almost like reflections of each other; when they kiss, something incestuous and thrillingly forbidden throbs out of the screen.”

The Atlantic Film Festival’s summer outdoor series continues at Dartmouth Crossing this Saturday with an outdoor screening of How To Train Your Dragon—dusk hits at 9:36pm this Saturday, so you can expect doors to open around 8:30pm I believe, although AFF’s posted times continue to be contradictory at best.

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (July 4) — Stop Making Sense, Cineplex Park Lane, 2:30pm, $6.99. Jonathan Demme, USA, 1984, 88 minutes.
      Strange Brew, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:50pm & 9:25pm, $6.99. Rick Moraines & Dave Thomas, Canada, 1983, 90 minutes.
    • Tuesday (July 5) — Strange Brew, Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, $6.99. Rick Moraines & Dave Thomas, Canada, 1983, 90 minutes.
      — Stop Making Sense, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:05pm, $6.99. Jonathan Demme, USA, 1984, 88 minutes.
    • Wednesday (July 6) — Strange Brew, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:05pm, $6.99. Rick Moraines & Dave Thomas, Canada, 1983, 90 minutes.
    • Thursday (July 7) — Stop Making Sense, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:50pm, $6.99. Jonathan Demme, USA, 1984, 88 minutes.
    • Saturday (July 9) — How to Train Your Dragon, Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate (Dartmouth Crossing), approx. 9:36pm, free. Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois, USA, 2010, 98 minutes.
    • Sunday (July 10) — A Place in the Sun, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. George Stevens, USA, 1951, 122 minutes.
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