Carbon Arc is in the second week of a two-week March Break hiatus, but the Dal Art Gallery film series is back this week with two films from the 1940s. Tuesday sees the kickoff of a three-week series of screenings marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, starting with Odd Man Out, directed by Carol Reed (The Third Man), and starring James Mason as a wounded nationalist on the run after a failed bank robbery. On Wednesday the noir series resumes with one of my favourite Akira Kurosawa films, Stray Dog, starring “an impossibly young Toshiba Mifune” as a detective in post-war Tokyo.
My curiosity’s been piqued by a Chinese film that opened in Halifax on Friday—the “exhilarating, bizarre, good-hearted, blatantly obvious sci-fi-fantasy-slapstick eco-fable” Mei ren yu (The Mermaid), which is out at Bayers Lake this week, and features “weaponized sea urchins, incredibly delicious roasted chickens, man-octopus self-mutilation and other comic oddities.”
I’m not a huge fan of Paolo Sorrentino—pretty much everybody liked La Grande Bellezza better than I did—but I can’t let this Sunday’s Wolfville screening of Youth go without mention, because, well, Diego Maradona.
- In theatres, seen & recommended:
- In theatres, new/notable:
- Mei ren yu (The Mermaid), Stephen Chow, China/Hong Kong, 2016, 94 minutes — Halifax 2D screening times | Halifax 3D screening times
- Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore, USA, 2015, 110 minutes — Halifax screening times
- The Witch, Robert Eggers, USA/Canada, 2015, 93 minutes — Halifax screening times
- The Lady in the Van, Nicholas Hytner, UK, 2015, 104 minutes — Halifax screening times
- Halifax area screening picks for this week:
- Annapolis Valley screening pick for this week:
- Sunday (Mar 20) — Youth, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Paolo Sorrentino, 2015, Italy/France/Switzerland/UK, 124 minutes.