Carbon Arc and the Dal Art Gallery film series are both still on hiatus until next week, but it turns out that the March break week has a surfeit of film screenings and film-related events. I’m personally looking forward to this Saturday’s 30th anniversary Cineplex screening of The Breakfast Club, which is about as generationally-definitive as films get.
Speaking of Generation X, Sunday also offers a rare chance (for Halifax) to pose your questions to the inimitable director Kevin Smith, as he is coming to the Spatz Theatre for a live Q&A with the screening of his Canadian-themed comedy-horror Tusk, the first of a projected “True North Trilogy” which is slated to proceed with further instalments Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws. Folks, I don’t make this stuff up.
This Friday sees the Halifax premiere of the locally shot and produced rom-com Relative Happiness, based on the bestselling novel written by Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe. There will be a Q&A to follow with the stars, producers, and director Deanne Foley, moderated by The Coast/CBC entertainment pundit and gal-about-town Tara Thorne.
Last but not least, for Brain Awareness Week (not making that up either) the Novel Tech Ethics film screenings are back, with everyone’s favourite J-Law-starring rom-com-dram Silver Linings Playbook on Monday
and the politically problematic yet widely praised animated war documentary Waltz With Bashir on Thursday, complete with panel discussions on the mental health issues the films raise.
Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:
- Monday (Mar 16) — Silver Linings Playbook, QEII Royal Bank Theatre @ Halifax Infirmary (Main floor, 1796 Summer St. entrance), 7pm, free, followed by panel discussion. David O. Russell, USA, 2012, 122 minutes.
— We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project as part of their “Whose Knowledge? Whose Power?” series. Documentary about Anonymous (“fascinating, incisive” says The Village Voice) by a former Frontline producer. Brian Knappenberger, USA, 2012, 94 minutes.
— Casablanca, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Final screening. Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 minutes.
- Tuesday (Mar 17) — What We Do In The Shadows, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, & 10:05pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Thursday. Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, USA/New Zealand, 2014, 86 minutes.
- Thursday (Mar 19) — Waltz With Bashir, QEII Royal Bank Theatre @ Halifax Infirmary, 7pm screening cancelled.
- Friday (Mar 20) — Relative Happiness, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing, post-screening Q&A at theatre, reception at The Arms, Lord Nelson Hotel. Full slate of regular screenings daily as well, with another Q&A following the Saturday 7pm screening. Deanne Foley, Canada, 2014, 94 minutes.
- Saturday (Mar 21) — The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm (both theatres), regular matinee pricing. With a “newly remixed bonus content featurette that takes a look back at the film that defined a genre.” John Hughes, USA, 1985, 113 minutes.
- Sunday (Mar 22) — Kevin Smith live Q&A with Tusk, Spatz Theatre @ Halifax Citadel High School, 6pm, $58.99 advance/$63.99 day of show. Film: USA, 2014, 105 minutes. Event info here.