Halifax film screening picks — March 21-27

21 Mar
March 21, 2016

Carbon Arc has had some real success this winter bringing in highly-touted films early in their release cycle, notably a high-demand sold-out screening of Embrace of the Serpent, which returns for a second showing this Friday, and, in the early slot this FridayThe Brand New Testament, which has yet to be released widely, though it turned heads at multiple festivals last year, including Cannes.

The Dal Art Gallery film series continues its three-week series of Tuesday screenings marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, this week with Michael Collins, directed by Neil Jordan, and starring a pre-action-movie-cliche Liam Neeson. On Wednesday the noir series has one of the all-time great films, The Third Man, featuring Orson Welles’ late and unsurpassed entrance.

Tuesday at the Bus Stop Theatre there’s a free World Water Day screening of Fractured Land, a top ten audience favourite from last year’s Hot Docs festival. This screening is sponsored by the Halifax chapter of the Council of Canadians and attendees are invited to stay “for a discussion with opponents to Alton Gas Storage’s planned project to use water from the Shubenacadie River to hollow out salt caverns, discharge the brine waste back into the Shubie, and use the caverns to store natural gas.”

If you have somehow managed to avoid finding out about the big plot twist of 10 Cloverfield Lane—or perhaps even if you haven’t—do go see it.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Mar 22) — Michael Collins, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. Neil Jordan, France/Ireland/UK, 1996, 133 minutes.
      Fractured Land, The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St, 6:30pm, free.  Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher, Canada, 2015, 75 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Mar 23) — The Third Man, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Carol Reed, UK/USA, 1949, 108 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 25) — The Brand New Testament, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2015, 113 minutes.
      — Embrace of the Serpent, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9:30pm, $7. Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2015, 125 minutes.
  • South Shore screening pick for this week:
    • Sunday (Mar 20) — Son of Saul, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes.
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