Halifax film screening picks — May 9-15

09 May
May 9, 2016

There are only three weeks left in the Dalhousie Art Gallery Wednesday noir series—this week’s selection is one of the all-time greats, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, the 1955 film that survived blacklisting to earn recognition as a genuine masterpiece.

Park Lane has booked some additional Prince-memorial screenings of Purple Rain, and with Dartmouth Crossing has some more Classic Film Series screenings of Rocky. Meanwhile the well-reviewed Susan Sarandon vehicle The Meddler has moved in at the Oxford, while The Lobster has hopped over to Park Lane.

It took me a couple of weeks, but I caught up with Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. I’m not sure if it’s quite as strong as his previous effort Blue Ruin, but it’s an enjoyable-if-gory suspenser that benefits from a helping of Saulnier’s patiently-observed melancholy realism stirred into the genre mix.

In Wolfville on Sunday, Fundy Cinema has Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in Born to Blue.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 9) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:30pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      — Purple Rain, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Albert Magnoli, USA, 1984, 111 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 10) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      — Purple Rain, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Albert Magnoli, USA, 1984, 111 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 11) — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
      Rififi, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Jules Dassin, France, 1955, 122 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (May 10) — 45 Years, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 15) — Born to be Blue, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Robert Budreau, Canada/UK, 2015, 97 minutes.
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