Halifax film screening picks — November 28-December 4

Animation with Love, the Halifax animated film festival, is back this weekend for its sixth and biggest-yet instalment. Neatly divided into a fan day, an industry day, and a family day this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it includes multiple shorts showcases (one local, one international) and three feature screenings: Miss Hokusai from Japan, Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children from Spain, and the very new (TIFF 2016 pick yet to be widely released) American film My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, with a star-studded vocal cast that features the likes of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, and Susan Sarandon.

The other festival happening this weekend is BAFF, the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival, the only Atlantic film festival that showcases disability culture. Opening night on Thursday features Invitation to Dance, a 2014 documentary that “invites us into a world where the freeing, sensuous power of dance is available to many different kinds of bodies.”

The Thrillema is back on Tuesday for a monthly hit of cult goodness with (hard as it is for me to choose) perhaps the most essential David Cronenberg film, 1983’s Videodrome.

The Central Library continues its Featured Director screenings of Martin Scorsese films with a Tuesday screening of Scorsese’s 25-years-later sequel to The HustlerThe Color of Money (1986), introduced by the always engaging local film critic Carsten Knox.

Tonight at the QEII Royal Bank Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary, Novel Tech Ethics is back with another excellent panel for a film-and-discussion screening of the sci-fi gem Gattaca.

Cineplex Park Lane continues its John Hughes revival series with a Friday screening (and probably more to be added) of the venerable John Candy vehicle Uncle Buck.

Fundy Cinema has two excellent selections this week, the Guatemalan feature Ixcanul which played Carbon Arc last month, and L’avenir (Things to Come), the Isabelle Huppert vehicle which was a festival highlight at TIFF and AFF in September.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, new and widely acclaimed:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Nov 28) — Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:50pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1987, 92 minutes.
      Gattaca, QEII Royal Bank Theatre-Halifax Infirmary, 7pm, free, panel discussion to follow. Andrew Niccol, USA, 1997, 106 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Nov 29) — The Color of Money, Central Library, 6:30pm, free, introduced by Carsten Knox. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1986, 120 minutes.
      Videodrome, The Thrillema @ Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free advance tickets. David Cronenberg, Canada, 1983, 89 minutes.
      — Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:10pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1987, 92 minutes.
    • Thursday (Dec 1) — Invitation to Dance, Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen), 7pm, free. Simi Linton & Christian von Tippelskirch, USA, 2014, 86 minutes.
    • Friday (Dec 2) — Miss Hokusai, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $10. Keiichi Hara, Japan, 2015, 90 minutes.
      — Psychonauts, The Forgotten Children, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $10. Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vázquez, Spain, 2015, 76 minutes.
      Uncle Buck, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1989, 99 minutes.
    • Sunday (Dec 4) — My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 3pm, $10. Dash Shaw, USA, 2016, 75 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (Nov 30) — Ixcanul, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, 2015, 100 minutes.
    • Sunday (Dec 4) — Things to Come (L’Avenir), Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany, 2016, 100 minutes.
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