Halifax film screening picks — Oct 12-18

Once again this week, the film screening that I most want to attend is happening out of town—Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, an “unflinching, quietly furious exploration of life under radical Islamist rule,” is being screened by the Fundy Film Society in Wolfville this Wednesday.

Here in Halifax, Carbon Arc has double goodness this week: The remarkable, surprisingly upbeat documentary The Wolfpack has a single screening on Friday, and, as part of Nocturne: Art at Night, three free Saturday screenings of a collection of eight short films from the Schnit International Short Film Festival.

Cineplex Park lane has screenings today and tomorrow of a documentary whose existence is as improbable as the cancelled movie project that it examines—The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Yes, there was going to be a Tim-Burton-directed Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage, and yes, someone has made a film on this subject that might be worth seeing.

The Dal Art Gallery screenings continue this week with fresh instalments of the Tuesday Dutch art series and the Wednesday sci-fi series. In the former category we have director Peter Greenaway returning to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch with the documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, and in the latter, the repeatedly-remade 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Wednesday at the Central Library you can catch another free Novel Tech Ethics health-issues screening with panel discussion—the John Kastner doc NCR: Not Criminally Responsible “offers a timely and provocative examination of violence and mental illness, and the rights of victims.”

Thursday the Poptober screening series of the legendary Penelope Spheeris docu-trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization continues with Part II: The Metal Years, which delves into 80s “hair metal.” That’s at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

Cineplex Park Lane has a couple of late-night screenings of The Exorcist this weekend, and Jimmy Stewart fans can catch their favourite everyman on the big screen as well—a limited Classic Film Series engagement of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington kicks off at Cineplex this Sunday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Oct 12) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, Tuesday cheap-night pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2008, 100 mins.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free. John Kastner, Canada, 2013, 98 minutes.
    — Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Curt Siodmak, USA, 1953, 76 mins.
  • Thursday (Oct 15) —The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Halifax North Memorial Library, 7pm, free. Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1988, 93 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 16) — The Wolfpack, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Crystal Moselle, USA, 2015, 90 minutes.
    The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 17) — Schnit International Short Film Festival (selected short films), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 6pm, 8pm, & 10pm, free. Various directors, international, 2015, 70 minutes.
    — The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 129 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — Best of Enemies, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, 2015, USA, 88 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — Timbuktu, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, 96 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Love & Mercy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.
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