Halifax film screening picks — October 10-16

Starting this week, I’ll regularly pull out the top three most critically-acclaimed films (as ranked by Metascore) that are playing in Halifax’s commercial cinemas. This week’s top 3 includes Clint Eastwood’s Chesley Sullenberger bio-pic Sully, Mira Nair’s Phiona Mutesi bio-pic Queen of Katwe, and a film that is being followed by overlapping criticisms of both the film and director, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation.

If you’re like me and felt pretty let down by the way that 2014’s Gareth Edwards Godzilla reboot couldn’t really live up to its trailer, maybe you’re also clinging to hope that this year’s Japanese reboot attempt might actually be a fun watch. The early reviews for Shin Godzilla are fairly positive… Could it be?

Nocturne, the annual celebration of art at night, is back this Saturday, and Carbon Arc is participating with the “singular and strangely moving essay film” Stand By for Tape Back-Up, showing the 65-minute documentary five times over the course of Saturday night. Before that, on Friday, there is also a screening of the South Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross that River, documenting 15 months in the life of an inseperable married couple of 76 years.

Dal Art Gallery’s Wednesday evening free screenings of Shakespeare films has the 1953 heavily abridged (to 73 minutes!), staged by Peter Brook, Orson Welles starring, produced for television version of King Lear.

In the wake of Gene Wilder’s passing in August, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is back for some screenings, including three at Cineplex Park Lane this weekend.

Out of town this week, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has last year’s successful Australian modernization of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, The Daughter. I don’t believe that the latest from Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad (Omar), The Idol, has played Halifax, but this Sunday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has two screenings. (When you have a spare moment, can someone please explain to me why no significant Arabic-language films are screened in Halifax, not even at the Atlantic Film Festival, despite the fact that Arabic is the third most spoken language in the city?) That’s preceded on Wednesday by the weekly documentary screening, Dark Horse.

  • In theatres, critics’ top 3:
    1. Sully, Clint Eastwood, USA, 2016, 96 minutes [Metascore: 74] — Halifax showtimes
    2. Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair, USA, 2016, 124 minutes [Metascore: 73] — Halifax showtimes
    3. The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker, USA/Canada, 2016, 120 minutes [Metascore: 69] — Halifax showtimes
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Wednesday (Oct 12) — The Birds, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm & Cineplex Darmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119 minutes.
      Shin Godzilla, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi, Japan, 2016, 120 minutes.
      King Lear, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Andrew McCullough, USA, 1953, 73 minutes.
      — Three Stooges Fest: A Collection Of Shorts, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Various directors, USA, 1934-1953, 109 minutes.
    • Friday (Oct 14) — My Love, Don’t Cross That River, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Jin Mo-young, South Korea, 2013, 85 minutes.
      Young Frankenstein, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 105 minutes.
    • Saturday (Oct 15) — Stand by for Tape Back-up, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm, & 11pm, free.
      — Young Frankenstein, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, $6.99. Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 105 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 16) — Young Frankenstein, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 105 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Oct 12) — The Daughter, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 95 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Oct 13) — Dark Horse, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Louise Osmond, UK, 2014, 85 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 16) — The Idol, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Hany Abu-Assad, Netherlands/UK/Qatar/Argentina/Palestine, 2015, 100 minutes.
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