Halifax film screening picks — October 24-30

24 Oct
October 24, 2016

This week is chock-a-block with Halloween-themed movies, up to and including the John Carpenter classic Halloween, replete with its sources in Psycho, playing Cineplex Park Lane this weekend—as is Scream, now 20 years old, which fact makes me, and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, feel very old. The monthly Thrillema screening on Tuesday is a double bill of the cult horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat and the unassailable classic Evil Dead II, a film that combines gore and absurdity in an unprecedented way—thanks largely to an equally absurd path to production.

Carbon Arc joins the Halloween party with a new homage to the early- to mid-’70s occult thriller subgenre with The Love Witch, “a creepy and cunning examination of female fantasy.”

Also on Friday, Carbon Arc has the first film ever made in the indigenous Mayan language of Kaqchikel, the arranged-marriage drama Ixcanul—”the atmosphere is so tranquil that the whoosh of action in the final third is powerfully disorienting,” says Jeanette Catsoulis of the New York Times.

Dal Art Gallery’s Wednesday evening free screenings of Shakespeare films continue this week with the 1969 version of Hamlet directed by Tony Richardson (A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner).

Out of town, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday has the Michael Moore documentary Where to Invade Next (which is, yes, already on Netflix). Fundy Cinema in Wolfville continues its Wednesday documentary series with Konelīne: Our Land Beautiful, Best Canadian Feature Documentary award winner at Hot Docs 2016. On Sunday, Fundy is screening Mia Madre, the latest from Nanni Moretti (We Have a Pope).

  • In theatres, critics’ top 3:
    1. Sully, Clint Eastwood, USA, 2016, 96 minutes [74] — Halifax showtimes
    2. Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair, USA, 2016, 124 minutes [73] — Halifax showtimes
    3. Deepwater Horizon, Peter Berg, USA, 2016, 107 minutes [68] — Halifax showtimes
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Oct 24) — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:45pm, 9:25pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
      — Shin Godzilla, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi, Japan, 2016, 120 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Oct 25) — Trick ‘r Treat + Evil Dead II, The Thrillema @ Museum of Natural History, 7:30pm, very limited free tickets at the door. Michael Dougherty, USA/Canada, 2007, 82 minutes; Sam Raimi, USA, 1987, 84 minutes.
      — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:25pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Oct 26) — Hamlet (1969), Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Tony Richardson, UK, 1969, 117 minutes.
      — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
    • Thursday (Oct 27) — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:45pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
      Oasis: Supersonic, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $14.95. Mat Whitecross, UK, 2016, 122 minutes.
    • Friday (Oct 28) — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:45pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
      Ixcanul, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, 2015, 100 minutes.
      Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.
      The Love Witch, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9:15pm, $7. Anne Biller, USA, 2016, 120 minutes.
      Halloween, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. John Carpenter, USA, 1978, 91 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 30) — Howards End, Cineplex Park Lane, 1pm, regular pricing. James Ivory, UK, 1992, 140 minutes.
      — Shin Godzilla, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi, Japan, 2016, 120 minutes.
      — Halloween, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. John Carpenter, USA, 1978, 91 minutes.
      — Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Oct 25) — Where to Invade Next, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Michael Moore, USA, 2015, 110 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Oct 26) — Konelīne: Our Land Beautiful, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Nettie Wild, Canada, 2016, 96 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 30) — Mia Madre, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Nanni Moretti, Italy/France, 2015, 107 minutes.
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