Halifax film screening picks — Sep 28-Oct 4

How do you prefer your anime—dubbed in English, or in Japanese with English subtitles? Carbon Arc lets you choose with this Friday’s screenings of When Marnie Was There (potentially the final feature from Studio Ghibli). The English-dialogue version screens at 7pm, and the subtitled version at 9:30pm.

In other local Studio Ghibli news, please note that this Wednesday’s Thrillema screening of Princess Mononoke has been sold out for days—folks looking for tickets are resorting to posting their requests on the Facebook event page.

The Dalhousie Art Gallery fall film series gets up and running this week—titled “Altered States: Transformation in Science Fiction Films,” it kicks off in fine fashion with the restored edition of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. (In addition to this Wednesday sci-fi series, you can look forward to Dutch-themed Tuesday film screenings in October, and a couple of screenings in November focusing on the future of medicine.)

The recent passing of Wes Craven is probably the reason for late-night Park Lane screenings this weekend of Scream—the original is a certifiable pulp classic no matter the progressively more mediocre sequels.

There are a number of excellent films playing out of town around Nova Scotia this week, but special mention goes to the latest Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall, which is playing this Sunday in Wolfville at the Al Whittle Theatre. The Astor Theatre in Liverpool has its screening of Diary of a Teenage Girl this Tuesday, departing from its usual Wednesday schedule.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 28) — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Park Lane, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary that just premiered at TIFF.
  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — Mistress America, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:10pm, 6:55pm, & 9:40pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Metropolis, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927, 145 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 2) — When Marnie Was There, 7pm (English dub) & 9:30pm (Japanese w English subtitles), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2014, 103 minutes.
    Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 3) — Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley and South Shore screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — The Salt of the Earth, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes. Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014, France/Brazil, 110 minutes.
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Marielle Heller, USA, 2015, 102 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Ex Machina, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 4) — Jimmy’s Hall, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9.


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