Halifax film screening picks — September 26-October 2

The Atlantic Film Festival is over for another year, but Carbon Arc is back with a fresh fall season of screenings. Up first this Friday: Chevalier, “a brilliantly contained and sublimely ridiculous send-up of competitive male egos from a refreshing female perspective“—that of Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari.

The Cineplex Classic Films series is bringing the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds back to the big screen for October, but if you prefer to see it on a pay-what-you-can basis—with snacks by Lemon Dogsthis Wednesday’s Thrillema screening might be just the (free advance) ticket. The film is by no means in the top tier of Hitchcock’s oeuvre but it is certainly one of his most iconic, in no small measure due to Tippi Hedren’s classy performance and Edith-Head-designed costumes.

Cineplex Park Lane is also continuing its Star Trek 50th anniversary screenings this Thursday with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country—the final film to feature the entire classic Star Trek cast—featuring the directorial return of Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), and Christopher Plummer rocking the Klingon makeup and Shakespeare quotes. Incidentally, this nice little clutch of September Trek-film screenings at Park Lane is nothing compared to the bloody big deal that TIFF is making of this anniversary, this fall in Toronto.

Speaking of Shakespeare, Dal Art Gallery’s Wednesday evening free screenings of Shakespeare films continues with Laurence Olivier’s first performance of Shakespeare on screen in the 1936 Paul Czinner adaptation of As You Like It.

The Radical Imagination Project is also back with another series of social-issue doc screenings for the fall, starting Monday with the very crowd-sourced Every Cook Can Govern, the story of the Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist C.L.R. James.

Out of town, on Tuesday, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal has Sing Street, while Fundy Cinema‘s Wednesday screening is the extremely well-reviewed new technology doc from Werner Herzog, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. On Sunday, Fundy has director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, featuring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore.

  • In theatres, new/notable:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Sep 26) — Every Cook Can Govern: The Life, Impact & Works of CLR James, Central Library (Lindsay Room), 6:30pm, free. Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris, UK, 2016, 121 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Sep 28) — The Birds, The Thrillema @ Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free advance tickets. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119 minutes.
      As You Like It, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Paul Czinner, UK, 1936, 96 minutes.
    • Thursday (Sep 29) — Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, $6.99. Nicholas Meyer, USA, 1991, 110 minutes.
    • Friday (Sep 30) — Chevalier, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9:15pm, $7. Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 2015, 105 minutes.
      — Three Stooges Fest: A Collection Of Shorts, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. Various directors, USA, 1934-1953, 109 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 2) — The Birds, Cineplex Park Lane, 1pm & Cineplex Darmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119 minutes.
      — Three Stooges Fest: A Collection Of Shorts, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, $6.99. Various directors, USA, 1934-1953, 109 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Sep 27) — Sing Street, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. John Carney, Ireland/USA/UK, 2016, 105 minutes
    • Wednesday (Sep 28) — Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Werner Herzog, USA, 2016, 98 minutes.
    • Sunday (Oct 2) — Maggie’s Plan, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Rebecca Miller, USA, 2015, 98 minutes.
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