Halifax screening picks—March 5-11

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March 5, 2018

Carbon Arc is on hiatus for a couple of weekends to accommodate the Museum of Natural History’s March break programming, but there are still some screenings of note this week. An all-time Czech New Wave favourite of mine, Daisies, the “radically mischievous” 1966 film by Věra Chytilová, is this week’s instalment of the Dal Art Gallery’s “Women Filmmakers 1931-1969” free screening series.

The 1982 Jim Henson creation The Dark Crystal is returning as a Netflix series, and in advance of that, the original film has returned to theatres, and is playing at Cineplex Park Lane on Wednesday. Speaking of timeless children’s entertainment, the film that offers to continue the legacy of Hayao Miyazaki’s work at Studio Ghibli, Yonebayashi Hiromasa’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, has arrived at Park Lane as well.

This week’s reluctant/obligatory mention goes to this Sunday’s Cineplex Classic Films screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve never been a huge fan of Gregory “The Human Jaw” Peck and possibly I resent the fact that he basically stole a best actor Oscar for this performance from the much more deserving Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. But I am at your service and here to inform you of such screenings as this.

Cineplex Park Lane has a film that was a late add to this past September’s AIFF, English director Sally Potter’s brief (71-minute) dark comedy The Party, “like Buñuel meets Molière, grounded in Chekhov,” and also has a couple more screenings of Call Me By Your Name (features the perfect coupling of a James Ivory’s Oscar-winning script with Luca Guadagnino’s direction), late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Call Me By Your Name on Wednesday and Mina Shum’s Meditation Park on Sunday.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this weekend:
    • Monday (Mar 5) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Mar 6) — Daisies, MacAloney Room, 4th floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 7pm, free. Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 minutes.
      The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:30pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:40pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Mar 7) — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 5pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minute
      Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:50pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Thursday (Mar 8) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:40pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Friday (Mar 9) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
      The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
    • Saturday (Mar 10) — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 11) — To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Mar 7) — Call Me By Your Name, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 11) — Meditation Park, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Mina Shum, Canada, 2017, 94 minutes.
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