Lady Bird

Halifax screening picks — November 24-26 [bonus weekend edition]

Lady Bird, rated by Metacritic as one of the five best-reviewed films of 2017, is both very familiar, and yet a breath of fresh air. “You might think you’ve seen this all before. You probably have, but never quite like this,” says A.O. Scott in the NY Times, which encapsulates well how I feel about this film. It’s my strongest recommendation this weekend, and it has now expanded from Park Lane to play at Bayers Lake as well.

The Square, on the other hand, is a film I’ve never quite made my mind up about. Winner of the Palme D’or at Cannes this year, it divided critics and still divides me. On the one hand, I feel that its analysis of the art world and social ethics has been rather over-praised. On the other hand, I found myself constantly entertained and amused by its many discrete episodes, sometimes riveted, so much so that I’m actually surprised to rediscover that it runs fully 142 minutes. If you’re interested, my advice is to move quickly as it’s sure to have a short run at Park Lane.

Carbon Arc wraps up its 2017 fall season this Friday with Sami Blood, the Swedish film that has won widespread acclaim for “examining with rare anthropological acuity the abuse of the indigenous Sami people of northernmost Europe.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • Halifax screenings this weekend:
    • Friday (Nov 24) — Sami Blood, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Amanda Kernell, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, 2016, 110 minutes.
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