Halifax screening picks—March 19-25

19 Mar
March 19, 2018

This year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman, is finally playing Halifax, at Park Lane, and it isn’t guaranteed to be here after Thursday, so I think you know what to do.

If you’re like me and the recent screenings of Faces Places were a strong reminder that you can never have enough Agnès Varda in your life, well, the Dalhousie Art Gallery has us both covered. This Tuesday’s free screening in the Women Filmmakers 1931-1969 series is Lions Love (…and Lies), Varda’s most ambitious American film, “a staged documentary about a performance of events and ideas and attitudes that were very real to 1968.”

Speaking of films at Dal, this Thursday, Dalhousie Students for Partners in Health (DSPIH) hosts a pay-what-you-can screening of Bending the Arc, the extremely well-reviewed documentary released just five months ago, “about a group of advocates who sought to improve access to quality healthcare around the world.”

Carbon Arc returns from March Break with two films this weekend. Friday, In Between, from the Hungarian-born Palestinian Israeli film director Maysaloun Hamoud, tells the story of three young Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv—the “three bright actresses bring such a sense of authenticity to their roles that this all feels new.” Saturday, it’s the Metric concert film Dreams So Real, about which it’s impossible to find a review, so your level of interest is probably best matched to your level of interest in the band.

On Thursday, an unusual night for Fundy Cinema in Wolfville, there’s an equally unlikely choice of documentary—A lovasíjász (The Horse Archer), which screening apparently includes a demonstration of the eponymous horse archery. I have to assume this will be minus the horse.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Mar 20) — Lions Love (…and Lies), MacAloney Room, 4th floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 7pm, free. Agnès Varda, France/USA, 1969, 110 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:40pm, regular Tuesday pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Mar 21) — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:40pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Thursday (Mar 22) — Bending the Arc, Room 1020, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Ave, 6pm, donations accepted. Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos, USA, 2017, 102 minutes.
    • Friday (Mar 23) — In Between, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $8.75. Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel/France, 2016, 103 minutes.
    • Saturday (Mar 24) — Metric: Dreams So Real, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $8.75. T. Edward Martin & Jeff Rogers, Canada, 2017, 110 minutes.
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Mar 21) — A Fantastic Woman, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017, 104 minutes.
    • Thursday (Mar 22) — A lovasíjász (The Horse Archer), Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $10. Géza Kaszás & Dániel Tiszeker, Hungary, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 25) — Molly’s Game, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Aaron Sorkin, USA, 2017, 140 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—March 12-18

12 Mar
March 12, 2018

“In a fairer world, Portrait of Jason would have done what [Shirley Clarke’s] earlier works didn’t—it would have launched her, turned her into one of the most sought-out, most admired, and busiest directors of the time,” writes Richard Brody in The New Yorker.  “In director Shirley Clarke’s daring and ground-breaking documentary,” says the Dal Art Gallery’s note for this Tuesday’s screening, “would-be cabaret performer, hustler, and gender preference pioneer Jason delivers an electrifying monologue about what it is like to be black and gay in mid-Sixties USA.” This is the latest in the Gallery’s Women Filmmakers 1931-1969 series of free screenings. Rescheduled to Tuesday March 27.

Wednesday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has Spettacolo, the well-reviewed documentary about a dying tradition in a dying town. Every year in Monticchiello, a Tuscan village with about 100 residents, the citizens stage a play about themselves. “One of the film’s most beautiful passages,” writes the Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri, “is a montage of different townsfolk — a teacher, a woman hanging laundry, a clerk behind a desk — practicing their lines as they go about their day.”

This evening (Monday) at the Central Library, Novel Tech Ethics has lined up another excellent discussion panel for a mental-health-themed screening, this time for Sarah Silverman’s 2015 expectation-redefining portrayal of depression, I Smile Back, a film that, with its relentless darkness, has been more of a divider than uniter of critical opinion.

Carbon Arc is on hiatus this weekend to accommodate the Museum of Natural History’s March break programming.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this weekend:
    • Monday (Mar 12) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
      I Smile Back, Central Library, 6pm, free. Adam Salky, USA, 2015, 85 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.
    • Tuesday (Mar 13) — Portrait of Jason, MacAloney Room, 4th floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 7pm, free. Shirley Clarke, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
      To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
      The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Mar 14) — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
      To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
      Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Thursday (Mar 15) — The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Friday (Mar 16) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:40pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 18) — To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Park Lane, 2:30pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Mar 14) — Spettacolo, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen, USA, 2017, 91 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 18) — I, Tonya, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Craig Gillespie, USA, 2017, 121 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—March 5-11

05 Mar
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.

Halifax screening picks—weekend edition March 2-4

02 Mar
March 2, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Halifax Black Film Festival is here, opening with the well-reviewed Jim-Crow-era sexual violence doc The Rape of Recy Taylor, and closing with Black Cop, the feature directorial debut from Nova Scotia’s own Cory Bowles, a film that has picked up a bag full of awards since debuting this past fall at TIFF and AIFF.

Meanwhile, Carbon Arc on Friday (at an atypical 8:30pm screening time) has the latest from one of my favourite directors, Lebanon’s Ziad Doueiri, The Insult, a film that had excellent notices at TIFF and is in the running for the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar to be handed out on Sunday. On Saturday, there are two screenings of the Brett Morgen doc about Jane Goodall, Jane.

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.”

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new & notable:
  • Halifax screenings this weekend:
    • Friday (Mar 2) — The Rape of Recy Taylor, Spatz Theatre, 7pm, $20 [info]. Nancy Buirski, USA, 2017, 91 minutes.
      The Insult, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 8:30pm, $8.75. Ziad Doueiri, France/Lebanon, 2017, 112 minutes.
    • Saturday (Mar 3) — Jane, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $8.75. Brett Morgen, USA, 2017, 90 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 4) — Black Cop, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $15. Cory Bowles, Canada, 2017, 91 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—Tuesday & Wednesday Feb 27-28

27 Feb
February 27, 2018

Friends, I’ve got flu and laryngitis and am in no shape to research and post a full week of screening picks at the moment, so for now I will just call your attention to a couple of screenings tonight (Tuesday): the Dal Art Gallery’s screening of Mai Zetterling’s 1964 feature Loving Couples at 7pm, and the Thrillema’s screening of Takashi Miike’s 1999  gory classic Audition at the Museum of Natural History at 8pm.

I hope to update later in the week with some weekend picks.

Halifax screening picks—February 19-25

19 Feb
February 19, 2018

This Friday, Carbon Arc has its third documentary in a row, School Life, “the most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made,” about the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland.

The Canadian-Irish co-production The Breadwinner, a story of childhood set in Taliban-controlled Kabul—and a 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature—has a couple of additional screenings at Cineplex Park Lane today (Monday) and tomorrow, and then on Wednesday at Fundy Cinema in Wolfville. On Sunday, Fundy has Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, featuring Annette Bening in “one of the juiciest roles of her career” as Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame.

The very important and surprisingly good Black Panther arrived and crushed the box office this weekend. Although I don’t typically highlight studio-tentpole films here, I do like to note when there’s particular merit to choosing the IMAX editions of such films. So it pains me a bit to say that the IMAX edition of Panther is a bit of a scam in this regard. As part of the cross-promotional deals that IMAX has signed, quite a large portion of this film (about an hour) has been “specially formatted in IMAX“—but in this case, the footage in question was shot neither with IMAX gear nor with any other larger-format cameras—”it wasn’t feasible, given the hectic post schedule and dealing with last-minute VFX shots.” So those scenes will switch to a taller aspect ratio as we’ve seen with, for example, Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight films, but the higher resolution is produced by algorithmic extrapolation rather than additional detail captured by a camera lens. Disappointing.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new & notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (Feb 19) — The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 1pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Feb 20) — The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:40pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 23) — School Life (aka In Loco Parentis), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $8.75. Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane, Ireland/Spain, 2016, 99 minutes.
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Feb 21) — The Breadwinner, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 25) — Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Paul McGuigan, UK/USA, 2017, 106 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—February 12-18

12 Feb
February 12, 2018

Faces Places, the “unexpected—and perhaps final—gift from the visionary eighty-nine-year-old director Agnès Varda,” is the film that has given Varda a chance to claim this year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar, just months after becoming the first female director to receive an honorary Oscar. Carbon Arc will have two Friday screenings of this gem, which I ranked #2 on my top films of 2017. That makes it the best film released in 2017 (#1 on my 2017 list, Zamawon’t be released until this April), and not just in my opinion, but by at least one measure of critical consensus.

On Saturday, Carbon Arc has a special presentation of The Stairs, “a work with deep compassion for those who’ve made their way back from the depths of addiction.” A documentary shot over several years that examines the lives of habitual drug users in Toronto’s Regent Park, it won Best Canadian Film of 2016 from the Toronto Film Critics Association. This screening features a post-film Q&A with director Hugh Gibson, hosted by Natasha Pace from Global TV and featuring Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Strang.

Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has a great documentary pick as well this Wednesday, with the “instantly recognizable masterpieceDawson City: Frozen Time, a film which is partly about the discovery in the Yukon of several hundred reels of nitrate film from the 1910s and ’20s, decades after they were presumed permanently lost, but has much more to tell about those early decades of the 20th century. “You don’t just watch Dawson City,” Owen Gleiberman wrote in Variety, “You step into it to and draw back a magical curtain on the past, entering a world of buried memory that’s the precursor to our own.”

Another film from my 2017 top ten, The Florida Project, also has Wolfville screenings on Sunday.

The Canadian-Irish co-production The Breadwinner, a story of childhood set in Taliban-controlled Kabul “so urgent and far-reaching that it never settles into the comforts of a coming-of-age story“—and a 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature—plays this Thursday at Cineplex Park Lane, as well as next Wednesday (the 21st) in Wolfville.

Tuesday the Dal Art Gallery continues its Women Filmmakers 1931-1969 series with a “witty and prescient look at early reality TV in Britain,” Simon and Laura, the Muriel Box directed film that “attempts to expose the myth of democracy that television promises.”

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new & notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Feb 13) — Simon and Laura, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 7pm, free. Muriel Box, UK, 1955, 87 minutes.
    • Thursday (Feb 15) — The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 5pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 16) — The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
      Faces Places, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $8.75. Agnes Varda & JR, France, 2017, 89 minutes.
    • Saturday (Feb 17) — The Stairs, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $8.75. Hugh Gibson, Canada, 2016, 95 minutes.
      The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:30pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 18) — The Breadwinner, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:10pm, regular pricing. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 minutes.
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Feb 14) — Dawson City: Frozen Time, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Bill Morrison, USA, 2016, 120 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 18) — The Florida Project, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Sean Baker, USA, 2017, 115 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—February 5-11

05 Feb
February 5, 2018

Carbon Arc programs its first feature-length film of its winter-spring season this Friday with the African sensation Fèlicité, Senegal’s nominee for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature, and winner of the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, best film at FESPACO 2017 (Africa’s biggest film festival), and six Africa Movie Academy Awards (a new record). Alain Gomis’ cinematic style is “spectacularly multifaceted” (says the New York Times), and its title character’s arc shows a sophisticated understanding of female strength (says TIFF programmer extraordinaire Kiva Reardon).

I haven’t noted any Wolfville screenings for a while, but it is worth singling out this Sunday’s Fundy Cinema screenings of The Other Side of Hope, one of the best reviewed films of 2017, and one that seems to have broadened the appeal of the standout Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, a man who in the ongoing crisis of global migration seems to have found his moment. Before that, on Wednesday, Fundy has the Cannes Palme D’Or winner (and a good shout to pick up the Foreign Language Oscar), The Square.

Cineplex’s annual Flashback Film Fest continues through Thursday with more films than I can list here—I’ve included a handful below (nighthawk action fans who haven’t yet checked out the 3D conversion of Terminator 2: Judgment Day—”entirely supervised, frame-by-frame, by [James] Cameron” should definitely consider Tuesday’s late screening). My highest recommendations this week for your trip to the multiplex continue to be Oscar nominees Phantom Thread and Call Me by Your Name.

There is a good crop of free screenings again this week:

Halifax screening picks—January 29-February 4

29 Jan
January 29, 2018

Carbon Arc is back! The winter-spring 2018 series of screenings at the Museum of Natural History returns this Friday with the annual Cannes-award commercials showcase, a.k.a. the “2017 Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity.” Five consecutive weeks of film screenings have been posted up on the Carbon Arc website, including a February 16 screening of my #2 film of 2017—the amazing Agnes Varda doc Faces Places, which is up for a best documentary feature Oscar.

Also kicking off this Friday at Park Lane is Cineplex’s annual Flashback Film Fest, which as usual is a mixed bag of pop classics that includes a few gems. Friday’s kickoff has The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day back to back in the afternoon, as well as an evening double feature of Coen brothers comedies—Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski. Sunday sees some Super Bowl counter-programming with David Lynch’s still-divisive adaptation of Dune and the recently restored Jackie Chan kung-fu nugget Drunken Master. Family classic The Iron Giant has a matinee early Sunday afternoon.

Before that, on Wednesday, Sageev Oore pops up again at the Music Room with one of his excellent performances of live piano accompaniment of silent films. This show is a $30 ticket.

There’s also a good crop of free screenings this week:

My strongest recommendations this week continue to be Oscar nominees Phantom Thread and Call Me by Your Name, and rep screenings of the classics Charade and A Matter of Life and Death.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, new & notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (Jan 29) — Megan Leavey, Central Library, 6pm, free. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, USA, 2017, 116 minutes.
      A Matter of Life and Death, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:15pm, $6.99. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Jan 30) — A Matter of Life and Death, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, $6.99. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 minutes.
      Christopher Strong, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 7pm, free. Dorothy Arzner, USA, 1933, 78 minutes.
      Charade, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. Stanley Donen, USA, 1963, 113 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Jan 31) — Sageev Oore – piano w/ silent film, The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, 7pm, 2 hours.
      Charade, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Stanley Donen, USA, 1963, 113 minutes.
      A Matter of Life and Death, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:40pm, $6.99. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 minutes
    • Thursday (Feb 1) — A Matter of Life and Death, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, $6.99. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 minutes
      Groundhog Day, Alderney Landing Theatre, 7:30pm, free tickets available from local merchants. Harold Ramis, USA, 1993, 101 minutes.
      — Marianne and Juliane, Modulating Mansion, 2411 Agricola St, 7:30pm, free. Margarethe von Trotta, West Germany, 1981, 106 minutes.
    • Friday (Feb 2) — The Terminator, Cineplex Park Lane, 3pm, $8.99. James Cameron, USA, 1984, 107 minutes.
      Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D, Cineplex Park Lane, 5:15pm, $8.99. James Cameron, USA, 1991, 137 minutes
      — 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $8.75. Various directors and countries, 2017, 112 minutes.
      The Big Lebowski, Cineplex Park Lane, 8pm, $8.99. Joel & Ethan Coen, USA, 1998, 117 minutes.
      Raising Arizona, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:30pm, $8.99. Joel & Ethan Coen, USA, 1987, 94 minutes.
    • Saturday (Feb 3) — Selma, North Memorial Library, 1:30pm, free. Ava DuVernay, USA, 2014, 128 minutes.
    • Sunday (Feb 4) — The Iron Giant, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:30pm, $8.99. Brad Bird, USA, 1999, 87 minutes.
      Dune, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:30pm, $8.99. David Lynch, USA, 1984, 136 minutes.
      Drunken Master, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:25pm, $8.99. Yuen Woo-ping, Hong Kong, 1978, 110 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—January 22-28

22 Jan
January 22, 2018

Two absolutely remarkable films have arrived in Halifax theatres —among the very best of 2017.

Phantom Thread, supposedly the final performance by Daniel Day Lewis (I choose not to believe that), would for sure have been in my top 10 of 2017 if I’d seen it in time. This is a film that will clearly reward repeat viewings… maybe I’ll watch it again this week.

Call Me By Your Name, which you may recall was in my top 10 and my top 5 at TIFF as well, features the perfect coupling of a James Ivory script with Luca Guadagnino’s direction, and maybe the best soundtrack use ever of both Sufjan Stevens and Psychedelic Furs.

As if that weren’t enough, Cineplex has two top-drawer film classics as well. Friday at Park Lane, it’s Powell & Pressburger’s sublime 1946 fantasy-war-romance film, A Matter of Life and Death—”its strangeness makes it a masterpiece.” (So far there is just one scheduled screening but perhaps more will be added. Update: more added!) And Sunday afternoon at Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing, it’s Stanley Donen’s stylish, Hitchcock-inflected 1963 comedy thriller Charade, with an awkwardly-old Cary Grant and a dazzling, Givenchy-clad Audrey Hepburn delivering “the last sparkle of Hollywood.”

This week’s embarrassment of cinematic riches includes many excellent free screenings as well: