Halifax film screening picks — November 21-27

Following successful screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in September, The War Show, an intimate portrait of the Syrian civil war that “succeeds at doing what many docs attempt: infusing humanity into the headlines” will be shown in Halifax this Tuesday at King’s College. The screening is free but donations for Syrian relief are encouraged, and it will be followed by an audience Q&A with film co-writer Spencer Osberg and Syrian journalist Raja Salim.

Speaking of acclaimed documentaries, this Friday Carbon Arc will show the “grim, unfussy and deeply movingDreamcatcher, one of the best-reviewed films of last year,

The Central Library continues its Featured Director screenings of Martin Scorsese films with a Tuesday screening of the cinematic milestone Taxi Driver, introduced by local blogger and NSCC Screen Arts faculty member Chris Campbell.

The Dal Art Gallery Wednesday free Shakespeare film screening series continues this week with Joss Whedon’s 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, which places the play “at a Hollywood house party, in black and white, with modern dress but Shakespearean dialogue.”

Cineplex Park Lane continues its John Hughes series, marking American Thanksgiving with a Thursday screening of Planes, Trains and Automobiles—expect additional screenings to be added.

On Wednesday in Liverpool, the Astor Theatre has two screenings of the Cold War comedic thriller Operation Avalanche, a “goofily entertaining satire of youthful ambition co-opted as a tool of government intrigue.” Tuesday’s King’s Theatre screening in Annapolis Royal is Captain Fantastic, while on Sunday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has the wonderful New-Zealand-set romp Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, new and widely acclaimed:
  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (Nov 21) — The Sting, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. George Roy Hill, USA, 1973, 129 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Nov 22) — Pretty in Pink, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:50pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1983, 93 minutes.
      Taxi Driver, Central Library, 5:30pm, free, introduced by Chris Campbell. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1976, 113 minutes.
      The War Show, Alumni Hall @ U King’s College, 7pm, free/donations encouraged. Andreas Dalsgaard & Obaidah Zytoon, Denmark/Germany/Syria, 2016, 100 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Nov 23) — The Sting, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm; Park Lane 7:20pm, $6.99. George Roy Hill, USA, 1973, 129 minutes.
      — Much Ado About Nothing, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Joss Whedon, USA, 2012, 108 minutes.
    • Thursday (Nov 24) — Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $6.99. John Hughes, USA, 1987, 92 minutes.
    • Friday (Nov 25) — Dreamcatcher, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Kim Longinotto, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley & South Shore screening picks for this week:
    • Tuesday (Nov 22) — Captain Fantastic, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Matt Ross, USA, 2016, 119 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Nov 23) — Operation Avalanche, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Matt Johnson, Canada/US, 2016, 94 minutes.
    • Sunday (Nov 27) — Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2016, 101 minutes.
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