Review: <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i>

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Fierce Frances McDormand commands this dark, sad story.
Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Marge Gunderson in Fargo, an—this is the correct usage of this word—iconic performance of uncommon warmth in a typically cold Coen brothers film set in the deep snow of Minnesota. But she's at her best when she's being a fierce bitch—think Olive Kitteridge, her disgruntled Jane in Friends with Money, even her vocal appearance on The Simpsons as a teacher who believed in gender segregation.

Hollywood’s recycling program

Five years, and nothing but the same-old. And you like it.
Don't cry for the death of the classic cinematic experience—weep for the original screenwriter. Hollywood has always remade, reinvented and recast itself: We're fresh off an updated Murder on the Orient Express, and a new Jumanji awaits this holiday season for those who...wanted it?

Review: My Friend Dahmer

The film is based on the true story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's adolescence, as told by his high school friend.
My Friend Dahmer is disturbing from the beginning, probably because we already know the subject’s destiny. The film is based on a graphic novel of the same name, in which John “Derf” Backderf (played by Alex Wolff in the adaptation) recounts his high school friendship with soon-to-be rapist, serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.

Sexual assault allegations at Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative

AFCOOP board is investigating after accusations made about the organization.
The Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative posted a statement on its Facebook page Tuesday, in part addressing the claims made public this week by a woman that she was sexually assaulted by a current staff member several years ago while working on a film.

Review: Dina

New documentary features an unconventional love story.
There’s an uneasiness to the set-up of Dina, the documentary from Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year.

Lady Bird's feather touch

Greta Gerwig has written and directed a film as effervescent as she is.
The actor Greta Gerwig has consistently pushed her way into public consciousness for the past decade, in indie favourites like Frances Ha, Maggie's Plan and 20th Century Women, and a handful of Hollywood things like Jackie, Greenberg and The Mindy Project.

Hopeless Romantic wants to subvert the romcom

The anthology, shooting in Halifax now, aims to challenge the predictable plotlines of romantic comedies.
A wedding is taking place on a golden fall afternoon at The Waegwoltic's clubhouse in the south end. Well-dressed attendees laugh, dine and celebrate the union of a young couple—all beneath the intimate glow of heavy lighting equipment and high-definition cameras.

Movie review: Thor: Ragnarok

Alert: Cate Blanchett steals whole franchise!
It's one thing to cast Robert Redford or Michael Keaton as unorthodox villains in superhero films—veterans playing against type, a bit of capital-A acting in with all the Chrises and women just collecting paycheques.

Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Follow-up to The Lobster is just as weird—and more unsettling.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ delightfully bizarre satire The Lobster—a world in which being single was a crime punishable by being turned into an animal of one’s choice—was a highlight of 2015, winning multiple awards at Cannes and pulling an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

Holding space for BIPOC artists in the Halifax art world

Unaddressed tensions make it harder for BIPOC artists’ work to be recognized, or even seen.
Nocturne applications will now include a series of optional self-identification questions about race, gender and religion, as a direct result of discourse about the gap in representation and visibility of Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour within the local visual arts community. 

A Spooky Night at the Movies offers a Monster mash-up

The annual silent film and live score event is a classy Halloween celebration.
A Spooky Night at the Movies Friday, October 27, 7:30pm Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Avenue $5-$30 For tickets: 902-445-0521

The Florida Project’s sunny outlook

Sean Baker talks The Little Rascals and the universality of childhood in his new film.
The Florida Project Opens Friday, October 27 Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane 5657 Spring Garden Road

Movie Review: Una

Rooney Mara simmers in this taut, beautifully composed drama
Rooney Mara seeks revenge—or something like it—against her rapist in Una, a spare and beautifully photographed exploration of the complexities of trauma.

Movie Review: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

A queer and kinky superhero origin story
There’s precious little comic book content in this origin story of Wonder Woman, thankfully.

The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival wants to connect and relate

The fourth annual event, kicking off Thursday, offers a cross-section of the Jewish experience to be enjoyed by everyone.
Atlantic Jewish Film Festival October 19-22 Musuem of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, and other venues $5-$25 theajc.ns.ca/ajff

SICKBOY doc is full of heart and energy

Halifax podcast gets its own movie
Jeremie Saunders was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby.

Soul on Ice shows how hockey history misses the net

The documentary, screening at Saint Mary’s this week, sheds light on the unheralded contributions of Black hockey players to Canada’s national sport.
Hockey and the Black Experience

The Delinquents Movie drops in for its Halifax premiere

Dedicated east coast snowboarders shred all over Atlantic Canada in new documentary
The Delinquents Movie Friday, September 29, 8pm Pro Skateboards, Snowboards & Surfboards 6451 Quinpool Road

Movie review: Game, set and match for Battle of the Sexes

The outcome of this battle is a 44-year-old statistic, and still you're pinned to your seat.
There are a few surprising things about Battle of the Sexes, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's fun and breezy retelling of the 1973 novelty tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs: It's Emma Stone's movie, first of all.

Movie review: Burn this mother! down

Not since Scream 2 has a movie's top-secret plot been so disappointing.
T he best reason to see mother!

Play Your Gender slays

Looking at sexism in the music studio, this local documentary lays bare some harsh realities.

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