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Gabay and Shukrun dance with their arms outstretched, their faces series, against a backdrop of pinpoint lights.

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents Karaoke, A Radiant Girl, and America

PJFF celebrates 42 years

The 2022 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates 42 years with screenings at the Weitzman and other venues November 12 through 19. Stephen Silver reviews three picks.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
A group of 13 older men in matching striped pajamas stand behind Paddington, the CG-animated bear, looking to the camera

The BSR November 2022 movie repertory roundup

A Jeff Bridges retrospective, Rocky, Mississippi Masala, and more

Stephen Silver rounds up the Philadelphia area's November movie screenings.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 7 minute read
Tang Wei, looking tearful & defensive, faces Park Hae-il, who looks inquisitive, with distant mountains in the backdrop.

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents Decision to Leave, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Armageddon Time

PFF celebrates 31 years

Three films featured at this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, October 30, 2022, are headed to local cinemas soon. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Film still. Two actors look at each other, straight faced, illustrations in the room.

Celebrating indie films for 25 years with the FirstGlance Film Festival

From a Philly basement to bicoastal screenings

Stephen Silver previews the upcoming FirstGlance Film Festival.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 2 minute read
A black and white still from the movie, the actors gathered around a table wearing comical contemplative faces

The BSR October 2022 movie repertory roundup

Spooky film screenings galore

An assortment of the scary, the spooky, and the magical will screen throughout the month in the Philadelphia area. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 8 minute read
Close-up on Timur’s open-mouthed singing face on the big screen; Timur singing live with 8 musicians in front, lit in blue

Philly Fringe 2022 and Festival O22: Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects present Black Lodge

Reimagining the operatic form

Opera Philadelphia closed out Festival O22 with the premiere of Black Lodge by composer David T. Little and librettist Anne Waldman, with live music by Timur and the Dime Museum and the Opera Philadelphia String Quartet. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Granner in a judicial robe, on his knees at a desk, soft light cast on him. A blackboard behind him has Latin written on it.

Opera Philadelphia presents Festival O22: Opera on Film

Every frame a song

Gail Obenreder previews Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O22, which features 30 films screened at the Philadelphia Film Center.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 2 minute read
Scene from the film. A tattooed man tenderly hugs a woman in a plaid shirt. They stand in the hallway of the family house.

Our American Family zooms in on addiction in one real-life Philly home

A brave family

Substance abuse and addiction are common topics onscreen, but a new documentary about family life while striving for sobriety is an essential and intimate look at the struggle. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Marlon Brando as the Godfather, sitting in a chair, a wall behind him. A man sits in the foreground, looking towards Brando

September 2022 BSR repertory movie roundup

The return of Avatar and The Godfather with live music and more

Stephen Silver rounds up film screenings in the Philly area for September.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 9 minute read
Four people in various styled outfits mixed with lace, corsets, leather, etc. stand together close, some hand in hand

Maori Karmael Holmes talks the 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival

Celebration of storytelling traditions

Stephen Silver spoke with BlackStar's founder, artistic director, and CEO Maori Karmael Holmes about this year's film festival.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 3 minute read