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In black and white, three women, one girl, and a man, presumably Asian American, look down at the camera wearing sunglasses.

The Weekly Roundup, September 15-21

The return of the Women’s Film Festival, ‘Nanay,’ WEIRDO, and more

The Women’s Film Festival is back with in-person screenings, a Fringe show inspired by Filipino migrant stories, a poetic conversation at Blue Stoop, and WEIRDO returns to East Kensington. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
The Viva Video storefront, with large figures of Jack Skellington and The Wizard of Oz cast. Shelves of DVDs are inside

Ardmore’s Viva Video closes after nine years on Lancaster Avenue

Goodbye to The Last Picture Store

Fans of TLA Video found a new home after Miguel Gomez opened Viva Video in Ardmore. As Viva Video now closes, the community that loved it reflects on the future of movie watching. Stephen Silver was there.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Features 5 minute read
Martinez, an Afro-Cuban man, sits before congas, cymbals, and microphones, with his arms out, his mouth wide as he's sings.

The Weekly Roundup, September 1-7

Tadaima 2021, Pedrito Martinez, Andrea Walls, 'POOL,' and 'A Saturday Jawn'

A festival celebrating Japanese Americans, a new exhibit from Fairmount Water Works, and Vinyl Tap returns to Amalgam. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
A young man, woman, and someone in a rabbit suit with a creepy bunny mask sit at an empty movie theater together.

The September 2021 repertory movie roundup

An assortment of classics, contemporary gems, and film seminars for the movie lovers

From recognizable classics like 'Casablanca' to notable anti-classics like 'Evil Brain from Outer Space,' a variety of films are screening in the Philadelphia area this month. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee stand next to and face each other, slight laughing smiles, wearing suits.

The Weekly Roundup, August 26-September 1

An operatic Verzuz, plays for West Philly and Germantown, and Street Movies all over town

Philly shows up for itself with offerings in theater, opera, and film in various neighborhoods in the city. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A still from 'Beans.' Two young Mohawk girls are in a wooded area, appearing to be yelling out of fear, concern

The Weekly Roundup, July 28-August 4

Picks for the tenth annual BlackStar Film Festival

A selection of films to check out for this year's BlackStar Film Festival. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Williams, a Black woman, poses for a portrait with her arms crossed in a grassy field.

Talking stop-motion animation with Kelli S. Williams

Satirical art for the sake of laughs and social change

Kelli S. Williams is a 2021 Mural Arts Philly Black Artist Fellow, and she's using stop-motion animation and comedy to challenge how we think. Christina Anthony profiles.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Profiles 3 minute read
Three men dressed in black suits look towards someone or something off camera, in a densely wood-furnished room.

The August 2021 repertory movie roundup

'Black Panther', the reborn Lightbox, and the return of 'The Room'

A highlight reel of film screenings in the Greater Philadelphia area in August. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 4 minute read
Lena Waithe (left) and Naomi Ackie in Season 3 of ‘Master of None.’ (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix presents Season 3 of Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’

Finding ‘Moments of Love’

‘Moments of Love,’ the third season of the Netflix series ‘Master of None,’ follows a queer Black couple discovering what brings them together, and what pulls them apart. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 3 minute read
The premiere of a Questlove jawn: Sly Stone in ‘Summer of Soul.’ (Image courtesy of Searchlight/Hulu.)

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents SpringFest 2021 at the Bourse

A film festival’s return to the theater

Movie theaters are back, and with them film festivals. The recent PFF SpringFest screened seven films including ‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Meaning of Hitler,’ and ‘Swan Song.’ Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read