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Film still. Muñoz, a Mexican woman, shouts out in a crowd, with dim tinted lights. Camera is close up on her side profile

The Weekly Roundup, March 16-23

CultureFest! celebrates Nowruz, films with Penn Live Arts, and EgoPo’s Life is a Dream

The week features the Iranian New Year festivities with CultureFest!, a series of films from Penn Live Arts and Temple University, and of course, Make A F*ckin’ Show, You P.O.S. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Jabari Banks in Bel-Air. He wears a sideways baseball cap and a maroon school uniform blazer. He smiles joyfully.

Peacock presents Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince, reinvented

Starring UArts alum Jabari Banks, Peacock’s Bel-Air is a dramatic reimagining of the popular 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Blair Krassen reviews.
Blair Krassen

Blair Krassen

Reviews 4 minute read
Two dance in a dim room, neon lights outside the window. The man is in loungewear, the woman wears a leopard print dress

Lightbox Film Center and the importance of film preservation

Reviving films and preserving their history

The center’s new preservation program kicks off with the premiere of a never-before-seen cut of Wayne Wang’s Life is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is Expensive. KC Wingert profiles.
KC Wingert

KC Wingert

Profiles 2 minute read
A movie poster of 'The Godfather', stylized in sepia featuring the cast, and the title text at the bottom

March 2022 repertory movie roundup

The Godfather turns 50 and Easy Rider rides again

Stephen Silver's roundup of the upcoming films screening in Philadelphia and in the Greater Philadelphia region in March.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 6 minute read
Two young men are in a fighting stance in front of a stage. The photo is in black and white with the title Cowboy Vs Samurai

The Weekly Roundup, February 9-16

Exploring intercultural relationships through the arts

A week to observe a variety of cultures and identities with events from Hedgerow Theatre, DVAA, National Liberty Museum and Vinyl Tap 215, Temple University, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Movie still. Poitier and Katherine Hepburn sit close, looking at each other in a car, the road behind them.

February 2022 repertory movie roundup

From Sidney Poitier to Groundhog Day

Honoring Sidney Poitier's legacy, screenings for February holidays, and more in this robust list of films in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 8 minute read
A collage of portraits the filmmakers, predominantly featuring the artists' faces.

BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab supports Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices on the rise

Opening doors for local filmmakers of color

Jared Michael Lowe profiles BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab, its inaugural class, and speaks with founder Maori Karmael Holmes on the evolution of BlackStar.
Jared Michael Lowe

Jared Michael Lowe

Profiles 5 minute read

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A movie theater in the middle of a small town street, shops on the block. Hiway is spelled out on the theater billboard

The best independent movie theaters in Philadelphia

Living in a cinema's paradise

KC Wingert rounds up the best independent theaters in the city while considering their history, their future, and their lasting impact on Philadelphia's film and arthouse culture.
KC Wingert

KC Wingert

Features 6 minute read
Cho, Shakir, and Pineda in character walk along an alley with brick walls, a neon sign behind them reads ‘C'est La Vie.’

What Netflix’s short-lived Cowboy Bebop teaches us about chance

The real remake blues

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the classic anime feels like a missed opportunity, but it might be teaching us a lesson about how we share and create for ourselves. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Essays 6 minute read
The family stands behind "Pop" in what looks like a dining room of a house or restaurant, arms crossed, straight-faced

Gentefied takes an intimate, complex dive into the Latinx family experience

A second season of growth through love, humor, and trauma

Netflix's second season of Gentefied returns with an even more intimate look into the Latinx experience in the US by diving into the topic of undocumented immigrants, deportation, and families being broken apart. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 2 minute read