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Film poster with the title in curly orange & purple letters below a photo of Wilder, black & white except for his blue irises

The Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media Fall Fest presents Remembering Gene Wilder

Who didn’t love Gene Wilder?

The 2023 Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media Fall Fest opened with the local premiere of director Ron Frank’s Remembering Gene Wilder, a hugely enjoyable walk through the legendary actor’s life and career. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
Movie poster. A soldier silhouetted against a gray background with faces of other troops.

The BSR November 2023 repertory movie roundup

Scorcese, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more Sight & Sound 100

November is a month for a lot of cinema classics from the best filmmakers at theaters around the Philadelphia area. Stephen Silver previews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 4 minute read
Wright, in a white-button down, looks confused. He stands outdoors, in front of a house with white stairs and railings.

The 2023 Philadelphia Film Festival opens with American Fiction and Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School

Two fine films kick off the Philly fest

The Philadelphia Film Society presents the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival, with producer John Legend attending the premieres of American Fiction and Stand Up & Shout: Sounds from a Philly High School. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
A man in a suit silhouetted by a bright white light coming from an ominous looking house

The BSR October 2023 repertory movie roundup

The Exorcist, Do the Right Thing, and DiCaprio-Scorsese collabs

October movies include Halloween classics, more entries from the Sight and Sound 100 collection, and Coen Brothers seminars. Stephen Silver previews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read

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Movie poster for Portrait. A woman in colonial dress stands behind a small fire in dark, wooded area, the title superimposed

The BSR September 2023 repertory movie roundup

They Live turns 35, plus Rain Man, Whit Stillman, and Frank Rizzo

Stephen Silver curates movie screenings for the Philly area in September, including Whit Stillman’s 1990s classic The Last Days of Disco and a rare showing of a documentary about the ever-controversial Frank Rizzo.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 4 minute read
View from above of a colorfully clothed, multiracial crowd sitting in a packed theater.

The 2023 BlackStar Film Festival presents Going to Mars, Know Your Place, and Dancing the Stumble

New places with BlackStar

The BlackStar Film Festival landed in Center City for the first time this August. Hanae Mason reviews Going to Mars, Know Your Place, and Dancing the Stumble, three films examining our relationship to space and place.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

Reviews 4 minute read
Actor Choi Min-sik in character, only his upper body and shirt is visible against black backdrop, the title in red letters

The BSR August 2023 repertory movie roundup

Going beyond Barbenheimer

There’s more to the movie theaters than Barbie and Oppenheimer in August. Stephen Silver rounds up screenings in the area for the month.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 6 minute read
Holmes, a Black woman, in a layered floral black top & hoop earrings. She looks to the right against a melon-colored backdrop

The art of possibility with BlackStar Projects and Maori Karmael Holmes

Looking forward to the 2023 BlackStar Film Festival, August 2-6

Maori Karmael Holmes, founder of BlackStar Projects and recent winner of the 2023 Berresford Prize from United States Artists, talks with Kyle V. Hiller about the award, the film festival, and the power of possibilities.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Profiles 5 minute read
A screen cap of the film, a dozen or so with light sabers fight off an army of droids in a desert area.

The BSR July 2023 repertory movie roundup

Blobfest, Hitchcock, Star Wars prequels, and more

Blobfest is back! Jurassic Park at the Mann with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hitchcock seminars, Bruce Lee double feature, and more screenings this month. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
A still of Ford in Blade Runner 2049. Sepia toned, a window behind him shows a futuristic skyrises and a hazy sky

The BSR June 2023 repertory movie roundup

Harrison Ford, The Room, Christopher Nolan, and the 90s

Stephen Silver rounds up movie screenings for June, including a handful of Harrison Ford films outside of the Indiana Jones universe.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 6 minute read