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A young Black boy looks onto the water at the shore, seemingly after magic hour with dark hues and tint.

The BSR May 2023 repertory movie roundup

Grease turns 45, Sports Movie Night, screening Barry Jenkins, and more

May sees familiar screenings like Goodfellas and Rocky Horror, but this month also has some rare, unique offerings. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
Ramona and Metcalf, standing together looking grimly confused and wary in a high-school hallway.

The Philadelphia Film Society presents SpringFest 2023

Coming soon: reviews of Somewhere in Queens, Polite Society, and Sisu

This year’s PFS SpringFest featured 18 films in three days, including Ray Romano’s directorial debut, genre-bending action in Polite Society, and Sisu, about a violent rout of the Nazis in Finland. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
Blanchett as Lydia Tár. She holds a conductor's baton, wears a black jacket w/ white blouse, a crowd out of focus behind her

The BSR April 2023 repertory movie roundup

Fluid Karma tour, 25 years of Lebowski, and TÁR talk

Stephen Silver previews film screenings and events for April in the Greater Philadelphia area, including a visit from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, a Toshiro Mifune retrospective, and more from Sight & Sound 500.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
B&W film still. A man in a suit at a podium, other men in suits look on behind him, a large poster with a man reads KANE.

The BSR March 2023 repertory movie roundup

Discovering the cult classics and revisiting the familiar

March screenings include Rent, Philadelphia, and One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, from the late French auteur Agnès Varda. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
‘Princess Bride’ Actors Cary Elwes and Robin Wright pose in character and medieval costuming against a floral backdrop.

The BSR February 2023 movie repertory roundup

"You must remember this"

Stephen Silver rounds up February with some great movie screenings for the coldest month of the year.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read
Withers, a Black man, holds two film cameras, and poses for a b&w portrait. His photos are behind him on a wall.

PBS’s Independent Lens presents The Picture Taker

Capturing the story of civil rights movement photographer Ernest Withers

Phil Bertelsen and Lise Yasui’s documentary casts a dynamic light on the life of Ernest Withers, an iconic civil rights photographer who was also a secret informant for the FBI. Kathryn Smith Pyle previews.
Kathryn Smith Pyle

Kathryn Smith Pyle

Previews 2 minute read
Bechdel in a suit jacket looks over her shoulder at the camera, pencil in hand, comic panels on a wall in front of her.

PBS presents Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines

Documenting the history and future of queer comics

The documentary film chronicles the timeline of queer comics, from Mary Wings to contemporary artists today. Kathryn Smith Pyle previews.
Kathryn Smith Pyle

Kathryn Smith Pyle

Previews 4 minute read
A person dressed in a beige suit sits in a chair by a CRT TV with a white screen, a plant in the dimly lit background

Opera Philadelphia presents David T. Little’s Black Lodge

Accepting your dark side

Opera Philadelphia brings its dark existential opera film to theaters this weekend. C. M. Crockford previews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Previews 1 minute read
CG still from ‘Encanto’ with main character Maribel centered—wearing glasses and floral print top, outdoor backdrop.

The BSR January 2023 movie repertory roundup

Stanley Kubrick, Do the Right Thing on MLK Day, and the best 100 films ever?

Stephen Silver rounds up a robust movie screenings list to kick off the new year.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 7 minute read
Film still with actor Bruce Willis close to the camera in a ventilation duct, a lighter close to the edge of the frame

The BSR December 2022 movie repertory roundup

Christmas with Die Hard and the Muppets

Holiday cheer at the cinemas, and screenings outside of the Christmas fare coming this month in the Greater Philadelphia area. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 7 minute read