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A woman (Clara) in a dark purple, long dress stands in the middle of the road, an ominous tree in the fog behind her.

The Weekly Roundup, October 20-26

Picks for the 30th Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival returns for its 30th year. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up a selection of must-watch movies.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Number One film poster. A rotoscoped image of two people in all black. One is yelling to the sky, another covers their face.

The Weekly Roundup, October 13-19, 2021

'Fantasy Basement,' 'Spring Awakening,' PHonk! Philly, and the FirstGlance Film Festival

Nerd-centric burlesque and comedy, a pair of new music fests, Temple Theaters reopens its doors, and FirstGlance Film Festival returns for its 24th year. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Leslie Odom Jr. and Alessandro Nivola face each other in profile in a scene from the movie.

HBO presents The Many Saints of Newark

The Sopranos, before and after

The new Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, isn’t nearly as transcendent as its series predecessor. But it does tell a much more honest story about the Mafia, Newark, and race. Stephen Silver considers.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Two women with identical blonde bobcuts sit in a theater, slightly spooked, holding hands. The room is tinted an intense blue

The October 2021 repertory movie roundup

Trick-or-treat, give me something good to screen

A Halloween-y lineup of films screening in the Philadelphia area this month. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 5 minute read

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A colorful computer-animated still of a Black girl with large yellow glasses, smiling and holding a pink watering can.

Philly Fringe 2021: The Women’s Film Festival presents Animation Nation

Film shorts at the Fringe

In partnership with the Philly Fringe, the Women’s Film Festival screened Animation Nation, a collection of short films exploring parenting, family, and social power dynamics. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Reviews 2 minute read
Three violin players seem to be running and playing through a small crowd in what looks like a brightly lit museum space

The Weekly Roundup, September 22-28

YallaPunk and Arab.AMP’s JAM3A, Penn Live Arts, 'Black Panther,' and the Delaware Korean Festival

A collaborative music festival from YallaPunk, Penn Live Arts opens its new season, Black Panther screens with an orchestra, and more this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
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