The Godfather turns 50 and Easy Rider rides again

March 2022 repertory movie roundup

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

Philadelphia movie theaters will feature an eclectic mix of older movies, including the 50th anniversary of a classic, a couple of counterculture touchstones, and xenomorphs at midnight.

The Godfather
Tuesday, March 1, 4pm and 8pm
AMC Dine-in Fashion District 8, 1001 Market Street, Philadelphia

Francis Ford Coppola's mob classic, with Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, marks its 50th anniversary this month and for the occasion, it's getting a brief theatrical re-release. Here in Philadelphia, it's going in the Dolby room at the Fashion District theater. It arrives ahead of a 4K Blu-ray release of the entire Godfather trilogy on Tuesday, March 22.

Roar
Tuesday, March 1, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

The latest BMFI presentation from the Viva Video crew is Noel Marshall's 1981 Roar, a cult classic that's been called "the most dangerous movie ever made."

Paper Moon
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

The father-daughter classic from 1973, starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neal and directed by the recently deceased Peter Bogdanovich, led to Tatum becoming the youngest Oscar winner in history at age 10.

Pink Floyd: The Wall
Thursday, March 3, 7pm
Tuesday, March 8, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Pink Floyd's 1982 rock opera, directed by Alan Parker, follows a character named Pink and his struggles with alienation. The film brings everything short of a laser light show, and professor Erik Sabo will introduce the March 3 showing.

Life is Cheap…But Toilet Paper is Expensive
Friday, March 4, 7pm
Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The Lightbox presents a restored 4K print of director Wayne Wang's 1989 crime film, described by the center as "a crime-world docu-fiction populated by foul-mouthed cab drivers, seedy hucksters, aging Elvis impersonators, and privileged upper-class progenies." Check out our profile of the Lightbox Film Center's efforts to restore the director’s cut and preserve film while you’re at it.

The Sandlot
Saturday, March 5, 11am
Saturday, March 19, 11am
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

BFMI presents two family matinees of the 1993 coming-of-age baseball classic directed by David Mickey Evans.

Dirty Harry
Monday, March 7, 7pm
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm
Thursday, March 17, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Don Seigel's original Dirty Harry is the story with resonance today about a cop willing to fight lawlessness by engaging in a bit of it himself. The film, starring Clint Eastwood, is showing in Bryn Mawr with a Cinema Classics seminar led by Paul McEwan on Wednesday, March 9.

Boogie Nights
Thursday, March 10, 7:30pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

Paul Thomas Anderson's second film from 1997, which explored the porno world of the San Fernando Valley in the late 1970s, was the subject of a fantastic Cinema Classics seminar at BMFI back in January. This month, moviegoers in Ambler will get a chance to see it on the big screen. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, and Julianne Moore, marks its 25th anniversary this year.

Alien (Director's Cut)
Friday, March 11, 11:59pm
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

The popular 1979 horror film from director Ridley Scott is getting the midnight movie treatment at the Ritz Five, which is assuming the midnight mantle now that the Bourse is out of the Ritz family and the Ritz East is closed.

Shortbus
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm
PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia

John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 oddity which famously featured a commitment to both pansexuality and non-simulated sexual intercourse, has a new restoration this year, and it finally comes to Philadelphia on the 16th for a show in the mausoleum.

The Warriors
Friday, March 18, 9pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Walter Hill's 1979 film about marauding street gangs in a dystopian version of New York City is coming to the Film Center, upstairs in the Greenfield Screening Room.

Inside Out
Sunday, March 20, 3pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The beloved Pixar film from 2015 from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen tells the story of a young girl's emotions fighting it out inside her head. It's a family matinee also in the Greenfield Screening Room.

Easy Rider
Monday, March 21, 7pm
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30pm
Thursday, March 24, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Dennis Hopper's 1969 biker road movie might be more tied in with the 60s counterculture than any other film. Starring Hopper and Peter Fonda as a Billy and Captain America accompanied by rock standards of the time, the two bike from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Amy Corbin will lead a Cinema Classics seminar on the 23rd.

A Clockwork Orange
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Stanley Kubrick's highly controversial 1971 drama, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, looks at the Droogs (led by Malcolm McDowell), their campaign of "ultraviolence," and the painful government treatments that result.

The 400 Blows
Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

François Truffaut's 1959 masterpiece is one of the key works of the French New Wave. It tells the story of a young Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), who the director would follow in several more films.

Modern Times
Saturday, March 26, 5pm
Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The oldest film showing this month is Charlie Chaplin's 1936 masterpiece, which came out 86 years ago. Chaplin's last outing as the Tramp is being introduced at Lightbox by Toni Bowers.

High Noon
Sunday, March 27, 1:30pm
Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

The famous Western directed by Fred Zimmerman and starring Gary Cooper and the region's own Grace Kelly turns 70 this year.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tuesday, March 29, 7pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

And the month ends with the Ecstasy of Gold and another of the greatest Westerns of all time. It's Sergio Leone's 1966 story of a hunt for gold starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Clef, and Eli Wallach.

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