The return of Avatar and The Godfather with live music and more

September 2022 BSR repertory movie roundup

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Marlon Brando as the Godfather, sitting in a chair, a wall behind him. A man sits in the foreground, looking towards Brando
'The Godfather' screens this month in Philly. (Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.)

The fall is almost here, with colder temperatures giving moviegoers another reason to stay inside. There's an impressive lineup of classic movies coming to local screens in September, and we've got the ultimate list for you ready to go.

Thursday, September 1, 7pm
Hiway Theater, 212 York Road, Jenkintown

Those mourning the recent passing of Olivia Newton-John will have a chance to see her most famous movie, the 1978 musical about Danny, Sandy, and what happens after the summer lovin'.

American Graffiti
Thursday, September 1, 7pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

George Lucas's classic—made in 1973, but set in 1962—is one of the greatest of the "one crazy night" movies featuring a group of kids (led by a very young Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss) driving around Marin County and encountering everyone from pretty girls driving cars to Wolfman Jack.

Dazed and Confused
Saturday, September 3, 1pm, and Tuesday, September 13, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Speaking of "one crazy night" movies, BMFI is offering a pair of showings of Richard Linklater's teen classic, which was made in 1993 but set in 1976, and featured very young versions of Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and many others. The showing on September 13 is free with a student ID.

John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Saturday, September 3, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The Film Center has been running a series of trilogies this summer, and this Labor Day weekend, it's time for John Wick, the popular trilogy of action films starring Keanu Reeves as the dog-avenging assassin. Philadelphia Film Society is offering a "Man's Best Friend" package for all three films.

A Streetcar Named Desire
Tuesday, September 6, 7pm; Tuesday, September 13, 1pm; and Thursday, September 15, 7:15pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Stella! The 1951 classic based on the Tennessee Williams play starred Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the story of the clashes between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. The run includes a Cinema Classics Seminar hosted by Paul McEwan, PhD, on September 15.

Animal House
Tuesday, September 6, 2pm and 7pm
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Toga! Toga! The frat classic starring John Belushi is exactly as old as I am—I was born on the day of its 1978 release—but John Landis's film about the double-secret probation Deltas at Faber College remains beloved.

Thursday, September 8, 7pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Film Society's Throwback Quizzo and Movie series continues with the 1995 teen classic, directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone. The teen adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma also starred Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.

Inland Empire
Thursday, September 8, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

David Lynch's 2006 film, his last theatrical release to date, is inscrutable even by Lynchian standards. The film, starring Laura Dern, got a 4K restoration earlier this year, and it's getting an encore presentation in Bryn Mawr.

Thursday, September 8, 7:30pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

Get back your lust for life with Danny Boyle's stylish 1996 exploration of a group of heroin addicts in Scotland starring a very young Ewan McGregor. The movie is followed by a trivia night at Forest & Main Brewing Company’s nearby location.

8 1/2
Friday, September 9, 6:30pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Federico Fellini's 1963 French-Italian classic, starring Marcello Mastroianni, gets a rare local screening on Friday night at the Film Center as part of the Film Society's AP Bio series.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Saturday, September 10, 9pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

As your attorney, I advise you to see Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's famous novel—a film that baffled audiences when it arrived in 1998 but has since emerged as a much-beloved cult classic. That, too, is part of the AP Bio series.

Bonnie and Clyde
Sunday, September 11, 3pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

One of those movies that changed cinema forever, Arthur Penn's 1967 crime film starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the titular Depression-era bank robbers, taking the influences of the French New Wave to pave the way for the New Hollywood of the 1970s.

The Philadelphia Story
Sunday, September 11, 1:30pm
Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

Philadelphia's own romantic comedy classic from 1940 starred Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, and it comes to Phoenixville for a Sunday afternoon showing.

Sex and Zen III
Wednesday, September 14, 2:30pm
PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia

Exhumed Films is presenting a rare showing of this 1998 Hong Kong film, an unlikely adaptation of the Ming opera Yu Tang Chun. The showing is 18+ only.

Citizen Kane
Wednesday, September 14, 7pm
Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

Orson Welles's 1941 classic starring Welles as tragic mogul Charles Foster Kane, is tops on various lists of the greatest films of all time. Now, it's showing in a new 4K restoration in Ambler.

Princess Mononoke
Wednesday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 27, both 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Hayao Miyazaki's much-loved 1997 animated film comes to Bryn Mawr as part of the Animation Frontiers program.

Loving Couples
Wednesday, September 14, 7pm
Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

This 1964 Swedish film, directed by Mai Zetterling and starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, and Gio Petré, is about three women's paths to pregnancy. It kicks off a multi-film Zetterling retrospective at the theater, which also includes new restorations of Night Games, The Girls, and Amorosa.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, September 16, 10pm
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Get ready to do the time warp again, although not at midnight, as the 1975 late-night movie classic returns, with a cast led by Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. As usual, Transylvanian Nipple Productions will provide the shadow cast.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, both 12am
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

This month's actual Ritz Five midnight movie is something even trippier: Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece, following thousands of years of life on Earth, through the arrivals of a series of mysterious monoliths.

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Saturday, September 17, 5pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The AP Bio series continues with Paul Schrader's controversial 1985 look at the controversial, gay, nationalist, Japanese author Yukio Mishima, which starred Ken Ogata.

And that will be followed by a very different movie about a very different part of Asia: S. S. Rajamouli’s 2022 action comedy musical RRR, which demands to be seen on the big screen despite its availability on Netflix.

Rebel Without a Cause
Sunday, September 18, 4pm
Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

This 1955 classic, one of three films that James Dean starred in before his death, was directed by Nicola Ray and also starred Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.

Some Like It Hot
Monday, September 1, 7pm; Tuesday, September 27, 1pm; and Thursday, September 29, 7:15pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Nobody's perfect, but you should still go and see Billy Wilder's 1959 cross-dressing comedy, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon undercover as female musicians, sharing a cross-country train ride with Marilyn Monroe. The September 29 showing includes a Cinema Classics seminar taught by Jennifer Fleeger, PhD.

The Breakfast Club
Tuesday, September 20; 2pm and 7pm
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Do do do…. Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! John Hughes's 1985 depiction of five different high school kids together in Saturday detention starred Brat Pack stalwarts Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers
Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

The Viva Video crew reconvenes to present Macoto Tezuka's 1985 Japanese musical starring Kan Takagi, Shingo Kubota, and Kiyohiko Ozaki. The showing will be followed by a post-film discussion.

Friday, September 23
Various theaters

Ahead of the release of its long-awaited sequel this December, James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi hit is getting a wide theatrical re-release, and in 4K.

Triple Fisher
Tuesday, September 27, 7:30pm
PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia

In 2012, Dan Kapelovitz spliced together the three TV movies that came out in the same week in 1993 about Long Island teenager Amy Fisher's shooting of her boyfriend's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

The Godfather
Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm
TD Pavilion at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

The 50th anniversary celebration of The Godfather continues with a special showing of Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic, with Nino Rota's famous score performed live by the Philly Pops. The Godfather is also showing on September 25 at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.

Wednesday, September 28, 7:15pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Director Whit Stillman's 1990 drama, about the UHBs (urban Haute bourgeoisie) of Manhattan at the time is being shown at BMFI with the director in attendance for a conversation and Q&A.

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