‘90s action, a Philly classic, and youth rebellion in Japanese film

The BSR April 2024 repertory movie roundup

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A grainy film photo/still of a 1930s Polish family
The documentary ‘Three Minutes: A Lengthening’ screens this month. (Image courtesy of Neon.)

Spring is here, but local weather remains exceptionally volatile, meaning there are plenty of reasons to stay inside to avoid the April showers. Another reason? Lots of great old movies will be screening at the region’s repertory theaters.

The highlights

Two great 1990s action movies
Heat
Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27, 6pm

Reservoir Dogs
Friday, April 5, 7:15pm
Wednesday, April 24, 7pm
Friday, April 26, 9:30pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street

Fans of action movies from the 1990s from auteur filmmakers will have a special treat, with plenty of chances to see two of the decade’s best at the Philadelphia Film Center: Michael Mann’s 1995 Heat and Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 Reservoir Dogs. Sadly, a true double feature on the 26th won’t be possible since Heat is about an hour too long; Reservoir Dogs is playing upstairs at the Greenfield that night.

Blow Out
Tuesday, April 30, time TBA
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

In April, Landmark’s Ritz Five is running a series of movies from the New Hollywood of the 1970s, and the series culminates with one of the best Philadelphia-shot films: Blow Out, Brian De Palma’s 1981 riff on Blow-Up and The Conversation, which starred John Travolta as a sound man.

Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Sunday, April 28, 12pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

BMFI is showing one of the more astonishing documentaries of recent years, director Bianca Stigter’s 2022 examination of a three-minute reel of footage, filmed in a small village in Poland in 1938, shortly before the Holocaust decimated the community. The footage discovered decades in the basement of the grandson of the man who shot it is the entirety of what we see in the film.

Youth Rebellion in Japanese Cinema at Lightbox Film Center
Crazed Fruit
Friday, April 19, 7pm

Pigs & Battleships
Saturday, April 20, 2pm

Crazy Thunder Road
Wednesday, April 24, 7pm

Bounce Ko Gals
Thursday, April 25, 7pm

Kamikaze Girls
Friday, April 26, 7pm

Box!
Saturday, April 27, 2pm
Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The Lightbox is presenting a six-film series on “youth rebellion” in the cinema of Japan, with films ranging from “the immediate postwar Japan to early 2000s Cool Japan era,” the series is presented along with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

And if you need a Japanese cinema warmup before that, Akira Kurosawa’s Ran is showing at the Ambler Theater on April 3.

More cinema screenings

Network
Tuesday, April 2
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

The Wild Bunch
Wednesday, April 3
Sunday, April 28
Philadelphia Film Center

Heaven Stood Still: The Incarnations of Willy DeVille
Wednesday, April 3
Lightbox Film Center

Gilda
Thursday, April 4
Ambler Theater

The Man With the Golden Gun
Sunday, April 7
The Colonial Theatre

Gone With the Wind
Sunday, April 7
Monday, April 8
Wednesday, April 10
Fathom Events (Various theaters)

Evil Dead II
Friday, April 12
Ambler Theater

The Love Witch
Saturday, April 13
Ambler Theater

Bull Durham
Wednesday, April 17
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
Wednesday, April 17
Scribe Video Center

New Orleans Music in Exile
Thursday, April 18
Scribe Video Center

Josie and the Pussycats
Thursday, April 18
Philadelphia Film Center

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, April 19
Ritz Five

Black Wax with Gil Scott-Heron
Friday, April 19
Scribe Video Center

Super Troopers
Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20
Ritz Five

Dazed and Confused
Saturday, April 20
Colonial Theatre

Spartacus
Sunday, April 21
Wednesday, April 24
Water Tower Cinema

The Deer Hunter
Tuesday, April 23
Ritz Five

Spirited Away
Saturday, April 27
Fathom Events (various theaters)

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