Pedro, Pride, Pacino, and Sestero

The BSR June 2024 repertory film roundup

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Photo of five people on a film panel in low light, holding microphones, with open scripts in their laps.
Greg Sestero attends a screening of ‘The Room’ at PhilaMOCA in 2018. He returns this June. (Photo by Stephen Silver.)

June is Pride Month, and it also means the advent of many outdoor movie showings and indoor seminars if the weather gets too hot.

The highlights:

Pedro for Pride

The Philadelphia Film Society is bringing in Pride Month in style with Absolutely Almodóvar!, a massive retrospective of the work of the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. (My colleague Gary Kramer has previewed the program for the Philadelphia Gay News.) The program features multiple showings, all at PFS East Theater, 125 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, and each of eight different Pedro pictures:

All About My Mother
Saturday, June 1, 1:30pm
Tuesday, June 4, 4pm and 7pm

Saturday, June 1, 4pm
Sunday, June 2, 1pm, 3:45pm, and 6:30pm
Thursday, June 6, 4pm and 7pm

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Monday, June 3, 4pm and 7pm
Monday, June 24, 4pm and 7pm

Law of Desire
Saturday, June 8, 4pm
Sunday, June 9, 1pm
Wednesday, June 12, 4pm and 7pm

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Saturday, June 8, 1:30pm
Sunday, June 9, 3:30pm
Monday, June 10, 4pm and 7pm

The Skin I Live In
Saturday, June 15, 9pm
Tuesday, June 18, 4pm and 7pm

Talk to Her
Sunday, June 16, 1pm
Monday, June 17, 4pm and 7pm

Bad Education
Saturday, June 22, 1pm and 3:30pm
Sunday, June 23, 3:45pm

That’s far from all the city’s theaters have to offer when it comes to Pride Month, with Ritz Five (214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) presenting showings of modern queer classics on each Tuesday of June: Brokeback Mountain (June 4), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (June 11), Moonlight (June 18), and But I’m a Cheerleader (June 25). And there’s plenty more Pride at other theaters:

The Godfather, Part II
Saturday, June 22, 12:30pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr

I know it was you, Fredo… the first sequel to win the Best Picture Oscar is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Paul Wright, PhD, of Main Line Classical Academy will present a Cinema Classics Seminar if you love that film and have four and a half hours to kill on a Saturday afternoon.

The seminar will explore how Godfather II “completed the first film’s transformation of novelist Mario Puzo’s originally pulpy tale into a defining American tragedy on the order of Shakespeare.”

If you need to catch up on the Corleones before that seminar, the original Godfather is playing at Bryn Mawr Film Institute the previous Saturday. And big fans of Al Pacino will have a chance to see Dog Day Afternoon, two showings each, on Tuesday, June 25, and Saturday, June 29, at PFS East.

The Room
Tuesday, June 4, 7:30pm
PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th Street, Philadelphia

For somewhat hilarious reasons, when the cult anti-classic The Room is shown in Philadelphia, one theater always hosts Tommy Wiseau, and another always hosts Greg Sestero. The latter costar returns to Philadelphia, at his usual venue of PhilaMOCA, for a showing of The Room at which Sestero will provide live commentary.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Friday, June 21, 11:30pm
Saturday, June 22, 11:30pm
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Speaking of The Room, the same movies tend to get shown as midnight movies, most notably the Wiseau film and Rocky Horror Picture Show. So credit Ritz Five with switching things up, with a rare showing of Peter Greenaway’s “depraved drama” from 1990. Starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Alan Howard, and Helen Mirren, the film serves as a riposte to those who miss overt sexuality at the movies.

More cinema showings

The Muppet Movie
Sunday, June 2, 1pm and 7pm
Monday, June 3, 7pm
Water Tower Cinema

Super Mario Bros. Movie
Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
Sunset Social

Mean Streets
Thursday, June 6, 7pm
Ambler Theater

A Band Called Death
Friday, June 7, 7pm
PFS East

The Hunger
Friday, June 7, 9:45pm
Colonial Theatre

Bee Movie
Saturday, June 8, 10am
Colonial Theatre

Tuesday, June 11, 7:15pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Pulp Fiction
Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
Hiway Theater

We Are Fugazi from Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

My Own Private Idaho
Tuesday, June 18, 7:15pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Batman (1989)
Thursday, June 20, 8pm
Mann Music Center

Space Jam: A New Legacy
Friday, June 21, 6pm
Lighthouse Sport Complex

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Saturday, June 22, 6:30pm
PFS East

Go Fish
Sunday, June 23, 6:30pm
PFS East
Sunday, June 23, 7pm
Colonial Theatre

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Drive, He Said
Friday, June 28, 3pm
Lightbox Film Center

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