Scorcese, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more Sight & Sound 100

The BSR November 2023 repertory movie roundup

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Movie poster. A soldier silhouetted against a gray background with faces of other troops.
'Saving Private Ryan' celebrates 25 years with a screening this month. (Image courtesy of Fathom Events.)

This month, we’re approaching the end of Sight & Sound 100, reaching all the way up to sixth on the list. There are more cinema classics to be seen elsewhere in the city, too, including familiar titles well-suited to be seen on the big screen.

The highlights

Taxi Driver and more from Martin Scorsese
Wednesday, November 8, 7:15pm
Sunday, November 12, 4pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Martin Scorsese has a new film, Killers of the Flower Moon, and for the occasion, BMFI is offering a We Love Martin Scorsese series this month. It includes showings of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Waltz, and the shorts Italianamerican and American Boy: A Profile of Stephen Prince.

The series includes Cinema Classic Seminars on Taxi Driver on Wednesday, November 8, and Raging Bull on Wednesday, November 29, taught, respectively, by Andrew Owen and Amy Corbin.

2001: A Space Odyssey and the latest from the Sight & Sound 100
Saturday, November 18, 7pm
Sunday, November 19, 3pm
Sunday, November 26, 3pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Film Society’s Sight & Sound 100 countdown is nearing the home stretch, and this month will feature numbers 19 through six, with the final five arriving in December. There’s plenty of great stuff throughout the month, including Persona, Cleo from 5 to 7, The Godfather, Singin’ in the Rain, and Beau Travail, before culminating in number 6, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will show three times in 4K.

Saving Private Ryan
November 19-20
Various theaters

Steven Spielberg’s World War II film from 1998 marks its 25th anniversary this year, and it’s getting an anniversary re-release for two nights in November. The release will also include a special feature about the famous “boot camp” the cast participated in prior to the filming.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
November 1-2, various times
Water Tower Cinema, 750 Montgomery Glen Drive, Lansdale

November 24-26, various times
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie, turns 30 this year, and it’s getting plenty of anniversary recognition. This includes a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of Danny Elfman’s score as the film plays behind the musicians.

More screenings

Touch of Evil
Thursday, November 2
Ambler Theater

Grand Illusion with Cinema Classics seminar
Thursday, November 2
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Friday, November 3
Friday, November 10
PFS Bourse

Friday, November 3
PFS Bourse

Where the Wild Things Are
Saturday, November 4
Amber Theater

The Pink Panther (1963)
Sunday, November 5
Colonial Theatre

The ‘Burbs
Tuesday, November 7
Ritz Five

Mulholland Drive
Tuesday, November 7
Amber Theater

Singin’ in the Rain
Thursday, November 9
PFS Bourse

The Godfather
Saturday, November 11
PFS Bourse

The Rugrats Movie: 25th Anniversary
Sunday, November 12
Kaiserman JCC

Joe Versus the Volcano
Tuesday, November 14
Ritz Five

Wednesday, November 15
Ritz Five

Through the Looking Glass
Saturday, November 18

A League of Their Own
Tuesday, November 21
Ritz Five

Friday, November 24
Philadelphia Film Center

Beau Travail
Sunday, November 26
Wednesday, November 29
Philadelphia Film Center

Richard Roundtree Double Feature: Shaft’s Big Score and Man Friday
Tuesday, November 28

The Lobster
Wednesday, November 29
Ritz Five

Household Saints
Wednesday, November 29
Lightbox Film Center

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