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PFS About Town – The Fool’s Journey @ PhilaMOCA

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By Davis Rivera 

Since Orson Welles first made his love of the Tarot known in the 1958 masterpiece Touch of Evil, there has been a calling to filmmakers everywhere to look to the cards and make something extraordinary.  Philadelphia filmmaker Hanna Hamilton has done just that with her latest work The Fool’s Journey, a visual experiment comprised of twenty-two short films devoted to the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana.  I was able to interview Hamilton when her film screened at PhilaMOCA as part of their Tuesday Tune-Out, a weekly series that features local musicians performing live before introducing a film of their choice.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OPENING NIGHT WITH EARTH TO ECHO

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OPENING NIGHT WITH EARTH TO ECHO

FEATURING INTRO WITH STAR ASTRO!

WHO/WHAT:           

The Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival celebrates Opening Night with sci-fi adventure EARTH TO ECHO. The screening will include intro and photo-op with star Astro.PICFF has partnered with New York International Film Festival, one of the longest running and acclaimed children’s film festivals on the circuit, the three-day festival, held Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 2014, will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world.

Note: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available for purchase online at Filmadelphia.org. Press are invited for coverage ONLY.                                                  

 

WHEN:                                  

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

Press Call-Time: 5:15PM

Talent Arrival: 5:45PM

Screening Begins: 6:00PM

 

WHERE:

PFS Theater at The Roxy 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

For more information, visit www.filmadelphia.org/picff

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The Essentials 2.0 – Hard Boiled

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By John Smith

Action films may not be the most respected genre when it comes to film buffs. There are a lot of people that I know personally who believe that they exist solely for dumb, popcorn entertainment purposes. If that’s the case, how do you explain John Woo’s ultimate masterpiece, Hard Boiled? This film is iconic and funny, brutally stylistic and engagingly beautiful. It’s an action film that can also be considered a work of art.

PFS Rapid Review – Neighbors

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By Ian Abell

Raunchy, loud, and consistently funny, Neighbors shows what happens when a young family trying to settle down meets with college kids looking to live it up. Rogen and Efron fight well against each other as rival neighbors, comically playing with their Pineapple Express and High School Musical pasts with the support of a solid cast across the board. If you want a steady stream of hilarious one-upmanship, Neighbors is a movie to catch.

PFS Rapid Review – Only Lovers Left Alive

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By Davis Rivera

Jim Jarmusch is the rare filmmaker that is as enthusiastic about film as he is about music, literature, and numerous other arts.  This wide berth of knowledge provides the groundwork for his latest effort, Only Lovers Left Alive.  Overflowing with references to everyone from Rodney Dangerfield to Schubert, Jarmusch hypnotizes as often as he confounds in a film that praises the virtues of beauty and love at a time when they need it the most.

PFS Rapid Review – #TBT Edition – The Sacrament

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By Keegan Handley

The Sacrament is Ti West’s best film yet. We follow three VICE correspondents into a utopian community called Eden Parish; they want to investigate for the show and meet the one they call “Father”. Ti West revels in the slow burn suspense, and the way he ratchets up the tension is masterful. The end game is reminiscent of a real moment in history, but as seen here it carries a weight and an inevitability that will leave you shaken as the credits roll.

PFF22 Alum The Sacrament is now available VOD.

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Keegan Handley is a film major at Temple University interested in the cinematic form and all it has to offer. He’s a lover of music and good beer and is partial to horror movies but appreciates any and all flavors of movie…even the bad ones. A huge fan of intricate camera shots, he hopes to one day contribute both his writing and his burgeoning Steadicam prowess to the film world.

So Bad It’s Good – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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By Alexander Goodlive

I saw it on Cult Weekend at the Uptown Minneapolis Theatre, along with my favorite bad movie The Room, on the last weekend of the month. Now, I’m going to take an unpopular position and say that Rocky Horror is not a good movie like many argue, but is so bad that it’s rather entertaining. Now, before you find me with your pitchforks, at least give me a chance to explain why.

“BYOWine NIGHTS” AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER

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“BYOWine NIGHTS” AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER
Wednesday, May 21  & Thursday May 22 for Select Screenings of ‘THE OTHER WOMAN,’ Starring Cameron Diaz & Leslie Mann
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Friday, May 16, 2014 – This is one for the ladies! The PFS Roxy Theater hosts “BYOWine Nights” in conjunction with select film screenings of Nick Cassavetes’ newest film, THE OTHER WOMAN, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Nikolaj Coster- Waldau. Gather up your gal pals, a bottle of vino, and we will take care of the rest! THE OTHER WOMAN opens daily at the theater beginning today, Friday, May 16.
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30pm, 10:00 pm & Thursday, May 22 at 7:30pm, 10:00 pm
WHERE: PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Phila PA 19103
TICKETS: $14 includes THE OTHER WOMAN film ticket, glassware and corking fee. Tickets available now at http://bit.ly/1sABfpy or PFS Roxy Theater box office.
ABOUT THE FILM:
PG-13/119 min
Director: Nick Cassavettes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Kinney
Not your everyday rom-com: After discovering her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann, This is 40), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered  (newcomer Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. The oddest friends are about to get even…

PFS LOCAL FILMMAKER SERIES SCREENS KERMIT GOSNELL DOCUMENTARY, 3801 LANCASTER II

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PFS LOCAL FILMMAKER SERIES SCREENS KERMIT GOSNELL DOCUMENTARY, 3801 LANCASTER II
Western PA Director David Altrogge’s follow up to the short film about
an illegal abortion clinic in West Philadelphia
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Through the monthly Filmadelphia at the Roxy Local Filmmaker Series, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) will host filmmaker David Altrogge for a film screening and Q&A of 3801 LANCASTER II.An in-depth follow up to the 2013 short film about the chilling details behind Kermit Gosnell’s illegal abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, 3801 LANCASTER II is a featurette about the doctor, his victims, and the cover-up by local oversight agencies that delves into the how’s and why’s of the operation. The documentary series has three goals: to make the public aware of what happened at the Women’s Medical Society, to give Gosnell’s victims an outlet to tell their stories, and to help find and shut down clinics that continue to operate in the same manner.

And You Call Yourself a FIlm Buff?! – La Grande Illusion

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By Gary Kafer

As the aristocratic French Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) lies prostrate on his death bed, a gunshot wound in his stomach just off screen, he utters to his assassin, the German Rittmeister von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim): “For a commoner, dying in a war is a tragedy. But for you and I, it’s a good way out.” And so goes ‘the grand illusion’ of Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece, a war film that is curiously less about the hostilities of World War I, and perhaps more concerned with a shared humanism in the wake of an abrupt new world order.