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The Essentials 2.0 – Hard Boiled

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

Only Lovers

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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.


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.


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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 or PFS Roxy Theater box office.
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…


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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

the grand 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.


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Tickets on sale Friday, May 23

(Tuesday May 13, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Film Society announces the full line-up of the second Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (PICFF). Partnering with New York International Children’s 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.

The event will be held exclusively at the PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets will be available online and at the theater box office beginning Friday, May 23, 2014.

In support of youth programming throughout the city, the Philadelphia Film Society will donate $1.00 for every ticket purchased online to ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships. ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships’ mission is to keep Philadelphia’s youth safe and active by facilitating supervised activities in the dangerous after school hours.

The Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival is sponsored by Comcast Xfinity and Whole Foods Markets.

PFS Rapid Review – Belle

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By Kim Scott

Amma Asante’s Belle paves the way for future costume dramas with the true story of Dido Belle Lindsay, the daughter of an enslaved African woman and Admiral John Lindsay. Set in 18th century Britain, Dido’s lineage causes uncertainty in regards to her freedom, but assures a life of solitude and continued prejudice. In the sea of recycled period pieces, Belle stands alone in its feminist-friendly portrayal of a woman of color. Just not for too long, I hope!


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