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Monday, October 25, 2021

The 2021 Philadelphia Film Festival presents Belfast, Finding Cousteau, and Storm Lake by Stephen Silver

After an all-digital event last year, the Philadelphia Film Festival is back in theaters through October 31 with a series of notable new releases, including Belfast, Finding Cousteau, and St…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:40PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

HBO presents The Many Saints of Newark by Stephen Silver

The new Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, isn’t nearly as transcendent as its series predecessor. But it does tell a much more honest story about the Mafia, Newark, and race. Step…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:07PM

The October 2021 repertory movie roundup by Stephen Silver

A Halloween-y lineup of films screening in the Philadelphia area this month. Stephen Silver rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:58PM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Ardmore’s Viva Video closes after nine years on Lancaster Avenue by Stephen Silver

Fans of TLA Video found a new home after Miguel Gomez opened Viva Video in Ardmore. As Viva Video now closes, the community that loved it reflects on the future of movie-watching. Stephen Si…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:57PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The September 2021 repertory movie roundup by Stephen Silver

From recognizable classics like 'Casablanca' to notable anti-classics like 'Evil Brain From Outer Space,' a variety of films are screening in the Philadelphia area this month. Stephen Silver…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:00PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The August 2021 repertory movie roundup by Stephen Silver

A highlight reel of film screenings in the Greater Philadelphia area in August. Stephen Silver rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:00AM
Friday, July 2, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents SpringFest 2021 at the Bourse by Stephen Silver

Movie theaters are back, and with them film festivals. The recent PFF SpringFest screened seven films including ‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Meaning of Hitler,’ and ‘Swan Song.’ Stephe…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:11PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

‘Norman Jewison: A Director’s Life’ by Ira Wells by Stephen Silver

Norman Jewison, director of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ and ‘Moonstruck,’ is one of the most prolific filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century. A n…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:57AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

As Bryn Mawr Film Institute and others reopen, what’s the future of movie theaters? by Stephen Silver

Movie fans have been waiting a year to get back to movie theaters. Stephen Silver visited Bryn Mawr Film Institute on its reopening day, contemplating the future of in-person moviegoing.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:09PM
Monday, April 5, 2021

Netflix presents ‘Concrete Cowboy’ by Stephen Silver

‘Concrete Cowboy,’ Ricky Staub’s directorial debut, provides a compelling and beautifully rendered look at the subculture of Black horsemanship in North Philadelphia. Stephen Silver re…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:26PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Grasshopper Film presents Ephraim Asili’s ‘The Inheritance’ by Stephen Silver

Ephraim Asili’s ‘The Inheritance,’ a thought-provoking new film about a Black socialist collective in West Philadelphia, combines fictional characters with real-life appearances by vet…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:46PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

‘True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee’ by Abraham Riesman by Stephen Silver

Journalist Abraham Riesman has authored a definitive biography of the famed Marvel creator Stan Lee, uncovering truths that may make Lee's fans uncomfortable. Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:38PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sundance Film Festival presents ‘Philly D.A.’ by Stephen Silver

‘Philly D.A.,' a new docuseries about Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival February 3. It’s a multifaceted look at the controversial civil-…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:39PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Goodbye to Riverview, Philadelphia’s movie theater for everyone by Stephen Silver

Like the city itself, the Riverview movie theater in South Philly was far from perfect. But it formed lasting memories for generations of Philadelphian moviegoers from all walks of life. Ste…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:40PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

‘Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Heart of White Supremacy’ by Talia Lavin by Stephen Silver

Talia Lavin, one of the current political moment’s most incisive journalists, details her confrontations with the world’s worst trolls in ‘Culture Warlords.’ Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:32PM

‘Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy’ by Talia Lavin by Stephen Silver

Talia Lavin, one of the current political moment’s most incisive journalists, details her confrontations with the world’s worst trolls in ‘Culture Warlords.’ Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:32PM
Monday, October 26, 2020

Philadelphia Film Festival 2020: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ by Stephen Silver

‘Nomadland’ launched the 29th annual Philadelphia Film Festival's hybrid presentation, with a showing at the PFS Drive-in at the Navy Yard on October 23. Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:36AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Movie theaters are reopening, but I’m not ready to go back by Stephen Silver

Film critic Stephen Silver misses movie theaters, and can't wait to see Christopher Nolan's upcoming ‘Tenet.’ But he still won’t risk attending an indoor theater.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:23PM
Monday, June 15, 2020

As the Rizzo statue goes down, ‘40 Years of Rocky’ reflects on Philly’s past by Stephen Silver

A new short documentary, ‘40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic,’ examines a movie that tells one story of Philadelphia. Are we writing a new history this month? Stephen Silver consi…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:37PM
Monday, June 8, 2020

‘Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay,’ by Todd Zolecki by Stephen Silver

In his new biography of late Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, longtime local baseball writer Todd Zolecki shows how even the best athletes are facing more struggles than you know. Stephen Silv…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:52PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What I miss most about going to movie theaters by Stephen Silver

Film critic Stephen Silver has been arguing for years that Philadelphia's movie theaters are insufficient. What he wouldn't give to get back to them.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:40PM
Monday, March 30, 2020

‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’: Seeing Philadelphia while you’re stuck inside by Stephen Silver

The locally shot 'Dispatches from Elsewhere' has established itself as a first-rate mystery, making better use of Philadelphia locations than any movie or show in memory. Stephen Silver revi…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:53PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lightbox Film Center gets a new home on Broad Street with UArts by Stephen Silver

Lightbox Film Center, which closed at University City's International House in December, has reopened on Broad Street, in partnership with University of the Arts. Stephen Silver visited the …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:49PM
Friday, January 24, 2020

Escalators, art films, and Tommy Wiseau: Farewell to Ritz at the Bourse by Stephen Silver

Philadelphia’s film culture will lose five movie screens, and a whole lot more, when the Ritz at the Bourse closes its doors. Stephen Silver considers the theater’s legacy.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:34PM
Sunday, December 1, 2019

‘Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a conspiracy to Protect Predators’ by Ronan Farrow by Stephen Silver

Ronan Farrow, one of the leading journalists of the #MeToo movement, has written ‘Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,’ a gloriously cinematic narrative of…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:59PM
Monday, November 11, 2019

The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents ‘Picture of His Life’ by Stephen Silver

'Picture of His Life,' a documentary about an enigmatic Israeli-American attempting a historic photographic feat, kicked off this year’s Fall Fest at the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:15PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival presents ‘Plucked,’ ‘The Human Factor,’ and ‘Waldo on Weed.’ by Stephen Silver

Three of the most notable documentaries at the Philadelphia Film Festival covered the theft of a priceless violin, American negotiators' memories of the failed Mideast peace process, and a P…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:34PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Ritz Theatre Company presents ‘Big Fish’ by Stephen Silver

South Jersey's Ritz Theatre Company presents 'Big Fish,' a faithful and emotional musical adaptation of Tim Burton's 2013 film. Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:36PM
Monday, February 25, 2019

Reconsidering ‘Rent’: Making millennials look good by Stephen Silver

‘Rent’ was the most popular Broadway musical of the 1990s. How does the show that's synonymous with Generation X play in 2019, as millions of millennials try to pay their bills? Stephen …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:15PM
Sunday, March 18, 2018

‘Foxtrot,’ by Samuel Maoz by Stephen Silver

Samuel Maoz's 'Foxtrot' somehow managed to unite Israel's supporters and detractors around an IDF soldier story. Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:19PM

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