This Week in Philly: Chinatown, Hail Satan?, Wild Rose, The Long Goodbye, and more!
Every Week, Philly has tons of film events to offer! We’re featuring as many as we can each Monday! Got an upcoming film event in the Philadelphia area? Submit it here to be featured!
Tuesday, April 9
Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974) 7PM at Ritz Five It's unofficial "Early-70s Neo Noir Films Set In Los Angeles" week in Philly! Get tickets here.
Wednesday, April 10
Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (dir. Pablo Bryant, 2017) 7:30PM at County Theater Philadelphia political cartoonist gets profiled in this documentary and then sticks around afterward for a Q&A. Get tickets here.
Ruben Brandt, Collector (dir. Milorad Krstic, 2019) 5:15PM at Ambler Theater This new, R-rated animated feature comes to Philly for two nights (there's a second showing at the same time on Thursday) to dazzle us all. Get tickets here.
Thursday, April 11
Hail Satan? (dir. Penny Lane, 2019) 7:30PM at PhilaMOCA The 2019 Cinedelphia Film Festival kicks off with a documentary about what the Satanic Temple actually is and what they stand for. Members of the Temple will give a post-screening Q&A. Get tickets here.
Long Goodbye (dir. Robert Altman, 1973) 7PM at Lightbox Film Center. Lightbox continues their Elliott Gould in the 70s retrospective (brilliantly titled "Solid Gould") with one of the defining examples of neo noir. Gould's Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend and find a cat in a Los Angeles that feels equal parts Raymond Chandler (the source novel's author) and Robert Altman (this adaptation's director). When you think about cool, irreverent Elliott Gould, you think of him in The Long Goodbye. Get tickets here.
Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of Movies (dir. Andrew Ferrett, 2018) 7:30PM at Ambler Theater New documentary screening, followed by Q&A with filmmakers. Get tickets here.
Friday, April 12
Wild Rose (dir. Tom Harper, 2018) 7:30PM at the Philadelphia Film Center Wild Rose serves as the opening night film for the PFF Spring Fest and is, we feel safe assuming, the only film ever about a Scottish country singer who plans to leave Glasgow for Nashville. Also, she just got out of jail. Get tickets here.
One Cut of the Dead (dir. Shinichiro Ueda, 2017) 7:30PM at PhilaMOCA This Japanese comedy/zombie film, about the making of a zombie film, makes its Philly premiere at the Cinedelphia Film Festival, giving American audiences a chance to finally see its famous uninterrupted, nearly-40-minute-long opening shot. Get tickets here.
Saturday, April 13
Jurassic Park (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1993) 1PM at Bryn Mawr Film Institute Seeing Cinema76’s favorite blockbuster on the big screen is always a good time, and this showing concludes with a talk by "Dino" Don Lessem, who acted as Spielberg's Dinosaur Advisor during filming. Get tickets here.
Harry and Walter Go to New York (dir. Mark Rydell, 1976) 7PM at Lightbox Film Center Elliott Gould, James Caan, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton team up/get pushed together into a huge heist at the turn of the century.Get tickets here.
Sunday, April 14
Official Secrets (dir. Gavin Hood, 2019) 8:30PM at the Philadelphia Film Center And just as soon as we've started, the PFF Spring Fest closes with this fact-based drama about a secret service translator (Keira Knightley) who leaked documents about the Iraq War. Get tickets here and read more about the festival's stacked schedule here. The Philadelphia Film Society has scored movies with Naomi Watts, Awkwafina, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and, truly, everything lined up looks interesting.