Film

The latest on cinema in Philadelphia, including Philadelphia films, independent cinema, and Philly film festivals.

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Our Man in Havana: Gerard Hooper takes Drexel film students to Cuba

Interview with a Drexel professor taking 10 students to study with Cuban filmmakers.

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A 13-Year-Old, Kickstarter, and a Feature Film: Emily DiPrimio’s CARVER at Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ

Many adolescents have ideas for a horror movie, some might go as far a having their friends dress up for a home video. Emily DiPrimio raised $32,000 on Kickstarter and made a feature film.

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The Art of the Steal: Director Ivo van Hove creates plays out of film scripts

“In film,” pronounced Ivo van Hove, “the director is the god of his creation.”

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Tribute to Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for his work in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, died July 10, 2015, at the age of 83. Henrik Eger penned this tribute to him.

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Where Luv Lives: Local director Mikal K. Odom premieres his feature film LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore

On a whim, Mikal K. Odom submitted his thesis project at American University, a film script of LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore, to the Sundance Filmaker’s Lab. To his surprise, the script became a finalist.

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Sam Green’s new film-performance THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS explores the fringes of humanity

Inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green embarked on THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS, an ode to the jagged edges of human experience. This…

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EX MACHINA (dir. Alex Garland): Movie review

Ex Machina is the first feature film directed by Alex Garland, and it’s a statement of purpose that follows gracefully upon the modus operandi he’s set for himself as a screenwriter and producer.

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TRUE STORY (dir. Rupert Goold): Movie review

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but trying to shove that truth back into a fabricated format (a movie) does not often work on its own.

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IT FOLLOWS (dir. David Robert Mitchell): Movie review

The sophomore effort of three-first-name writer and director David Robert Mitchell is a 100-minute-long teen indie horror flick, and it’s taking everyone by surprise.

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THE FAREWELL PARTY launches the 2015 Israeli Film Festival

Netanyahu isn’t Israel’s only visitor to the United States this month. Philadelphia’s annual Israeli Film Festival opens its 19th season this Saturday with a dark comedy featuring many of Israel’s top actors.

UNCLE ANDY, an upcoming feature film by Abby Warhola and Jesse Best (Photo credit: Courtesy of Warhola Films, from a photo by James Warhola, 1975)

Art in the Family: An inside preview of UNCLE ANDY (Warhola Films), a family biopic of Andy Warhol

Members of Andy Warhol’s family are preserving their personal recollections in a new film project, UNCLE ANDY: THE ANDY WARHOL FAMILY FILM.

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An Interview with Jamie Warhola: Honoring Andy Warhol on the 28th anniversary of his death

Today marks 28 years since Andy Warhol’s death. Deb Miller talks to his nephew, illustrator Jamie Warhola.

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THE GAMBLER: (dir: Rupert Wyatt) Movie review

When a film is highly anticipated it goes one of two ways: either it lives up to the heady expectations or it unceremoniously flops.

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Oscar Pool Party! Predictions for the Academy Awards 2015

Who should win. Who will win. Picks for the 2015 Academy Awards.

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INTO THE WOODS (dir, Rob Marshall): Movie review

“Into the Woods” goes beyond fairy tale into exploring a basic human dilemma, how to fight a destructive common enemy.

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BIG EYES (dir. Tim Burton): Movie review

Republished by kind permission from NealsPaper.com. Though Tim Burton plays it straight in this movie about a monomaniac who uses his wife’s talent to feed his ego and become fabulously…

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WILD (dir. Jean-Marc Vallée): Movie review

This is a movie about one woman gaining personal survival skills that will give her confidence to face the vicissitudes of everyday life when she returns to it.

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THE IMITATION GAME (dir. Morten Tyldum): Movie review

Morten Tyldum does a fine job of blending two stories: Alan Turing’s role in deciphering Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code, and his arrest and conviction for gross indecency.

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BIRDMAN (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu): Movie review

The spirit of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has to be invoked practically every minute Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” digitally projects on the screen.

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FOXCATCHER (dir. Bennett Miller): Movie review

Republished by kind permission from NealsPaper.com. The characters in “Foxcatcher” are laconic in general and, when they do talk, speak in short, clipped phrases that compactly communicate what they want…