Reviews

Most Beautiful Island (dir. Ana Asensio)

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (dir. Ana Asensio): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Asensio writes, directs, and stars in this slow-burn thriller which took home top honors at this year’s SXSW festival.

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

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BRIMSTONE & GLORY (dir. Viktor Jakovlesly): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Films like this are why I go to festivals. There is truly nothing else quite like it.

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BUT NEXT NOT THIS (Hella Fresh Theater & Hum’n’bards): A bi-coastal experiment

A great idea for an experiment, but I’m not convinced that the reality plays out as well as the concept.

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LADY BIRD (dir. Greta Gerwig): Philadelphia Film Festival review

What can I say? Gerwig knocks it out of the park.

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GEMINI (dir. Aaron Katz): Philadelphia Film Festival review

There’s something to be said about a mystery that simply crumbles once its secrets are revealed

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT (dir. Sean Baker): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The Florida Project is easily Philadelphia Film Festival’s most buzzed about exhibition.

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Daniel Matsukawa and Friends (PCM Society): Music review

Philadelphia Orchestra principal bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa was featured in a chamber music program presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia

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FLESH AND BLOOD (dir. Mark Webber): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Featured as part of the Greater Filmadelphia programming block, Flesh and Blood is Mark Webber’s semi-autobiographical tale of addiction and redemption.

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO (Annenberg): Showcasing 40 years of inspiring movement

A cast of incredible movers highlights the long-term success of the company and range of the work they present.

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BLOODY MILK (dir. Hubert Charuel): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Bloody Milk is a sort of genre-less affair which could best be described as “occupational drama
dressed up like a thriller.”

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JANE (dir. Brett Morgen): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The term ‘found footage’ is typically reserved for horror, where it describes a specific filmmaking style. With Jane, the stunning documentary about conservationist, Jane Goodall, the term is a literal…

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BREATHE (dir. Andy Serkis): Philadelphia Film Festival review

What is most impressive about Breathe is its unimpressiveness. And that is a sincere compliment.

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IDEATION (Theatre Exile): How to succeed in business

The sterile corporate-speak of modern business pervades Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic contemporary play

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BUYER & CELLAR (1812 Productions): The way we are

This is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments. BUYER AND CELLAR is about Barbra Streisand’s basement.

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Art at Kings Oaks: A weeklong pop-up exhibit

If you only visit one art show this month, make it Bucks County’s Kings Oaks Farm in Newtown