The Warhol Takes A Stand With ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

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The Warhol will soon unveil Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, an exhibition exploring the significant influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections, and points of difference between their practices—Warhol representing 20th-century modernity and the “American century,” and Ai representing life in the 21st century and what has been called the “Chinese century” to come. In conjunction with show, the museum will host daily screenings of the 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Alison KlaymanAi Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of China’s most famous international artist, and most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

The film the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

The film will show daily at 2 p.m. from June 3rd through August 28th in the Warhol theater. Film schedules are subject to change. Free with museum admission

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 30th – June 5th

June 1st

Hitchcock Tails – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will mix alcohol and suspense for Hitchcock Tails. The evening begins with four cocktail tastings in the Bierport Tap Room and appetizers from Dive Bar & Grille, followed by a screening of Hitchcock’s Sabotage in the theater. The 1936 film follows a Scotland Yard undercover detective on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to detonate a bomb in London. Cocktails begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the film at 9:45 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase at the Row House website

Top Gun – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will satisfy their need for speed with a Classic Movie Nights screening of Top Gun. The 1986 film stars Tom Cruise as a young hotshot pilot who experiences love and loss as a student at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

June 3rd

Brew Cinema: Fargo – Hollywood Theater

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Cinema 412 will host their final Brew Cinema screening at the Hollywood Theater with a special presentation of the 1996 Coen brothers film Fargo. The dark comedy follows a pregnant Minnesota police chief (Frances McDormand) as she investigates a kidnapping involving a car salesman (William H. Macy) and two goons (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare). The event will include brews from Voodoo Brewery and feature a limited edition screenprinted poster by AJ Frena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and the Hollywood Theater.

Luc Besson Week – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will dedicate a week to one of cinema’s most colorful action directors, Luc Besson. The selections include the classic 1994 actioner The Professional, the 1997 sci-fi romp The Fifth Element, the 2001 Jean Reno vehicle Wasabi, and the 2004 parkour thriller District B13. Also included are screenings of the RiffTrax take on The Fifth Element. Showtimes will continue through June 9th.

June 4th

The Blue Kite – City of Asylum

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The Warhol and City of Asylum will present a screening of The Blue Kite in conjunction with the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang, the story is told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in 1950s/1960s era Beijing. Though banned by the Chinese government upon its completion, and causing Tian to receive a ten-year ban on filmmaking, the film soon gained an audience worldwide. The film will screen at 8 p.m. in the Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Admission is free. Reserve a seat at the City of Asylum website or call 412-323-0278.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will celebrate the 30th anniversary of a cult classic with a screening of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. In 1986, filmmakers John Heyn and Jeff Krulik shot Judas Priest fans in a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. Hailed as one the greatest rock documentaries ever, the underground film went on to become a definitive cultural touchstone for the 1980s metal scene: spandex, big hair, denim, mullets, muscle cars, and beer. The event will also include a showing of Heavy Metal Picnic, which focuses on a 1985 weekend field party so raucous it made the evening news. The event begins at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and the best hair metal head banger gets a prize. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Three Rivers Art Festival Floats Down ‘River Of Fundament’

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Now in its 57th year, the 10-day Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival returns with an extensive lineup of music, performance, visual arts, activities and a market featuring over 300 artists from around the country. Film will also be represented at the Harris Theater with the three-part River of Fundament.

Set across the American landscape, the collaborative project by Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler is a six-hour opera inspired by American author Norman Mailer‘s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings. The epic experimental film combines documentary footage of three live acts performed outdoors in Los Angeles, Detroit and New York, and is largely set in a careful recreation of Mailer’s Brooklyn brownstone apartment, where the late author’s wake is underway.

Imagined as a lavish dinner party attended by New York’s cultural literati, the wake takes place inside the Mailer apartment as it is ferried down the river. Intercut with scenes from the outdoor live acts, the story of Mailer’s three-time journey parallels that of the automobile, and is equally populated by the incestuous characters belonging to the myth of Osiris. As the Mailer’s lives are recounted to him by an elder pharaoh, his widow and wives contemplate the soul’s journey, quoting passages from Ancient Evenings, as well as from American authors Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson and William S. Burroughs. The film features a cast of noted actors, artists, musicians and literary figures, including Ellen Burstyn, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Fran Lebowitz, Salman Rushdie and Elaine Stritch.

River of Fundament will screen in separate acts from June 3rd through June 11th. Please note, the film contains extreme graphic imagery involving nudity and fecal matter. Showtimes are available at the TRAF website.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: June 2016 Edition

The Lobster – Manor Theatre

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A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. The Lobster opens on June 3rd at the Manor Theatre.

Franocofonia – Regent Square Theater

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Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. Franocofonia opens on June 10th at the Regent Square Theater.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made – Harris Theater

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Thirty-five years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a years-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They finished every scene except one – the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, the film chronicles the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will open on June 23rd at the Harris Theater.

Hollywood Theater Gets Raucous With The Damned Doc

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The Hollywood Theater will continue their tradition of spotlighting documentaries about underground music with The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, a look at the UK band whose influence spanned over the punk, New Wave and goth eras.

From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. The documentary includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones of The Clash, Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead will screen from May 27th through May 29th. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door.

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 23rd – May 29th

May 23rd

Dough – Manor Theatre

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An old Jewish baker’s failing business gets an unexpected boost when his young Muslim apprentice, also a part-time cannabis dealer, accidentally drops a load of dope in the dough, and the customers suddenly can’t get enough of his bread. Stars Jonathan Pryce, Ian Hart, Jerome Holder and Pauline Collins. Dough will screen at the Manor Theatre through May 26th.

May 25th

Mission: Impossible – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1996 action thriller Mission: Impossible as part of their Classic Movies Night series. Directed by Brian De Palma, the first film in the successful MI franchise stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, a government operative who goes on the run after he’s blamed for the death of his mentor (Jon Voight). He then recruits a hacker (Ving Rhames) and maverick pilot (Jean Reno) to help him retrieve a confidential CIA computer file that will prove his innocence. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

May 26th

Deuce Comes to Dormont: Velvet Smooth – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will present a Deuce Comes to Dormont screening of the 1976 blaxploitation film Velvet Smooth. Filled with plenty of action and martial arts, it stars Johnnie Hill as a female detective hired by a crime lord to figure out who’s taking his business. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cot $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

May 27th

Alfred Hitchcock Week – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will honor the master of suspense with a week of Alfred Hitchcock films. The selections include Sabotage (1936), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960). Showtimes will continue through June 2nd.

May 28th

Pink Floyd: The Wall – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will present a screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall. Based on the album of the same name, and written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters, the 1982 film combines surreal live-action and animated sequences to depict the downfall of a rocker driven to insanity by various forces. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Melwood Screening Room Gets ‘Trapped’ With Abortion Doc

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On May 26th, Melwood Screening Room will team up with Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Women’s Law Project, Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Escorts and New Voices Pittsburgh to present Trapped, a documentary about the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), director Dawn Porter‘s film follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

The Trapped screening event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the PPWP website.

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 16th – May 22nd

May 18th

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1984 adventure film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as part of their Classic Movies Night series. The second installment of the iconic Indiana Jones franchise finds the titular hero (Harrison Ford), his precocious kid sidekick (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a lounge singer (Kate Capshaw) tangling with an evil cult in India. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

May 19th

A Night at the Movies: The Princess Bride – Hollywood Theater

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The Western PA chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation will host a semi-annual movie night at Hollywood Theater with The Princess Bride. The beloved 1987 film from director Rob Reiner weaves a romantic, fun-filled tale about Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her rogue love (Cary Elwes) as they tangle with bandits, monsters and a weird cast of characters. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. A presentation will also take place. Tickets cost $20, $30 for couples, $10 for kids 10 and under. Adults tickets includes two alcoholic beverages and appetizers.

May 20th

Bad Movie Night – Oaks Theater

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The Oaks Theater continues their Bad Movie Nite series by celebrating some of the cheesiest, most ridiculous, and weirdest scenes ever filmed. The event will take place at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, $10 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.

Belladonna of Sadness – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will screen the long-lost 1973 anime feature Belladonn of Sadness. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto, unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. The film was newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements, and includes over 8 minutes of new footage. Showtimes will continue through May 22nd. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

Fossil Free – Phipps Conservatory

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Phipps Conservatory will show Fossil Free as part of its Environmental Film Series. In the Netherlands, pension fund ABP—one of the world’s largest funds, with more than 350 billion euros in investments—is an attractive target for the divestment movement. Through campaigns and conversations with pensioners and supervisors, the fossil free activists urge ABP to pull large sums out of companies responsible for high carbon emissions. And with success. But for the divestment movement, the mission won’t be accomplished until ABP and other pension funds make even more radical choices and completely stop investing in the fossil fuel industry.  VPRO Backlight follows activists and stock traders in search of the benefit and necessity of this new way of campaigning. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and includes a conversation with Phipps Director of Sustainability 350.org Pittsburgh member Jason Wirick.

Over the Top Action – Row House Cinema

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Fists, bullets and various other dangerous things will fly when Row House Cinema presents their Over the Top Action week. The selections include the 1968 Steve McQueen classic Bullitt, the 1985 Vietnam War fantasy Rambo: First Blood Part II, the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme debut Bloodsport, and the 2010 Mexploitation film Machete. Also featured is the RiffTrax version of the 1987 arm wrestling film Over The Top. Showtimes will continue through May 26th.

May 21st

1948 Matinee – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater goes back in time to 1948 with a day full of family-friendly activities. The event includes a performance by organist Dale Abraham, a program of comedy shorts, cartoons and serials, and a screening of the 1948 horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Ticket and concession prices will also reflect the time period, with admission at 25 cents for kids 12 and under, 40 cents for adults. Popcorn, candy, and soda will cost 15 to 25 cents. The 1948 Matinee begins at 12 p.m.

Big Idea Bookstore Hosts Cyberpunk Double Feature

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On May 15th, the radical Bloomfield nonprofit Big Idea Bookstore will present a double feature dedicated to cyperpunk cinema and “the corporeal human/machine and our relationship to love, mental health, and trauma.” See films below:

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

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Shot on 16mm black-and-white film, the 1989 cult curiosity from Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto features stunning practical effects and nightmarish imagery comparable to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist” is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese “salaryman” out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation.

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK

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The unorthodox love story from South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Stoker) follows institutionalized mental patient Young-goon. Believing herself a cyborg, she charges herself with a transistor radio. Il-soon, a fellow inmate, steals the other inmates’ personality traits and believes he is fading and will one day turn into a dot. When Young-goon refuses to eat, Il-soon decides it’s his job to get her on her feet again.

The Cyberpunk Double Feature begins at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 9th – May 15th

May 10th

Film Kitchen – Melwood Screening Room

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The latest Film Kitchen at Melwood Screening Room will feature a short documentary  about paranormal investigators in Erie County and several works featuring local drag artist and comedian Tristan Reid, as well as selections from local filmmakers Steve Parys, Tressa Glover and Caroline Collins. The event begins with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the films at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World – Rodef Shalom Congregation

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Repair The World: Pittsburgh and Rodef Shalom Congregation will present Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World. The short documentary follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents the students’ stories of resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids will screen 6 p.m. at Rodef Shalom. Snacks and drinks will be available. The event is free. Guests can register at Eventbrite.

May 11th

Twister – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will present a Classic Movie Night screening of Twister. Starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, the 1996 disaster film follows a ragtag team of scientists and storm chasers as they risk their lives pursuing tornadoes. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5, $10.50 for VIP seating.

May 13th

Fauna Flicks – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema follows up its May Flowers week with Fauna Flicks, a program featuring all creatures great and small. The selections include the 1950 ode to imaginary bunny friends Harvey, the 1981 big cat disaster Roar, the 1986 beloved family classic An American Tail, and the spectacular 2014 Hungarian dog drama White God. Showtimes will continue through May 19th.

The Man Who Knew Infinity – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will screen the new biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity. Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar (Dev Patel) earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Showtimes will continue through May 19th.

May 14th

Hollywood Theater’s 90th Birthday Party  – Hollywood Theater

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The historic Hollywood Theater will celebrate 90 years with a special guest screening and and party. Ghost Whisperer actor and Pittsburgh native David Conrad will present a new digital restoration of the essential 1949 film noir classic The Third Man. Also included in the festivities is a live performance by Tom Roberts and Friends, food by Eliza’s Oven, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a raffle. Doors open at 7 p.m. followed by an introduction by Conrad and the film at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20  at Showclix, $25 at the door. Member tickets are $15.

May 15th

We The People: Exploring The Militia Movement – Open House PGH

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Open House PGH will present the short VICE/HBO news documentary We The People: Exploring The Militia Movement as part of their Keepin’ It Reel series. The film explores the increase in American militant group activity. The event begins at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow.