45 Years – Manor Theatre
Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, 45 Years is based on a short story by David Constantine and follows Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) in the week leading up to a party to celebrate their 45th anniversary. But when the body of Geoff’s first love, Katya, is found in a Swiss glacier where he lost her 50 years earlier, it brings up some long buried insecurities about the foundation of their relationship. 45 Years opens on February 5th at the Manor Theatre.
Janis: Little Girl Blue – Harris Theater
Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) examines Joplin’s story for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Janis: Little Girl Blue opens on February 5th at the Harris Theater.
Son of Saul – Regent Square Theater
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish, and offer the boy a proper burial. Son of Saul opens on February 12th at the Regent Square Theater.
Aferim! – Harris Theater
Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble’s wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over. Aferim! will open on February 26th at the Harris Theater.
Trumbo – Manor Theatre
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. This biodrama from director Jay Roach tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Trumbo opens on November 6th at the Manor Theatre.
Nasty Baby – Hollywood Theater
Freddy (Sebastian Silva) and his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) are trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend, Polly (Kristen Wiig). Freddy is an artist, and his latest work is all about babies – it’s clear he’s dying to be a father. Polly is a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a man. Mo is hesitant about the entire idea, especially when Polly isn’t having success with Freddyʼs sperm and the donor responsibility shifts to him. Set almost entirely in the multicultural vibrancy of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the trio navigates the idea of creating life, when they are confronted by unexpected harassment from particularly aggressive neighborhood man, nicknamed The Bishop (Reg E. Cathey). As their clashes become increasingly aggressive, someone is bound to get hurt. Nasty Baby opens on November 9th at the Hollywood Theater.
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie – Hollywood Theater
Set in a futuristic Japan after the end of a brutal world war, science has advanced by leaps and bounds giving humanity the choice to prolong life and reduce suffering with the use of sophisticated cybernetics. With all of humanity linked into one system of minds and personalities known as ghosts, the biggest threat to civilization is the cyber terrorists capable of hijacking people’s bodies and memories. When a ghost-infecting virus known as Fire-Starter begins spreading through the system resulting in the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of special operatives are called in to track down its source. As they delve deeper and deeper into their investigation, they uncover traces of government corruption and a shadowy broker that bears an all-too-familiar face. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie opens on November 10th at the Hollywood Theater.
The Wonders – Regent Square Theater
Twelve-year-old Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm, oblivious to the outside world. Whilst all around them the countryside is being burnt up by pesticides and rural life is falling apart, a TV show competition arrives from the city offering a cash prize and a luxury cruise for a family that can prove it’s the most traditionally Italian. Gelsomina wants to participate in the contest, but her father is too consumed with work to consider his daughter’s dream. They work tirelessly to expand the bee colonies and even take on help – a delinquent German boy from a youth rehabilitation exchange program. But as tension mounts between her father and the boy, Gelsomin realizes her family will never be the same. The Wonders opens on November 27th at the Regent Square Theater.
The Assassin – Harris Theater
In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from the family of a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her former betrothed. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. The Assassin opens on November 27th at the Harris Theater.
It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has plenty of movie events lined up to make sure your October is especially spooky. Get ready for Halloween with these festive screenings, parties, and family outings:
Midnight at the Manor – Manor Theatre
Manor Theatre patrons can enjoy a fantastic lineup of horror movies all month long. The third annual Midnight at the Manor Horror Film series includes The Babadook on October 3rd, The Thing on October 10th, The Shining on October 17th, The Evil Dead on October 24th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street on October 31st. All screenings will take place at midnight.
Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum
The Living Dead Museum in Evans City, PA will host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family. From October 9th through October 11th, horror fans can partake in activities such as pumpkin carving, a pet costume parade, spooky story telling, and outdoor film screenings in EDCO Park. The festivities will also feature discussion panels and meetups with cast and crew members from the Living Dead series and more. Living Dead Weekend is free to enter, but fees for certain events apply. See the website for more details.
Haunted Oaks – Oaks Theater
On October 10th, the Oaks Theater will present an evening of Pittsburgh movie horrors for the first ever Haunted Oaks. The event will showcase several locally made short films, including Pawns, The Raven, Beware the Shadowman, The Showing, Debunked, Trial 29, and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with screenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 to $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Trunk N’ Treat – Riverside Drive-In
Celebrate Halloween early at Riverside Drive-In‘s Trunk N’ Treat weekend. On October 16th and October 17th, kids can put on their costumes and enjoy some car-to-car trick or treating before the show begins. Once the sun goes down, settle in to watch the new animated film Hotel Translyvania 2 and the PG-rated horror comedy Goosebumps. Hotel Translyvania 2 follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his friends as they try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson. Goosebumps stars Jack Black as real-life author R.L. Stine, who must battle the monsters from his successful book series after they’re inadvertently set free by a curious teen neighbor.
Joe Bob Briggs’ Hollywood Theater Halloween Party – Hollywood Theater
On October 17th, drive-in movie critic and former MonsterVision host Joe Bob Briggs will visit the Hollywood Theater for a special Halloween event. The party will include a 35mm print screening of the 1986 rock n’ roll horror film Trick or Treat, as well as treats, a costume contest, photo ops and autographs. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12, $8 for members, and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Row House of Horrors – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will honor all that horror has to offer with multiple theme weeks spotlighting classics, drive-in fare, and more. The fun begins on October 18th and includes selections such as Night of the Living Dead, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, and The Exorcist. Check the Row House website for showtimes and updates.
Finders Keepers – Hollywood Theater
Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property. Set in rural North Carolina, the oftentimes hilarious, at turns tragic documentary delves into the lives forever changed by the fantastical headlines. Finders Keepers opens on October 2nd at the Hollywood Theater.
Time Out of Mind – Regent Square Theater
Academy Award-nominated writer/director Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) offers a haunting look at life on the streets by immersing viewers in a daily quest to survive. Richard Gere plays George, a man struggling to find food and a place to sleep in New York City. Shuffled into the unforgiving bureaucracy of a men’s shelter, George seems destined to wind up as just another lost soul swallowed up by the system—until he meets a gregarious, down-and-out ex-jazzman (played by Broadway legend Ben Vereen) who inspires George to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Time Out of Mind opens on October 2nd at Regent Square Theater.
He Named Me Malala – Manor Theatre
Acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) presents an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the globe. The documentary demonstrates how Malala, her father Zia and her family continue to fight for education for all girls worldwide and provides an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers. He Named Me Malala opens on October 9th at the Manor Theatre.
Coming Home – Regent Square Theater
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife’s memory. Coming Home opens on October 16th at Regent Square Theater.
Mistress America – Manor Theatre
In writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s newest film, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America opens on September 4th at the Manor Theatre.
Z for Zachariah – Hollywood Theater
In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman (Margot Robbie) survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger (Chris Pine) enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel. Z for Zachariah opens on September 4th at the Hollywood Theater.
Goodnight Mommy – Hollywood Theater
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences on par with The Shining and Dead Ringers. Goodnight Mommy opens on September 25th at the Hollywood Theater.
The Overnight – Hollywood Theater
Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to open up. The Overnight opens on July 3rd at the Hollywood Theater.
Saint Laurent – Harris Theater
Gaspard Ulliel plays one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion designers in director Bertrand Bonello‘s biopic. The film depicts Yves Saint Laurent‘s life at the peak of his career, when, from 1967 to 1976, he became an icon of the industry. Saint Laurent opens on July 3rd at the Harris Theater.
Amy – Manor Theatre
The latest documentary from BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna) tells the story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, brought relentless and invasive media attention which, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel, resulting in her untimely death at age 27. The film features extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks. Amy opens on July 10th at the Manor Theatre.
Felt – Harris Theater
Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off. Felt opens at the Harris Theater on July 10th and runs through July 16th.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting on Existence – Regent Square Theater
Like a modern day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destiny. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy hidden within us, life’s grandeur as well as the ultimate frailty of humanity. A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting on Existence opens on July 24th at Regent Square Theater.
The JFilm Festival returns with 28 screenings of 20 films from eight different countries, each one enjoying its Pittsburgh premiere. The line-up includes eye-opening dramas, documentaries, comedies, and other works that speak to the Jewish experience all over the world. See below for schedule and details:
The Last Mentsch
Marcus Schwartz (Mario Adorf) is an old man who has lived with a cautiously buried secret for most of his life – for Marcus Schwartz was born as Menah’hem Teitelbaum and has concealed his Jewish heritage ever since he survived the horrors of Auschwitz. Now, as he has decided that he wants to be buried on a Jewish cemetery, he has to verify what he has carefully hidden for most of his life and that proves to be quite a difficult task. On the journey to his roots in Satu Mare, a little village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, he is accompanied by Gül (Katharina Derr), a young German Girl of Turkish heritage, who, just like Marcus, tries to come to terms with her past.
Once in a Lifetime
At the Lycée Léon Blum in Créteil, on the outskirts of Paris, a teacher decides to make her weakest 10th grade class take a national history exam. The experience transforms the students. Based on a true story. Once in a Lifetime will screen at the Manor Theatre.
The Art Dealer
The new drama from renowned French director François Margolin (The Flight of the Red Balloon) follows a Jewish woman (Anna Sigalevitch) who embarks on a journey to recover family paintings that were stolen by Nazis. During her investigation, she discovers some family secrets are best kept hidden. The Art Dealer will screen at the Manor Theatre.
10% My Child
Seven-year-old Franny adjusts to life with her mother’s new boyfriend, Nico, a 26-year-old aspiring filmmaker unable to finish his graduation project. 10% My Child will screen at the Manor Theatre.
French director Alexandre Arcady’s cinematic adaptation of the real-life kidnapping of Ilan Halimi offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal. For 24 days, the police, insistent upon handling the case as a normal for-ransom kidnapping, fail to recognize the anti-Semitic hatred of his abductors. Many opportunities to save Ilan are missed or squandered as his family receive nearly 700 phone calls, insults, threats, photographs and sound recordings of their tortured son. 24 Days will screen at the Manor Theatre.
The Muses of Bashevis Singer
The famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote with a ‘harem’ of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to portray the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just like he charmed and enchanted his translators. The Muses of Bashevis Singer will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Yehezkel, a 75-year-old Jerusalem retirement home resident, decides to fulfill his terminally ill best friend Max’s wish to die in peace. Despite the objections of his wife Levana, Yehezkel and Max’s wife Yana enlist the help of a veterinarian and retired police officer to help them with their mission. When the group realizes that none of them is willing to commit the deed, Yehezkel builds a machine for self- euthanasia. But after Max is gone, rumors about the machine begin to spread, and the group receives more pleas for help. Meanwhile, Yehezkel refuses to face the reality of his wife’s deteriorating dementia. As Yehezkel navigates between new requests for the machine, and Levana’s growing dependency, boundaries begin to blur, and the moral dilemmas the group face become impossible to bear. Farewell Party will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Above and Beyond
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. The first feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen brings together new interviews as well as stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah. Above and Beyond will screen at Rodef Shalom.
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.
The Best of Men
Based on a true story, The Best of Men tells Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish refugee whose pioneering work with paralyzed soldiers led to the birth of the Paralympic Games. Stars Eddie Marsan and Rob Brydon. The Best of Men will screen at Rodef Shalom.
Once in a Lifetime
Once in a Lifetime will screen at Carmike 10 – South Hills Village.
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Theodore Bikel, a prolific performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Jewish literary figure Sholom Aleichem‘s work. Aleichem’s Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor’s Son, and Menachem Mendl–“shtetl Jews” for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin–remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined. Now 90, Bikel has played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and he has animated Aleichem’s work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author. The feature documentary combines Bikel’s charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem’s remarkable life and work. Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem will screen at the Manor Theatre.
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films
A documentary film about of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Up close and personal, the film examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their successes and eventual split. The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films will screen at Waterworks Cinemas.
Serial (Bad) Weddings
Claude and Marie Verneuil, from the provincial, Catholic upper middle class, are rather conservative parents. But they’ve always forced themselves to be open-minded. However, their tolerance has been sorely tested when their first daughter married a Muslim, the second a Jew, and the third a Chinese man. Their hopes to at last see one of their daughters married in church hence focus on their youngest, who has, halleluiah, just met a good Catholic. Serial (Bad) Weddings will screen at the Manor Theatre.
The Art Dealer
The Art Dealer will screen in the Reeves Auditorium at Seton Hill University.
One week after the 1967 Six-Day War, a group of young kibbutzinks, led by renowned author Amos Oz and Editor Avraham Shapira, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. Censored Voices reveals these original recordings for the first time. Censored Voices will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Felix and Meira
Each lost in their everyday lives, Meira (Hadas Yaron), a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a Secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father, unexpectedly meet in a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Félix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she knows or give it all up to be with Félix. Felix and Meira will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front
Director Wayne Kopping‘s coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front will screen at the Manor Theatre and the JCC Katz Theatre.
After living in Berlin for eight years, university student Noa returns to her native Israel for a short holiday. When her grandmother suddenly takes ill, Noa decides to stay with her family and search for her place in life, which becomes more complicated when her German boyfriend Jörg shows up. Anywhere Else will screen at the Manor Theatre.
24 Days will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Dough will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Serial (Bad) Weddings
Serial (Bad) Weddings will screen at the Manor Theatre.
A Borrowed Identity
Eyad, who grew up in an Arab town in Israel, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. The first and only Arab to be accepted there, he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and Israeli society. Soon, Eyad develops a friendship with Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of his family. Being an outsider, Eyad wants to belong, even if he doesn’t exactly know to whom or to what. After falling in love with Naomi, a Jewish girl, he has to leave school when their relationship is uncovered and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever. A Borrowed Identity will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem will screen at the Manor Theatre.
During the summer of 1943, the Jews of Greater Bulgaria must adhere to the laws of Germany. Moni, a Jewish youngster from Sofia and Giogio the son of the commissar for Jewish affairs’ driver, meet Shelly, a Jewish girl from Kavala. The two face the values and limits of friendship, as they both fall in love with her, while outside rages their conflicted world. Bulgarian Rhapsody will screen at the Manor Theatre.
Is That You?
After being fired from his job, Ronnie, a 60-year-old Israeli film projectionist, travels to the U.S. in search of Rachel, the love of his youth. Helping Ronnie in his search are his brother and Myla, a documentary film student making a movie about regrets.
Tickets for The Last Mentsch opening reception are $80. Individual screenings are $10 general admission, $5 for students 18 and under with valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase at the JFilm website.
Ballet 422 – Harris Theater
Cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Peck’s creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. Ballet 422 opens at the Harris Theater on April 3rd.
Buzzard – Row House Cinema
Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo Power Glove, and a bad temper. Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in this hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class. Buzzard opens at the Row House Cinema on April 3rd.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Hollywood Theater
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter opens at the Hollywood Theater on April 3rd.
Spring – Hollywood Theater
When his ailing mother dies, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) realizes his life isn’t going anywhere. Grabbing his last paycheque, he decides to go on the European graduation trip that he never got a chance to take. Picking a destination at random, he arrives in Italy, where he backpacks and parties with other tourists. But everything changes for Evan when he arrives in an idyllic southern town and meets the enchanting Louise (German actress Nadia Hilker). A tender romance begins to bloom between the two — but Louise harbours a dark, primordial secret that could destroy the happiness they’re just beginning to build. Spring opens at the Hollywood Theater on April 17th.
White God – Manor Theatre
Winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard Award at the 2014 Cannes Festival, Kornel Mundruczo’s newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed “human superiors,” but it’s also an brutal, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it’s mixed-breed heritage is deemed ‘unfit’ by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called ‘unfit’ dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his ‘Masters’ in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beats him. White God opens at the Manor Theatre on April 24th.
When it comes to horror, Pittsburgh has quite a reputation to uphold. That’s why the unofficial Zombie Capital of the World goes the extra mile in October with tons of truly terrifying movie-related events. Whether you’re looking for zombie hordes, unstoppable serial killers, or vengeful ghosts, theaters throughout the city are sure to deliver.
Night of the Living Dead Discussion Panel – AMC Waterfront 22
In 1968, Night of the Living Dead premiered at Pittsburgh’s Fulton Theater – now the Byham Theater – and horror was never the same again. On October 1st, AMC Waterfront 22 theater will celebrate the classic film’s 46th anniversary with a discussion panel featuring a long list of NOTLD alum, including sound engineer Gary Streiner, co-writer John Russo, and actress Kyra Schon, plus a screening of George Romero‘s digitally remastered masterpiece. The event begins at 5 p.m. with the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, $10.50 for VIP Seats, and are available for purchase at the AMC website.
Horror at the Manor – Manor Theatre
Movie goers can expect plenty of spooky films at the Manor Theatre all month long. The schedule begins on October 4th with Psycho, and continues with Rosemary’s Baby on October 11th, The Shining on October 18th., Friday the 13th on October 25th, and Night of the Living Dead on October 31st. See website for showtimes. Tickets are $9.25, $6.50 for children 12 and under, and $7 for seniors.
2014 Living Dead Fest – EDCO Park
The undead will rise again for the Living Dead Fest in Evans City, PA. From October 10th through October 12th, fans will convene in EDCO park to honor Pittsburgh’s horror heritage, with a re-dedication of the restored Evans City Cemetery Chapel (which was featured in Night of the Living Dead), plus a chance to meet a long list of celebrity guests, including John Amplas (Martin), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween 3), and various cast and crew members from George Romero’s Dead series. Tickets range in price from $15 to $225 and are available at Showclix.
History of Zombies/Row House of Horrors – Row House Cinema
The Row House Cinema is celebrating its first Halloween in style with a long list of classic and modern horror films. From October 17th through October 23rd, the theater will present History of Zombies, which includes screenings of White Zombie, ParaNorman, Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, and, of course, Night of the Living Dead. From October 24th through October 31st, the theater will roll out a more varied selection for Row House of Horrors, which includes Cabin in the Woods, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Hostel, Carnival of Souls, House on Haunted Hill, Nosferatu, Last Man on Earth, and Vampyr. See website for showtimes and ticket prices.
Halloween Party – Hollywood Theater
Along with screening numerous new and classic horror films – including the haunted house arrest film Housebound, the Japanese cult filck Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People, and John Carpenter’s Halloween – the Hollywood Theater will also host another Halloween party full of fun, festive activities. On October 18th, guests can enjoy food and beverages, tarot card readings, a costume contest with prizes, and a selection of scary films. Doors open at 6 p.m. Spooky shorts begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by Poltergeist at 8 p.m. and the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance at Showclix, $20 at the door. Admission includes two drinks.
SCarrie: The Musical – Bricolage
For the horror fans who want a little song and dance with their telekinetic teen terror, there’s SCarrie at Bricolage. Performed in the style of the theater’s Midnight Radio series, the gender bending musical parody of Stephen King’s breakout novel and director Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation promises plenty of paranormal high school angst topped off with some pig’s blood. The production runs from October 23rd through November 8th. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the Happy Half Hour with complimentary beer and wine. Tickets are $35, $20 for seniors, students, and groups or 10 or above, and are available for purchase at the Bricolage website.
The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) – Regent Square Theater
Director János Szász‘s adaptation of author Agota Kristof‘s bestseller follows the story of two boys who by studying the evil surrounding them learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, ultimately surviving in the face of challenging circumstances. Towards the end of World War II, people in big cities are at the mercy of air raids and death by starvation. A desperate young mother leaves her 13‐year‐old twin sons at their grandmother’s house in the country, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic. The villagers call her “the Witch” because she is rumored to have poisoned her husband long ago. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They realize that the only way to cope with the absurd and inhumane world of adults and war is to become completely unfeeling and merciless. The Notebook will screen from October 3rd through October 9th at Regent Square Theater.
Whiplash – Manor Theatre
Andrew (Miles Teller), a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity. Whiplash opens on October 10th at the Manor Theatre.
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead – Hollywood Theater
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anyone else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own. Dead Snow 2 will screen on October 10th and 11th and October 13th and 14th at the Hollywood Theater.