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Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: July 2016 Edition

Almost Holy – Regent Square Theater

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In this documentary from the Pittsburgh-based production company Animal, Ukrainian pastor Gennadiy Mohknenko has taken up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his private rehabilitation center. Gennadiy’s ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city’s problems has made him a folk hero to some, and a lawless vigilante to others. The film is directed by Steve Hoover (Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Blood Brother), executive produced by Terence Malick and Nicolas Gonda, and features a score by Atticus RossAlmost Holy opens on July 8th at the Regent Square Theater.

Tickled – Harris Theater

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When New Zealand reporter David Farrier stumbles upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, he reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Tickled opens on July 8th at the Harris Theater.

De Palma – Harris Theater

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One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, andMission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all. De Palma opens on July 15th at the Harris Theater.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Hollywood Theater

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The new comedy from director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) stars Julian Dennison as Ricky, a defiant city kid raised on hip-hop and foster care who gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Hunt for the Wilderpeople opens on July 15th at the Hollywood Theater.

Wiener-Dog – Regent Square Theater

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The latest biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and Zosia Mamet, Wiener-Dog is a tragically funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life (and death) from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and unique voices. Wiener-Dog opens on July 15th at Regent Square Theater.

The Fits – Harris Theater

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A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted. The Fits opens on July 22nd at the Harris Theater.

Weekly Movie Roundup: June 20th – June 26th

June 22nd

Accidental Exorcist – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will screen the new horror indie Accidental Exorcist. Produced by Rotomation Pictures, the film follows an exorcist flooded with work after a rash of possessions sweep the city. Eventually, performing exorcisms begins to wear him down and make his life utterly miserable. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

June 23rd

Logan’s Run – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will condemn our youth-obsessed culture with a 40th anniversary screening of Logan’s Run. Set in the distant future, the 1976 sci-fi film stars Michael York as the member of a utopian society whose inhabitants suffer a deadly fate when they reach the age of 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m. Logan’s Run-inspired dress is encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Raiders! Double Feature – Harris Theater

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Harris Theater will present a screening event featuring the recently released Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a documentary about three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi who embark on a years-long cinematic journey. It will show in conjunction with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, the documentary subjects’ shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The evening includes a Q&A with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation director Eric Zala. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase on the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website. Showtimes for Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will continue through June 30th.

June 24th

Doctor Who Party & 50th Anniversary Screening – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will spotlight the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. In the 1966 sci-fi film, Doctor Who (Peter Cushing) and his friends must travel through time to the year 2150 in order to save Earth from the fiendish Daleks. The event includes Doctor Who-inspired goodies and a Doctor Who costume contest with prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door. (This is a rescheduled event. Those who purchased online tickets for the original date – April 1st – must provide their name at the door.)

June 25th

Second Birthday Bash – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will celebrate two years in operation with two days full of film, food and fun. The lineup includes showings of The Princess Bride, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moonrise Kingdom and the final cut of Blade Runner. Guests can also enjoy craft beer specials in Bierport Tap Room, live music by Jordan Auth and festive treats by Yummyholic. Tickets are available for purchase on the Row House website. Festivities continue on June 26th.

The Big Lebowski – Oaks Theater

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Oaks Theater will screen the 1998 cult comedy The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers’ take on detective noir follows The Dude (Jeff Bridges), a burned-out bowling enthusiast who becomes embroiled in the kidnapping of a millionaire’s trophy wife. The event includes $5 White Russians all night long. The screening begins at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. General admission is $7.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: May 2016 Edition

The Family Fang – Hollywood Theater

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Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes — suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The Family Fang opens on May 6th at the Hollywood Theater.

Born to Be Blue – Harris Theater

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In the 1950s, Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Born to Be Blue will open on May 6th at the Harris Theater.

Elstree 1976 – Harris Theater

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When George Lucas began work on a mysterious project named Star Wars in North London back in 1976, no one could have predicted how it would go on to shape cinema as we know it, least of all the legions of on-screen extras. In this affectionate, crowdfunded documentary, we meet ten of those bit performers who appeared, however fleetingly, in Lucas’ box office behemoth. The film paints an intimate portrait of these performers, examining how their brushes with Lucas shaped the paths of their lives. With a cast ranging from Darth Vader himself, David Prowse, to a performer whose character was cut entirely from the finished film, this is not so much a film about Star Wars as the story of a group of people united by one life-changing experience. Elstree 1976 opens on May 13th at the Harris Theater.

Tale of Tales – Harris Theater

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In one yarn, the Queen of Longtrellis (Salma Hayek) desperately yearns for a child, which she and her husband the King (John C. Reilly) are willing to go to dark extremes to conceive and protect. Meanwhile, the King of Highhills (Toby Jones) is so obsessed with raising a giant flea that he barely notices his own daughter (Bebe Cave), whom he mistakenly marries off to a brutish monster. And in Strongcliff, two impoverished old sisters mistakenly attract the attention of the womanizing king (Vincent Casell) who is drawn to their song but has not yet seen their faces. Tale of Tales opens on May 20th at the Harris Theater.

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 May 27th at the Regent Square Theater.

Weekly Movie Roundup: April 18th – April 24th

April 18th

Durant’s Never Closes – Oaks Theater

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The Oaks Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Durant’s Never Closes. Based on the works of Mabel Leo and Terry Earp, the film stars Tom Sizemore as Jack Durant was a restaurateur, ladies man, and mysterious gentleman who maintained many connections to the mafia. From the backwoods of Tennessee to the world of Vegas at the time of Bugsy and finally as the owner of his famous steakhouse, Durant is a legend and dynamic character, at once charming, powerful and dangerous. This film tells his story during one day at his restaurant. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with director Travis Mills will follow. Tickets cost $10.

April 21st

Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer – Carnegie Museum of Art

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The Carnegie Museum of Art will present Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer as part of their Double Exposures Series. The evening will look at various work from Grauer, a Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, composer, and musicologist. Grauer will appear to introduce two of his early works, Voices and Archangel, as well as Book of the Year 3000, a film version of his concrete poem and soundpiece. Visual Rhythms will take place at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Grauer will discuss his process and work with local writer and filmmaker Brett Kashmere. The event is free. 

April 22nd

The Last Dragon – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater will welcome martial arts star Taimak for two screenings of Berry Gordy‘s The Last Dragon. The 1985 film features Taimak as young fighter who must take on an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer (the late Vanity) from an obsessed music promoter. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Taimak will introduce the film, and sign copies of his new book Taimak: The Last Dragon. A Q&A will follow each screening. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

Monster Madness – Row House Cinema

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It’s a Battle in the Burgh when Monster Madness week runs at Row House Cinema. Guest programmer Alternate Histories will present King Kong, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Tremors, and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack on the big screen. Showtimes continue through April 28th. Also included is a live riffing of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with improv comedy team The Ink & Paint Club on April 23rd at 9:15 p.m. On April 27th at 7 p.m., meet Alternate Histories mastermind Matthew Buchholz for a sale and signing of his book Alternate Histories of the World, as well as a chance to win an exclusive print.

They Will Have to Kill Us First – Harris Theater

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Harris Theater will present the film They Will Have to Kill Us First. The feature-length documentary from director Johanna Schwartz follows musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back. Showtimes for They Will Have to Kill Us First will continue through April 28th.

April 23rd

JCCP Presents Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical – Hollywood Theater

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The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) returns to the Hollywood Theater to act out scenes from Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. Based on the 1936 propaganda film turned cult hit, the campy 2005 cautionary tale features a straight-laced high school principal (Alan Cumming) who warns of the demon weed by telling a frightful tale about Mary Lane and Jimmy Harper (Kristen Bell and Christian Campbell), two innocent teens who fall under the drug’s spell. The comedy musical also includes performances by Neve Campbell, Steven Weber, and Ana Gasteyer. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

April 24th

Chimes at Midnight – Regent Square Theater

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As part of their Restored Classics series, the Regent Square Theater will present Chimes at Midnight. Directed by and starring Orson Welles, the 1966 Shakespearean adaptation focuses on Sir John Falstaff, the charming, drunken companion of young Henry V. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: April 2016 Edition

A War – Regent Square Theater

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Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home. A War opens on April 1st at the Regent Square Theater.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – Harris Theater

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In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, he vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life. Director Peter Greenaway’s film explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of cinema. Eisenstein in Guanajuato will open on April 1st at the Harris Theater.

Too Late – Melwood Screening Room

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Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. With this familiar setup, TOO LATE takes the spine of the classic private eye genre and tears it to pieces, weaving it back together into a tapestry of southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it. From the desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy penthouse of The Beverly Hilton, the film presents a sprawling view of Los Angeles that ranges from the undiscovered to the iconic. Ultimately, the film tells the story of a missing woman, but paints the portrait of a lost man. Too Late opens on April 22nd at the Melwood Screning Room.

Weekly Movie Roundup: March 14th – March 20th

March 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.

Serenity Drink and Draw – Row House Cinema

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Bring your sketch pad and art supplies to Row House Cinema for a Drink and Draw celebration of the theater’s Sci-Fi Fest. Co-hosted by Atlas Tap Room and the Toonseum, the event includes a tasty draft beer of your choice, a guided drawing session, a small popcorn, and a ticket to the 9:15 p.m. showing of director Joss Whedon’s space western Serenity. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase at the Row House website.

March 17th

The Birds – Melwood Screening Room

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Melwood Screening Room will present a screening of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 film The Birds. The horror hit stars Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor as a two people whose potential romance is interrupted by flocks of deadly birds in a small California coastal town. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow.

March 18th

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show – Oaks Theater

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Musicians Tom Roberts and Mary Beth Malek will play an original live score for three Charlie Chaplin films at the Oaks Theater. The bar and kitchen open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Mountains May Depart – Harris Theater

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The Chinese feature Mountains May Depart will open at the Harris Theater. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, director  Jia Zhang-ke‘s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art – Melwood Screening Room

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Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art will open at Melwood Screening Room. Directed by James Crump, the documentary unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, and features rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of such storied artists as Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

March 20th

El Topo – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will screen Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s 1970 film El Topo. The surreal western stars Jodorowsky as a black-clad gunfighter who embarks on a symbolic quest in an Old West version of Sodom and Gomorrah. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

Silents, Please! Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater continues its Silents, Please! series with the 1922 Scandinavian silent feature Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. The dark, stylish film from Benjamin Christensen traces the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to the rise of witch hunts throughout modern Europe. The screening includes live musical accompaniment by Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: March 2016 Edition

The Club – Harris Theater

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In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings. Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly disgraced housemate. Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought deeply buried. The Club opens on March 11th at the Harris Theater.

Embrace of the Serpent – Regent Square Theater

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The ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace Of The Serpent, the first film shot in the Amazonian rainforest in over 30 years. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Embrace of the Serpent opens on March 11th at the Regent Square Theater.

Los Punks – Hollywood Theater

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Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles. A cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults comprise the scene: bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a sub-culture of thrash and noise and pits. The sense of belonging is palpable; emotional bonds fostered among good families and those broken, poverty and wealth, adolescence and maturity, with the music emanating a magnetic chorus for all to sing together. The documentary feature from director Angela Boatwright portrays this vibrant DIY community. Los Punks opens on March 25th at the Hollywood Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: February 2016 Edition

45 Years – Manor Theatre

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Weekly Movie Roundup: January 18th – January 24th

January 21st

Moonwalkers – Hollywood Theater

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A kooky conspiracy theory comedy comes to the Hollywood Theater. After failing to locate the legendary Stanley Kubrick, an unstable CIA agent (Ron Perlman) must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager (Rupert Grint) to develop the biggest con of all time—staging the moon landing. Moonwalkers screens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 t0 $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

January 22nd

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 $10, $12 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.

Gallery Crawl – Harris Theater

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Gallery Crawlers can enjoy some fun film events at the Harris Theater. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the venue will present a program of regionally produced films, followed by a Crawl After Dark screening of the punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization III at 9:30 p.m. The Gallery Crawl screenings are free. Tickets for the Crawl After Dark screening cost $5.

January 23rd

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict – Harris Theater

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The Harris Theater will highlight an art world icon with a documentary from Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel)Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. Showtimes for Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict can be found on the Harris Theater website.

January 24th

Rear Window – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will show the suspenseful 1954 thriller as part of their January Sunday Night Hitchcock Classics Series. The film stars James Stewart as a wheelchair-bound photojournalist who believes he witnessed a murder while spying on his neighbors. Rear Window will screen at 8 p.m.

Best Pittsburgh Holiday Movie Events: 2015 Edition

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Pittsburgh theaters are gearing up for another holiday season with plenty of movies and movie-related events. Whether it’s classic films, newer releases, or festive fare from the horror, comedy and action genres, local movie lovers can always find something to help them celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. See below for screening schedule:

Holiday Kidsplay – Harris Theater

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The Harris Theater will show holiday short films and cartoons each weekend in December as part of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership‘s Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays event. Families can stop in the theater during designated hours between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to enjoy some fun holiday fare. There will also be arts and crafts and a reading room in the downstairs lobby. Holiday Kidsplay will take place on December 5th and 6th, December 12th and 13th, and December 19th and 20th. All activities are free and open to the public.

Vurray Murray Movie Night: Scrooged – Altar Bar

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On December 11th, Altar Bar will drink to Bill Murray with a special screening of the 1988 comedy Scrooged. The modern twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stars Murray as a misanthropic TV executive who is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Attending Murray fans can enjoy drinking games and all sorts of merrymaking. Vurray Murray Movie Night: Scrooged will take place at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP at Ticketfly.

Deuce Comes to Dormont: Christmas Evil – Hollywood Theater

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Horror fans will have a jolly time on December 12th when the Hollywood Theater presents the 1980 Christmas slasher film Christmas Evil. Called the “best seasonal film of all time” by director John Waters, the Troma release follows a toy-maker who, after suffering a psychotic break, dons a Santa suit and goes on a murderous rampage. Deuce Comes to Dormont: Christmas Evil begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Guests can also arrive early to enjoy a free screening of the notorious 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special at 7 p.m.

Holiday Movie Cinebrunch – Oaks Theater

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The Oaks Theater will host two festive Cinebrunch events with the 1990 comedy hit Home Alone on December 12th and the 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life on December 19th. Both shows will include an extensive brunch menu, with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, breakfast bagel sandwiches, hash browns, fresh fruit, pastries, and vegetarian options. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the films starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $14.50 to $16.50 for adults, $10 to $12 for kids under 12 years old.  Non-brunch movie tickets are $7.

Christmas Tradition Row House Cinema

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From December 18th through December 25th, the Row House Cinema will roll out an entire week of beloved holiday films.  The selections include the retro cult classic A Christmas Story, the raunchy comedy Bad Santa, the National Lampoon release Christmas Vacation, and the Bruce Willis action thriller Die Hard. Check the Row House website for showtimes and additional details.

Bad Movie Bingo: Don’t Open till Christmas – Smiling Moose

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On December 22nd, Neo Trash Video will present a Bad Movie Bingo edition of the 1984 British holiday horror film Don’t Open till Christmas at the Smiling Moose. The obscure selection follows a Scotland Yard detective on the hunt for a killer who targets anyone wearing a Santa suit. The event includes giveaways and entertainment during intermission. Bad Movie Bingo: Don’t Open till Christmas will take place at 9 p.m. Admission is free.