REVIEW: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Photo from Magnolia Pictures.

Photo from Magnolia Pictures.

Why is it that when the world learned of Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, complete strangers who never even knew him were overcome with tears?

This is the question director Alex Gibney poses to the audience at the beginning of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, amidst shots of people leaving flowers at Apple stores, holding up virtual candles on their iPads, and mourning the loss of a man who seemed, before his cancer, invincible. Read more »

Pavarotti Coming to Prince Theater … Sort Of

Luciano Pavarotti, via Shutterstock

Luciano Pavarotti, via Shutterstock

Some of the biggest names in classical music—the late Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Sondra Radvanovsky, Ekaterina Gubanova—are coming to Philly this fall, at least in digital spirit, as the Prince Theater launches yet another innovative series of programming that will feature big-screen broadcasts of performing arts. Read more »

Screening of The Maestro at Curtis Institute


Friends, supporters and patrons of the arts gathered at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday night for the screening of Maestro, an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music. For two years a film crew followed Grammy award-winning conductor and Curtis alum Paavo Jarvi, violinists Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn, as well as an array of other musicians to show the importance of classical music and music education.

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Movie Meter: Reese Witherspoon is Back and Chris Rock Deserves a High Five


Wild: Through the more than two decades of her acting career, 38-year-old Reese Witherspoon has gone from being totally unknown to known to overrated to supremely overrated, and now all the way back down to significantly underrated. Jean Marc Vallé’s film—based on an Oprah-approved memoir by Cheryl Strayed about an emotionally devastated woman who decides to hike the PCT from Mexico to Canada to reclaim her lost soul—gives Witherspoon a showcase opportunity to show the world what she’s capable of with the right material. Not unlike Matthew McConaughey, who starred in Vallé’s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, and rode that performance to Oscar glory, Witherspoon is getting rave notice for her most welcome return to form. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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PHOTOS: 10 Character Posters From Into The Woods

While we’re all chomping at the bit for tomorrow’s release of the much-much-anticipated final Into The Woods trailer, producers are giving us something to bide our time: 10 character posters from the movie. Most everyone is there: The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), The Prince (Chris Pine), and most importantly The Witch (Meryl Streep. Check them out in the slideshow below.

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Movie Meter: Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Full-Creeper for Nightcrawler


Nightcrawler: You have to give Jake Gyllenhaal some credit: Dude is not afraid to go full-creep if a role demands it. In Dan Gilroy’s scathing indictment of mass media and gore-celebrating TV journalism, Gyllenhaal plays a gaunt sociopath who looks as if he’s survived for months on Jolly Ranchers and cigarette ashes. Seeking some kind of direction in his life, he becomes an indispensable freelance cameraman for a desperate local L.A. affiliate. He films the city’s murders, fires, car accidents and other assorted horrors on his all-night shift to bolster their sagging morning ratings. The film is brilliantly unsettling. (Pearl, Rave, UA Main Street, UA Riverview) Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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Rob McElhenney to Make Directorial Debut With Kids Film Figment


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Sunny skies are not about to turn gray for co–star and co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney. The Philly native will make his directorial debut with a kids adventure film called Figment.

Legendary Pictures has recently closed a seven-figure deal with McElenny to write, direct and produce Figment, an action film about an imaginative boy and his family. The family’s adventure will be enhanced by Legendary’s signature large-scale template and McElenny’s Always Sunny charm. Figment is expected to revisit heartwarming motifs analogous to that of the 1980s classics ET and The Goonies. Sounds like a long-overdue genre that hasn’t been tackled since Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

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