This Week in Movies
Brother from Another Planet, Foxtrot, a cosplay screening of Black Panther and more.
Duke is Tops @ South Street Cinema | Thursday, February 15
William Nolte directed this 1938 musical starring Lena Horne. Later released as The Bronze Venus, this “race film” featured a mostly black cast and crew.
Foxtrot @ The Kimmel Center | Thursday, February 15
This award-winning drama, directed by Samuel Maoz and presented here by the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, portrays the lives of young soldiers serving in the Israeli military. The Israeli government recently announced it was boycotting a film festival in Paris for showing Foxtrot.
Good References / Tramp Strategy @ Lightbox Film Center | Friday, February 16
Directed by R. William Neill, 1920’s Good References stars comedic actress Constance Talmadge as a poor woman who impersonates her sick friend in the employ of a rich socialite. Tramp Strategy, directed by Alice Guy and released in 1911, concerns a vagabond infiltrating high society.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Ritz at the Bourse | Friday, February 16
Another Ritz midnight madness screening. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a comedy/sci-fi/musical hybrid and a cult hit. Stars Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick.
The Brother from Another Planet @ South Street Cinema | Friday, February 16
John Sayles’ sci-fi action comedy from 1984 stars Joe Morton as an alien lost in New York City. Tag line of the week: “Welcome to a world of crude beauty… of danger and excitement… of wonders, legend, and imagination… Welcome to Harlem, Brother.”
XMAS Leftovers @ South Street Cinema | Saturday, February 17
PUFF presents a belated Holiday Horror Double Feature. I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday (2017) is about a mother and son hiding out in a bomb shelter. Q&A with director Mike Lombardo and cast after the movie. Parts of the second feature, Ex-Hooker’s Christmas Carol (1995), were shot in Philly. Q&A with the cast and crew to follow.
The Lost Moment / Moods of the Sea @ Lightbox Film Center | Saturday, February 17
A double feature of films restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. In Martin Gabel’s The Lost Moment (1947), a publisher tries to swindle the lost love letters of a famous poet. Moods of the Sea (1941) is a “lyrical documentary” directed by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman. Also on Saturday: Lightbox offers a family-friendly matinee screening of animated adventure movie Mune: Guardian of the Moon.
Jericho @ Blackwell Regional Library | Saturday, February 17
Legendary actor Paul Robeson stars as a WWI officer who flees to Africa in Thornton Freeland’s 1937 drama. Presented by the Paul Robeson House and Museum in West Philly.
Cosplay Philadelphia presents Black Panther @ UA Main Street | Saturday, February 17
Get dressed up as something interesting for Cosplay Philly’s costume contest, party and private screening of the new Marvel superhero movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and more. Last we checked, general admission tickets were still available.