This film was not screened for critics locally, so we took a look at the trailer.
Film: Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Opening Date: Fri., Jan. 2, 2015
Stars: British TV actors
Necessary Info: Sequel to 2013’s The Woman in Black, which starred Daniel Radcliffe
Trailer Analysis: Establishes that kids are being housed in spooky old house, after that it’s an incoherent stew of familiar horror images: freaky doll, cemetery, a rainy night, weird face in window, a chair that rocks itself and bugs crawling on the ceiling. Also, creepy kid-singing. Sample dialogue: “The place has been deserted for years.” (hint, hint!)
Based on these 2:31 minutes, should you go? Only if you have never seen any horror film.
The Three Rivers Film Festival runs through Sat., Nov. 22. We haven’t seen these films but here are some playing over the next couple of days that look like interesting picks. For the complete schedule and more info, see www.3rff.com.
To see reviews of films CP did preview, see here.
SATURDAY, NOV. 8
Still Life: An English drama about a man (Eddie Marsan) committed to helping others. 2:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8 (Regent Square) and 4:15 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11
Cowboy Christmas: A doc about four cowboys on the professional rodeo circuit. 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8. Harris
Concrete Night: A noirish drama from Finland, about a youth who takes bad advice from his older brother. 5:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8, and 7:30 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11. Harris
The Umbrella Man: Developed at Point Park University, this Pittsburgh period drama set in 1983 finds a bereaved father obsessing over a figure — “the umbrella man” — present at the JFK assassination. 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8. Melwood
Listen Up Philip: A quirky comedy starring Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman about a self-absorbed writer’s relationship toils. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8 (Regent Square) and 6:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 13 (Waterworks)
The Imitation Game: Catch this preview of the new U.K. bio-pic about code mastermind Alan Turing, here portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. 9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8 (Waterworks) and 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 12 (Regent Square)
Johnny Minotaur: A long-lost piece of queer cinema from 1971; to be screened in a rare 16 mm print. 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8. Melwood
SUNDAY, NOV. 9
Welcome to the Space Show: A Japanese sci-fi anime about kids who find an alien in the woods. 1:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9 (Waterworks) and 9 p.m. Thu., Nov. 13 (Melwood)
Belle and Sebastian: An adaptation of the popular French novel, about the bond between a boy and his dog, set in French Alps during World War II. 2:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9 (Regent Square) and 4:15 p.m. Thu., Nov. 13 (Waterworks)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: An Israeli woman fights to get a divorce from her abusive husband, but under religious law, she needs his consent. 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9. Regent Square
It's unquestionably the most infamous no-hitter in baseball history — the one that Pittsburgh Pirates Doc Ellis pitched while high on LSD on June 12, 1970.
Learn about this unique athletic feat and more about the life of Ellis in the new documentary film, No No: A Dockumentary. Catch a sneak preview of the film at 7 p.m. Tue., Aug. 26, at the Harris Theater. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Jeffrey Radic and Dock's agent, Tom Reich.
The film returns for a week-long engagement on Sept. 5, at Regent Square.
For adventuresome film-lovers, the third annual Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival is a bargain. For the cost of a fancy cocktail, a viewer can see dozens of new works.
The festival, which begins Friday night, June 20, and runs through the weekend, offers 63 independent films from around the world. Most are shorts, but there are seven feature length offerings. Material ranges from narrative to documentary, animated to music videos.
Beginning at noon on Sun., June 22, the festival offers a "Made in Pennsylvania" slate, 14 films produced in PA, including a feature-length documentary on Pittsburgh architect Henry Hornbostel.
Passes are $10 for one day; $15 for two days; and $20 for all three days. Films screen at the Father Ryan Arts Center, in McKees Rocks (420 Chartiers Ave., 412-771-3052 ).
The touring Found Footage Festival, hitting town on Tue., June 24, is happening at Regent Square Theater, not at Melwood, as listed in the print edition. The updated preview follows:
FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL. The curators of odd and funny found videos return for an evening of laughs, as Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett show off their latest finds, gleaned from thrift stores and garages sales. This is the 10th anniversary of the Found Footage Festival, and screens as part of the Brooklyn Brewery MASH festival. Among the highlights in the 2014 reel are: an exercise tape called “Butt Camp,” obnoxious shopping-channel hosts and the recent “Chef Keith” prank.
8 p.m. Tue., June 24. Regent Square. $12
This weekend, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont celebrates its third year operating as a rep house and independent movie theater. (The building has been a cinema since the 1920s.)
It's a cause for celebration on Sat., May 3 — plus do a little fund-raising. To stay viable, the theater needs to purchase a new digital projector.
But for your ticket price ($25 in advance or at showclix.com; $20 for members; $30 at the door), you get a full evening's entertainment:
Live jazz by Midnight Horns, tarot-card readings, a caricature artist; food from Cain's, plus birthday cake, a candy buffet, Eat n' Park Smiley cookies and popcorn; beverages including beer, wine and sangria; and a raffle table.
And, of course, movies. On the slate is a double feature celebrating Pittsburgh. First, Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of Allegheny Observatory, an hour-long documentary about the influential North Side observatory. That's followed by The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, a 1979 comedy about a hopeless basketball team starring Jonathon Winters, Julius Irving and Meadowlark Lemon.
Fish also kicks off the Hollywood's new series of curated films, and was chosen by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who is expected to attend.
The party is Sat., May 3, and gets in gear at 7 p.m.
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