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Now Playing: Weekly Pittsburgh film roundup, Sept. 20-26

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Brad Pitt, in space
There are so many ways to watch things these days, but watching a movie on the big screen is still the best form, so to help keep track of what's playing, every Friday, Pittsburgh City Paper compiles a round-up of new releases and second-run films playing around the city. This only covers films that are new to theaters this week; check out what movies opened last week here.

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Directed by Max Lewkowicz
A musical about a bunch of old Jews in a Russian shtetl in 1905 doesn’t sound like a recipe for a hit musical, but against the odds, Fiddler on the Roof became a longtime hit, and this documentary explores how it came to film and stage.

Downton Abbey
Directed by Michael Engler
Downton Abbey was a hit show about a wealthy English family (and their servants) at the start of World War I. This movie picks up where the show left off in 1927.

Ad Astra
Directed by James Gray
Once celebrities hit a certain age, it’s time for them to make a movie where they get shot into space. In this one, Brad Pitt plays an astronaut on a mission to search for his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who’s lost in space and conducting an experiment that endangers the solar system.

The Wedding Year
Directed by Robert Luketic
When a photographer who doesn’t want to get married (Sarah Hyland) gets invited to a lot of weddings with her boyfriend, she has to ask herself “do I want to get married?”
The True Cost
Fashion Week
This week at Row House features films about fashion, or films that have impacted the world of fashion, including Zoolander, The True Cost, and more, which we already wrote about here.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas
Directed by Sam Dunn
Sat., Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
ZZ Top is more than just a couple of guys with distinct beards, which you can learn all about in this documentary featuring performances, archives footage, and interviews with the likes of Billy Bob Thornton and Joshua Homme.

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky
Wed., Sept 25 at 7 p.m.
This is the third installment in a series of documentaries spanning over a decade and covering different aspects of research around the Anthropocene (the current geological era.) This covers the shrinking Great Barrier Reef in Australia, lithium evaporation fields in South America, and extensive seawalls in China.

Right Before Your Eyes
Directed by David Vincent Bobb
On a train ride to visit his estranged son, a recovering alcoholic reflects on his life through flashbacks of his troubled childhood and his relationship to fatherhood.

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