What’s good, Cinephiles? Judging by critical opinion, led by our own Catherine Haas, not The Best of Me. Which leads me to wonder, has there even been a good Nicolas Sparks adaptation? I’ll leave that for you to ponder. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening in and around the city this weekend.
Saturday belongs to the freaks and weirdos as it offers not one but two opportunities to catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you want to see it in its midnight movie infamy, then head over to Ritz at the Bourse with the rest of the creatures of the night. Can’t make it into the city? The Colonial will screen it in Phoenixville later that night, with a 9:30 p.m. showtime.
AROUND THE 215:
Not a horror heavy weekend for you adults, although your kids have a few opportunities to chase a fright or two. West Philly’s International House will host a screening of Coraline. There are a number of reasons you should go to see this, adult or child, chief among them is the fact it’s a fantastic film. But if you need more motivation, realize this was a collaboration between two very distinct creative minds — director Henry Selick (of Nightmare Before Christmas Fame) and author Neil Gaiman (of “The Sandman” fame). It will screen at the IHouse on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m.
If October means one thing that’s horror, right? Not if you’re a sports fan. In that case, it means baseball and the World Series. What many don’t immediately connect to professional sports is the role it has played in shaping America. That point has been central to the National Museum of American Jewish History’s “Chasing Dreams” exhibit, which explores the role of our nation’s pastime in assisting immigrant and minority populations in becoming American. One of the last screening in the series, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, is a documentary covering the titular figure, America’s first major Jewish baseball star, and screens on Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
GO WEST, YOUNG MAN:
If your kids aren’t looking to be scared and you aren’t going in the city limits, head over to Bryn Mawr Film Institute. They’re offering a chance to catch the 2010 CGI superhero film Megamind as a part of their weekly Kids Matinees screening series, which offers you and your children the chance to catch a film a reasonable time. The film screens Saturday, October 18, at 11 a.m.