1. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is Holding Weekly Harry Potter Viewings
Starting on the first Saturday of the month, February 4th, with The Sorcerer's Stone, Bryn Mawr Film Institute is going to screen the Harry Potter movies in order every Saturday until the complete series has been shown. It culminates with The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on March 25th. Yes, this event goes beyond February, and this article is supposedly for February films. We don't care. It’s HARRY. Depending on your transportation preferences, you can get to Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Avenue) by a 20–minute train ride from 30th Street Station or a slightly longer Uber ride. It's worth the journey from Penn, though, for the beautiful venue and Main Line charm.
2. BMFI's Got You Covered for if You Get Tired of Harry Potter
Starting the month with a showing of Groundhog Day on the 2nd and screenings of the play Amadeus up until the 26th, Bryn Mawr Film Institute has offerings other than Harry Potter also. It's just a short train ride out to the peaceful Main Line, and a small price to pay to catch Kubrick's classic Eyes Wide Shut or the Swedish classic Cries and Whispers on the big screen. Though arguably not quite as magical as our friend Harry, you should probably still check these out if you want to add a little culture to your cauldron. Check out their calendar for more information.
3. The Midnight Films at Ritz at the Bourse this Month are Dope
Dope with a capital D. Truly a motley arrangement of films, there’s something here for every moviegoer. Ridley Scott’s Alien on the 4th for the sci-fi junkies, Harold and Maude on the 10th for those cult fanatics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the 17th for everyone who has a pulse, and Blow Out, for those of us who just wish to stare at John Travolta in his prime. If you needed further convincing, check out their website here. The Ritz at the Bourse is located nearby in Old City at 400 Ranstead St.
4. 12 Years A Slave and Wayne’s World (25th Birthday Bash) Are Playing on the Same Day
Need I say more? Take your pick from the Philadelphia Film Society's offerings based on how you're feeling one month into Trump's presidency. For some tragic drama, PFS Roxy is screening 12 Years a Slave. And for the comedy that might be all too necessary, PFS Prince is showing Wayne’s World as a 25th anniversary celebration. The PFS Roxy (2023 Sansom St) and PFS Prince (1412 Chestnut St) are just a skip away in Center City.
5. The Cinema and Media Studies Department Has Screenings All Month
For the month of February, Penn's Cinema and Media Studies department is offering screenings and discussions of some of their favorite flicks. With picks like Koko: A Talking Gorilla and Making Noise in Silence accompanying introductions and discussions by CIMS professors, these events will leave you both entertained and taught. Check their calendar for more deets.
6. Netflix Has Got You With That New New
For those who’d rather explore cinema from the comfort of their own bed: by the 1st, you’ll have The Chronicles of Narnia to guiltily watch with friends, Magic Mike and The Blair Witch Project to watch with your “chill” buddy, Twilight and Finding Dory to watch when you’re alone and think no one is judging you, and Project X to use for pregames (drink every time you see boobs). Plus, Netflix is throwing in some important titles such as Paris is Burning on the 1st, and the first season of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, on the 2nd. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the fact that the one and only Superbad will be available on the 4th. Rejoice.