Movies en Pittsburgh City Paper Writer Al Hoff Weighs in on the Oscar Buzz <p>The Academy Awards are right around the corner, Sunday March 2nd to be exact. There’s plenty of speculation about who’s likely to win, along with conversation about who's worthy of the awards.</p><p>Al Hoff is our movie contributor and a film critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She's parsed through the top Oscar contenders and says based on critic responses, the two favorites in many categories are <em>American Hustle </em>and <em>12 Years A Slave</em>. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:35:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24806 at The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors <p>One feature film, two directors, a pool of equal resources and the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>This is the premise of a new <a href="">documentary series</a> titled <em>The Chair</em> starting production this month.</p><p>Chris Moore, creator of <em>Project Greenlight</em> and producer of movies such as <em>Good Will Hunting</em> and <em>Promised Land</em>, developed the idea for the series.</p><p>Moore has reached out to directors Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci to see what direction a single production can take under <a href="">different directors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:58:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24602 at The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Theaters Every Pittsburgh Movie Buff Should Experience <p>Finding a good movie theater is like falling in love.<br /><br />The match between theater and audience-member is an important one; lifelong bonds can be formed if the connection resonates, and viewing a movie in the right venue can mean the difference between a relaxing day off and a bitter drive home.<br /><br />Each person has their own needs for a theater, be them movie selection, general size or atmosphere. If you’re new in town, how could you be expected to choose an afternoon sanctuary when you can barely find your way around the city?<br /> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:26:51 +0000 Reid Carter 16494 at Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Theaters Every Pittsburgh Movie Buff Should Experience City Paper Critic Says "Pacific Rim is So Much Better Than the Trailer" <p>A diverse array of films are hitting screens around town. One film of note for the average Pittsburgher is <a href="">A New York Heartbeat</a>. Pittsburgh City Paper film critic, Al Hoff says movie makers attempted to make Pittsburgh look like Brooklyn in the 1950s. When Hoff asked the film creator why the film was shot in Pittsburgh, she was told it's because of the city’s “gritty alleys, rusty bridges and lack of contemporary graffiti.” Hoff describes the film as a small-scale movie, with a low budget feel, but not bad if you’re looking for an off-beat love story and views of Pittsburgh. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:09:39 +0000 Heather McClain 13445 at City Paper Critic Says "Pacific Rim is So Much Better Than the Trailer" Free Outdoor Music and Movies Return to Pittsburgh <p>Grab the blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs because the free outdoor music and movie season is back in Pittsburgh.</p><p>This weekend marks the beginning of both the 2013 <a href="">Allegheny County</a> and Pittsburgh Citiparks summer music and movies series.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:48:53 +0000 Michael Lynch 10480 at Lights, Camera But Where's the Action? <p>In recent years the number of movies shot in Pittsburgh has some people calling us "Hollywood East."&nbsp; However, it appears the city and state have become <a href="">victims of their own success</a>.</p><p>Filmmakers have gravitated to Pittsburgh over the years for a number of reasons, including affordability. But Pennsylvania's current tax credit allotment is capped at $60 million a year.&nbsp; That money dries up quickly in the film industry. So how can Pennsylvania keep up with states like Louisiana, and Georgia, which have no tax credit limit? And what more can be done to lure film and television production to the state?</p><blockquote><p><strong>Guest </strong></p><p><strong>Chris Breakwell CEO of <a href="">31st Street Studios</a>.</strong> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:19:47 +0000 Heather McClain 9291 at Lights, Camera But Where's the Action?