Sunday, October 5, 2014

23rd Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival begins on Thursday 10/16 at the Perelman Theater and then runs from noon to midnight every day through Sunday 10/26, with 89 feature films playing at the Ritz East, Ritz Bourse, Prince, and Roxy theaters.  Check out the full schedule and buy your tickets and badges now!

High profile screenings include:
  • Birdman - Michael Keaton, Zach Galfianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
  • Wild - Reese Witherspoon
  • The Good Lie - Reese Witherspoon
  • The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
  • Laggies - Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell
  • St. Vincent - Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard
I'll be at all of those for sure.  But if you want some personal recommendations of films I've already seen:
  • Gabriel - A heartbreaking drama featuring one of the best performances I've seen all year, by Rory Culkin.  In my opinion, this is a must see if you like powerful dramas.
  • It Follows - A super creepy horror film that is everything that is missing with horror today.
  • In Order of Disappearance - a Norwegian crime film with the perfet balance of thriller and dark comedy
  • Force Majeure - what appears to be an Avalanche thriller in the French Alps morphs into a thought provoking drama sprinkled with dark comedy
  • Life Partners - a modern day female driven romantic dramedy with a terrific cast
  • Art and Craft - a documentary about an eccentric art forger who uses his talents to fool museums across the country
  • Kumiko the Treasure Hunter - A Japanese woman who finds a copy of the Coen Brothers' Fargo on VHS and believes the lost treasure to be real becomes obsessed with finding it.
  • Creep - A found footage horror film featuring the always entertaining Mark Duplass
  • From The Vaults:
    • David Lynch films: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Straight Story, Wild at Heart
    • One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's finest:  Capote
    • Bogart & Bacall classic:  To Have and Have Not

See you at the movies!

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