The Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival

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This past weekend, the PFS Theater at the Roxy opened up its doors for the first ever Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival. It was a fun filled weekend of films, prizes and giveaways.

On Friday, The Roxy saw its first full house for the Opening Night film Zarafa. Kids coming to see the film took a second on the red carpet outside to snap a picture with their favorite characters.

On Saturday, we had a day of back-to-back films including the acclaimed Wolf ChildrenKirikou, and Welcome to the Space Show.

The Festival finished up on Sunday with films in the morning followed by the Closing Night festivities and film The ZigZag KidChildren at the Closing Night Festivities enjoyed a Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Caricatures, and another chance to snap a picture with their favorite characters.

PFS Interviews – Will Forte // Nebraska

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BY Alex Gibson

It has been nearly a week since the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival ended and over the 11-day celebration of film, one of the brightest nights was Monday October 21 at the Prince Music Theater.  The Philadelphia Film Festival welcomed director Alexander Payne and actor Will Forte for a Centerpiece screening of Nebraska.

PFS RAPID REVIEW – Prisoners

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BY Sam Rossman

Of all the times I’ve seen him play Wolverine, I’ve never seen Hugh Jackman as angry as his character in Prisoners. He and the rest of the cast all turn in great performances in this unpredictable drama. The film is lengthy and does drag at times, but when all is said and done, you’re left with a satisfying payoff.

PFS Staff Picks – Back to School

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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, students all across the country are gearing up for another year of school. Not only is school where you spend the bulk of your formative years, but it’s also a great setting for a movie, whether it be a coming of age or a melodrama, whether it be incredibly unrealistic or nostalgic of days gone by, school-set movies are always great. Here are our favorites:

PFS Interview – The Spectacular Now

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BY Ben Silverio

Teen movies have definitely made a comeback this summer. Besides The Way Way Back and Kings of Summer, a new coming of age tale titled The Spectacular Now just hit theaters this past weekend. Featuring breakout performances from stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the movie follows high school senior Sutter Keely, who lives in the moment rather than dwelling on the past or looking to the future. However, all that changes after his girlfriend dumps him and he meets Aimee Finecky, who isn’t exactly the typical company that he keeps.

PFS Rapid Reviews – Kick-Ass 2

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BY Sam Rossman

How you view Kick-Ass 2 is going to be based entirely on your opinion of the original Kick-Ass. If you hated the first, you’re not going to like this one. The good news is that Kick-Ass 2 brings the same sense of fun and hyper-violent action as its predecessor. Overall, if you’re not put off by extreme violence, Kick-Ass 2 is an incredibly fun time at the movies.

PFS Rapid Reviews – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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BY Alex Gibson

I love anything with magic or gods, which got me to the theaters for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. I was not disappointed.  It’s silly and melodramatic, but entertaining – especially its quirkily modernized Greek mythology.  If you’re a fan of the genre and want a couple hours of fun, check it out.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Breakfast Club

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BY Will Torrence

To be honest, the reason I haven’t seen The Breakfast Club was probably because of the plot. Watching a movie about five high school students surviving a Saturday detention didn’t really sound that appealing to me. I mean — I have had my fair share of detentions, so why would I want to watch a whole movie about one? It just wasn’t a movie I was excited to experience. But I sat back, made sure I had enough paper for doodling and prepared myself for a 9 hour Saturday detention!

Now first of all, the movie is not 9 hours. It’s actually only around 97 minutes, so don’t let that scare you away. The film is follows the classic stereotypes of students that inhabited every high school in 1985, the year in which the movie was made. The group consists of a brain (Anthony Michael Hall), an athlete (Emilio Esteves), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a criminal (Judd Nelson). These characters appear to have nothing in common except the fact that they have to waste their Saturday in school.

Interview: Nick Robinson from Kings of Summer

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BY Ben Silverio

Last month, Philadelphia Film Society members were treated to a sneak peek at the new indie coming of age movie, The Kings of Summer, which was attended by the films three stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias. Then, as part of the Awesome Fest, which really kicks into gear next month, citizens of Philadelphia had yet another chance to see this awesome tale reminiscent of classics such as Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Goonies before it was released to the public. But for those of you who missed out on it both times, it’s playing for all to see at the Ritz Five right now.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – CHINATOWN

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BY Alex Gibson

It’s not that I avoided watching Chinatown, as I have with other ‘Film Buff’ fodder like Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago. I just never got around to it, but last week, I finally bit the bullet. I didn’t really know what to expect — some people had told me it was awesome; others had said it was good, but disturbing. So, I pressed play apprehensively. As it turns out, that was the perfect attitude, as I remained impressed and nervous for the next 130 minutes.