| October 17, 2016 | Culture
Grab the popcorn: From action to avant garde, the Philadelphia Film Festival unspools some of Hollywood’s hottest flicks for its 25th year.
La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is the Philadelphia Film Festival’s Opening Night screening.
The Philadelphia Film Festival kicked off in 1992 with 36 films culled from indie and international circles. Now 25 years later, PFF, running October 20–30, has hosted the likes of Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, and Bradley Cooper and screened some of Tinseltown’s most acclaimed films. PFF’s executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt counts a trio of top titles making news at this year’s festival.
La La Land
Stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren’t the only reason to see this cinematic darling, unspooling for the Film Fest’s big Opening Night bash. Says Greenblatt: “It’s a throwback to the musicals of the 1930s but set in modern-day Los Angeles. It’s about love and following your dreams with a catchy soundtrack.” Philly guy John Legend executive produced and plays a small role.
A sci-fi drama in which stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner must find a way to communicate with aliens. “Think more Close Encounters of the Third Kind than Independence Day,” says Greenblatt. “This is a complex film that has a layer of humanity. Amy Adams’s performance is award worthy.”
Amy Adams adds another critically acclaimed performance to her résumé in the sci-fi flick Arrival.
Already getting major buzz, an indie movie adapted from a play that maintains its three-act structure following the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of an African-American man. “The star and director are both up-and-comers but that doesn’t matter— everyone will be stunned by this film,” says Greenblatt
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