Philly Film Fest 21 ready to roll, with 100-plus films

The 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, running Oct. 18 to 28 in seven theaters around town, with opening and closing galas at the Annenberg on the Penn campus, is locked in, and the complete list of films and schedule of events is there for the having, at:

The fest opens Thursday night, the 18th, with Silver Linings Playbook, the Philly-centric Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence mood-swinger, and closes on Saturday the 27th with Flight, the Denzel Washington thriller that marks director Robert Zemeckis’ return to old fashioned live-action moviemaking (no more of this motion capture business, please!).


In between are close to 100 features and a dozen or so shorts, including five centerpiece screenings. They are: Cloud Atlas, the across-the-universe Tom Hanks/Halle Berry metaphysical sci-fier; Hyde Park on Hudson, with Bill Murray as FDR; Not Fade Away, David (The Sopranos) Chase’s 1960s three-kids-start-a-rock-band thing; Stand Up Guys, a crime comedy starring Alan Arkin, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, and Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.  

Fest tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 28, for Philadelphia Film Society members, and on Monday, Oct. 1, for the public at large.