a/perture Announces Kids at Heart Family Friendly Film Series

By Staff


Editor’s Note: If you do not take this opportunity to see the amazing and seminal animated film Iron Giant on the big screen… you might be a numbskull. – Chad Nance


the black stallion
the black stallion

a/perture cinema has  announced its new film series, Kids at Heart, which features films rated G or PG, an opportunity for parents to share some of the films they enjoyed as children with a new generation of film-goers. This film series is sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics, and screenings will occur on a bi-monthly basis. Kids at Heart screenings will screen Friday through Sunday, and include screenings on Fridays at 1:45pm and 4:00pm, Saturdays at 10:00am, and Sundays at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The 1:45pm screening on Fridays will be a sensory-friendly screening, where the lights will remain on and the volume will be at a lower level, so it is suitable for parents with very young children to attend.

Admission price for films in the series will be $5.00, and children two and under (seated on parent’s lap) will be admitted free. Films featured in the series will include those from a wide variety of time periods, and will include a combination of live action and animated features. a/perture cinema will include advisory content information (courtesy of Common Sense Media) on the Kids at Heart portion of the website so parents are able to determine what age is best suited to each film. The film series will kick off on April 25, 2014 with the Oscar-nominated animated film Ernest & Celestine; find the full schedule below.

Kids at Heart Schedule:

ernest & celestine

April 25-27, 2014
Rated PG, 80 mins.
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow.

May 9-11, 2014
Rated PG, 114 mins.
Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he’s right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn’t sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the “little squashy guy,” perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he’ll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him.

May 23-25, 2014
Rated G, 120 mins.
This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley’s story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno), a young boy touring the world with his adventurous salesman father (Hoyt Axton). While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold. When disaster strikes at sea, the ship sinks, and Alec and the stallion are the only survivors. Alone together on a nearby island, the boy and the horse develop a relationship; wary of each other at first, they learn to trust each other, and they become close friends. When a rescue party finally finds Alec, he refuses to leave the island without the stallion, and the horse goes with Alec to the small town that is his home. Alec’s mother (Teri Garr) is at a loss about what to do with this remarkable but difficult animal. Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), an elderly horse trainer who lives in the neighborhood, senses a special connection between the boy and his horse; he’s soon convinced that with the right training, and the boy as his jockey, the horse could be a champion on the race course.

iron giant
iron giant

June 6-8, 2014
Rated PG, 86 mins.
Set in 1957, THE IRON GIANT focuses on Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal), an imaginative nine-year-old boy who daydreams of alien invasions and doing battle with Communist agents. One day, Hogarth hears a local fisherman talk about something that surpasses anything he could dream up: a fifty-foot robot that fell from the sky into a nearby lake. Needless to say, Hogarth’s mom, Annie (voice of Jennifer Aniston) finds this a little hard to swallow, but when Hogarth finds the robot (voice of Vin Diesel) and fishes him out of the water, his pal Dean (voice of Harry Connick Jr.), a beatnik sculptor who also runs a junkyard, offers to help by hiding the robot with his salvage. A government agent named Kent Mansley (voice of Christopher McDonald) soon gets wind that there’s a mechanical invader of unknown origins in the neighborhood and wants to wipe out the potential threat. However, the robot (which loves to eat metal and is learning to talk) turns out to be friendly, and the boy in turn tries to teach his new pal the ways of humans.

June 20-22, 2014
Rated G, 75 mins.
Milo is a kitten, Otis is a dog. When Milo gets into a small box with the intention of taking a trip down a river, Otis follows. En route, the stars encounter bad weather, life-threatening situations, and even potential mates. Original made for Japanese TV under the title Koneko Monogatari, The Adventures of Milo and Otis contained some intense scenes that were edited out for Western audiences. For American consumption, the film was pared down to a G-rated 75 minutes, with a new comic narration added, written by Mark Saltzman and delivered by Dudley Moore.

July 4-6, 2014
Rated G, 80 mins.
An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated film that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s, boarding a boat headed toward America to evade the Czarist rule of the Russian cats. Fievel, however, is separated from his family upon his arrival in New York City, and he discovers to his horror that there are cats in America too (his father said there weren’t). Fievel meets his share of friendly and hostile mice, and he eventually befriends a cat as well.

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