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Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan Film ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ To...

When the earlier fall festivals, such as TIFF, Telluride, and Venice, began announcing their full lineups, there were a few films that stood out as being not announced. One of those films is the highly-anticipated period film “Mary Queen of Scots,” which stars Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I and Saoirse Ronan as the titular […]

‘On The Basis Of Sex’ With Felicity Jones Will Open AFI...

After a 2017 festival that was woefully short on world premieres, AFI Fest has secured a major debut for its 2018 edition.  Mimi Leder’s “On The Basis Of Sex” will open the festival on Nov. 8 in Hollywood.  And it’s no surprise once you learn Leder is an alum of the American Film Institute. In […]

Sony Pulling ‘All The Money In The World’ Starring Kevin Spacey...

Update: Sony Pictures is officially pulling Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World” from AFI Fest 2017. A wide release is still set for the thriller based on the real life kidnapping of John Paul Getty III on Dec. 22. That means Michelle Williams is still a potential contender for a Best Actress nomination […]

‘I, Tonya,’ ‘Shape of Water’ And ‘Molly’s Game’ Added To 2017...

If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t caught up with most of this year’s awards season titles you can breathe easy.  No, screeners aren’t arriving early, but AFI Fest has added some unexpected starpower and prestige to its 2017 slate. Joining previously announced galas “Mudbound” (opening night), “All The Money In The World” (closing […]

‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Disaster Artist’ And ‘Hostiles’ are the...

AFI Fest is less than three weeks away and today the annual awards season event revealed its three centerpiece galas.  To say it’s looking like a stranger than usual AFI Fest is sort of an understatement. As previously announced, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” will open the festival on Thursday, Nov. 9.  It’s the first opening night […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ To Close AFI...

The clock on the awards season is winding down and there are only a few more movies left to get into the race. There’s Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread,” Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post,” and Ridley Scott‘s “All The Money In The World.” The latter is getting ready to shine. READ MORE: ‘All The Money In […]

Mbithi Masya’s Existential ‘Kati Kati’ Is Vibrant & Exciting [AFI Fest...

Think of Kenyan filmmaker Mbithi Masya’s “Kati Kati” as a condensed version of “Lost,” in which the characters are all aware that they’re dead from the outset and it only takes one hour for the principals to face their own mortality. Maybe that’s a cheap comparison: “Kati Kati” isn’t about genre and isn’t about intrigue […]

Boredom, Hormones & Adolescence Have Deadly Consequences In Compelling ‘Home’ [AFI...

Boredom, hormones, and adolescence lead to deadly consequences in Fien Troch’s “Home.” Inspired by a true story, this entry in the canon of movies about teens-doing-very-bad-things presents a familiar cocktail of ingredients, including a laissez faire attitude toward sex from its characters, inadequate parenting, various other taboo topics, and a couple of button pushing sequences. […]

Yang Chao’s ‘Crosscurrent’ Is Beautiful, Breathtaking And Dull [AFI Fest Review]

The old ship drifts along the Yangtze as poetry drifts through the air. From Shanghai to the Three Gorges Dam it goes, the surrounding world shrouded in cold blue mist and open sky. This is Yang Chao’s “Crosscurrent” —it’s beautiful; it’s breathtaking; it’s oh-so-dull. READ MORE: The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of The 21st […]

Anita Rocha da Silveira’s ‘Kill Me Please’ Is An Enigmatic, Unsatisfying...

The invincible feeling of adolescence, the hormonal pull of sex, the chastising hand of religion, and the grim reminder of mortality that comes when faced with death are just some of the ideas director Anita Rocha da Silveira grapples with in “Kill Me Please.” An ambitious film that aims to be as provocative as its title, […]

Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Opens AFI FEST But Is Hollywood...

HOLLYWOOD – AFI FEST 2017 kicked off Thursday night with opening-night film “Rules Don’t Apply” screening at the TCI Chinese Theater. Warren Beatty’s long-awaited period dramedy arrived with eded-to-mixed reviews, but the bigger news was how subdued the whole affair was. Beatty, who wrote, directed and starred in the movie, was on hand alongside co-stars Lily […]

‘Patriots Day’ Going For Awards Season Touch Down As AFI FEST...

It’s not a sneak, but it might be just as good.  CBS Films and AFI announced this afternoon that Peter Berg‘s “Patriots Day” will close AFI FEST 2017 next month.  The drama based on the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 will have its world premiere on Nov. 17 at the TCI Chinese Theater.  READ MORE: […]

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