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The Oscar Race Just Got Really Interesting

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

The Oscar race has some fresh blood after critics got a look at two new contenders at the AFI Fest on Tuesday. "Selma," the Oprah Winfrey-produced...

The Fresh Mix Of Older Women On Movie Screens Right Now

Sabine Reichel | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Sabine Reichel

The great AFI Filmfest in Los Angeles is over and as a perennial movie addict and feminist I can't help looking at the crop of new American and international films also from a woman's angle. An 'older' woman's angle that is. What do we get this and next year?

AFI Roundup: Audience and Jury Awards Announced, and Reviews of Tabu, Antiviral and Tchoupitoulas

Brian Formo | Posted 01.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

The 26th Annual AFI Film Festival ended in Hollywood on November 9. The winners from the jury and the audience are listed here, but first, I wanted to write a little about a film from each category that didn't win, but I felt should get a special mention.

AFI Review: The Personal War of Ginger and Rosa

Brian Formo | Posted 01.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Writer/director Sally Potter has switched the shift typical of films set in the 1960s from personal and sexual enlightenment to stone-still disillusionment in Ginger and Rosa, which begins with the mushroom cloud of Hiroshima.

The Sapphires Scrubs Conflict

Brian Formo | Posted 01.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

The Sapphires is light and safe, and perhaps a story that was told to younger generations with only the highlights. It decidedly skips the conflict and despair, and is instead, a fairytale.

AFI Fest Unveils New Latino Perspectives

S.J. Main, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2012 | Latino Voices
S.J. Main, Ph.D.

The American Film Institutes AFI Festhas long been lauded as one of the United States' most prestigious film festivals to launch filmmakers' careers via the short film program. The 2012 edition doesn't fail to impress.

AFI Review: Leos Carax's Holy Motors

Brian Formo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Holy Motors is two things: a love note to performance and a love note to cinema. It's an episodic film with dreamy bookends, a few winks at other films and the current state of cinema and audiences, laid at the altar of a very committed actor.

Expanse and Space: Walter Salles' On the Road

Brian Formo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Sal Paradise sits at his typewriter with a blank page in the middle of the filmed adaptation of On the Road. The paper is locked in and juxtaposed with the shot of an empty road: snow-capped mountains on the side, still, desolate and open.

AFI Review: Ken Burns' The Central Park Five

Brian Formo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

The Central Park Five is stirring, heartbreaking and galvanizing but, thankfully, not polemic. If Burns has an agenda it is only to humanize the young men who were demonized in the press and lost their youth for a crime they didn't commit.

Lucy Blodgett

AFI Director Reveals Her Favorite Films Of The Festival | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 01.04.2012 | Los Angeles

This year's American Film Institute Festival commenced Thursday night with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's highly anticipated biopic "J. Edgar," star...