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'Selma' Leads NAACP Awards Nods

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The civil rights drama "Selma" led all films Tuesday when it collected eight nominations for NAACP Image Awards. The movie earne...

AFI Fest Presents 'American Sniper': Clint Eastwood's Effort in Heroism

Tony Bartolone | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

American Sniper succeeds in showing the struggle of a dangerous man trying to live a normal life with his family. The affect the war has on families, and how it changes their loved ones is something not often explored, especially not this deeply or honestly.

AFI Fest Presents The Gambler: A Safe Bet

Tony Bartolone | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

There is something deeper at work here. It is not a just a fear of death. Nobody is just afraid of death. People are afraid of life. Not having enough life. This is where The Gambler really missed the mark.

Sasha Bronner

Why Oprah Was Convinced To Make 'Selma'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

An unfinished cut of the upcoming civil rights film “Selma” screened to a capacity audience at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and the fil...

Inherent Advice: An AFI Fest Essay

Tony Bartolone | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Making a film is the art of retroactive hypnotism. And there is no greater cinema hypnotist than Paul Thomas Anderson. It's rare to see a movie simultaneously this interesting and this good; this incoherent and this profound; this frustrating and this enjoyable.

AFI Fest Review: August: Osage County

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

When asked, "What would you want an audience to take away from this film?" Pulitzer prize winning writer, Tracy Letts, responded, "I don't know. I have no idea how to answer that question." That statement of ambiguity justifies the existence of film critics.

Mark Wahlberg To Complaining Actors: 'How F--king Dare You'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment

Following a screening of "Lone Survivor" on Tuesday night, an emotional Mark Wahlberg unleashed a torrent of expletives directed at actors who discuss...

William Devane Respects the Text

Alex Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Few actors ruled the big and small screen with such vigor during the 1970s as William Devane. Using his classically handsome Irish features to embody parts best described as "Ivy League menace," Devane hasn't stopped working since making his film debut in 1967.

Veteran's Day Musical Magic: LA Rocker Brings Military Spouses in CAMMO on Stage at Hard Rock

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What happened on stage that Saturday night in Hollywood, captured by photographer Billy Bennight and Alexandra's dad Rino Lee, on home video, was a spontaneous and brilliant burst of fireworks just in time for Veteran's Day.

AFI Interview: Sheena McCann

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

"I'm not bold enough to put myself up there so nakedly. So I pass all my inner stirrings through to the characters and the situations they're in. I am none of those people. But I've handed off to them what I've been consumed by in my life."

Top 5 Movies You Did Not See in 2012

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Why can't a film simply exist without trying to change the world? There are plenty of different kinds of movies, and in the chaos of awards season some wonderful, little flicks are completely forgotten.

What a Surveillance State Looks Like: Barbara Revisits Cold War East Germany

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

the film becomes a profound indictment against the type of society in which allegiance to a political system overwhelms common humanity.

A Conversation with Eva Mendes: The Dreams and Nightmares of Holy Motors

Brian Formo | Posted 01.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Holy Motors is many things, but mostly it is a dream. Leos Carax's new film is a series of scenarios with Denis Lavant playing a different character every time he steps out of a limousine -- entering into varied fantasies

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.

Writer-Director Drew Denny Finds The Funny In Grief

Turnstyle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson It seems like at AFI Fest I have an interview that just eclipses every other interview of the year. Last time out it was my discus...

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.

Immigration, Nightmares in Parenting, and Middle Class Mexico on the Silver Screen at AFI

S.J. Main, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Latino Voices
S.J. Main, Ph.D.

The AFI Fest wrapped up on November 8th in Hollywood. The 40th annual festival revealed itself again as one of the globe's superior events for accessing works by both veteran and emerging voices in Latino and Latin American film.

AFI Review: Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways

Brian Formo | Posted 11.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Laurence Anyways is not a megaphone-shouting totem for a gender revolution. It is decidedly a very real human drama that takes time with conversations, reactions, declarations and outbursts.

The Purple Prose of Rust and Bone

Brian Formo | Posted 01.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

With Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard went smaller in scope and perhaps bets too much on the likeability of Cotillard as an actress, but his ability of using visuals to enhance his storytelling keeps him in an important class of current filmmakers.

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.

Does 'On The Road' Film Have Same Flaws As The Book?

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

On the Road starts off speeding, snapping the audience's heads back against their padded seats, and kidnapping them. Taking 'em to the 1940s, America. At some point each voyeur has to decide whether they are in or out.

Hitchcock Adds Suspense to the Oscars Race

Tom O'Neil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tom O'Neil

This Hitchcock is so well made, so much fun and so suspenseful that it would make the original Hitchcock proud.

Does LA Claim The Best Movies Of The Year?

Los Angeles Daily News | Bob Strauss | Posted 01.01.2013 | Los Angeles

AFI Fest, the granddaddy of L.A. film festivals, opens its 26th edition Thursday night with the premiere of "Hitchcock," a feature about the making of...

Director Nacho Vigalondo Unearths The Romantic Soul of the Modern Nerd

Turnstyle | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Turnstyle

By: Noah Nelson One of my favorite films at this year's AFI Fest was Extraterrestrial (see our review), a farcical romantic comedy with a science f...