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Five Favorites From the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

You don’t need us to tell you that when it comes to independent film, the annual Sundance Film Festival is the big Kahuna. This is the time when much of the blueprint for the year in indie film is determined. The films that make a big impression here are likely to be the ones that […]

What the Critics are Saying About A24’s MINARI, Opening Virtually 2/12

Our friends at A24 are opening a film this week that you’re probably already hearing about, and will be hearing even more about when awards season arrives. Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI is an absolutely compelling story, based in part on Chung’s own life, about a Korean family that immigrates to Arkansas in the ’80s to […]

Watch the Acclaimed Doc 76 DAYS Free This Saturday (1/23) & Support AFS

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the COVID lockdown in Wuhan, China, our friends at MTV Films are making the doc 76 DAYS available absolutely free to watch on Saturday 1/23. Even better, for every stream of the film you watch, AFS will receive a donation. This is one of the best films […]

25 Years Ago: Linklater & Tarantino Present FROM DUSK TILL DAWN World Premiere

It has been twenty-five years since Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN hit American movie screens. We’re guessing you’ve seen it by now. It’s the one that made George Clooney and Salma Hayek movie stars and it was among the most exciting moviegoing experiences of the decade. You can imagine how thrilling it must have […]

Crazy Sweaty Cool: Thirteen of Our Favorite Paranoid/Conspiracy Movies

If you are a fan of conspiracy theories, you are living in the right era. Pizzagate, Epstein, personality cults, furniture retailers selling children in armoires… It’s all so weird and dumb, and belief in this stuff is terrifyingly widespread. But we didn’t start the fire. Cinema du Conspiracy has been thriving since the ’60s, amply […]

Streamers: AFS Programmers’ 2020 Streaming Faves

2020 was the year of not going to the movies, and of discovering great movies on our small screens. We’ve been sharing some of our very favorite films of the year via our virtual cinema, which is playing some of the year’s must-see films (We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: COLLECTIVE! LUXOR! […]

Critics’ Year-End Lists Are Out: Watch the Best 2020 Films with Us

In what has been perhaps the strangest and most disruptive year for movies ever, there have still been a great many excellent films. Even before the pandemic hit, more and more titles were going direct to the streaming television services and the bells seemed to be tolling for mainstream movie theaters as viewers chose the […]

Streamers: Family Style Programmer Stacy Brick Recommends Holiday Films

Our friend Stacy Brick, programmer of the AFS Family Style series, is a sought-after movie list maker of late. The New York Times has published a pair of articles from her, 7 Films to Help Children Dealing With Grief and Family-Friendly Movies Made by Diverse Filmmakers, and she has been kind enough to share a […]

Celebrating 40 Years of the Radical Feminist Comedy 9 TO 5

Forty years ago this week a film hit American theaters that would do its part to change the fabric of American culture, though people who saw it at the time might be forgiven for failing to notice it was anything but a raucously funny comedy. But for millions of women 9 TO 5 illustrated some […]

It’s About Time: An Introduction to the World Of Wong Kar Wai

As you may have seen, AFS is presenting a major package of new restorations starting Friday, December 11. World Of Wong Kar Wai is a series we have all been anticipating for years, and as the laborious process of restoring and making minute corrections to the masters has been undertaken by the filmmaker himself, a […]

Holiday Movie Refresh: 20 Classics That Are Not ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’

Every year at this time we start getting into the holiday spirit with some classic films. There are some movies that get a lot of play at this time of year – both because they’re movies that have long been in heavy rotation on television and because they’re really good. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A […]

Watch This: Gordon Parks’ DIARY OF A HARLEM FAMILY

Gordon Parks (born on November 30, 1912) was renowned in many fields. He wrote books and directed films large and small, from deeply personal documentaries to the massive action hit SHAFT. But perhaps his most abiding work is his photojournalism. One landmark photo essay of his was “A Harlem Family,” commissioned by LIFE magazine in […]

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