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Costume Experts Discuss Edith Head’s Work in THE LADY EVE

Edith Head’s Hollywood continues through January 31. Don’t miss next week’s screening, ROMAN HOLIDAY. Get tickets. We’re fortunate in Austin to not only have a major university with hundreds of scholars, but also a great museum and archive, the Harry Ransom Center. For our ongoing Edith Head series, we’ll be joined each Thursday by professionals […]

He Doesn’t Want Any Trouble: Why Jackie Chan is the Master of Action Comedy

Anyone who has seen a Jackie Chan film (and if you haven’t, stop reading this and get tickets to DRUNKEN MASTER at AFS Jan. 11 – 14 ) has experienced his gift for splitting sides while he’s splitting skulls. And while his choreography and physical humor looks effortless, they’re actually the result of painstaking planning […]

Remembering Filmmaker Al Reinert (FOR ALL MANKIND)

We were heartbroken this week to learn that one of our much-loved shining stars of the Texas film community, Al Reinert, passed away over the holiday. While Al was perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay, APOLLO 13, he was a passionate non-fiction storyteller who worked closely with our artist services team here at […]

Celebrating Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer: New Edith Head Series Begins Tonight

Edith Head’s Hollywood begins January 3rd with THE LADY EVE and continues through January 31st. See the full line-up and showtimes here. You learn a lot of names in film school: Godard, Garbo, Griffith. But, regardless of the talent of these towering figures, the one name associated with nearly every iconic film of the twentieth […]

“The Year’s Most Compassionate Movie” SHOPLIFTERS opens Thursday at AFS Cinema

SHOPLIFTERS opens this Thursday, January 3rd at AFS Cinema. Buy your tickets today. This week we emerge from holiday hibernation into an all new year, and we’re already hearing some rumors that it is going to be the Best Year of All Time. If SHOPLIFTERS, the new film from Hirokazu Kore-eda, is any indication, we’re inclined to […]

Staff Picks: Favorite Discoveries at AFS Cinema in 2018

As the year winds down, end-of-year critics lists begin popping up everywhere, focusing on the best new releases of 2018. For us at AFS, we’re exploring new and classic films daily at AFS Cinema. So, for our end of year wrap up, we asked the AFS staff about which film discoveries stuck out most with […]

11 Photos of Golden Age Hollywood Stars Celebrating the Holidays

Make your own holiday memories this year at our Home for the Holidays film series, beginning December 22nd. Get tickets. It’s finally the holiday season again and to celebrate, we wanted to share with you some candid moments from days long past. It’s comforting to remember that even the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age […]

“Natalie Portman’s Greatest Performance to Date” VOX LUX Opens Friday at AFS Cinema

VOX LUX opens Friday at AFS Cinema.  Buy tickets. VOX LUX, A 21st Century Portrait, begins in 1999 when teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy. After singing at a memorial service, Celeste transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the help of her songwriter sister (Stacy Martin) and talent manager (Jude Law). Celeste’s […]

AFS Must-See Holiday Watch List: Staff and Fan Picks

It’s that time of the season to grab a warm drink, cozy up, and watch holiday classics with your loved ones. We asked the AFS staff what their go-to holiday films are for this season. Read on below to hear what they had to say. In addition to our staff, we polled our Instagram followers […]

“A real-life Ratatouille” Inspiring Doc CHEF FLYNN Opens Friday, December 7 at AFS Cinema

CHEF FLYNN opens at AFS Cinema on Friday, December 7th. There will be a Skype Q&A with director Cameron Yates and subject Chef Flynn on Sunday at the 3:30 PM show. Tickets are available now! “I would say that I’m the last person in the world to care about a foodie documentary, but CHEF FLYNN […]

Interview: AFS Film Programmer Lars Nilsen on Jazz Documentaries

This Sunday, we’ll launch our new Jazz on Film series, programmed by documentarian and University of Texas Professor Dr. Paul Stekler. The series dives into jazz and the people who make this music and live by its rhythms. Here’s AFS Lead Film Programmer Lars Nilsen on the series. How did how did this Jazz series […]

Noir Canon Series Begins Friday with Greatest Hits of the Genre

Back by popular demand, we’re showing several of the key films of the film noir genre starting November 23rd. While the genre can be defined by many themes, we examined the films in our upcoming series and have examples of what really makes the film noir. See our video below to see a few examples […]

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