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    AFI Fest Review: ‘The Science of Fictions’ Lacks Gravitational Purpose

    2019 AFI FEST: Corruption and violence toward its people have longed plagued the reputation of the Indonesian government. Even more historically sickening is the United States’ complicit support of these heinous actions. Yosep Anggi Noen’s “The Science of Fictions” plucks one fictional victim from the millions of real oppressed Indonesian citizens, symbolically emphasizing the trauma […] More

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    AFI Fest Review: ‘Deerskin’ Makes a Dark Mockery of Mockumentary

    Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin” made a brutal splash as part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Opening the “Directors’ Fortnight” program, the French black comedy proved that the provocative auteur is still capable of surprising even those expecting the unexpected. Having been conditioned to the violent character study chaos of $1 billion-dollar grosser “Joker,” “Deerskin” won’t […] More

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    AFI Fest 2018 Highlights and Award Winners

    As another year of AFI Fest closes, the 2018 festival circuit winds down too. For eight days, filmmakers and fans descended upon Hollywood Boulevard to behold some of the year’s most celebrated films. In a year focused on diversity, AFI Fest programmers set out to present a slate of films more representative of the changing […] More

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    AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Bathes East Los Angeles in Baffling Mystery

    2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: David Robert Mitchell’s second feature, “It Follows,” serves as an allegory on the fear surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. Transitioning from horror to neo-noir with “Under the Silver Lake,” Mitchell once again infiltrates the hyperactive mind of paranoid youth. Despite being in his early thirties, neurotic ne’er-do-well Sam (Andrew Garfield) is plagued […] More

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    AFI Fest Review: ‘Everybody Knows’ Is A Bland Thriller With Dark Family Ties

    2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Two-time Oscar champ for “Best Foreign Language Film” (the award itself goes to the respective country), Asghar Farhadi has crafted brilliant films in his illustrious career, which is why his latest feels more disappointing than it should. Instead of his usual simmering familial melodrama that crescendos to a scalding boil, “Everybody […] More

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    AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Her Smell’ Reeks Of Overcooked Pretension

    2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” is unrelenting in its depiction of a fictional punk star’s imminent “rock bottom.” The inevitable fall is of course assumed since the script does nothing to distinguish Elizabeth Moss’s Becky Something from hundreds of musicians who become a little too comfortable with the highs of touring. […] More

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    AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Vox Lux’ Puts On An Ambitious Show With A Voltage of Star Power

    Director Brady Corbet plunges into a vat of unprocessed trauma with “Vox Lux,” a commanding character study that merges fame with unspeakable atrocity. Raffey Cassidy and Natalie Portman play the respective child and adult versions of Celeste, a Staten Island girl who rises to pop stardom under horrific circumstances. She’s a survivor of a mass […] More

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    Circuit Breaker Episode 94: Test Screenings, Fall Festival Guesses, and The ‘Solo’ Problems

    http://traffic.libsyn.com/awardscircuit/Circuit_Breaker_6-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:15:48 — 173.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreWelcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson. We […] More

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    AFI Fest 2017 Announces Jury and Audience Award Winners

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 17, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the films that received the Audience and Jury awards at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. “As the 31st edition of AFI FEST comes to a close, this year’s awards shine a light on the American independent, auteur and […] More

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    AFI Film Review: ‘What Will People Say’ Takes Faith To Task For Its Torture of Women

    AFI Festival 2017: Iram Haq’s AFI Fest Audience Winner for “New Auteurs” demonstrates a voice whose work doesn’t speak – it shouts. Right up there in familial intensity with some of Asghar Farhadi’s films, Haq’s story demands theological reflection and critique. Castigating an entire faith and culture is bold, but that never stops Haq from […] More

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