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AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree BETTER CALL SAUL

“BETTER CALL SAUL continues its monumental crawl through the desert of moral ambiguity as its soul breaks from bad to worse. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould expand the shameless indignities of personal ambition with every weapon in their narrative arsenal as Bob Odenkirk’s pitifully hilarious opportunist finds an equally righteous void in the masterful turn...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

“ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… is a knockout. This powerfully imagined gathering of giants – Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown – announces the arrival of Regina King as a singular voice behind the camera. A meticulously choreographed dreamscape that leaps from the words of writer Kemp Powers, the film asks, ‘What if...’ and...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree MRS. AMERICA

“MRS. AMERICA tears the tiara from the American image that women are born with equal rights and equal agendas. In this ambitiously insightful study of the gender warfare surrounding the creation of the Equal Rights Amendment, Dahvi Waller’s liberating narrative presents the past as a look to the battles still raging today. Cate Blanchett plays against radiant...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree BRIDGERTON

“BRIDGERTON reveals itself a deliciously delightful period piece, gloriously free from the bodice of convention. Created by Chris Van Dusen and boasting the proud stamp of genius from producer Shonda Rhimes, this sumptuous, sexy trip back in time also looks to the future with an exquisitely diverse court of players – best illustrated by the...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

"JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH raises a fist for change. Capturing the revolutionary fervor of the 1960s that echoes into our modern moment, Shaka King’s timely tragedy burns with righteous rage and Shakespearean turns on power and betrayal. Towering performances by Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as FBI...

AFI Alumni Siân Heder and Paula Huidobro on their Sundance Award-Winning Film CODA

Sparking a bidding war at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and selling to Apple for a record-breaking $25 million, CODA chronicles the coming of age of teenager Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) – the only hearing individual in her working-class family. While the livelihood of her fishermen parents (Oscar® winner Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and…

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree THE CROWN

"THE CROWN carries on its radiant sparkle through the power of brilliant storytelling. As the sun now threatens to set on the British Empire, Peter Morgan’s addictively epic narrative ascends to an even higher throne – with Olivia Colman’s royal embodiment of Queen Elizabeth II evoking both power and pity as she stands in conflict...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree NOMADLAND

"NOMADLAND looks to the horizon of an unseen America. Chloé Zhao’s richly rendered portrait of one woman’s life journey is a meditation on transience – exploring the natural need to be a neighbor alongside the freedom of isolation offered by the sweeping majesty of nature. The story’s soul is embodied by the incomparable Frances McDormand,...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

"MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM is at once a soaring tribute to owning your voice and a searing step back in time to expose the challenges of driving change in America. This symphony of genius begins with the musical words of August Wilson and is expanded from stage to screen by the incomparable George C. Wolfe,...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree UNORTHODOX

"UNORTHODOX smashes convention in a thrilling journey of discovery. 'Mazel tov!' to Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski, whose inspired series finds its core in a collision of ideologies rarely explored on screen. Shira Haas’ heart-breaking, hard-driving performance as Esty Shapiro brilliantly embodies the intoxicating freedom and suffocating oppression on the path to self." –The American...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

"THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 slams the gavel down with authority to remind that 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' Aaron Sorkin’s passionate look back at the 1968 Democratic National Convention brilliantly weaves a complex narrative founded in protests, politics and posturing into an essential tale for our times. His soaring words and...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree TED LASSO

"TED LASSO scores big as a tonic for our times. The talented creative team of Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly makes the extra pass to turn the pure positivity of an unlikely sports story to hilariously feel-great television. Sudeikis’ uniquely lovable, deceptively unsophisticated “football” coach inspires audiences to BELIEVE while bringing...
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