What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

October 4th, 2019What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

Filmmaking is an art, and we aim to bring exceptional works to our theatres where everyone can enjoy them. AMC Artisan Films is a curated gallery of the finest filmmaker-driven movies across a broad range of themes, styles and genres. Though the films may be vastly different from each other, they all have one thing in common: They advance the art of making movies.

There are several factors we consider before we give a movie the AMC Artisan Films seal. Here are a handful of examples and a few films that showcase them.

Brings a Unique Vision and Perspective

You likely know Sam Mendes from his work behind the camera of ROAD TO PERDITION and AMERICAN BEAUTY. On December 20, he will release a new drama set during World War I. 1917 is an immersive experience, shot in one continuous take. The camera never leaves the two leads as they fight their way into enemy territory to deliver a life-saving message.

Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

A comedic Hitler in Taika Waititi’s JOJO RABBIT is sure to create some chatter. Without the context of the movie, it’s certainly a divisive idea, but Waititi sells it by bringing sensitivity to the sweet story of a boy trying to find his way in Nazi Germany.

Excels in Directing

The acclaimed Safdie brothers are back with UNCUT GEMS, a crime thriller starring Adam Sandler as a scheming New York City jeweler. It’s a movie in perpetual motion, and no character (including the camera) stops for the entire duration. The result is dizzying, satisfying and reminiscent of early Scorsese (think MEAN STREETS).

Features an Interesting Score, Story and/or Character

Comedy master Todd Phillips (OLD SCHOOL, THE HANGOVER) makes a dramatic leap with his dark origin story, JOKER. Phillips also co-wrote the movie, which follows Arthur Fleck as he becomes the infamous Joker. Star Joaquin Phoenix delivers a visceral performance that will make you rethink the iconic character.

Unites Ensemble Casts and/or Introduces New Stars

QUEEN & SLIM features both an Oscar® nominee and an up-and-comer in the lead roles. Daniel Kaluuya (GET OUT) and Jodie Turner-Smith star as a couple who become the new Bonnie and Clyde after a traffic stop escalates and they’re forced to go on the run.

Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

Two of the three stars of THE KITCHEN are known for their over-the-top comedic performances. Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish join Elisabeth Moss in the 1970s crime drama, in which they play the wives of New York gangsters. They are total badasses who take up their husbands’ business, and there’s nothing funny about what happens next.

As you can see, we focus on a film’s content, incredible cast and visionary film crew rather than studio, which may be why many AMC Artisan Films go on to become award contenders, though that is not why we choose artisan titles.

It’s also worth noting that some AMC Artisan Films open in select theatres first, and then expand over the course of a few weeks. For instance, JOJO RABBIT debuts in limited release on October 18. If the film isn’t playing at an AMC near you that weekend, check our website for more details.

To see our current lineup of curated and contemporary AMC Artisan Films, as well as a list of theatres that always show artisan titles, visit our AMC Artisan Films page. Here, you can find your nearest AMC theatre and get tickets.

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