What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

July 16th, 2021What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

At AMC, we celebrate movies that are driven by innovators and encourage discussion, with fresh, diverse perspectives. AMC Artisan Films is a curated gallery that encompasses 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

Acclaimed director David Lowery brings a fresh spin on a classic Arthurian tale, featuring bold performances from Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton. An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) who embarks on a daring quest to confront a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. THE GREEN KNIGHT opens July 30th.

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Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

The emotional roller coaster life of world-renowned chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain is on display in this compelling documentary from acclaimed director Morgan Neville. ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN showcases the highest highs and the lowest lows with an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. This no holds barred documentary offers the unique perspective of Bourdain seemingly telling his own life story from the great beyond through both word and deed. ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN is now playing

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Features a Compelling Score, Storyline, and/or Development of Character

Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson proves that nobody can warm your heart and break your heart like the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Following the rise of Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice. The incredible cast includes Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Tony winner Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans and Marc Maron. RESPECT opens August 13th

Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

From the sweeping plains of Oklahoma to the bustling world of Marseilles, France, Academy Award® winner Matt Damon embodies the everyman father fighting to save his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. STILLWATER is directed by Tom McCarthy, director of Best Picture winning film SPOTLIGHT, this dramatic thriller and gripping tale pushes the limit of a man on a personal mission to exonerate his daughter, featuring a commanding performance from Abigail Breslin. STILLWATER opens July 30th

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Unites Ensemble Casts and Introduces a New Star

Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg turns in a heartbreaking character-driven performance in JOE BELL, as a small-town father that embarks on a walk across the country to spread awareness to the devastating costs of bullying. The film is the big screen introduction for actor Reid Miller, who portrays Jadin Bell. Based on a true story, this intimate and emotional film, examines the price of forgiveness and the power of acceptance with cinematic restraint. JOE BELL opens July 23rd

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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.

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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