What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

September 10th, 2021What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

This September, AMC is excited to be present five new AMC Artisan Films 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.

Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

Legendary executive producer Martin Scorsese presents THE CARD COUNTER, written and directed by Paul Schrader. An intense revenge thriller that explores the moral reckoning of its lead protagonist, played by Oscar Isaac. Isaac takes the lead in this stylized character study with a performance that is a "straight flush". THE CARD COUNTER features riveting supporting performances from comedian Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe.

Get Tickets THE CARD COUNTER is now playing


Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

Written, directed, and starring award-winner Justin Chon, BLUE BAYOU is a heartbreaking and relevant story in parts of America. A portrait of a man struggling to make a better life for his family, while fighting his past and the against the unexpected threat of deportation. Alicia Vikander provides incredible and grounded performance as the supportive wife and mother of newcomer Sydney Kowalske.

Get Tickets BLUE BAYOU opens September 17th


Unites Acclaimed Talent

Academy Award® nominees Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain radiate the screen with transformative performances as infamous televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. Brilliantly directed by Michael Showalter and based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, the film is an intimate look of the dramatic rise, fall, and redemption of the infamous power couple whose lives were marked by fame and scandal.

Get Tickets THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE opens September 17th


Brings a Unique Vision and Perspective

Produced, directed and starring Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood, CRY MACHO is a neo-western that will pull you in for an experience that is a thrilling journey of redemption. Based on the book, by the same name “Cry Macho” Clint Eastwood brings to life the wear and tear of every past sin on his face in this touching story on the silver screen.

Get Tickets CRY MACHO opens September 17th


Features a Compelling Score

The Tony Award® winning musical of widespread acclaim, DEAR EVAN HANSEN comes to life on the big screen with a powerhouse cast, including award-winning actors Ben Platt (returning from the role he originated on Broadway), Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Kaitlyn Dever. This coming-of-age drama exceptionally sparks conversations on the struggle of coping with mental illness, as told through the sweeping score composed by the songwriting duo Pasek and Paul.

Get Tickets DEAR EVAN HANSEN opens September 24th

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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