What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

February 5th, 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

Academy Award-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch leads a number of top-shelf performances in this twisty, true story of espionage in plain sight set during the backdrop of the Cold War. THE COURIER is a carefully measured thriller that brings to light a transformative story that is not well known, leaving the outcome in question until the very end. Opens March 19th.

Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

Daniel Kaluuya’s magnetism, LaKeith Stanfield’s twitchy pseudo-confidence, and Jesse Plemmons’ oil-slick of an agent are the true highlights of the poignant film, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH. Inspired by true events, the ensemble cast masterfully showcase an overlooked story of activism set with the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s.

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

One man’s 14-year confinement at Guantanamo Bay detention camp (with no charges ever filed) is the backdrop for this compelling procedural story, THE MAURITANIAN is directed by OSCAR® winner, Kevin Macdonald. The incredible cast includes Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, who shine with gripping performances, but it’s Tahar Rahim’s gentle and affable portrayal of Mohamedou Ould Salahi that steals the show.

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Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

Golden Globe winner and first-time Director Robin Wright shines with an exemplary performance, and Demian Bechir is perfectly understated in this thoughtful exploration of (wo)man vs. nature. Like other solitary films, the lead shoulders the entire weight of the story, and Wright’s haunted face tells this tale effortlessly. With sweeping cinematography, this perfectly couples with the quiet deft of many scenes which serves as the third, and most imposing character of the film.

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Unites Ensemble Casts and Introduces a New Star

THE FATHER, Oscar® winners Olivia Colman and Sir Anthony Hopkins simply deliver in this story of dementia slowly overtaking a man from inside his mind. Hopkins turns in an astoundingly heartbreaking performance, running the emotional gauntlet from denial, to outrage, to resignation with such conviction that it leaves you breathless by the end. Opens March 12th.

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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