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5 films to see for free at AFI Fest

By in Press Enterprise on November 9, 2017

By Bob Strauss

The AFI Fest is in full swing on Hollywood Blvd. for the next week or so, and we thought we’d recommend a few of the 90+ movies playing there – for free, don’t you know – that we like.

Don’t let these suggestions deter you from checking out the tons of other great stuff at L.A.’s biggest and best film festival, though. For the complete list of programs, go to

1. Call Me by Your Name (11/10 7:30 p.m., TCL Chinese Theatre): Luca Guadagnino’s mostly English-language coming-of-age story follows an American teenager (Timothée Chalamet) exploring his sexuality during a languid summer vacation in rural Italy. Refreshingly fun, erotic, non-judgmental and both intellectually and emotionally smart, this gorgeous idyll co-stars Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and French actress Esther Garrel – all, like Chalamet, at the top of their games.

2. Thelma (11/11 9;15 p.m., Chinese 5 and 11/13 1 p.m., Chinese 2) Norway’s official candidate for the next Foreign Language Film Oscar combines a European art film sensibility with a kind of “Carrie” storyline. Eili Harboe generates sympathy and apprehension as the title character, a girl who’s both thrilled and troubled to leave her religious parents’ rural home for school in big, bad Oslo. Director Joachim Trier (“Louder Than Bombs”) has a zillion surprises up his sleeve, yet keeps his story credible no matter how crazy things get.

Clint Eastwood in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (11/11 9:30 p.m., TCL Chinese Theatre) The pinnacle of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name trilogy (and considering how great the preceding “Dollar” movies were, that’s quite a height), this 1966 Western blazed new trails in cynicism, dark humor and cussed violence for the genre. Co-starring Eli Wallach […]    

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