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The free movie tickets at AFI Fest is just one reason to see 90 films in Hollywood

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Bob Strauss

Whether you want to catch up with some of the most acclaimed movies of the year or be among the first in L.A. to check out upcoming awards season contenders, AFI Fest 2017 has a lot to offer you — essentially for free.

It starts Thursday and runs through Nov. 16 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in the Hollywood & Highland complex, the Egyptian a few blocks down Hollywood Boulevard and other venues in the movie industry’s hometown. For the ninth consecutive year, tickets to the 90-plus features, 44 shorts, discussions with filmmakers and other special events (this year’s virtual reality tech showcase at the Roosevelt Hotel sounds particularly intriguing), will be gratis to the public. No-cost tickets for each show, as well as assorted passes and packages for sale, can be obtained at and the AT&T Box Office at Hollywood & Highland.

“Our goal is to showcase, as best we can, the most significant films of the year,” festival director Jacqueline Lyanga says. “We discovered we’ve found a place for audiences to come and experience films that have played at other festivals, that have won awards, that they’ve been hearing about, that have great buzz — and they can see them in the context of a free film festival and conversations with master filmmakers.”

AFI Fest 2017 will introduce dozens of significant works to L.A. audiences for the first time. Among the auteurist goodies are “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco’s docudramedy about the making of everybody’s favorite terrible movie, “The Room”; Luca Guadagnino’s bisexual coming-of-age festival hit “Call Me by Your Name”; Scott Cooper’s revisionist Western “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale; super-scripter Aaron Sorkin’s directing debut “Molly’s Game,” with Jessica Chastain; Margot Robbie as disgraced skater Tonya Harding in the hilarious yet hard-hitting “I, Tonya”; and Guillermo del […]    

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