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What to See at AFI Fest 2013, from Oscar Heavyweights to Breakout Indies (TRAILERS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2013 at 3:57PM

Running November 7-14, AFI FEST 2013 kicks off tonight with a strong slate of Oscar contenders and critically acclaimed films. Though some tickets are harder to snag than others, it's a free festival in the center of Hollywood that invites you to catch up on the major films out of Cannes, Telluride, TIFF, Venice and NYFF.

This article is related to: Awards Season Roundup, AFI, AFI Fest, Reviews, Festivals, Academy Awards

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.