“Tintin” chosen as Closing Night for AFI Fest – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Now that Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” has opened overseas (to exceptional box office), it was only a matter of time before the anticipated animated adventure started to sneak peek in the States.

How’s this for a splashy tease?

“Tintin” will close this year’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 10. The film festival launches this week with a screening of Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” giving AFI some powerful Oscar-contending bookends this year.

According to the L.A. Times, festival director Jacqueline Lyanga said it was “special to be opening and closing with big films from two iconic American directors.”

So far, “Tintin” has been receiving excellent reviews from international critics. Will the response be as favorable in the U.S.? And might “Tintin” steal a little thunder away from “War Horse,” Spielberg’s other, highly anticipated film due in theaters this season? Time will tell.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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