Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice,” which drew wildly mixed reviews when it premiered at the New York Film Festival, will be a centerpiece gala at the 2014 AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced on Wednesday.
The film will screen on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, a booking that puts it opposite the Academy’s star-studded Governors Awards, which will take place two blocks away at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
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Reviewing the film for TheWrap, Dan Callahan wrote, “[T]here are no believable people or characters in this movie. They’re just cartoons – half-baked, not-particularly-funny cartoons, alas.”
But other critics disagreed, with Scott Tafoya at RogerEbert.com calling the film “pure black magic, a delirious hallucination and the most entertaining film of the year.”
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“Inherent Vice” joins three other previously-announced galas: J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” with Oscar Isaac and
The full AFI Fest lineup will be announced on Oct. 22. Ticket information is available at the festival website.