Results tagged “film” from Spotlight

Movie Review - August: Osage County

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 14, 2014 10:17 AM |
I didn’t have an opportunity to see Tracy Letts’ three-hour epic August: Osage County on the stage, but from everything I’ve heard, I’ve little doubt it was an astonishing piece of work. Instead, I saw it in a movie theater. What a mistake. The playwright's own two-hour screen adaptation never quite bores, but as well-acted as it may be ... [Read]

There's a moment near the climax of You're Next, the plebeian slasher-fest from indie director Adam Wingard, that subtly evokes Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, specifically the infamous farmhouse kitchen sequence, in which the master of suspense examined just how hard it is to kill a person. (It takes time and effort.) Wingard's scene is not as overt, but the ... [Read]

Movie Review: Todd Solondz's Dark Horse

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2012 10:08 AM |
You can't fault Todd Solondz for trying. You can't even fault him for failing. But what you can fault him for is not having the common sense to know that, with Dark Horse, he was in the midst of concocting a dud. Solondz is an experienced enough director that he should have known better. He very well could have ... [Read]

Movie Trailer: Mirror Mirror (HD)

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 18, 2012 11:28 AM |
Mirror Mirror, the first of two live-action Snow White adaptations, hits theaters on March 30, 2012. Tarsem Singh's comedic take on the fable looks to be an extravaganza of costume and scenic design, as well as a showcase for star Julia Roberts, who plays the evil queen. Her costumes look, in a word, spectacular. Nathan Lane, Lily Collins and Armie ... [Read]

In this week's cover story, featuring interviews with Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, the stars of Albert Nobbs, there were a few nice moments with McTeer that, sadly, landed on the cutting-room floor. One of them dealt with McTeer's work on the new film The Woman in Black, a thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe and releasing today into theaters nationwide. ... [Read]

Now Playing: Pariah

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 13, 2012 7:53 AM |
Pariah is the finest coming-of-age movie to find its way into theaters in years. The story, or at least a portion of it, is inspired by writer and director Dee Rees's own. But Pariah is not autobiographical, and it's the better for it. Under the protective umbrella of fiction, Rees explores all sorts of conflict removed from her own life ... [Read]

David Cronenberg's Videodrome

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 23, 2011 6:00 PM |
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society, dedicated to independent, experimental, low-budget, off-the-beaten-path filmmaking, presents a weekly Monday night screening series, hosted by The Incorrigible Dr. Schlock. This week offers David Cronenberg's 1983 sci-fi horror flick starring James Woods and singer Deborah Harry, about a small cable station executive who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture and then ... [Read]

The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival offers 11 days of 47 new and award-winning films from around the world exploring the modern-day diversity of the Jewish faith and culture. One program offers two films with specific appeal to the LGBT community: Tomer Heymann’s I Shot My Love focuses on the love that blossoms between a male Israeli film director, a ... [Read]

Creator Joel Hodgson and the original cast of the award-winning cult television show MST3K return for more movie riffing in front a live audience. The focus is on the terrible 1976 horror film Rattlers, in which a chauvinist herpetologist teams up with a feminist war photographer to uncover the mystery behind a spate of killer rattlesnake attacks. This should be ... [Read]

Project Nim: Planet of the Ape

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 23, 2011 9:11 AM |
Director James Marsh and the Oscar-winning team behind the documentary Man on Wire offer Project Nim, the story of a chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark experiment in the '70s to see if an ape reared and nurtured like a child could learn to communicate with sign language. It didn't work. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th ... [Read]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 broke the domestic box office record for a midnight opening. The film took in a whopping $43.5 million, reported Warner Bros., the film's distributor. In addition, the movie "broke the midnight opening record for IMAX theatres, with a $2 million gross on a record number of IMAX screens." Read Metro Weekly's review ... [Read]

In Larry Crowne, an aimless, unemployed man, played by Tom Hanks, goes back to college and gains more than just book smarts. He also gains a Mercedes -- that is, a woman named for the high-end carmaker, an instructor looking a new passion. Somehow, she finds it in Hanks -- but then Mercedes is played by Julia Roberts, who can ... [Read]

More Michael Bay-sized explosions are promised in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment of the popular franchise. The movie takes the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing as its jumping off point for another interstellar war. After shooting her mouth off to the press, Megan Fox was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Shia LaBeouf's love interest. ... [Read]

Benjamin Bratt plays a traditional Latino father who struggles to come to terms with his teenage son's homosexuality in La Mission, which screens as part of a one-night, film festival throughout the Smithsonian Institution. Also on tap is Winter's Bone, an unflinching look at family and rural American life today and one of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees. In ... [Read]

Now Playing: Making the Boys

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 22, 2011 8:47 AM |
Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, there was Mort Crowley's brilliant, bitter The Boys in the Band. Crayton Robey's film, Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie (directed by William Friedkin, no less), beloved by ... [Read]

Lord of the Rings Marathon

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 16, 2011 9:44 AM |
The Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse will return all films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the big screen for a one-day marathon, Sunday, April 17. Fans are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character to earn a free movie pass for a future screening, and there will also be a trivia contest and a Gollum impersonation contest. ... [Read]

Playing a rich, spoiled brat doesn't seem to be much of a stretch for Russell Brand, but who cares? We know he can be funny doing it. In this remake of the 1981 original starring Dudley Moore, Brand as Arthur is joined by Helen Mirren as his nanny and Jennifer Garner as the woman he must marry to avoid losing ... [Read]

Atlas's Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 1, 2011 8:26 AM |
The Atlas Performing Arts Center has quickly organized a screening of several of the more memorable films starring the late, great Elizabeth Taylor. The Whitman Walker Clinic will receive a portion of the proceeds. Films on tap are: A Place In The Sun, Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. followed by Cat on A Hot Tin Roof at 9:30 p.m. ... [Read]

The Social Network

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 1, 2010 4:45 PM |
It's so meta that The Social Network has a Facebook fan page. Aaron Sorkin adapts Ben Mezrich's 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, about the founding of Facebook. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, it's now just a question of how many of Facebook's 500 million members will leave their computers to see how the biggest time-suck in history ... [Read]

Susan Koch's documentary The Other Cityexplores Washington, D.C., with its highest-in-the-nation HIV/AIDS rate, and what that says about our country and our compassion. Now playing at the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit ... [Read]