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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]

Brave is like nothing Pixar's made before, but not for the reasons you might expect. For starters, it's a straightforward fairy tale, and for the first time in the studio's history, it's not about a boy. So, who's the lucky lady who gets to break Pixar's animated glass ceiling? Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a stubborn girl who's got a head ... [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 one and only original Audrey of both the Broadway and screen versions of Little Shop of Horrors as well as a star of Pushing Daisies, Ellen Greene will stop by JR.'s on Monday, Dec. 12, for the bar's popular weekly Showtunes event. Rumor has it the cast of Jersey Boys will also be making an appearance. The evening serves ... [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]

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]