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Posts Tagged ‘film’

Smoke Screen

Big Ticket
Made in 1936, Reefer Madness owes much of its current fame to its rediscovery in the 1960s. That’s because Louis J. Gasnier’s film (properly titled Tell Your Children) is so incredibly, laughably wrong about the effects of ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Get Low (PG-13) Robert Duvall stars in Aaron Schneider’s comedy as a 1930s Tennessee hermit who wants to hold a funeral party for himself while he’s still alive. Also with Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Sc...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Concert (PG-13) Radu Mihaileanu’s comedy about a former Russian symphony conductor-turned-janitor (Alexei Guskov) who gathers his old musicians together to accept an invitation to play in Paris. Also with Mélani...


Charlie St. Cloud: Sailing Takes Me Away

Zac Efron stumbles — and we learn — in this weeper.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes being a film critic means being a straight guy who spends hours pondering the meaning of Zac Efron. It’s not that bad, actually. Say what you want to about the High School Musical series, the actor who catapulted to...



Ticked Off at Ticked-Off Trannies

Transgender activists took to the streets to oppose a locally made movie — and made it more successful than ever.
JIMMY FOWLER
At a nondescript house in Arlington last summer, a showdown of cinematic proportions took place. Three women faced off against three men who’d brutally attacked and beaten them earlier. The women wore tight leather jumpsuits,...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) Zac Efron stars in this drama as a young man who’s paralyzed by grief after his younger brother (Charlie Tahan) dies beside him in a car accident. Also with Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal...



Dinner for Schmucks: American Idiot

Steve Carell has some nice gags at this meal.
KRISTIAN LIN
Maybe the best part of Dinner for Schmucks is the opening credit sequence. It shows the construction of an elaborate diorama, depicting a daytime scene in a park populated by stuffed mice that have been dressed in tiny costumes...


Can We Talk?

Big Ticket
If you missed the one-week run of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at AMC Grapevine Mills, don’t despair. Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s documentary portrait of the standup comic/TV talk show host comes to the Modern Art Museu...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: South of the Border (NR) Oliver Stone’s documentary portrait of seven Latin American leaders, including Raúl Castro, Hugo Chávez, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Evo Morales, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Opens...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 21 The show in Arlington Museum of Art’s Mezzanine Gallery is appropriately entitled Wide Spectrum. Encompassing both James Haddock’s abstract landscapes and Mahto Hogue’s highly traditional Southwestern portraits, ...