Author Archive | Erin Teachman

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Film Review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’

The fallout of the financial crisis is still being thrashed out in full public view, which makes for a terribly difficult documentary subject; we are a long way from knowing where most of it actually ends. Steve James, the documentarian behind The Interrupters, Life Itself, and Hoop Dreams, has found a tiny self-contained story inside […]

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Film Review: ‘The Wedding Plan’

Near the beginning of The Wedding Plan, the latest from Israeli-American filmmaker Rama Burshtein, we find ourselves in an uncomfortable place. Michal, whom we first met at a fortune teller’s talking about how she just wants to be loved, and her fiancé tuck into a tasting of the food available at the venue where they […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Lost City of Z’

The Lost City of Z is a throwback adventure story. Based on the book of the same name by David Grann, the film follows Percy Fawcett at the tail end of the era of grand discoveries, when it was still possible for a handful of people to stumble around in the jungle and discover something […]

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Film Review: ‘Colossal’ at Area Theaters

Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is not a film that is terribly interested in explaining things, which probably is for the best in a movie about a woman connected to a kaiju that appears out of nowhere to threaten a major world city. While that means we aren’t getting bogged down in explaining things that don’t really […]

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Film Review: ‘Oklahoma City’ at AFI in Silver Spring

The central insight of Barak Goodman’s new documentary, OKLAHOMA CITY, presented by American Experience and airing on February 7th, is that the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by homegrown radical Timothy McVeigh was not a singular event, but a signpost on the road of radical right extremism that the United States has […]

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Film Review: ‘Denial’

Denial opens with an infuriating exchange between Deborah Lipstadt, an academic who is on a speaking tour to support her book, Denying the Holocaust, and one of the most prominent Holocaust deniers, David Irving. Irving crashes Lipstadt’s event and we are outraged along with Lipstadt by both Irving’s grandstanding and his horrific addiction to falsehood. […]

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Film Review: ‘Anthropoid’

Operation Anthropoid was the code name for a mission planned by Czech government-in-exile with the British SOE to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, who was the head of the SS and a primary logistical architect of the Final Solution, that whole plan to rid the world of Jews, while he was in charge of oppressing Czechoslovakia after […]

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Film Review: ‘Captain Fantastic’

Captain Fantastic begins innocently enough, with gorgeous shots of a deer in the wild (Stéphane Fontaine’s cinematography is a standout feature of this film). Then that deer is slaughtered by an unknown young man, who is soon joined by a ragged group of people, mudded up from the hunt, to celebrate the kill and welcome […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Oral Histories’

So, Oral Histories, written and directed by Ward Kay, turns out to be three oral histories about, um, seminal moments in oral sex in three people’s lives. A helpful postcard gives credit where it is due for the performers (though this information is not on their sparse website). Terry Overman tells the story of William, who […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Normal/Magic’

Normal/Magic is a diptych of two magical realism style stories, “Magic for Beginners”, written by Natalie Piegari and directed by Sam Mauceri and “Normal Sea,” where Sam Mauceri slides over to the writing side, directed by Riley Bartlebaugh (that doesn’t technically include the charming, theatrical interlude where the company leans in and changes costumes and […]

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Film Review: ‘Zero Days’

Zero Days begins with a mystery. In 2010, an anti-virus expert from Belarus was tapped to help clients figure out what was going on with virus that had shown up on their networks with alarming speed. Before long, it was apparent that this virus had spread all over the world, prompting in depth scrutiny from […]

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Film Review: ‘Love & Friendship’

Love & Friendship opens with a sigh of regret from an unknown and unnamed narrator as one Lady Susan Vernon takes her leave of the Manwarings (pronounced as if that “w” was a boorish dinner guest one does not deign to take notice of). The film then assails us with a barrage of quick, witty visual […]

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Review: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

We should have known. Beyoncé dropped Formation in February, a song, a music video, and a Super Bowl performance that laid it all out: Yoncé was a black woman, a beautiful, successful, Southern Black Woman, a fierce poet warrior for #BlackLivesMatter (I dare you not to get choked up when the video cuts from that […]

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Movie Review: ‘Elvis & Nixon’

It’s not every day that the world’s greatest entertainer asks the President to become an undercover narcotics agent (and the badge that goes with it, of course). Up until Elvis did it, it wasn’t any day that such a thing happened. Elvis & Nixon turns that bizarre ask into a fascinating little movie that follows […]

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Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Shakespeare presents a language barrier for actors and audience alike. Typically, companies affect British accents (“received pronunciation” – not everyone is a fan), though many companies choose not to adopt any accent at all. Either of which can sound strange depending on what the audience is expecting and requires some getting used to. Oregon Shakespeare […]

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