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Review: ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ featuring Tom Teasley at Constellation Theatre Company

When The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari hit German movie screens in 1920, it baffled and delighted audiences who had primarily been entertaining themselves with annual Film Festivals of Fred Ott’s sneeze and footage of trains. Techniques that we take for granted today – flashbacks, special effects, Germans, twist endings – were deployed first by the […]

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Review: National Theatre Live: ‘Angels in America’ Part One in HD

Angels in America remains a sad, hilarious, hallucinogenic theatrical achievement. The juxtaposition of those seemingly-opposite qualities is what makes the play memorable. It has even greater impact than before, more than a quarter of a century ago. Its virtues are different from those we admired previously, which became apparent when the new production by the […]

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Movie Review: ‘Landline’

Landline, the latest from Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, the creative team behind Obvious Child, opens with the sounds of… rutting, I guess is the word I can use in a family publication. The movie revolves around sex in many ways, how sex does and/or does not connect us emotionally to a person, even as […]

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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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Film Review: ‘Menashe’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival

Fuelled by fantastic performances and effective cinematography, Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Menashe brings to light the world of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community through the story of a widowed man’s struggle to keep custody of his son. Menashe (played by Menashe Lustig) is an Orthodox Jew struggling to keep his life together after his wife passes away. […]

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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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Review: ‘koma’ at Solecalibur

It’s 2 a.m. His mind is racing, overwrought with memories of situations, conversations, and images of her. Music and film merge with poetry, rap, and movement to explore one half-hour inside one man’s anguished psyche in Solecalibur’s koma – “a sound spectacle with a visual component” – created, directed, and edited by Tommy Butler, with […]

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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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An Interview With Jay Kuo, Composer and Lyricist of ‘Allegiance.’ A film of the Broadway Musical Will Show in Theaters Across the Country on Tuesday, December 13th

Allegiance, the 2015 Broadway musical based on the forced relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II, will be shown in movie theaters around the country for one night only on December 13th, 2016. Allegiance was inspired by George Takei, who stars in the musical along with Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga […]

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Review: The NSO Pops: ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’: Film with Live Music at The Kennedy Center

The most significant difference between entering your neighborhood cinema to catch the latest PG film offering and traversing the Hall of Nations to enter the Grand Foyer at The Kennedy Center in anticipation of The National Symphony Orchestra Pops (NSO): E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (E.T.) – Film with Live Music is the number of black cocktail […]

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Review: ‘Metropolis’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Percussion and film enthusiasts, listen up! For five nights only, Constellation Theatre Company presents a unique combination of the silent-film Metropolis set to a new score by renowned percussionist Tom Teasley. Metropolis, the 1927 sci-fi film by German filmmaker Fritz Lang, is considered one of the most influential and iconic films of all time. Set […]

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Interview: Tom Teasley on his Percussion Composition for ‘Metropolis’ playing at Constellation Theatre Company through November 19th

For five nights only, world renowned percussionist Tom Teasley is performing an original composition set to Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis. I saw the first performance at Constellation Theatre Company last night and was gobsmacked by his performance and inspired to ask Tom some follow up questions. Nicole: Gottfried Huppertz’ original score to Metropolis was written in 1927 […]

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