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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: ‘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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Nibbles and Sips Around Town: ‘Destination Del Ray for Cozy New Italian Spot;Bethesda Offers Theatre-goers and Cast Members Two Great Dining Options with Silver and Urban Heights;National Geographic Live! Presents “The Science of Delicious”; and Zengo Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap Alexandria locals have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Lena’s, the splashy new Neapolitan-style restaurant recently opened in the Del Ray neighborhood. All eyes have been trained on its build out, with area reports cheering the addition of large outdoor gas heaters, pretty landscaping and blazing fire pit for extended […]

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In The Moment: A Preview of the DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition September 10-20th

Ah, the end of August. The August month-long Congressional recess will be ending soon. DC area schools at all levels are opening momentarily. We can only hope that the recent mid-summer-time swoon of the Nationals will rapidly vanish as the calendar turns to September, while we await the Washington professional football team taking the field for […]

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Recap of ‘The GI Film Festival’ – May 18-24, 2015

The GI Film Festival is in its ninth year and has grown so big. It ended yesterday at the huge and swanky Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA. They showed a record number of movies this year, over 60 movies, with movies shown in two separate theaters at the same time. In addition […]

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In the Moment: NOVA International Film Festival

The inaugural season of the Northern Virginia International Film Festival, at the Angelika Film Center in the vibrant, youthful Mosaic District of Fairfax County, just wrapped up. Fernando A. Mico, Festival Director, aspired to create a local film festival to bring “a slice of Hollywood in Northern Virginia” for local and independent film makers and […]

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An Interview with Film Writer-Director Mike Cramer on ‘Teenage Ghost Punk’ at the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at AFI

The Halloween season is upon us, and for parents looking for a good “family friendly” scare at the movies, be sure to check out Teenage Ghost Punk. Apart from some minor language, this witty and rocking ghost story is a perfect treat for teens and tweens – and it is a star vehicle for some […]

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An Interview with Film Director Eduardo Sanchez and Screenwriter Jamie Nash on ‘EXISTS’ at the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at AFI

I got a chance recently to chat with Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez and screenwriter Jamie Nash about their new found footage horror movie EXISTS which screens Friday, October 10, 2014 as part of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at the AFI. Chris: How’s it going? Excited for Spooky Movie Film Fest? […]

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AFI Docs’ Andrea Passafiume Wraps Up This Year’s Festival

AFI Docs, held annually in Silver Spring, MD and downtown DC, is regarded as the nation’s premier film festival for documentaries. Programmer Andrea Passafiume talks about highlights and standouts from 2014’s fest, which wrapped up last weekend. Teresa: Why is it so important to have a festival devoted to strictly documentaries? Andrea: I think it’s important […]

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Cinema Speak with Sydney-Chanele: AFI DOCS FESTIVAL: Jennifer Grausman – ‘Art and Craft’

Cinema Speak with Sydney-Chanele is a new column that embraces the landscape of film, filmmakers, and film festivals. This will be a canvas where film reviews, and in-depth interviews into the filmmaking process will be shared, and the world of cinephiles will be celebrated. A dedicated space to cinema outside the mainstream, the emphasis of […]

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Cinema Speak with Sydney-Chanele: AFI DOCS FESTIVAL: Cheryl Furjanic – ‘Back on Board: Greg Louganis’

Cinema Speak with Sydney-Chanele is a new column that embraces the landscape of film, filmmakers, and film festivals.  This will be a canvas where film reviews, and in-depth interviews into the filmmaking process will be shared, and the world of cinephiles will be celebrated.  A dedicated space to cinema outside the mainstream, the emphasis of […]

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