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Film Review: ‘The Queen of Versailles’ by Bari Biern

The Queen of Versailles illustrates perfectly the roller-coaster-flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants aspect of documentary filmmaking. The director straps herself in, points the camera and holds on for...

‘The Addams Family’ at The Kennedy Center by Doug Poms

The Addams Family, the kooky clan that was first the subject of Charles Addams cartoons in the New Yorker, then featured on a popular...

Capital Fringe Review: ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue: The Brontes’ by...

The latest rock-lit-fusion by Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue, The Brontes, is a hell of a lot of fun. It’s easy to understand how the...

Coming to The Fringe Festival: ‘Sweet Painted Lady’ by Michael R....

Fighting unemployment, a pill addiction, and a failing relationship with his workaholic, art-dealing fiancé, Jack is in a confusing place. It doesn't help that...

Film Review: ‘The Invisible War’ by Ashunda Norris

The U.S. military’s stance on sexual assault prevention is a joke. The shot of a poster that reads, “Don’t risk it. Ask her when...

Film Review: ‘Ballplayer: Pelotero’ by Chris Siggins

Ballplayer: Pelotero makes a political statement as well as good art. It is short and effective, thanks to the efforts of Directors Ross Finkel, Trevor...

SILVERDOCS: ‘Wagner’s Dream’ by Bari Biern

Wagner’s Dream (USA) 112 minutes Richard Wagner spent 25 years composing the Ring Cycle, a 16-hour magnum opus, largely based on Norse and German myths. The...

SILVERDOCS: ‘The World Before Her’ by Bari Biern

The World Before Her  (Canada) 90 minutes With the arrival of foreign corporations in India, as well as satellite tv and the Internet, some young...

SILVERDOCS: ‘Ann Richards’ Texas’ by Bari Biern

Ann Richards was a whip-smart feisty feminist elected to govern the state of Texas. She was the second woman and the last Democrat to...

SILVERDOCS: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’ by Bari Biern

In 2008, a young Canadian singer/songwriter named Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by the man who later became his manager. Halfway across the...

SILVERDOCS: ‘A Brief History of John Baldessari’ and ‘Brute Force’ by...

A Brief History of John Baldessari (USA) 6 minutes In slightly more time than it takes to read this review, you can learn an impressive amount...

Coming to the Capital Fringe Festival: ‘LapBand Texas’ by Patrick DiBattista

"When we say let's put on a show," we mean it. Once we drove through a snowstorm with a bed strapped to the roof...

Film Review: ‘Children of Paradise’ (Les enfants du paradis) by Ashunda...

“All the love in the world for Baptiste is mine, mine. No room for others. It is fate. It is written,” sobs his heart-broken...

Film Review: ‘I Wish’ by Erica Laxson

I Wish is the truly heartfelt story of two young Japanese boys separated by distance, but connected by their brotherly love. Young Koichi (Ohshiro...

Film Review: ‘Crooked Arrows’ by Ashunda Norris

Did you know, dear reader, that the sport of lacrosse was created by Native Americans? Well, I sure didn't until I watched the film...

Film Review:’ Bernie’ by Bari Biern

Not since Mr. Joyboy, the mortuary cosmetician from Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One, has there been a more memorable mortician than Bernie Tiede. In addition...

Film Review: ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ by Andrew L....

Let me begin by dropping a few names: Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, and Harry Jay Knowles. If these names resonate with you,...

‘Diary of a Hurried 48 Hour Film Project Filmmaker’ by Erica...

In just 48 hours over 100 teams flooded the DC area to produce their 2012 short films, and I am lucky to count myself...

Film Review: ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ by Andrew Lloyd Baughman

Sometimes, people who survive tragedies from two different worlds come together to find comfort and happiness together. Such is the case in Phillippe Felardeau’s...

Film Review: ‘Blue Like Jazz’ by Bari Biern

Steve Taylor directs this indie film, adapted from a 2003 memoir by American author, Don Miller.   In Blue Like Jazz, nineteen-year-old Miller (Marshall Allman)...

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