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April 21, 2015

Tim Ryan Goes ‘Planetary’ (Video)

One of Congress’ foremost messengers on mindfulness is set to lend his voice to an Earth Day after-movie discussion of “Planetary” Wednesday night at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, will take a seat alongside National Geographic Society President Gary Knell and Lou Leonard, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund’s climate change program after the screening of the 85-minute documentary about life on Earth. Full story

April 15, 2015

Filmfest DC Returns ‘Leaner and Meaner’

Filmfest DC, the homegrown international movie festival entering its 29th year, kicks off its 11-day slate Thursday. It almost didn’t happen.

“Last year, this time, we thought that was going to be it,” said Tony Gittens, the founder and director of the Washington, D.C., International Film Festival, also known as Filmfest. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:53 p.m.

April 9, 2015

‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ Lands at Air and Space Museum

If you aren’t awestruck by the fact that a quarter million people are zooming through the sky right now with drinks in hand, you are probably part of the majority. However, Brian Terwilliger wants to change that.

Terwilliger is the director and producer of “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which premiered Wednesday night at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Dressed to the nines, chatty people crowded under the museum’s planes hanging from the ceiling, getting their fill of drinks and appetizers before shuffling into the Lockheed-Martin IMAX theater. Full story

April 8, 2015

‘Red Lines’ Screening Comes to CVC

For those concerned the bloody civil war in Syria is being a bit overshadowed by events in Yemen and nuclear talks over Iran, the makers of the documentary “Red Lines” will screen their film in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in HVC-200.

The film is an on-the-ground account of the FUBAR the Syrian war has become, with many citizens caught between a dictator and fundamentalist forces.

Those interested in going, RSVP to

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March 30, 2015

West End Cinema Leaves ‘Em Laughing

Turn out the lights, the party's over. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Bring out your dead. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Every moviegoer knows the ending is important. Josh Levin ended the five-year run of his West End Cinema on March 29 with one last screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” choosing to go out with a laugh.

“I’m just dumb enough and romantic enough to be glad I did this,” Levin said of his venture in cultural programming in the nation’s capital.

In keeping with the spirit of the 1975 classic, one might imagine a conversation between Levin and the Bridgekeeper: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5:46 p.m.

March 27, 2015

West End Cinema Preps Its Own Last Picture Show

Alas, it’s not just a flesh wound. This weekend is it for the West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, and owner Josh Levin is going out like a true cinephile.

Something old, something new, something indie, something French. Full story

March 13, 2015

A Documentary Looks to Influence Legislation, NFL Draft

When a documentary comes around that might influence legislation in Congress, a few people might raise their eyebrows. But when a documentary comes around that might influence the NFL draft? That’s how you get attention.

Such is the potential of “The Hunting Ground,” a film about sexual assault on U.S. universities and the follow-up for director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering after their 2012, “The Invisible War.” Full story

March 9, 2015

The Last Days of the West End Cinema

The West End Cinema will close out its nearly five-year run as the redoubt of art house film in Washington this month with the cult and documentary classic, “Grey Gardens.”

According to West End owner Josh Levin, it’s purely serendipity that the last regularly scheduled feature for his theater will be “Gardens,” the touchstone film of Albert Maysles, the giant of documentary filmmaking who died March 5. It will serve as more than a coincidental tribute to Maysles, though. The film is just the kind of stuff that made watching movies at the West End such a great experience. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:47 p.m.

March 5, 2015

VICE Prepares for End of the World With a Stiff Drink


“I suggest we all go get drunk now,” Shane Smith, the high priest of smashmouth journalism outfit VICE said.

That seemed about the most appropriate thing to do after watching the season three premiere of “VICE” on HBO Wednesday night at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The episode takes Smith, correspondent Vikram Gandhi and the VICE crew to Antarctica and Bangladesh to see the rapidly mutating effects of climate change, and it has a pretty simple, bleak message. Full story

February 17, 2015

Washington Jewish Film Festival Casts Wide Net

The Washington Jewish Film Festival gets underway on Thursday, an 11-day showcase for the global tapestry of Jewish life. What you’ll see — a range of films that includes repertory classics like Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro” and Louis Malle’s “Au Revoir Les Enfants” to contemporary Israeli selections such as Nissun Dayan’s “The Dove Flyer” — is by turns dark, funny, religious, secular, musical and everything else under the sun. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:55 p.m.

February 13, 2015

David Carr’s Raspy Voice Lives On in ‘Page One’ and ‘Night of the Gun’

For those still processing David Carr’s sudden death, The New York Times scribe lives on in two great works he left behind, the 2011 documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times” and Carr’s memoir, “Night of the Gun.” Full story

February 6, 2015

The In-Between Zone Movies

It’s that strange time of year: the cinematic in-between zone when “The Boy Next Door” and “Boyhood” compete, if not necessarily for the same audiences or awards.

If one doesn’t want to see either cougar bait or Oscar bait, what else is available? Plenty. The in-between zone is a time not just for camp and class, but sleepers and second-runs. And with the weather still wickedly polar, it’s the right time for screen time. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 10:41 a.m.

January 5, 2015

‘The Interview’ Playing at a D.C. Theater Near You

Rogen, seen here in February with with Lauren Miller, is no stranger to Capitol Hill. Will his movie screen here soon? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rogen, seen here in February with wife Lauren Miller, is no stranger to Capitol Hill. Will his movie screen here soon? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For those inclined to see “The Interview” on the big screen instead of video on demand or online, two theaters in Washington, D.C., are screening the Seth Rogen-James Franco-faux assassination of Kim Jong Un movie, differentiating themselves from what one outlet has pegged Hollywood’s Wussiest Moment of 2014.

The West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom and the Avalon in Chevy Chase are screening the satire at least through this Thursday. At the West End, it’s been showing in Theater 2, which holds 75 people. The Avalon has been showing it in its Theater 1, which holds more than 300 and is one of the city’s nicer movie experiences.  Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:04 p.m.

December 16, 2014

Shocked, Shocked Woodhouse Brothers Are Fighting on Cable TV

With all the spontaneity of a professional wrestling match, the Woodhouse brothers, liberal Brad and conservative Dallas, argued their political points on cable television today and their mom called in to scold them.

While the “Oh, God, it’s mom,” comment from Dallas and Joyce’s admonition that they get all this piss and vinegar out their system so they don’t ruin Christmas at Casa Woodhouse back in North Carolina is adorable in a #ThisTown kind of way — it’s worth pointing out this is a bit old hat for the family Woodhouse. They even made a movie about it, “Woodhouse Divided,” that catalogues in detail their cable television and public spats, as well as, yes, family holiday arguments.

Let’s get ready to rumble. Again.


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December 15, 2014

Calendar: ‘Through a Lens Darkly’ Illuminates Screens

Protesters march in the "Justice for All" march on Dec. 13 in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters march in the “Justice for All” march on Dec. 13 in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thomas Allen Harris worked on his latest film project, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” for years, and it was released in Washington on Dec. 12.

The timing, while entirely coincidental, comes during a period of renewed discussion of race as grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., continue to reverberate and demonstrations sweep through the halls of power, including at Capitol Hill. Full story

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