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Student filmmakers’ environmental documentary shown at film festival

By Katya Podkovyroff Lewis Last updated: 04/05/18 1:14am

On March 27, “Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream?” was shown in the Doyle Forman Theater, bringing students and Washington, D.C. locals to hear more about Baltimore’s unsafe harbor. Students in Professor Mike English’s “Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television” class created the documentary examining Baltimore’s aged and crumbling sewage and stormwater infrastructure that continues to pollute the city’s harbor. Previously screened at the DC Environmental Film Festival, ...

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Discover a messy Wall Street scandal in 'The China Hustle'

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/30/18 11:48am

The world was profoundly affected by the stock market crash of 2008, and Americans are still feeling the consequences. However, since 2008, Chinese markets have appeared to be unaffected and even improving in some cases. Documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein’s “The China Hustle” explores a loophole that may have allowed Chinese companies to exploit world markets. While it has a riveting premise, the documentary falls into the same trap from which many economic and Wall Street-centric films ...

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Comedy from the Truth: Armando Iannucci on the current state of satire and his latest film 'The Death of Stalin'

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 03/23/18 2:27pm

Director and British Statist Armando Iannucci finds himself in a weird predicament. His latest film “The Death of Stalin” has been a sensational critical hit, with The New Yorker magazine heralding it as “the most accurate picture of life under Soviet terror that anyone has ever committed to film.” Inevitable connections have been drawn between his comedic portrayal of Soviet Russia and current political situations domestically and abroad. The problem? He started work on the film two ...

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‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ is mindless fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 03/23/18 12:52am

Taking place 10 years after the events of the first “Pacific Rim” film, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” follows Jake Pentecost ( John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who gets pulled back into the military to teach and prepare the new generation of Jaeger pilots, those who command the massive mecha-robots that face the otherworldly monsters. In the event that a new threat emerges, the team would work together to save the planet Director Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus” and ...

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‘Ramen Heads’ is an enjoyable jaunt targeted at a niche fanbase

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/23/18 12:50am

People often take for granted things that are a part of their everyday lives and ignore their meaningful origins in lieu of more pressing details like jobs and family. “Ramen Heads,” named after the group of die-hard foodies that make ramen a cornerstone of their lives, is the first film from TV documentary director Koki Shigeno. It delves into an important aspect of everyday life in Japan that may get overlooked: ramen. The first 40 minutes of the documentary act as a biographical introduction ...

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'The Death of Stalin' is a deeply dark and delightful satire

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 03/16/18 12:14pm

We live in strange times, don’t we? Where alternative facts are nearly indistinguishable from the truth. Where our leaders do and say things that often leave us scratching our heads. Where our presidential cabinets have become a revolving door of characters. That’s what makes “The Death of Stalin” so wonderfully funny and reflective. Its timeliness reminds us of the humor and absurdity of our present political conditions—and perhaps the horror we see in the face of it. The latest ...

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Intentional or not, “Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy” is a great bedtime watch

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/16/18 11:04am

In a world full of videos of crackling fireplaces, crickets chirping and ethereal soundtracks played over a night sky, viewers and listeners have plenty of resources for finding sleep aids online. However, these videos usually have no substantial purpose besides lulling the listener to sleep. In creating a documentary about the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, director and cinematographer Thomas Riedelsheimer has managed to achieve a middle ground between an engaging artist profile and a sleep-inducing, ...

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The best Oscar-winning movies you probably forgot about

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 03/05/18 4:27pm

It’s those five words that have us on the edge of our seats every year: “and the Oscar goes to…” We await in gleeful anticipation for who will carry that golden statuette. Will it be a surprise? Will it finally be someone who should’ve gotten it three movies ago? Will it be the newcomer? The hype for these moments reach massive levels of excitement, yet after those five words are uttered, after the acceptance speech, after either the vows to see the awarded performance or cries ...

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'Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story' is a sobering documentary long overdue

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 03/02/18 12:45pm

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” tells the tale of World War II inventor and actress  Hedy Lamarr, a tale Lamarr spent years trying to share. Directed by Alexandra Dean, the documentary focuses particularly on Lamarr’s revolutionary invention of frequency hopping, which helped the Allies create a new remote-controlled torpedo. Throughout the years Lamarr never received credit for her work until the end of her life, and never got paid by the U.S. military for her patent. This was because ...

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“Death Wish” will leave you wishing just that

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/01/18 11:47pm

Horror director and producer Eli Roth has had an interesting career spanning two decades. From cult classics like “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel,” as well as an extremely memorable performance as the “Bear Jew” in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Roth has had both highs and lows, mostly earning a reputation as a niche director who makes gruesome, polarizing films. In a move away from his traditional role as director and producer of violent horror flicks, Roth has decided ...

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