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Every summer, HBO and Comcast bring classic film screenings to the National Mall with “Screen on the Green.” Perfect for a warm summer night out, the films start around 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. every Monday, and attendees begin to fill in around 5 p.m. Here’s a guide to this year’s lineup:
Journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger has seen a few firefights in his time documenting the travails of soldiers located in and outpost in the Korengal Valley. His film “Restrepo,” which was co-directed by photojournalist Tim Hetherington, was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for Best Documentary. Now, four years after the release of “Restrepo,” Junger returns with a new film that continues the story of outpost Restrepo in “Korengal.”
With the dearth of photographers-turned-documentarians from Shaul Schwarz with his film “Narco Cultura” and the recent “Particle Fever” from Mark Levinson, Edward Burtynsky adds another film to the wealth of documentaries with “Watermark.”
Director Liza Johnson began her feature film career with a movie about a female officer dealing with the personal turmoil of coming back home from a military tour of duty. “Return” ended up leading to her second feature “Hateship Loveship,” which is based on a short story by the Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro. The film tells the story of the extremely introverted and empathetic character Johanna (Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”). “Hateship Loveship” finds Johanna eventually getting herself into an email correspondence with a crush, but the relationship that Johanna thinks she’s having through these emails is really one concocted by two high school girls.
Giant, bloated and an unabashedly ambitious failure, “Transcendence” came with the
expectations that it would be an extension of Christopher Nolan’s (“The Dark Knight Rises”)
trademark cerebral tense plotting and smooth, elegant cinematography.
In Washington D.C., there’s no shortage of ways to entertain yourself. Entertainment venues run the gamut from concert halls to theater companies and more. When it comes to movies, D.C. can be a movie town with most first run films on display as well as a healthy amount of art house films which pass through town. Here’s a rundown of some of the best locations to get your film fix.
It’s been 10 years since anyone has last seen a Jonathan Glazer film. Glazer’s last film was the far more conventional “Birth” where Nicole Kidman (“Eyes Wide Shut”) becomes convinced that her dead husband has come back to life.
In Mike Flanagan’s debut short film “Absentia” from 2012, Flanagan created a spooky sense of disquiet that brought attention to the new director. It also gained enough traction that it led to the expansion of another one of his short films into “Oculus,” a feature length film.
Lindsay Zoladz, associate editor for Pitchfork and former general manager of WVAU, discussed her life as a music critic and writing professionally for a living in MGC 200 on April 13.
A cappella groups from AU and other schools in the D.C. and Maryland performed together for the massive line-up of talent in Acapalooza 2014 on April 11 at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, with proceeds going to Relay For Life.
Flying off once again needlessly to Brazil, “Rio 2” arrives to tell the tale of two Spix macaws that have some more wacky adventures in the rainforest.
The Department of Performing Arts dance department presents “Agile, Mobile, Tactile” on Apr. 11-12
There’s something uncanny about the way Donald Rumsfeld smiles. Maybe because his smile looks so much like a discontented grimace. In Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” Morris tries to find more under Rumsfeld’s cheeky demeanor than seemingly good will.
As Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, “Puncture”), more commonly known as Captain America, stands in the shadow of three giant behemoth “helicarriers” meant to patrol the skies he utters, “This isn’t freedom. This is fear.”
Anthony and Joe Russo, the team behind “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” wouldn’t seem like the first conventional choice to direct a film on the scale that Marvel movies demand. After years in television on shows from “Community” to “Arrested Development,” Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Entertainment, tapped the two to direct the sequel for Captain America, which finds Steve Rogers fighting his toughest challenge yet, The Winter Soldier. But the Russo Brothers have, by and large, exceeded audience expectations, delivering a film that displays a political awareness while utilizing all the spectacle and visual effects at their disposal.
From Wall Street to K Street, The Scene Weekender runs down some of the best events in and around the D.C.-Metro area.
A vagabond bear and a scampering, little mouse. The tale of “Ernest and Celestine” is a delicate one, if often portrayed in a meandering manner, but as loving this little film may be, it also carries an emotional heft that is often fairly resonant.
Rachel Boynton is ambitious. Continually seeking new ways to push her filmmaking skill to maximum capacity, she took the feature documentary scene by storm with a film about corporate malfeasance in “Our Brand is Crisis.” Returning once again with an even more ambitious subject, “Big Men” depicts backroom corporate dealing and even larger egos searching for oil and riches in Ghana and Nigeria.
In Rachel Boynton’s (“Out Brand is Crisis”) documentary “Big Men,” she goes inside a start-up oil business as they begin operations in the heart of post-colonial Africa.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Terminator 2”) left his stable career of headlining action films and headed into politics, much of the void that his kind of celebrity once held had been filled with larger than life spectacles. No longer would it seem that an action star could be a better draw for audiences than giant mile high robots tearing apart yet another city.