Author Archive for Tricia Olszewski

In Marie’s Story, an Uneven Take on the Astounding Story of a Deaf-Blind French Girl

Haven't we seen this story before? Anyone heard of The Miracle Worker?

A Cut Above: Iris, Reviewed

Acclaimed documentarian Albert Maysles' penultimate film makes it clear that age ain’t nothing but a number.

D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival, the Biggest in the Country, Starts Today

See documentaries, shorts, and narrative films on bikes, gorillas, climate change, food waste, and the Anacostia river.

A Preview of the DC Independent Film Festival

Hits, misses, and the just plain weird

Picture Perfect: The Best Films of 2014

From Boyhood and Birdman to Legos and a one-actor film.

The Babadook, Reviewed

Noah Wiseman’s turn as a young boy struggling with emotions he can’t understand goes beyond the horror requirement that a child be pale and say unwittingly chilly things.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, Reviewed

It’s the dystopi-est installment of this dystopian series, all concrete, gray jumpsuits, and rain.

The Better Angels, Reviewed

The Better Angels portrays a young Abraham Lincoln and aims to unveil the factors that shaped the president in his formative years. At the end of its 95 minutes, the answer is clear: trees.
So, so many trees. Always towering, with the camera aimed skyward. To set the scene of 1817 Indiana? Trees. Abe’s mother gets sick? Trees. [...]

The Blue Room, Reviewed

As in Venus in Fur, Mathieu Amalric plays a successful, sly man who is nonetheless easily played by a woman cunningly using her sexuality.

The DC Shorts Film Festival, Reviewed

The DC Shorts Film Festival features 17 collections of shorts, each showing several times over the event’s 11 days. Here: a few reviews of full programs.
Show 1
The Cold Heart, the first film of the first DC Shorts showcase, kicks off the fest in spectacular fashion. An animated adaptation of a German fable, it tells the story [...]