Film and TV Archive

Music Therapy Works for Alzheimer’s Patients in Alive Inside

We don’t die. That’s what we like to tell ourselves, anyway. We don’t get old, we don’t get sick, we don’t forget, and we certainly never die. In the mirror, on the scale, at the doctor’s office, standing half-naked and vulnerable in a bathing suit at the beach—we’re constantly confronted by entire industries dedicated to [...]

Beneath, Reviewed

Equal parts psychological thriller and horror, Ben Ketai's Beneath centers around a coal mining disaster “inspired by real events.” Somewhere in the southern U.S. (or Midwest), seasoned miner George Marsh (Jeff Fahey) is about to retire from the business—but not before one last hurrah.
After a disastrous collapse, Marsh, daughter Samantha (Kelly Noonan), and crew become trapped [...]

The Purge: Anarchy, Reviewed

The Purge: Anarchy is a messy, confounding, and thoroughly thought-provoking piece of political pop art. Four days after seeing it, I’m still trying to figure it out: Is the film a radical call for a proletarian revolution disguised as pulp, or just a vulgar B-movie appealing to its audience’s lowest common denominator?
The fact that it could [...]

Susan K.’s Story: An Ex-Con Reviews Orange Is The New Black, Part VI

My friend Susan K. is a prosperous Virginia business-owner who served four years and change in a Maryland state prison for drug-related robbery charges in her 20s. When I asked her if she'd watched Orange Is the New Black, she said, “Dude, why in the hell would I want to watch a show about the worst four years of [...]

A Local Boxing Champ Dreams Big in Out of the Basement

Tucked away in the basement of an apartment building in Columbia Heights is the Lime Lite Boxing Gym, a ragtag operation that’s already produced one bona fide champion boxer and seems likely to turn out more. That champion is teenager Malik Jackson, who boasts two Junior Olympics national titles and has a good shot at competing [...]

Dildo-Making and Smuggling Cigarettes: An Ex-Con Reviews Orange Is The New Black, Part V

My friend Susan K. is a prosperous Virginia business-owner who served four years and change in a Maryland state prison for drug-related robbery charges in her 20s. When I asked her if she'd watched Orange Is the New Black, she said, “Dude, why in the hell would I want to watch a show about the worst four years of [...]

Stories of a Magician and a Face Transplant Win AFI DOCS Audience Awards

While AFI DOCS has taken steps to position itself as more D.C.-centric and policy-oriented–adding venues inside city limits, hosting a "policy engagement" workshop at the Capitol building—this year's festivalgoers didn't seem to notice. The AFI DOCS Audience Awards for Best Feature and Best Short went to An Honest Liar and Beyond Recognition: The Incredible Story of a Face Transplant respectively, [...]

“We Ain’t Running After None of You Motherfuckers.” An Ex-Con Reviews Orange Is the New Black, Part IV

My friend Susan K. is a prosperous Virginia business-owner who served four years and change in a Maryland state prison for drug-related robbery charges in her 20s. When I asked her if she'd watched Orange Is the New Black, she said, “Dude, why in the hell would I want to watch a show about the worst four years of [...]

Ctrl + Alt + Doc: A Year After Hitting Reset, AFI DOCS Is Still in Transition

The American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival is in transition, as any savvy critic or audience member can tell. But, at least for the folks at AFI, it’s all part of the plan.
Last year, after scrapping the Silverdocs name when longtime sponsor Discovery Communications pulled out, the festival left its Silver Spring nest and moved [...]

Formerly Homeless Women Become Playwrights in AFI DOCS’ Only Film About D.C.

The AFI DOCS film festival kicks off tonight, and over the course of the week and weekend, it'll screen 84 documentaries from across the U.S. and 28 different countries. But where’s the D.C. love?
There's just one film on the AFI DOCS slate that's from and about the District. How I Got Over, directed by D.C. [...]

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