Archive: Movies

New movies: 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Mars Needs Moms'

In this week's movie releases, aliens attack Los Angeles, a retelling of a classic fairytale goes awry and a little boy learns about the power of family by traveling to outer space. Here's what Post critics had to say:

By Jessica Righthand | March 11, 2011; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

New movies: 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Take Me Home Tonight'

In this week's movie releases, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt evade mysterious agents in "The Adjustment Bureau," Topher Grace harkens back to the 1980s in "Take Me Home Tonight" and Johnny Depp is pure neo-Western genius in the animated flick "Rango." Here's what Post critics had to say:

By Jessica Righthand | March 4, 2011; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

See Oscar winners and nominated flicks

It's not too late to get your Oscar fix. Check out our list for details on where to watch the winners in the D.C. area.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 1, 2011; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where to watch the Oscars

Colin Firth is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in The King's Speech. (Laurie Sparham/AP) Still stuck on where to watch the 83rd annual Academy Awards this Sunday evening? No need to be a couch potato at home...

By Jessica Righthand | February 24, 2011; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

New movies: 'Hall Pass,' 'Even the Rain,' 'Nenette'

In this week's movie releases, an orangutan grows old in the Paris zoo, two wives give their husbands a week-long "hall pass" and a film crew goes to Bolivia to film the story of Christopher Columbus's American conquest. Here's what Post critics had to say:

By Jessica Righthand | February 24, 2011; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

See Oscar-nominated flicks

With the 83rd Academy Awards fast approaching, now's the time to get out and see some of the films you haven't gotten around to. Most Best Picture nominees - including "Black Swan," "The King's Speech," "True Grit," "127 Hours," "Blue...

By Jessica Righthand | February 21, 2011; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

New movies: 'Unknown,' 'I Am Number Four,' 'The Last Lions'

"Unknown" reestablishes Liam Neeson in the role of middle-aged action star. (Warner Bros. Pictures) In this week's new movie releases, a deceased bride comes back to life, a lone lioness endures in the jungle, and Liam Neeson stars in...

By Jessica Righthand | February 18, 2011; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Movies: 'Bieber,' 'Just Go With It,' 'Gnomeo and Juliet'

In this week's new movie releases: "Romeo and Juliet" as gnomes, the golden 'tween locks of pop sensation Justin Bieber. A father who keeps his children shut inside. Here's what Post critics had to say.

By Jessica Righthand | February 11, 2011; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Sanctum,' 'The Illusionist,' 'The Housemaid'

This week's new releases range from cave-diving disasters to a folk lovefest. Here's what Post critics thought.

By Jessica Righthand | February 4, 2011; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Biutiful,' 'Barney's Version,' 'The Mechanic'

Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine | January 28, 2011; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

See an Oscar nominee

With the announcement of the Oscar nominations this morning begins the rush to see all the nominated films. Get more information on the nominees, and see which ones are playing in area theaters.

By Alex Baldinger | January 25, 2011; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Another Year,' 'Company Men,' 'No Strings Attached'

Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases:

By Anne Kenderdine | January 21, 2011; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Green Hornet,' 'Dilemma,' 'Summer Wars'

Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases:

By Anne Kenderdine | January 14, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Blue Valentine,' 'Country Strong,' 'Alamar'

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams turn in top performances in a portrait of a crumbling relationship in "Blue Valentine," Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a Nashville diva in "Country Strong" and the part-documentary "Alamar" ("To the Sea") shows a young boy's summer with his father in a Mexican Caribbean coral reef. Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine | January 7, 2011; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Family Filmgoer's Top 10 of 2010

The Family Filmgoer looked critically at the quality of films, then assessed whether families can enjoy them together, and starting from what age. So, caveats aside, here's The List of best family films of 2010, all of which are still in theaters or available in DVD.

By Amy Joyce | December 30, 2010; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'True Grit,' 'Somewhere,' 'Casino Jack'

The Coen brothers' remake of the western lands today, along with director Sofia Coppola's take on the life of a Hollywood star.Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine | December 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'King's Speech,' 'Fighter,' 'Tron: Legacy'

Here's how the Post critics ranked this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine | December 17, 2010; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week: 'Narnia,' 'The Tourist,' 'All Good Things'

Here's how the Post critics ranked this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine | December 10, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

On screen this week: 'Black Swan,' 'Tiny Furniture'

Getting ready for Oscars? Studios must be trotting out some of their best films this month. Here's what the Post critics had to say about this week's releases: all three releases netted at least three out of four stars.

By Anne Kenderdine | December 3, 2010; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

On screen this week

Thanksgiving season means lots of mid-week releases. Here's what the Post critics had to say about the movies opening this week, ranked by their star rating.

By Anne Kenderdine | November 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiting for 'Harry Potter' at the Uptown

How far ahead of time do you get in line at the Uptown?

By Anne Kenderdine | November 19, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Must-see films from the European Union

Film buffs knows that the AFI's annual European Union Film Showcase is the best place to get your first look at the art-house hits and Oscar contenders everyone will be talking about five months from now. What movies top the must-see list this year?

By Lavanya Ramanathan | November 3, 2010; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Roads Film Fest returns

Grandmothers come together for world peace in "For the Next Seven Generations." (Courtesy of "For the Next Seven Generations") Sick of Hollywood and movies' contrived endings? Travel the globe at National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival, which highlights the...

By Kristen Boghosian | September 28, 2010; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Joaquin Phoenix: A movie critic's take

By now we've probably all heard the news that Joaquin Phoenix hasn't really lost his mind. As first reported in the New York Times, the documentary "I'm Still Here," directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, isn't really a documentary after...

By Michael O'Sullivan | September 17, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Summer Cinema 2010

The National Theatre is dedicating its summer movie series, which begins Monday and runs through Aug. 16, to Cary Grant. There are seven chances to catch the suave actor in a variety of genres -- screwball comedy ("Bringing Up Baby")...

By Stephanie Merry | June 20, 2010; 07:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Let's all go to My Theaters

On our movies page, there's now an easy way to see what's playing at your favorite theaters at a glance.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 12, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Imax, coming soon to a NoVa theater near you

"Alice" fans, you now have another option if you want to go through the looking glass, Imax-style. AMC Tysons Corner plans to open a new Imax auditorium next Friday to coincide with the release of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"...

By Jen Chaney | February 22, 2010; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (5)

Count down to Valentine's Day with a week of romantic movies

As the most romantic night of the year approaches, I scoured the film listings to come up with a week's worth of date movies for you and your honey -- okay, or maybe just you. Sure, "The Young Victoria" is...

By Michael O'Sullivan | February 7, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Black Cat becomes a hotspot for movies and drinks

Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise star in 1983's "The Outsiders," which screens at the Black Cat on Sunday night. Grab a $5 beer-and-a-shot combo and enjoy. (Warner Bros) The first week of...

By Fritz Hahn | January 3, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two free stops this week

We have some new ideas for free things to do today and tomorrow, and both are absolutely no-pressure: just stop by or drop in. Golden Triangle Holiday Film Fest Here's a secret tip to add some charm to a casual...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 16, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

A movies remake

Cinemaphiles, let me direct your attention to the (computer) screen. We just launched a new look for movies in the Going Out Guide, and we'd love to get your feedback. Our new main movies page features what's opening this week...

By Anne Kenderdine | November 18, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Things to Know About ... 'Julie & Julia'

Meryl Streep gets things cooking in "Julie & Julia." (Jonathan Wenk) Thanks to the trailers and commercials, you've already seen portions of Meryl Streep's nearly dead-on portrayal of Julia Child in "Julie & Julia," opening in theaters tomorrow. You...

By Jen Chaney | August 6, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Your Screen on the Green Line-up

Four classics will be screened on the green, starting later this month. (Tyler Mallory) As all of you alert readers already know, Screen on the Green has been saved and will return to the National Mall on July 20....

By Jen Chaney | July 8, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to See Woody Allen for Free

Let's see ... Older man (Larry David) gets involved with a much younger woman (Evan Rachel Wood). Yep, sounds like a Woody Allen flick (Sony Pictures Classics) Back in the '70s, Woody Allen had the "Nebbish Guy Playing a...

By Fritz Hahn | June 16, 2009; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Ending for Screen on the Green

Good news for fans of Screen on the Green: The Post's Dan Zak is reporting that the outdoor film festival will take place after all, thanks to funds from Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall. The first film...

By Fritz Hahn | June 10, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Bit of Advice: Go to 'Hell'

In "Drag Me to Hell," Alison Lohman's not gonna take it. No, she ain't gonna take it. (Universal) Only very special movies have the ability to make us gag, guffaw, scream, snort and very nearly vomit, sometimes within the...

By Jen Chaney | May 29, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Go 'Up,' Up and Away...

The team from "Up" celebrates at Cannes with a mini-version of the movie's floating house. (Getty Images) "Up" -- yet another fun, sophisticated and beautifully animated tale from the people at Pixar -- opens in theaters tomorrow. And to...

By Jen Chaney | May 28, 2009; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where to Find 'Museum' Pieces

Ben Stiller and Amy Adams soar in the Wright brothers' plane -- or at least a version of it -- in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." (20th Century Fox) If you have kids, or if you're...

By Jen Chaney | May 20, 2009; 05:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Celebrity Gawkers Wanted

Ben Stiller shines a spotlight in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," but he'll be in the spotlight at the D.C. premiere. (20th Century Fox) If the White House Correspondents Dinner didn't provide enough opportunities to stare...

By Jen Chaney | May 13, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Screen on the Green? Try These Outdoor Films Instead

Why watch a movie from "stadium seats" in a theater when you could be picnicking under the stars at Strathmore? (Comcast Outdoor Film Festival) The big news ricocheting around the D.C. blogosphere this morning is that HBO will not...

By Fritz Hahn | May 12, 2009; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Three Picks for Filmfest DC

Filmfest DC opens tomorrow, and with more than 70 movies screening in theaters all over the city, deciding what to catch can be a little daunting. So let's simplify, cineastes. There will be no spoilers from Jen on how "The...

By Jen Chaney | April 15, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Friday at Midnight, Get Your Hands on Edward Cullen

Ah, there's nothing like a little vampire hype to kick off the first weekend of spring. This Friday night, retailers around the country and here in the Washington area -- including Borders, Blockbuster, Hot Topic and Wal-Mart stores -- are...

By Jen Chaney | March 18, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Be in the Next M. Night Shyamalan Movie

This man could be your boss. (Reuters) You've always wanted to be in an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Okay, maybe not "The Lady in the Water." But, you know, another one. This weekend may give you that chance. Two...

By Jen Chaney | February 25, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Last Reel for Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

The Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, which brought live music, standup comedy and beer to a six-screen movie theater in Wheaton, has closed after just two months. "It's a very disappointing thing," said Greg Godbout, who owned the Montgomery location as...

By Fritz Hahn | December 19, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

Montgomery Drafthouse, Ready to Serve

The Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse opens its doors in Wheaton this weekend. (Photo Courtesy of Allied Advertising) Guru Julia broke the news last April when she announced that the team behind the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse planned to open a...

By Jen Chaney | October 9, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

More Imax Theaters Arrive

What's that? You can see "Eagle Eye" in Imax? Imax movies in the Washington area? They're not just for Smithsonian museums anymore. As of today, both the AMC Hoffman in Alexandria and the AMC Potomac Mills in Woodbridge will screen...

By Jen Chaney | September 26, 2008; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

Preparing for the 'Knight'

"I am Batman. And I look really good in Imax." (Warner Bros.) Batman freaks and fans of the late Heath Ledger have been quivering for months in anticipation of "The Dark Knight," and now we have less than 48...

By Jen Chaney | July 16, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (7)

Five to Watch at Silverdocs

Silverdocs, the annual festival that brings nonfiction films and fans from around the globe to Silver Spring, has become a big deal. And I mean big in the most literal sense: Over eight days, starting tonight, 108 movies will screen...

By Jen Chaney | June 16, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Blockbuster Days: 'Sex and the City'

So you're dying to see "Sex and the City" this weekend, but you couldn't help but wonder: What else can my girlfriends and I do to put ourselves in a Carrie Bradshaw-state-of-mind before we catch a screening? Strap on your...

By Jen Chaney | May 29, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interns' Guide: Free Movies

Screen on the Green shows classic movies in a picturesque setting. (Tyler Mallory) In search of a little mindless entertainment this summer? You could always go see the latest Hollywood blockbuster ($10.50) with some popcorn and a soda ($8). Or,...

By Fritz Hahn | May 23, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Blockbuster Days: 'Indiana Jones'

"Wait a second ... didn't we see this same skeleton at the Museum of Natural History?" (Paramount Pictures) Indiana Jones returns to movie screens with the opening of "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" tonight at midnight. (Spoiler alert: Short...

By Jen Chaney | May 21, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Blockbuster Days: 'Speed Racer'

The demon on wheels, heading for the National Zoo. (Warner Bros.) It's so easy to just go to a matinee. But coming up with a whole day of activities to enjoy that all relate thematically to a specific summer...

By Jen Chaney | May 7, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Let the Summer Movies -- and Product Placements -- Begin

'Iron Man': Saving the world, saving the economy. (Paramount Pictures) The summer movie season is officially here. How do I know? Because Robert Downey Jr. is donning a big ol' robot suit and blowing stuff up in "Iron Man,"...

By Jen Chaney | May 1, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (10)

A Drafthouse Grows in Montgomery

Here's some good news for those who like to wash down a trip to the movies with a frosty mug of beer. Late this summer, the owners of the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse will open a new location in the...

By Julia Beizer | March 24, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (12)

Oscar Picks

For a few weeks, it seemed like the unthinkable might happen: No Oscars. Thankfully, in a plot development befitting an uplifting Best Picture contender, the writers' strike ended, the scribes (sort of) triumphed and the world now gets to see...

By Jen Chaney | February 21, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

U2 3D: Even Better Than the Real Thing

I am a major U2 fan and an unabashed admirer of Bono. But I will try to bring a measure of restraint to my assessment of "U2 3D," which opened yesterday at the Samuel C. Johnson Imax Theater at the...

By Jen Chaney | January 24, 2008; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (79)

A 'Cloverfield' Q&A

After soaking up months of Internet chatter about "Cloverfield," the J.J. Abrams-produced monster movie for the YouTube generation -- the flick is finally here. You can see it starting tonight, around the midnight hour. Given all the mystery surrounding this...

By Jen Chaney | January 17, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eight Flicks is Enough

Aside from the Oscar-caliber films currently toiling for moviegoers' (and award-givers') attention, almost everything in cineplexes at this time of year is complete dreck. (Look no farther than "Meet the Spartans" for evidence of this fact.) But fear not, desperate...

By Jen Chaney | January 8, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Must-See Flicks

If you've seen the dreadful trailers for "Alvin and the Chipmunks" or "P.S. I Love You" (P.S., Hilary Swank: You're a two-time Oscar winner. What are you doing in this movie?), then you may have very low expectations for this...

By Jen Chaney | December 12, 2007; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Get a Clue

Breaking News: As of right now (10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4) there are still spots available in the clue hunt. I am told they will accept teams that have at least three people, not just four, and that if you...

By Jen Chaney | December 3, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Flick or Treats? The Choice is Obvious

Today I pose a question originally asked by one of the most revered figures of the 1990s: the knife-wielding killer from Wes Craven's "Scream." "Do you like scary movies?" If the answer to that question is yes -- and since...

By Jen Chaney | October 26, 2007; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Audience Partici . . . pation

While you can find Dr. Frank N. Furter, Brad, Janet and Rocky in the Washington suburbs every weekend, Halloween seems to bring the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" fans out of the woodwork. There's no movie better suited for Halloween viewing...

By Fritz Hahn | October 23, 2007; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (9)

Java, Gratis

Two words: free coffee. That's what a few local shops are offering today as part of a promotion related to the upcoming "Feast of Love." The Morgan Freeman/Greg Kinnear movie is an ensemble piece in which multiple characters are connected...

By Jen Chaney | September 20, 2007; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Simpsons Movie': Plenty of 'Ha-Has!'

Is "The Simpsons Movie" funny? Of course it is. It's "The Simpsons," people. Even at its worst -- and, as a fan from the beginning, I can admit that it's been less than consistent in recent seasons -- it's still...

By Jen Chaney | July 27, 2007; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Uptown Rumors to Rest ... For Now

Washington, D.C. movie lovers were ready to throw their popcorn in protest after hearing rumors that Fairfax County's McLean Bible Church would soon purchase the beloved AMC Loews Uptown. Turns out those rumors are not true; the projectors will continue...

By Jen Chaney | July 19, 2007; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

MySpace and the Movies

Time to kick someone out of your top 8. Omnipresent social networking site MySpace is teaming up with Sony Pictures to offer a preview screening of "Superbad," the soon-to-be-released comedy about the ever-popular film topic: high-school nerds trying to get...

By Julia Beizer | July 16, 2007; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Setting Up Silverdocs

Starting tomorrow, reality returns to Silver Spring, Md. And by reality, I mean the annual Silverdocs film festival, an international celebration of documentary cinema that takes place right here in good 'ol Montgomery County, at the AFI Silver. With 100...

By Jen Chaney | June 11, 2007; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Make Mine a Double Feature

One of the things you don't see on the White House tour is the 40-seat movie theater in the East Wing. Any time the president and the first family want to watch a movie, they can have it screened in...

By Fritz Hahn | March 29, 2007; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rewinding the Year's Movie Moments

As we Gurus look back on the year that was, I am mentally fast-forwarding through the many movies I saw in 2006. A handful were great, some were horrible and the vast majority were mediocre, the worst offense a film...

By Jen Chaney | December 28, 2006; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Will You See His Movie-Film?

He held a press conference last month in D.C. He made a special appearance last weekend on "Saturday Night Live." And this weekend, the politically incorrect man from Kazakhstan is coming to theaters ... though perhaps not as many theaters...

By Jen Chaney | November 1, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

Getting on the (Movie) Bus

For a few hours yesterday, I was a D.C. tourist. More specifically, I was a passenger on the maiden voyage of the new D.C. movie and TV tour, a three-hour bus ride past the sites where "No Way Out," "The...

By Jen Chaney | October 20, 2006; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Weekend Must: 'The Departed'

The sight of Jack Nicholson swinging a severed hand in Leonardo DiCaprio's direction. That's the sort of thing I want in a movie. And I got it Tuesday night during a preview screening of "The Departed," Martin Scorsese's return to...

By Jen Chaney | October 5, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Looking Ahead to the Cinema Season

So far, the fall movie season hasn't exactly blown me away. "All the King's Men"? Big disappointment. "School for Scoundrels"? Well, let's just say it's no "Bad Santa." But I still have hope that some compelling films are just around...

By Jen Chaney | September 29, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best and Worst of Summer Movies

Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that everyone was buzzing about "The Da Vinci Code"? Yet here we are at the end of the summer cinema season, with not much to show for the experience except the couple pounds we...

By Jen Chaney | September 1, 2006; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

The 'Snakes' Are Here

Let's get one thing straight: "Snakes on a Plane" is a not a great movie. The acting is consistently one-dimensional. The premise, as the title suggests, is beyond ludicrous. And the musical score is so unsophisticated that it makes the...

By Jen Chaney | August 18, 2006; 12:48 AM ET | Comments (66)

'Plane' Prep

Only two more days until what has to be the most anticipated snake-related event in human history: The release of the movie "Snakes on a Plane." Rumors are swirling about big groups descending on the first screenings on Thursday night....

By Jen Chaney | August 15, 2006; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (9)

'World Trade' vs. '93'

It may seem crass to pick apart a pair of movies that confront the grief and horror of the Sept. 11 attacks. But let's be honest: If you saw Paul Greengrass's "United 93," it's nearly impossible to watch Oliver Stone's...

By Jen Chaney | August 9, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Let the 'Sunshine' In

Suicide attempts. Dead bodies. Beauty pageants featuring hundreds of little Jon-Benets. Teens taking vows of silence out of deference to Friedrich Nietzsche. These ingredients don't exactly sound like the recipe for a typical, riotous summer comedy. But then few things...

By Jen Chaney | August 3, 2006; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (5)

Can You Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight?

With "Miami Vice" turning from TV show into movie adaptation come this Friday, you may be thinking: "Great! Now I can finally wear my bright turquoise T-shirt with my white blazer again without being ruthlessly mocked." Except that's not exactly...

By Jen Chaney | July 26, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Catching a Cinematic Chill

On sweltering hot days like the ones we're experiencing this week, one of the best places to chill is a movie theater. Honestly, it doesn't matter which one. Practically all of them will have the A/C cranked up to the...

By Jen Chaney | July 18, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Something 'Darkly' Different

Right around mid-July, many of us start to develop summer movie fatigue. The sight of superheroes in tights causes headaches, excessive special effects induce nausea and even the thought of a pirate could send blockbuster-sufferers straight to the emergency room....

By Jen Chaney | July 12, 2006; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Truth, Justice: The Bryan Singer Way

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's the movie vying for blockbuster status this July 4th weekend! That's right, tomorrow Superman officially "Returns" in one of the most highly anticipated movies of the...

By Jen Chaney | June 27, 2006; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Scorsese on Stage and a Last 'Word'

It's very rare that Martin Scorsese comes to Montgomery County, Md. Actually, I don't think it's ever happened ... unless you count the time he scouted downtown Rockville as a potential location for the "Goodfellas" shoot. Yes, I'm joking about...

By Jen Chaney | June 16, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Music of the Weird and 'Waltz'

You really haven't lived until you've seen a guy playing guitar while dressed up as a tree. That's just one of the offbeat images peppered throughout "Danielson: A Family Movie," a documentary that screens Friday night at 5 p.m. as...

By Jen Chaney | June 15, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Home Runs and Hard Rock

Did you see a guy in a penguin suit waddling down Colesville Road last night? If so, you weren't hallucinating. That was just one of several costumed characters who attended the opening night of Silverdocs, which featured a screening of...

By Jen Chaney | June 14, 2006; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Silverdocs: It's Movie Time in the City (Well, Silver Spring)

The documentaries have arrived. Silverdocs, an international film festival devoted to the documentary genre, gets underway tonight in downtown Silver Spring. The opening night feature is "Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters," a look at why some Hollywood films succeed and...

By Jen Chaney | June 13, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cracking 'The Da Vinci Code'

It's the most controversial film of the year, the thriller that will save Hollywood from its box-office doldrums and the picture that elicited snickers from those snobby Cannes critics. At least that's what you've heard. But what's the real deal...

By Jen Chaney | May 18, 2006; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (7)

An Adventure to Avoid

Here's a piece of advice for anyone planning to see "Poseidon" this weekend: Make sure you go to the bathroom beforehand. Watching gallons of water burst into ballrooms and flood ventilation shafts on a capsized cruise ship is all the...

By Jen Chaney | May 11, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Filmfest Preview

During the summer movie season that's about to crank into full, sequel-producing gear, we rarely catch any flick without having viewed the trailer online, watched the commercials on TV, seen the stars interviewed on "Good Morning, America" and read the...

By Jen Chaney | April 19, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Day of the Locusts

Remember when the cicadas ruled the Washington area? Of course you do, it was only two years ago. Still, there's something fun and weirdly nostalgic about revisiting the month-long 2004 invasion of the 17-year buggers, something you can do this...

By Jen Chaney | March 16, 2006; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Party Like a Movie Star

The Academy Awards haven't even happened yet and already, you are sick of the "Brokeback Mountain" jokes. But that's no reason to miss an Oscar party. This year, there are more film-related fetes in the Washington, D.C. area than ever....

By Jen Chaney | March 2, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Movies and Merlot

It's safe to assume that most people settling down in front of the Super Bowl yesterday did so with a frosty beer in hand. A nice glass of Chardonnay or Meritage was probably the last thing most viewers would think...

By Fritz Hahn | February 6, 2006; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Avalon Gets Its 'Freak' On

Are you one of those people who walked out of "Team America: World Police" and said to yourself, "That movie was good. But it would have been better if the puppets had more sex, mutilated each other in greater detail...

By Jen Chaney | January 26, 2006; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Looking Back

Happy new year, everyone. With the holidays behind us and an infinite number of bleak winter days ahead, it's easy to get depressed at this time of year, as this story makes clear. But before you decide to hibernate for...

By Jen Chaney | January 3, 2006; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jen's Top Movie Moments of 2005

With the end of the year approaching, we at the Going Out Gurus Blog have decided to share our bests of 2005. Over the next week, each Guru will post a compendium of his or her favorite moments in music,...

By Jen Chaney | December 21, 2005; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

You Won't Shoot Your Eye Out. We Swear.

Are you walking in a winter wonderless-land? Feeling meaner than the Heat and Cold Misers combined? Would you like to take all the Whos down in Whoville and stick them where the Seussian sun doesn't shine? You might need a...

By Jen Chaney | December 12, 2005; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Snowy Cinema

It's snowing, people! Like real flakes. Someone really should alert the media about this. Oh wait, we are the media. Seriously, we hope the inclement weather hasn't caused too much panic yet. There's still plenty of time to stock up...

By Jen Chaney | December 5, 2005; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Imaxing Out

For everyone who has been wishing more first-run Imax movies would come to D.C., I have good news. First, the rereleased 3D, Imax version of "The Polar Express" will screen daily beginning this Wednesday at the Samuel C. Johnson Imax...

By Jen Chaney | November 21, 2005; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (7)

'Rent' Worth Paying For?

"Harry Potter" fans may be devoted. But it's hard to imagine a more passionate group of people than the "Rent"-heads, diehard lovers of the musical that has now become a major motion picture, opening in theaters Wednesday. Before last night's...

By Jen Chaney | November 18, 2005; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (8)

A 'Potter' Preview

"Harry Potter" fanatics across the country are all a-quiver with anticipation, as the next movie in the series based on J.K. Rowling's novels -- "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- opens just one week from today. Not to...

By Jen Chaney | November 11, 2005; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kidman Watch Continues

Some hawk-eyed readers tell us they spotted the crew of "The Visiting" -- the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" remake starring, as we all know by now, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Jeremy Northam -- filming yesterday afternoon at Union...

By Jen Chaney | November 7, 2005; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

To 3-D or Not to 3-D

This weekend, there are two "Chicken Littles" to choose from: the regular version and the digital 3-D one. If you have to take the kids (or nieces or nephews), I highly recommend that you opt for the three-dimensionsal edition. The...

By Jen Chaney | November 4, 2005; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Visiting' Hours

We first reported on the filming of Nicole Kidman's "The Visiting" -- also starring the new Bond, James Bond, Daniel Craig -- last month after the press conference announcing the crew's arrival in Washington. As part of our ongoing Kidman...

By Jen Chaney | October 24, 2005; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (21)

George's 'Good Night'

Feel like you've been seeing a lot of George Clooney lately? That's because you have. Last week, he was on ABC's Primetime Live, showing Diane Sawyer around his Italian villa. On Sunday, his face -- and a profile -- appeared...

By Jen Chaney | October 5, 2005; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

Be A Movie Star

... or at least be a movie extra. You could appear in the movie "The Visiting" -- the same Nicole Kidman film we blogged about last week -- if you head to this casting call on Saturday at One Judiciary...

By Jen Chaney | September 29, 2005; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (5)

Visiting With 'The Visiting'

Forget "Entertainment Tonight" or "Access Hollywood." Apparently the place to see mega-movie stars is right here in Washington. Earlier this week, George Clooney was in town to promote his upcoming film, "Good Night, And Good Luck." On Wednesday, Tom Hanks...

By Jen Chaney | September 23, 2005; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (6)

Count Me In

If you miss the midnight movie series that ran this summer at Landmark's E Street Cinema, you'll be happy to know that the theater is launching a new version of the series this week. In this incarnation, local celebrities will...

By Jen Chaney | September 13, 2005; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Short? Sweet!

Is your short attention span preventing you from enjoying such pleasures as full-length feature films, Washington Redskins games and dinner dates that last more than 45 minutes? If so, here's the perfect going-out activity: DC Shorts, a festival full of...

By Jen Chaney | September 12, 2005; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Movie Blog Post Part 2: Fall Films Boogaloo

Last week I took a look back at the summer movie season. Now it's time to look forward to fall. As usual, the autumn leaves and crisp temperatures bring a slate of more serious films (read: Oscar contenders) to theaters....

By Jen Chaney | September 7, 2005; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Last of the Summer Movies

The summer movie season is officially coming to a close, which doesn't seem possible. Seems like just yesterday everyone was gearing up for "Revenge of the Sith"; now we're already stuck in Labor Day/"Transporter 2" mode? It almost makes me...

By Jen Chaney | August 29, 2005; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Very Funny 'Virgin'

I have seen the funniest movie of the summer, if not the entire year. And no, it's not "Wedding Crashers." It's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which arrives in theaters nationwide on Friday. The title suggests this movie will be yet another...

By Jen Chaney | August 17, 2005; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Most Obscene Movie Ever?

How offensive is the much buzzed-about movie "The Aristocrats"? Well, that depends. Do you get offended by episodes of "Seventh Heaven"? Does "South Park" make you feel nauseous? Do you feel compelled to take a seven-hour shower after seeing any...

By Jen Chaney | August 8, 2005; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Sad and Beautiful World of Jim Jarmusch

Silver Spring will be my second home for the month of August. No, I don't have Silver Sprung fever. It's "The Sad and Beautiful World of Jim Jarmusch" retrospective at AFI's Silver Theatre that will keep me coming back. Jarmusch...

By | August 4, 2005; 05:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Bad News

You know what's great about the "Bad News Bears" remake? It knows it's a remake. It's not loaded down with contrived, contemporary plot twists, a la "Bewitched." It doesn't act like an "update on a classic" or a "reimagining of...

By Jen Chaney | July 19, 2005; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Great Cinematic Outdoors

'Tis the season for outdoor movies. The annual Screen on the Green festival begins Monday with the weeper that inspired Carrie Bradshaw to leave Mr. Big in "Sex and the City's" second season: "The Way We Were." The free movies...

By Jen Chaney | July 14, 2005; 05:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

So Not Fantastic

I don't know what your plans are for this weekend, but I hope they don't include seeing "Fantastic Four." I've just come from a preview screening and I'm still trying to snap myself out of the stupor of boredom that...

By Jen Chaney | July 5, 2005; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (8)

'War of the Worlds' By the Numbers

Instead of reviewing "War of the Worlds," which I saw last night at the Uptown, I've decided to provide readers with what they really want: a breakdown of the movie by the numbers. If you want to read full reviews...

By Jen Chaney | June 28, 2005; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (13)

Not Exactly Bewitching

Your nose may twitch a lot while watching "Bewitched," but not as an homage to the spell-casting schnozz of star Nicole Kidman. More likely you'll be wrinkling it in disgust. That may sound a bit harsh, but I was pretty...

By Jen Chaney | June 22, 2005; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Silverdocs Kicks Off

What I love most about the annual Silverdocs festival, a celebration of documentary film, are the moments when counterculture and suburban culture clash. Last year it happened during the outdoor screening of a doc about punk rock legend Joe Strummer,...

By Jen Chaney | June 15, 2005; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)


Christian Bale. Michael Caine. Morgan Freeman. Liam Neeson. Gary Oldman. They make up one of the more impressive casts in this year's crop of summer movies. And they're the primary reason I enjoyed "Batman Begins," which comes to theaters next...

By Jen Chaney | June 9, 2005; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Taking Stock of the Docs

I would have mentioned these items last week, but I was caught up in a blog from a galaxy far, far away. The slate for this year's Silverdocs film festival -- the third annual celebration of the documentary form, to...

By | May 25, 2005; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Star Wars: Return of the Line

"Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" doesn't open at the Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park until May 19, but the line for fans who want to see it on its first night has already formed. We obviously...

By | May 6, 2005; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (24)

Does 'Sith' Strike Out?

The Force is with "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" ... almost. I saw a press screening this week and am pleased to report that "Sith" is better by far than the two most recent installments in...

By | May 6, 2005; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (4)

In a 'Galaxy' Far, Far Away...

No, not THAT galaxy. I'm talking about "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," opening in theaters on Friday. Anne and I caught a sneak preview last night at AMC Mazza Gallerie and, on the whole, we enjoyed it. The movie...

By | April 27, 2005; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Attention, Sinners ...

In "Frank Miller's Sin City," all the women wear next-to-nothing and the men talk like they've just knocked back six shots of gravel. The look is stylish. The plotlines are lurid and as violent as "Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and...

By | March 30, 2005; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

See No Evil?

Very few movies have been made about Adolf Hitler, the traditional reasoning being that to do so would be to humanize him. Then along comes this year's "Downfall," a controversial German film that recounts the last days of the Third...

By | March 21, 2005; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

So Uncool

I saw "Be Cool" last night, and I'm sorry to report that it's most decidedly uncool. In the words of Fred Willard in "A Mighty Wind": "Wha' happened?" There are so many fantastic people in this movie: John Travolta, Uma...

By | March 2, 2005; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

Party Like a Movie Star

Only two more days until the Oscars. Can you handle the excitement? (More importantly, can you handle Star Jones Reynolds's cheesy comments on E!'s red carpet preshow?) If you still haven't made plans, don't fret: There are a few Oscar...

By | February 25, 2005; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sam Fuller at the Freer

If you're tired of Academy Awards hype, seek out something decidedly off the Oscars path. The Freer Gallery is screening the final two films in the Sam Fuller's Asia series - "The Steel Helmet" and "Fixed Bayonets," at 7 p.m....

By | February 23, 2005; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keanu Goes to Hell

Do you like legions of bugs, excessive gun fire and the sight of Rachel Weisz in a wet, white T-shirt? Then you'll love "Constantine," Keanu Reeves's fire-and-brimstone-laden film based on the comic. I saw a preview screening last night at...

By | February 16, 2005; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

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