New Regulation for Movie Theaters Raises Questions

Here’s a small but thought-provoking news bite from last weekend. The Obama administration will soon be issuing a proposal to require most movie theaters to offer technology for the blind and deaf in all their theaters. This technology already exists, and most multiplexes offer it in at least one theater, but it’s not offered in…

“Prisoners” Captures our Moral Complexity

The opening hour or so of Prisoners, a tense and gripping new thriller, touches on our collective nerves so perfectly that it’s almost hard to believe. The subject is vengeance, which is not a new topic in American film but one worthy of revision. Revenge films have been around since 1974 when Death Wish exploded…

“Thanks for Sharing” Tackles a Taboo Subject with Ease

You know what’s great about writing reviews for the Washington City Paper? You get to put double entendres right in your title. That’s what I did in my review of the terrific Thanks for Sharing. Here’s an excerpt: [I]f you transposed the template of Thanks for Sharing onto a film about any other type of addiction (alcohol, drugs, etc.), it…

Fall Political Movie Preview: 2013

We might be reaching a saturation point for political entertainment, and I’m pretty sure it’s all Obama’s fault. There has always been a market for movies and television shows with political themes, but when Obama came around and engaged an entire generation of young people in the political process in 2008, network and movie studio…

“The Newsroom”: A Beautiful Missed Opportunity

This might have been the last episode ever of The Newsroom (reports are murky on whether it is being picked up for a third season), and if so, it’s a solid ending that surprised me with how much I was affected by it. “Election Night: Part II” took the elements of the show I’ve always…