DC Film Beat: Metro Area Cinema for 17 November – 23 November

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For this week’s DC Metro Film Beat, I’m switching up the timetable.  Normally, I run things from Tuesday to Sunday.  This week I’m shifting that to Wednesday to Tuesday.  It allows me to include more options in this column; there is a bevy to choose from over the next six days.

SPOILER ALERT:  None of the following movies includes the name “Harry Potter” in their titles.  That is all.

On 22 November, the Goethe-Institut continues their Made In West/East Germany series with The Second Track, a charming comedy about the way dark secrets hidden during WWII threaten to destroy the lives of those connected to a railway robbery in 1960s East Germany (note: please read sarcasm into the whole “charming comedy” bit).

The film screens twice, so head HERE for more information about showings.

Jumping back over to this side of the pond, we head to the Landmark Cinemas for a double-dose of political corruption.  Both the E Street and Bethesda Cinemas are hosting political documentaries; E Street has got Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (although, considering Spitzer has a new show on CNN, his fall can’t be too precipitous), while Bethesda is showing Inside Job, which chronicles the details of the 2008 financial meltdown.  If you’re not already cynical about politics, these two films will make you.  Go HERE for screening details.

At the AFI Silver, the European Union Film Showcase has added three new films to their roster.  On 18 November, AFI presents The Double Hour, an Italian film noir about the relationship between a lonely cop and a Slovenian immigrant, while 19 November brings the new Abbas Kiarostami film Certified Copy, which stars Juliette Binoche as a French shopkeeper in an unusual relationship with a British scholar.  Finally, the following Sunday finds the British entry Made in Dagenham at the AFI Silver, a docudrama chronicling Britain’s 1968 sexual discrimination in labor dispute.  That’s a lot to absorb in one weekend, so take a peek HERE for how to best schedule your movie going.

But the most exciting film of the week plays at the Washington Psychotronic Film Society on 23 November.  If you haven’t already seen Phantom of the Paradise, run, do not walk, to catch it Tuesday night.

This film is everything The Rocky Horror Picture Show wants to be but isn’t; a mad conflagration of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera, and Saturday Night Fever, Brian De Palma’s 1970’s horror/glam-rock epic details the bizarre and twisted relationship between a Phil Spector-like rock impresario, the monster he created, and the woman they both love.  Violent, funny, exciting, sad, operatic—The Phantom of the Paradise is one of the great ones, and it’s playing FOR FREE on Tuesday.  It’s the best movie deal of the week.  Go HERE for more details.

That’s all she wrote for this week.  I leave you with this, the new trailer to David Gordon Green’s Krull-homage Your Highness starring Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman.  A word of caution: this trailer is EXTREMELY R-Rated, so don’t say you weren’t warned.  Watch it HERE.

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