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DC Film Beat: Metro Area Cinema for 8 February – 15 February

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The awards season needs to end.  As I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest fan of the preeminent Oscar favorites, but more than that, I’m just tired of the faux hoopla and the bloggers who think their two cents matters one whit and the “I’m so grateful for the nomination/I’m grateful, but the film itself is the award” dueling celebrity interviews and the same damn Oscar movie selections at every theater.

Note that italicized point carefully.  I thought it cool when the D.C. arthouse cinemas loaded up on the nominees…a month ago.  I’ve seen most of them now; it’s time to move on.  Now, in fairness, I do see a lot of movies, probably more than Average Joe Moviegoer does, so I have no one to blame for my Oscar Season Burnout but myself.

Still, for the record: don’t assume that theaters will usher in the new the first weekend after the Academy Awards.  Uh-uh.  Whatever wins big will play forever, and if the awards are spread out across many movies, then the post-Oscar theater roster will look mighty similar to the pre-Oscar theater roster.  First it was, “Catch up on the nominees before…”  Soon, it will be, “Make sure you see the winners on the big screen…”

God help us all.

What’s this mean for the D.C. Film Beat?  Third verse, same as the first.  Between the Bethesda Row and E Street Landmarks, you have War Horse, The Descendants, the already-underrated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Dangerous Method, and The Artist.  Seem ‘em all, liked ‘em all (some more so than others), ready for something new.

Bethesda Row gets major props for screening the brilliant Best Foreign Film nominee A Separation, and E Street can pat itself on the back for showing a new(ish) movie—the drama Pariah—but both theaters get negative marks for hosting Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close’s unconvincing and labored vanity picture.

If you’ve missed any of these, click HERE for complete movie schedules.

The AFI Silver has even fewer variations—it’s holding approximately three million showings of My Week with Marilyn, The Artist, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy each.  On Thursday, you can catch the only showing of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s brilliant anti-romantic-comedy Young Adult, and then the theater’s Nicholas Ray series kicks in with They Live by Night.  If it wasn’t so readily available on home video, I’d heartily recommend seeing the Ray selection at the AFI.

For more AFI information, head over HERE.

The big winner is the West End Cinema—hands down.  The movie house is running Ti West’s brilliant chiller The Innkeepers (check out my review HERE).  If you haven’t seen this one OnDemand yet, I highly recommend you view it with a captive audience.  It’s funny and scary and smart in ways that elude most horror films.  Even the West End’s Oscar offerings feel fresher; starting Friday, it’s getting four of the Best Documentary Short nominees, Oscar fare which theaters (often) neglect in favor of the bigger, showier names.  This is the theater to beat this week.

Support the West End.  Go to THIS LINK.

Wake me when The Artist sweeps, okay?