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Some of the best movies of the summer will not play in theaters in most areas but you do not have to wait for them to be available on DVD or cable to see them.  Increasingly, video on demand is […]

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I’m delighted that PBS Indies are now available on iTunes for rental or purchase.  Great documentaries like “Between the Folds” (it’s about origami and it is fabulous), “Carmen Meets Borat” (real Kazachs respond to Borat’s comic portrayal), and “Wham! Bam! […]

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If you are in the Washington DC area, be sure to check out these two screenings at George Mason University’s Johnson Center Cinema.  Both are free and open to the  public. The screening of Poster Girl (38 mins, 2011 Oscar […]

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Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have ever watched on screen. It begins […]

“Lifelines,” which I wrote about as one of the overlooked gems of 2008, opens April 3 in New York. It is about a deeply wounded family’s visit to a therapist and the revelations and connections and consequences that result. I […]

Before the year is out I’d like to mention some independent films that did not get much attention in 2008 but are worth a look. These are not easy to summarize because they don’t follow the usual formulas. Some of […]

Dozens of films released each month never play in theaters outside of a few big cities. But Gigantic Digital is making independent films available online for a modest charge. For a ticket price of just $2.99, we’ll stream it to […]

The writer of the delightful Clockstoppers has written and directed an unpretentious little comedy about a crazy “sport” — racing boxes on wheels. It makes the most of its low budget with an easy-going good humor in this goofy but […]

A burned-out literature professor named Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has written an “unpublishable” book called The Price of Postmodernism: Epistemology, Hermeneutics and the Literary Canon. Of course it is unpublishable. Everyone knows that the part of the title that comes […]

Hal (Reece Thompson) has something say but he has a lot of trouble saying it. On the bus, he can practice asking for pizza, but when it comes to the moment and he is standing in the cafeteria line, he […]