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V.29 No.4 | 1/23/2020
“This one’s called ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia.’”

Film Review

The Song of Names

Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune

French-Canadian filmmaker François Girard knows a thing or two about the intersection of movies and classical music, having directed Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach (1997) and The Red Violin (1998). His latest, The Song of Names, throws a bit of religion into the mix for good measure. While fitfully moving and occasionally profound, it is a concert whose prelude meanders on a bit too long, robbing the crescendo of its ultimate impact.

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Reel World

Reel World

Poetic Justice

The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Thursday Film Series returns this Thursday, Jan. 23, with a screening of Pablo Larraín’s biopic Neruda. In the late 1940s, a police inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) is tasked with hunting down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), who has become a fugitive in his home country after joining the Communist Party. The film, screened in Spanish with English subtitles, starts at 7pm in the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW). Tickets are free and can be picked up at the theater’s box office starting one hour before showtime.

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David Schwimmer in Peacock’s “Intelligence”

Idiot Box

Peacocking

NBC goes streaming with Peacock

If you’re a high-tech media connoisseur, you’re probably already subscribing to the major over-the-top streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+), as well as a few of the lesser ones (Shudder, Crackle, Vudu, YouTube Premium, DC Direct), in addition to waiting eagerly for several up-and-coming streaming services to add to the list (Quibi and HBO Max, both arriving later this year). Just think of all the money you’re saving, you savvy cord-cutter, paying each of these companies individually instead of your old cable TV bill! Well, hold on—because NBC, the network you currently get for free over the airwaves, would like you to start forking over some more of that sweet subscription video on demand money.

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Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Dolittle

Film Review

Dolittle

Newest version of animal-filled fable does a little

Dolittle has just enough fantastical visuals and innocuous one-liners to appease the family audiences it’s aimed at.

Reel World

Start ’Em Young

Go see No Small Matter, Le Havre, Canes of Power and the No Man's Land film festival.
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector

Idiot Box

Primetime Is Crime Time

“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” on NBC

Glossy, silly and awfully familiar, “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” is exactly the sort of unbelievable but entertaining crime series TV viewers go for.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.2 | 1/9/2020

Reel World

A Look Underwater

See "Hidden Pacific", the Madrid Film Festival, "Get Tony Scarboni" and "Ageless Living."
The Masked Dancer

Idiot Box

TV News

Televised tidbits from around the dial

Several new shows are coming to TV.
Kings of Pain trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.29 No.1 | 1/2/2020
A Hidden Life

Film Review

A Hidden Life

Saying “no thanks” to Nazis

A Hidden Life paints a picture of times that are hard, but reminds us that solace, and even beauty, can be found in our own convictions.
the worst

Reel World

The Worst of 2019

Good riddance to bad movies! Here’s a rundown of the worst films of 2019.
V.28 No.51 | 12/19/2019
Knives and Skin

Film Review

Knives and Skin

Feminist thriller goes deep

Devote a couple hours’ worth of dedicated attention to Knives and Skin, and you’ll never see making meatloaf, giving books report or recycling tinfoil quite the same way again.

Idiot Box

Top TV

Best television of 2019

Having binge-watched as much as humanly possible in the last 12 months, here are our picks for the top TV of 2019.