Popcorn & Candy used to be DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.
After being fired from a job he’s had for 18 years, a middle manager in South Korea grows increasingly violent, the loss affecting his whole family as his wife is pressued to pick up the slack and their daughter worries about college. This weekend the Korean Film Festival continues at the Freer with a drama that, according to the Gallery, “illustrates the toll Korea’s hyper-competitive society can take on an ordinary family.” Variety’s Maggie Lee writes that, “writer-director Shin Dong-il (“Bandhobi”) observes the breakdown of a bourgeois family under financial pressures with characteristic mordant humor, while suggesting that hope and succor are not entirely out of reach.”
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Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Freer. Free.
Meanwhile, for its share of the Korean Film Festival, the AFI Silver brings back this kinetic action thriller that had a brief commercial run in September. In my DCist review, I wrote, “This is a stylish but messy film, and not just due to the gallons of red corn syrup. The fractured timeline keeps the potentially heart-tugging plot point of Sook-hee’s endangered child from packing its full emotional punch. But all is forgiven by the film’s final sequence, an extended piece of meticulously choreographed and dazzling stunt work that tops the film’s impressive opening.”
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Friday, November 17, Saturday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 22 at the AFI Silver.
One of the greatest of Hollywood legends, Louise Brooks (1906-1985) stopped making movies in 1938. But remarkably, her classic look has never really gone out of style. This weekend the AFI Silver continues its Silent Cinema Showcase with this rarely revived drama from Italian director Augusto Genina. In what would be her last starring role, Brooks plays a Paris typist who wins a beauty pageant, and begins to lose her friends when opportunity knocks. Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne will complement this 1930 silent. Also screening at the AFI this weekend: a 35mm print of Jane Eyre (November 18 at 1:30 p.m.), starring Joan Fontaine as the Brontë heroine and Orson Welles as Edward Rochester.
Prix de Beauté screens Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver.
In conjunction with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Shaw’s Bistro Bohem has hosted its Film and Beer series for six years, and this season’s focus is on Czech musicals and comedies. Next week the series offers director Oldřich Lipský’s 1983 fairy tale Three Veterans (Tři veteráni) , which tells the story of three men “visited by elves who bestow them with a magical hat, bag full of gold, and harp that just might make their wishes come true. ” The screening include a free beer, which may well start attendees on the way their own magical awakening.
Tuesday, November 21 7 pm at Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Avenue, NW. Free, RSVP required: 202/735-5895 or bistrobohem@Guests must arrive by 6:45 pm to keep their reservation.
As November winds down and thoughts turn to tryptophan hangovers and Record Store Black Friday, its nice to know that we can depend on certain holiday traditions–like the Washington Psychotronic Film Society’s annual screening of this 1972 horror movie about a Vietnam veteran who turns into homicidal poultry. In these times of increasing discord, let us come together to give thanks.
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Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m. at Smoke and Barrel.
Also opening this week, My Friend Dahmer, a portrait of the serial killer as a young man. Read my Washington Post review.