Popcorn & Candy: Extreme Dashboard Edition

Popcorn & Candy was DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week. In the event of a federal government shutdown, screenings at the Freer and the Library of Congress will be affected; please confirm that they’re still happening before venturing out.

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(Oscilloscope)

THE ROAD MOVIE

The appropriately-named Dimitrii Kalashnikov directed this 67-minute collage assembled from footage taken by the dashboard-mounted cameras popular on Russian roads. While you may morbidly await and then grimace at the inevitable car crashes captured by these ubiquitous lenses, the movie is most intriguing in its look at the driving habits of ordinary Russians. Take the example of two cars forced to  navigate the single lane of a narrow snow-banked street from opposite sides. You could cordially allow the other car to pass; or you could hop out of the car, reach into the trunk for a sledgehammer and take charge of the situation. Also noted: Russian drivers curse like sailors! A little of this goes a long way, and the movie is most watchable when this casual  technology meets art, when rainy windshields briefly turn everything and everyone in sight into a warped highway dream.

Watch the trailer.
Opens tomorrow at Landmark West End Cinema.

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(WJFF)

HUMOR ME

Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement plays a struggling playwright forced to move back in with his father (Elliott Gould) in this 2016 comedy. the first feature from Sam Hoffman (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”). Variety writes that the movie is, “plenty endearing, and packed to the gills with wonderful AARP-aged actors who are clearly in tune with Hoffman’s old-school, Borscht Belt sensibilities,” but that it, “manages to earn its audience’s indulgence, if never its full affection.”

Watch the trailer.
Monday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW.

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(Abed Abest)

SIMULATION

Barring a government shutdown, the Freer’s 22nd annual Iranian Film Festival continues this weekend with the directorial debut of actor Abed Abest, who starred in the 2013 horror movie Fish & Cat. Simulation tells the story of what happens when three young men pay an unexpected visit to the home of an elder; what distinguishes the film is that it takes place in a black space with chroma-key green furniture, and like Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, it’s told in reverse chronology.

Watch the trailer.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Freer. Free.

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(MoMa)

SO DARK THE NIGHT

Again, barring a federal government shutdown, the Mary Pickford Theatre at the Library of Congress will continue its bi-monthly repertory series with this 1946 crime drama from director Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy). Stephen Geray, whose prolific credits include the Hitchcock classic Spellbound and episodes of I Dream of Jeannie,  stars as a Paris detective who takes a vacation in the countryside, where he falls in love with a hotelier’s young daughter; yet on the night they are to be engaged, the girl and her father disappear. Preceded by the 1948 short “A Day at CBS,” an episode from Columbia’s celebrity magazine series “Screen Snapshots” featuring Gene Autry, Harry James, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, and Howard Duff.

Watch the trailer.
Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theatre, third floor of the Madison Building, Library of Congress. Free. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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