Popcorn & Candy: Watch All The Things Edition

Popcorn & Candy was DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week. 

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Juliette Binoche (IFC Films)

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

In this sort-of romantic sort-of comedy from director Claire Denis (Bastards), Juliette Binoche stars as Isabelle, an artist struggling with her work and, even more so, with her boorish and mostly married lovers. While this may all sound like a tedious French non-non, this talky drama has something of the elegance of Alan Rudolph, a jazz score by Tindersticks’ Stuart A. Staples setting a tender, compassionate mood for characters that just can’t seem to get it together.

Watch the trailer.
Opens today at Landmark West End Cinema 

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(Kino Lorber)

GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI

Come for the hats, stay for the intimate backstage and family footage in director Sophie Fiennes’ profile of the androgynous disco diva. The movie could use a tighter edit, but  seeing Jones behind the scenes–whether chiding a French production team for setting her performance of “La Vie en Rose” in what looks like a brothel, or attending a tent revival in her Jamaican hometown–makes her more human. Can somebody put her in a remake of Johnny Guitar?

Watch the trailer.
Opens today at Landmark E Street Cinema.

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Kim Min-Hee and Isabelle Huppert (The Cinema Guild)

CLAIRE’S CAMERA

Set in Cannes during the film festival, the latest from prolific Korean director Hong Sang-soo (Right Now, Wrong Then) is at least the third of his films to not-so-obliquely address his scandalous off-screen affair with actress Kim Min-hee (The Handmaiden). Here, she plays a production assistant who’s just been fired. She befriends a vacationing high school teacher (Isabelle Huppert) who takes Polaroids of the people she meets–people who may well know each other in the biblical sense.  Somebody should program a triple-bill of Claire’s Camera, Let the Sunshine In, and Choose Me, each of which navigates a complicated romantic web with varying degrees of goofy charm.

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

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Samantha Robinson (Oscilloscope)

THE LOVE WITCH

As part of its celebration of Oscilloscope Laboratories, the truly-indie film studio founded by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, the AFI Silver offers a selection of its greatest hits, including director Anna Biller’s gorgeous homage to Technicolor horror. In my Washington Post review in 2016, I wrote that “it’s a stunningly photographed, fascinating reinterpretation of classic melodrama.”

Watch the trailer.
Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 pm and Thursday, May 17 at 9:45 pm at the AFI Silver.

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ROLLER BLADE

The Washington Psychotronic Film Society describes this 1986 sci-fi comedy thusly: “The Sisters of the Cosmic Order of Roller Blade, worshipers of the Smiley Face, guard a crystal of power, and the evil Dr. Saticoy will do anything to have it. While his minions kidnap the good marshal’s gun-happy son, another is sent to infiltrate the sisterhood. Will she join the rollerskating sisters in their fight? Will the hand puppet giving orders finally get some? And just how many nuns will get naked before the film ends?”

Watch the trailer.
Monday, May 15 at 8 pm at Smoke and Barrel.

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