“The Death of Stalin” – Apr 22nd

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 22nd at 4:50 for The Death of Stalin at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Eric wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria — the sadistic secret police chief. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains — just who is running the government?

“Beirut” – Apr 15th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 15th at 4:20pm for Beirut at the Landmark Bethesda Row. Look for Brooke wearing clothing in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

“Itzhak” – Apr 8th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 8th at 3 pm for Itzhak at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Brian A. wearing a green and gray sweater in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

“Ready Player One” – Apr 1st

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 1st at 4:45pm for Ready Player One at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Look for Brian F. wearing a green and white checked shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

The story, set in a dystopian 2044, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit the game creator’s fortune.

This is a reserved seating theater. I’m in seat D8. You can purchase advance tickets at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/Booking/atlantic-plumbing-cinema/6149385

“Annihilation” – Mar 18th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 18th at 3:55pm for Annihilation at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Look for Brian F. wearing a blue button-down shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

This is a reserved seating theater; I’m in seat E2. You can purchase tickets at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/Booking/atlantic-plumbing-cinema/6083581

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” – Mar 4th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 4th at 3 pm for Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Brian A. wearing a green and gray sweater in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.

“2018 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts” – Feb 25th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 25th at 1:45pm for 2018 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Brian F. wearing a blue & white checked long-sleeve shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Last week we did the live-action 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts; this week we tackle the animated ones. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Animated Short…and more! Program includes: Dear Basketball (USA), in which narrator Kobe Bryant explores what it means to achieve your dream and then leave it behind; Garden Party (France), in which a couple of amphibians in a deserted house explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts; Lou (USA), the story of a toy-stealing bully who ruins recess for a playground full of kids, but one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box; Negative Space (France), about a boy whose dad taught him how to pack; and Revolting Rhymes (UK), which interweaves Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. Bonus animated shorts include Weeds, Lost Property Office and Achoo!

You can purchase your tickets in advance at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/Booking/e-street-cinema/5967307

“2018 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts” – Feb 18th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 18th at 4:30 for 2018 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Eric wearing a grey shirt and blue jeans in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short! Program includes: Dekalb Elementary (USA), inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia; My Nephew Emmett (USA), set in 1955 and based on the true story of a Mississippi preacher who tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, from two racist killers out for blood; The Eleven O’Clock (Australia), in which the delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist, causing each to treat the other as the session gets out of control; The Silent Child (UK), centering around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication; and Watu Wote – All of Us (Germany/Kenya). For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

“Phantom Thread” – Feb 11th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 11th at 3:40pm for Phantom Thread at the Landmark Bethesda Row. Look for Brooke wearing clothing in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights) paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Costume Design, Actor (Day-Lewis) and Supporting Actress (Manville).

“The Shape of Water” – Feb 4th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 4th at 4:20 for The Shape of Water at the Landmark E Street Cinema. Look for Brian A. wearing a brown sweater in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret, classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg.