Rachel Weiner

Film Review: “The Interpreter”

Every day, United Nations speeches are translated into hundreds of different languages. Those unsung workers get their moment of glory in “The Interpreter,” Sydney Pollack’s (“The Firm”) political thriller. Unfortunately, UN interpretation turns out to be about as interesting as you thought it would be, even when murder is involved. Translator Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) […]

Film Review: “Dear Frankie”

“Dear Frankie” (Path? Pictures) is Scot Shona Auerbach’s feature film debut, but she already has an ability that many experienced American directors haven’t mastered-filming a sad story without making it into mush. The movie begins with a family moving away from a town in Scotland, clearly running from someone. As F. Lizzie Morrison (Emily Mortimer, […]

Interview with “In My Country” director John Boorman

Hatchet: In the movie it seems that Juliette Binoche’s character was against apartheid but didn’t take a very active role. Why is that? Boorman: Well, the thing is, what can anyone actually do? That was the problem for people in the Apartheid period. You could protest, and you could get arrested, or whatever. Or if […]

Film Review: “Dear Frankie”

“Dear Frankie” (Path? Pictures) is Scot Shona Auerbach’s feature film debut, but she already has an ability that many experienced American directors haven’t mastered – filming a sad story without making it into mush. The movie begins with a family moving from one town in Scotland to another. Lizzie Morrison (Emily Mortimer, “Young Adam”) and […]

Film Review; “In My Country”

“In My Country” (Sony Picture Classics) begins with gorgeous, sweeping pans of the South African countryside punctuated by grainy footage of young black men being beaten to death by white soldiers. Set right after Apartheid, two journalists try to reconcile the country’s beautiful landscape and horrible past. But although the movie raises interesting questions, it […]

Better left alone

What should filmgoers make of this recent trend of movies based on videogames? The back story for most games is just a hasty excuse for running around and shooting things. That might not be a problem when you’re actually running and shooting (or at least pushing the buttons), but when you’re just watching the action, […]

Getting “Closer”

“Closer” (Sony Pictures) is a movie about love at first sight – and it’s to writer Patrick Marber’s credit that he manages to make that notion sound utterly unbearable. If the protagonists, once they found someone, could only keep their eyes to themselves, they would be perfectly happy. But then we wouldn’t have this gut-wrenching […]

What’s it all about, “Alfie?”

“It doesn’t do good to become dependent on anyone in this life,” says the title character (Jude Law) early on in “Alfie” (Paramount). This is one of the many slick nuggets of advice he dispenses while narrating his bumbling life as a 30-something British bachelor in Manhattan. Alfie has it all – expensive clothes, a […]

Music executives support file-sharing suits

Record industry executives defended the practice of suing file-sharers to curb the illegal downloading of music and movies at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday night. The panel, part of an Honors Symposium on digital piracy, came several days after a music industry trade group announced it would bring legal action against an unspecified number of […]

Scholar discusses Middle East freedom

A prominent Egyptian scholar whose persistent calls for democracy landed him in jail urged Middle East governments to grant their citizens greater freedoms in a speech at GW Thursday. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a sociology professor at the American University in Cairo, was released from an Egyptian prison last spring following a three-year trial that ended […]