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Now that film has become yet another art form–turned–downloadable digital commodity, nobody seems to be bothered by the current assault on filmmakers’ artistic visions: the re-editing of movie trailers. Robert Ryang arguably started the trend a little more than a year ago by reimagining The Shining as a romantic comedy; soon, West Side Story was turned into a grim horror flick and Jaws became a Free Willy–style family film. It’s a time-consuming task, but noobs to the world of re-editing can get a head start on this season’s upcoming blockbusters at the Washington, D.C., Film Society’s Coming Attractions Trailer Night, Winter 2006. Hosted by local film critics Joe Barber and Bill Henry, the event offers attendees a chance to “play amateur critic and be a part of a live-wire, no-holds-barred, opinion fest” while previewing a slew of trailers for the most anticipated releases of the winter. Casino Royale as a drama about gambling addiction? The Good German as a sequel to Springtime for Hitler? Put your short attention span to use when the program begins at 7 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $8. (202) 452-7672. (Dave Nuttycombe)