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TO FEB. 23
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Samuel Alito’s smug mug may be plastered all over every newspaper and television screen in America, but I’ve got some news for ol’ Strip-Search Sammy: You, sir, are no Henry Fonda. Have you even seen Otto Preminger’s Advise and Consent (pictured)? I’ll put my money on “no,” because if you had, the Senate confirmation hearings surrounding your Supreme Court nomination wouldn’t be such a goddamned snoozefest. You’re competing with NFL playoffs for television coverage, and you’ve got what? Your wife shedding a couple of tears on her way to the bathroom? You call that drama? She could have indigestion for all the audience knows! In case you’ve been too busy flip-flopping your way through your controversially conservative past to notice, We the People need to be entertained. And unless you want us changing the channel to VH1’s I Love the ’80s 3-D, you need to put on the fancy pants and dance, my man. Luckily for you, all the ratings-boosting inspiration you can handle can be found in “Otto Preminger: A Centennial Celebration.” Your little lady not in the mood to stand up and claim that you’re a homosexual communist in the middle of a hearing? Take the Mrs. out for dinner and a showing of Bonjour Tristesse or The Man With the Golden Arm—she’ll be denouncing you as a drug-using, child-abusing gambling addict before you can say, “I have no recollection of that.” The series runs through Thursday, Feb. 23 (see Showtimes for a weekly schedule), at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)