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Wanted: Movie reviewer who is not some failed screenwriter, actor, or director who has grown so bitter about the world that he or she has become incapable of writing anything positive about what anyone else might try to put to screen.
Sure, the movie situation in D.C. has lots of room for improvement, what with two companies owning 90 percent of the houses (“Would you like to see Vanilla Sky? Or would you like to see Vanilla Sky?”). I had access to a better variety of movies when I was living in Ithaca, N.Y.—a town of only 40,000 people. But the Washington City Paper doesn’t seem to be helping the situation much. If you relied on the City Paper reviews, you could easily get the impression that going to the movies is just a big waste of time or simply an exercise in frustration.