Silverdocs turns 10 this year, a fact we’re happy to point on the cover of this week’s Washington City Paper—-in which you’ll find dozens of reviews from the documentary film festival, and at least one recommendation for a long lost movie about Journey. The festival starts on Monday, and each day on Arts Desk we’ll highlight our favorite films.
Speaking of Journey and its ilk: Leading off the arts section is Tricia Olszewski‘s review of Rock of Ages, the adapted-from-Broadway cock-rock jukebox musical featuring the glossiest rock tunes of the 1980s. She also watches Your Sister’s Sister, Lynn Shelton‘s stirring follow-up to her mumblecore misfire Humpday. Joe Warminsky reviews two big-sounding alt-country records from two acts with D.C. roots, These United States and Justin Jones. John Anderson enjoys the prints and drawings the most in the National Gallery of Art’s survey of Ashcan School painter George Bellows. Bob Mondello is wowed by the inventive 2D/3D mash-up in 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets at Studio Theatre, while Rebecca J. Ritzel is less impressed by Synetic’s Home of the Soldier, an original physical-theater work about a conflict ostensibly in the Middle East. And in One Track Mind, Marcus J. Moore talks to Tamara Wellons about a song inspired by Zora Neal Hurston.