Cannes Film Festival darling Love at First Fight screens at the Downtown Regal theater on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Virginia Film Festival.

Critic pleasers: Six films you don’t want to miss

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Though immensely quotable and every bit as gut-bustingly funny as the day it landed in theaters 50 years ago, one surprising fact about Dr. Strangelove is that it did not begin its life as a comedy. The film is based in part […]

The Last Bison puts a stake in the grounds of Americana folk rock with VA, its solid new tribute to the home state. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Last Bison

If music is poetry, then the evidence is in the perfect harmonies of The Last Bison. Hailing from the southeast corner of Virginia, the Bison defined its latest album, VA, in a rustic cabin on the edge of Chesapeake Bay’s Great Dismal Swamp—and contrary to the location name, the tunes are bright, sunny, and upbeat. […]

Charlie Chaplin launched his Tramp character in 1914’s Kid Auto Races at Venice. By 1918 he was one of the most famous and highest-paid people in the world. Photo courtesy of Virginia Film Festival.

Wonder years: Tribute marks Charlie Chaplin’s debut

On Saturday the Virginia Film Festival will screen a selection of short comedies starring Charlie Chaplin in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the legendary actor-director’s first appearance as the Little Tramp. Accordingly, the festival program eschews Chaplin’s better-known features in favor of five early short comedies. “The program illustrates perfectly his progression as a […]