About Ronn Levine

Ronn blogged before the term existed - as the arts editor and pro basketball writer (The Court Jester) for the Rutgers Daily Targum. I reviewed the original Dreamgirls and interviewed the lead, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who was from Rutgers. From there I went to The Washington Post covering duckpin bowling, preseason football, tennis and a baseball oldtimers game with Joe Dimaggio. Next I collected a couple Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins, wrote for radio, wrote cover stories for the Post's Weekend section (started ushering after my story on it), covered diversity in the newspaper world and then started going to film festivals and conducting interviews - Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Kristin Scott-Thomas among others. Now I blog daily for the Software & Information Industry Association and run The ArtHouse Meetiup.

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Patty Cake$ Leads a Quartet of 4 Good Indie Films Into the Summer

“We had to jump through hoops to get Cathy Moriarty,” Patty Cake$ director Geremy Jasper told us after a screening recently here in Washington, D.C. “I met her in Mexico. in a trailer for a film she was in. She’s probably 20 years younger than the Nana role she plays in our film. “It’s nice […]

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My 2016 Top Ten Films of the Year

This was a really good year for films. so without further ado… 1. La La Land – They had me at the opening number in the gridlock– Another Day of Sun. The film sparkles with originality and joy, and comes at a time where we need a little song and dance in our lives. Okay, […]

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Round House and Theater J Both Have Great Plays Going But Only One Handles the After Play as Well

We went to see Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda last week. Ryan Rilette continues his wonderful run there as artistic director.  For a time – with the stage set up as a living room classroom – I thought I was back at their excellent Seminar last year.  […]

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Yadav Shows Versatility in No Rules’ ‘Warcraft’ After Power of ‘Meena’s Dream’

Just before I spoke by phone Friday to Anu Yadav—the smile-inducing lead of No Rules Theater Company’s excellent current production, In Love and Warcraft, at Signature Theater in Arlington—she received another call. “It was a woman who saw Meena’s Dream last year and wanted to tell me how much she felt connected to it,” said […]

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‘Warcraft’ and Yadav soar for No Rules; Choir Boy sounds harmonious note

I sat in front of director Joshua Morgan Wednesday night for the first preview of In Love and Warcraft, the excellent new play he’s directing for the No Rules Theater Company at Signature in Shirlington. He was busy taking notes – and laughing – and I think reveling in his post Fiddler on the Roof life. […]

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My Top 10 – Okay 11 – Films of 2014

It’s the 10-Best time of year for films, so let me throw my critic’s hat into the ring.  Here they are in descending order – I needed 11: 11. MEET THE PATELS/ LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED. I’m going to put these 2 together because neither has received a release yet. Josh Levin at […]

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Selma Captivates With a Story for the Ages, Especially This One

SELMA – 5 stars I just found the book that John Lewis signed for me a few years ago at the unforgettable Parish Gallery in Georgetown. I was going to say that it was about 4 or 5 years ago, but like everything else we remember as we get older, it was longer – 11/17/06. “To Ronn. […]

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Citizenfour, The Imitation Game and Josh Levin’s 15 Minutes of Fame

CITIZENFOUR – 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) THE IMITATION GAME – 3 1/2 stars I jumped in the car yesterday to go see Citizenfour at the West End Cinema, turned on NPR and heard a national interview with Josh Levin, owner of the West End Cinema. It was an interview on The Interview. Josh will be one […]

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Beyond the Lights Shines Despite Not Finding an Audience

BEYOND THE LIGHTS – 5 stars (out of 5) Where’s the love for Beyond the Lights? Gina Prince-Bythewood’s wonderfully entertaining film has not found an audience and it should. For 2 hours, I smiled, cried (tried desperately to get the person in front of me off his cellphone) and felt enchanted by some of the […]

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Bad Jews Gives Studio a Second Great Experience in a Row

Irene Sofia Lucio’s Daphna is a whirling dervish in the wow-what-just-happened Bad Jews currently at the Studio Theater. From the opening scene, she flips and twirls her cascades of curly dark hair, first telling younger cousin Jonah (Joe Paulik) how she feels about the passing of their beloved grandfather Poppy, and then confronting equally fortified […]

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