It’s Midday at the Movies, our monthly focus on new films and film-industry trends, with our regular movie afficionadoes, Jed Dietz, founding director of the Maryland Film Festival, and Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post. They join Tom to consider how new filmmaking and distribution technologies are changing the definition of "a movie."
In her piece in the Washington Post last week, Ann Hornaday notes the decision by Cannes Film Festival organizers to exclude from this year's awards competition all non-theatrically-released films -- such as those from streaming-service giants Amazon and Netflix -- unless they’re released in French theaters for a month before they become available on-line. Is a movie still a movie, if you can watch it on your phone? Is the experience of seeing a movie in a public theater any better than watching it on the big screen in your livingroom? Today, the movie mavens weigh in on those questions, and spotlight some notable new films opening at Baltimore theaters.