- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

All the King?s Men was filmed with a kind of bare-bones vigor by Robert Rossen in 1949 and won the Academy Award as best movie. Steven Zaillian?s new version of the Robert Penn Warren novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1946, inherits the book?s grievous shortcomings but proves far more evocative than the earlier film pictorially — especially of Louisiana in the Depression, even though the time frame is updated to the late 1940s and early 1950s. It?s also an impressive acting showcase for Sean Penn, whose portrayal of the demagogic governor, Willie Stark, proves an entertaining fusion of Huey Long and vintage George C. Scott.

— Gary Arnold

The Edison Place Gallery kicks off the fall Washington gallery season with Manon Cleary: A Retrospective, a four-decade-long survey of her magical realist work. Focusing on her noted, people-like paintings of rats, her sensuous nudes — all self-portraits and portraits of friends — and her luminous graphite drawings, also portraits, the smallish retrospective manages to convey some of the extraordinary scope of this noted Washington painter. At the PEPCO Building’s Edison Place Gallery, 701 9th St. NW. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through Oct. 27. 202/462-0048.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

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