WASHINGTON -- The ninth edition of the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition continues with the premieres of showcases five through eight on Friday.

The next four programs begin with screenings at E Street Cinema and U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center and continue at the new Angelika Film Center in Fairfax County. We've reviewed each of the shorts, rated them out of 10 and averaged our overall score.

This crop of shorts include our highest rated film and our lowest rated in the same showcase. Averages aren't everything.

The first four showcases are reviewed here. Showcases five through eight follow ...

Showcase 5

Overall score
5.6 out of 10

Showtimes
Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at E Street Cinema
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. at E Street Cinema

Click through to read reviews of the eight shorts.

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  • The Man At The Counter

    This is a Hallmark card of a <em>Reader's Digest</em> tale of love, a feel good piece in an America that seems unbelievable. 2/10

  • Sun Devil Tough

    The subject matter is great but the execution is poor. 3/10

  • Luminaris

    This is a fun stop-motion photographed silent short of a factory man who wants to make a big light. It's whimsical and excellent. Films like this should play before children's movies to get kids interested in cinema. 9/10

  • Paraiso

    This is a great, short documentary about three high-rise window washers that is well shot and well scored. This could and should be a feature-length feature. 8/10

  • Junior

    This is a fine attempt at a thriller and one of the only features with a predominately African-American cast. 5/10

  • A Morning Stroll

    This is a wonderfully approached experiment in animation. A chicken likes to go on a morning stroll in the 1950s, 2010s and 2050s. Zombies are included. 8/10

  • The Last Man On Earth

    This is a quick joke about the last man on earth. 5/10

  • Private Sun

    This is the longest film in the program. It does not feel long. It's an uncomfortable look at an uncomfortable topic. It's engrossing. 6/10

Showcase 6

Overall score
4.3 out of 10

Showtimes
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at E Street Cinema
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at Angelika Film Center & Cafe

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts.

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  • Unremembered

    It takes a while to learn that cemeteries aren't scary. A little too long. The extra time makes the ending seem inevitable. 3/10

  • Aquadettes

    A beautiful, charming, bright, human portrayal of a retired nurse. Partially about synchronized swimming, partially about medical marijuana, this could easily be a feature. It'll stick with you days after viewing. 10/10

  • A Night At The Office

    It is not clever, fun nor interesting. 1/10

  • Naagahaan, Zinat

    This is a depressing and emotional film from Iran. It's heavy but worth viewing. 7/10

  • Shave Ice Is Nice

    This succeeds in being lovable but is still bad. At least it's short. We expected Rodney Dangerfield to pop out and ogle a lady in a bikini. 3/10

  • Applications

    This firm, about self-mutilation due to women's magazines, is the worst of the entire festival. 1/10

  • The Bench

    This sepia-toned silent throwback has a singular message: Don't trust bankers. 4/10

  • Four Daughters

    Sometimes, the father of the bride gets drunk and talks to a dead daughter. 2/10

  • Deleting Emily

    This is a modern tale of Facebook and the end of a relationship. It has realistic dialogue, good acting and a lot of charm. 8/10

Showcase 7

Overall score
5.9 out of 10

Showtimes
Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. at Angelika Film Center & Cafe

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts.

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  • To Snowy Nowhere

    This is a poorly written, poorly acted, annoying attempt at comedy. The music is grating. The story is fine. 2/10

  • McKenzie

    A short love letter to screen printing. Inoffensive, quick take on a somewhat dying industry. 5/10

  • Teardrop

    Shot from the perspective of the protagonist, this short is well scored. But it's not for the queasy. It's the sad story of a gang member earning his first teardrop tattoo. 8/10

  • Flourette

    This is a stop-motion animation short about fruits and vegetables in love and in fear of knives. We're excited to see what the filmmakers will do next. 8/10

  • Everything Is Incredible

    A touching documentary about a man with polio who has spent the last 50 years building a do-it-yourself helicopter. 7/10

  • The Five Stages of Grief

    This is a comedic, sort-of feel-good story about the day after a twentysomething year-old son loses his father. It's well shot, acted and edited. We'll be interested to see the director's next work. 6/10

  • Double Or Nothing

    A guy can't break up with his girlfriend for unknown reasons so he decides to be a loathsome human being. 4/10

  • Cobra

    What does a father do after losing a son he barely knew? This comedic take on loss doesn't give anything away, keeping things interesting for all 10 minutes. It has a perfect closing-credits song. 7/10

  • Harry Grows Up

    It's cute when kids do adult things. A black and white New-York-I-Love-You film about desire and yearning from the perspective of a toddler. 6/10

Showcase 8

Overall score
5.9 out of 10

Showtimes
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts.

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  • Score

    No matter how many people you've slept with, it's the wrong number. Clever. 8/10

  • Water

    No matter what country you live in, it's so much easier to be male. 5/10

  • Shinobi Blues

    This could run before Pixar features. The most endearing animated tale of a suicidal ninja that we've ever seen. 8/10

  • Laundry Day

    An in-ear device ruins what could have been the start of a beautiful relationship. 5/10

  • Mikros Vasilias

    What starts as a touching drama about a young boy and a negative influence turns into a captivating drama about how a Bond-type villains is made. 8/10

  • Brad And Gary

    Great short, animated feature from the people that brought you "Despicable Me." Fans of gross-out humor will let out a chuckle or two. 8/10

  • Last Animals

    Did you like "The Road"... ? Did you like the film adaptation of "The Road"... ? Want to get even more depressed? 4/10

  • Can't Dance

    It tries a little too hard and is super predictable, but it's hard to hate a love story about two widows. 4/10

  • 10 and 2

    The country cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" that opens the film sets the tone for this student action/comedy project. Though it never quite connects, the protagonist is likable. 3/10