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Movie Review: ‘Wonder’

Movie Review: ‘Wonder’

★★★★★ “I know I’m not an ordinary kid,” Auggie says in a voiceover during the film’s opening scene. “I mean, I’m doing the right things. I just don’t look ordinary when I’m doing these things.” “Wonder” is the screen adaptation of author R.J. Palacio’s eponymous novel. Set to release in[Read More…]

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Movie Review: ‘Last Flag Flying’

★★★★★ Striking the perfect balance between heartwarming and heart-wrenching, director Richard Linklater’s newest film, “Last Flag Flying,” is a must-see. Starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, the movie explores grief, friendship and the enduring camaraderie of veterans. Based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Darryl[Read More…]

Movie Review: ‘Lady Bird’

Movie Review: ‘Lady Bird’

★★★★★ “‘Lady Bird,’ is that your given name?” “I gave it to myself, it’s given to me by me.” In “Lady Bird,” the brilliant and relatable film written and directed by Greta Gerwig, Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson, played by Saoirse Ronan, navigates her senior year of high school and grapples[Read More…]

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Movie Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

★★★☆☆ A Bad Moms Christmas,” sequel to the 2016 film “Bad Moms,” released Nov. 1, is a relatable comedy sure to leave audiences both anticipating and dreading the holiday season. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the comedy depicts the annual struggle of three moms attempting to[Read More…]

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Exploring ‘Visionary’ at the National Museum of African Art

“Our primary goal is simply, ‘Look closely, see further,’” said Kevin Dumouchelle, exhibit co-curator, during the press preview for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s upcoming exhibit, “Visionary.” Opening on Nov. 4 and remaining in the museum as part of its permanent collection, “Visionary” will be the largest long-term[Read More…]

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Movie Review: ‘God’s Own Country’

★★★★★ Set in the blustery, gray Yorkshire countryside, “God’s Own Country,” the debut film of writer and director Francis Lee, is magical in its intentional harshness, poignantly displaying the graceless struggle of coming to terms with one’s circumstances. Much of the film is based on Lee’s own experience working on[Read More…]

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Crime Mysteries at the Renwick: ‘Murder is Her Hobby’

In the 1940s, Frances Glessner Lee, now known as the mother of forensic science, revolutionized crime scene analysis by introducing a novel tool: dioramas. In the Renwick Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Murder is Her Hobby,” nine of Lee’s models are spread throughout the room, each displaying a different death. Each model’s[Read More…]

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Movie Review: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’

★★★☆☆ Moments before the beginning of the press screening of “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” Tyler Perry’s voice unexpectedly filled the theater. Heads turned and then excited gasps filled the room: Perry was entering, microphone in hand, to introduce the film. “For 100 minutes, you’re going to see a stupid,[Read More…]

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Movie Review: ‘Dina’

★★★★☆ Telling an ordinary story with extraordinary subjects, “Dina” boldly defies the conventions of nonfiction film. The winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, “Dina” presents a compelling tale of the romance between real-life Dina Buno and Scott Levin, a couple on the[Read More…]

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Concert Review: Ron Pope at the 9:30 Club

“You all had to do something to be here, so I’ll be damned if I’m not going to show up.” Upon taking the stage at the 9:30 Club on Oct. 10, Ron Pope immediately began to banter with the audience, establishing a comfortable, conversational rapport that would continue throughout the[Read More…]