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Album Review: ‘Head or Heart’

Album Review: ‘Head or Heart’

Stars: 3/5 In 2010, a track about the sorrow of heartbreak played while the “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants performed a sincere and poignant contemporary ballet piece. This track, “Jar of Hearts,” originated from the relatively unknown coffee house singer Christina Perri. After the airing of the episode[Read More…]

Television Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale

Television Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale

It all began with five friends sitting in their booth in MacLaren’s Pub. After nine years and 208 episodes, CBS wrapped up the hugely popular “How I Met Your Mother” last Monday with a highly anticipated one-hour finale. When creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays first sat down to write[Read More…]

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Music Review: ‘Forcefield’

★★★☆☆ A brief and easy listen, Tokyo Police Club’s latest effort, “Forcefield,” combines constantly energetic instrumentation with mellow vocals to create a slightly dull and monotonous experience. It is when it departs from this formula that the band is most successful. Tokyo Police Club, an indie rock band from Toronto,[Read More…]

OPEN ROAD FILMS

Arnold Schwazenegger stars in yet another action thriller, but the overall film is difficult to take seriously.

Movie Review: ‘Sabotage’

★☆☆☆☆ It’s interesting how easy it is to immediately predict the nature of a movie solely from its beginning scenes. Straight away, it was evident that David Ayer’s new action thriller “Sabotage” would be laden with bloody chunks of body remnants, prolonged gun fights, ridiculously cheesy lines, but yet completely[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
COLLISIONRECORDS

Christon Gray experiments with different genres in his album, “School of Roses,” but struggles to compete with similar, big name artists.

Album Review: ‘School of Roses’

★★☆☆☆ Christon Gray, after some sucess the previous year, fully entered the public eye after the release of “Church Clothes,” an album released by Lecrae in 2012 on which his vocal talent was featured. The album was a huge hit in the Christian hip-hop genre, but it was also known[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 18 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
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The Pretty Reckless’ new album, “Going to Hell,” shows obvious improvement and development compared to the group’s previous work.

Album Review: ‘Going to Hell’

★★★☆☆ Pretty Reckless, a relatively new band that released its first album in 2010, has had difficulty shaking its debilitating image. The band’s lead singer, Taylor Momsen, had just ended her contract in the CW teen hit TV show, “Gossip Girl,” when the band first released its album “Light Me[Read More…]

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Album Review: ‘Lift Your Spirit’

Album Review: ‘Lift Your Spirit’

3/5 stars With “Lift Your Spirit” as its title, Aloe Blacc’s new album could not be clearer about its intentions. The soul and rhythm and blues singer returns with his third studio album, but most mainstream listeners will recognize Blacc from Avicii’s hit “Wake Me Up,” for which Blacc provided vocals. Never quite managing to become the uplifting[Read More…]

by March 21, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
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Jason Bateman discussed the making of his directorial debut and his anticipation for the reception of his scandalous character, Guy, during a promotional event in Georgetown.

Movie Review: ‘Bad Words’

3/5 stars It’s not that surprising that Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, “Bad Words,” is a comedy that aims to shock. After all, this is the man who was involved in films such as “Horrible Bosses” and “Identity Thief.” This dark comedy tells the story of a crass 40-year-old man who[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘Supermodel’

Album Review: ‘Supermodel’

4/5 stars Foster the People captivated the attention of millions with its release of the track “Pumped Up Kicks” from the album “Torches” in 2010. The politically themed track, with pulsating hook and rhythmic chorus, catapulted the band into the stratosphere. While obviously it would be difficult to replicate the[Read More…]

Television Review: ‘True Detective’

Television Review: ‘True Detective’

5/5 stars HBO’s “True Detective,” which just concluded its first season, is certainly unnerving — and not just because it chronicles two blunt, hard-edged homicide detectives searching for a satanic serial killer for 17 years in worn-down, bucolic Louisiana. Buried underneath is the exploration into the relationship between two tragically[Read More…]

by March 21, 2014 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, The Guide