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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
Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

★☆☆☆☆ There is a pattern to modern audiences’ taste in movies and television shows, and it all began with “Twilight.” With its release, a vampire fervor was unleashed that paved the way for the making of its four sequels, the CW show “Vampires Diaries” and various other vampire-related endeavors. Then, not long[Read More…]

Movie Review: ‘The Lunchbox’

“The Lunchbox” revolves around something we are all familiar with from our childhood — a literal lunchbox — and creates a complex and powerful message behind this simple object. Refreshingly subtle and profound, this Indian romance film, directed by Ritesh Batra, provides an entertaining contrast to predictable movies by not[Read More…]

by March 14, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Album Review: ‘House of Lies Soundtrack’

Album Review: ‘House of Lies Soundtrack’

3/5 stars Although the Showtime comedy-drama series “House of Lies” may not have a musical repertoire as noteworthy and moving as shows like “The OC,” “Friday Night Lights” or “Gossip Girl,” its first soundtrack does present a consistent sound that will have listeners bopping their heads in no time. The[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Album Review: ‘Oh, What a Life’

American Authors burst onto the scene with their infectiously upbeat and happy song, “Best Day of My Life.” “Oh What a Life”is their full-length follow-up. It’s not a bad album. It’s full of songs similar to the great “Best Day of My Life,” as well as some that also show[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Album Review: ‘Louder’

Album Review: ‘Louder’

2.5/5 stars Between Broadway, “Glee” and now her breakout pop album, “Louder,” Lea Michele is generating a lot of buzz in the entertainment industry. “Louder” is a nice change of pace for those accustomed to her typical, theatrical performances. It doesn’t have a wow factor by any means, but it’s[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Movie Review: ‘The Bag Man’

Movie Review: ‘The Bag Man’

2/5 stars Did curiosity really kill the cat? This is the central question that guides the premise of the noir film “The Bag Man,” written and directed by David Grovic. “The Bag Man” is inspired by psychologist Marie-Louise von Franz’s novel “The Cat,” a strange Romanian fairy tale that depicts[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
American Art Uncovered

American Art Uncovered

It may be surprising to many a patriotic Hoya that, in the field of art history, the United States has traditionally lagged behind. It wasn’t until the 20th century — after WWI wiped out the major artistic populations of Europe — that the United States was able to come to[Read More…]

by February 28, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide