Arts & Entertainment

An Action-Packed Adaptation, ‘The Hobbit’ Sequel Does Justice to the Books

4/5 stars Peter Jackson’s second installment in the The Hobbit films will satisfy everyone from longtime fans of the series to casual holiday moviegoers. Extravagant special effects, engaging (although sometimes over-the-top) action scenes and fast-paced plot development characterize The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and make it an entertaining sequel. In all five of his Lord[Read More…]

by December 14, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Star-Studded Cast Fuels Gritty Crime Drama

Star-Studded Cast Fuels Gritty Crime Drama

4/5 stars The descent into the Rust Belt of steel-town America is dismally depicted in director and co-writer Scott Cooper’s tragically realistic drama Out of the Furnace. Cooper chronicles the downward spiraling lives of two blue-collar brothers thrown into the criminal world of drugs and bare-knuckle boxing. The story follows Russell Baze(Christian[Read More…]

by December 6, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
New Disney Film Charms Audiences of All Ages

New Disney Film Charms Audiences of All Ages

5/5 New animated Disney musical Frozen, influenced by a Hans Christian Andersen story — in this case, “The Snow Queen” — is one of the famed company’s best in years. It follows the ever-optimistic Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) as she pursues her sister, the recent Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), to[Read More…]

by November 27, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Red Baraat Delivers High-Energy Show

Red Baraat Delivers High-Energy Show

Playing their last show of the year, party band Red Baraat stopped by Washington D.C.’s U Street Music Hall Nov. 24 and treated the crowd to one hell of a show. Comprised of eight men, the band blends a variety of genre s from funk to hip-hop to jazz, and[Read More…]

by November 27, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Imaginative Snippets Go Back in Time

At the Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival, audiences will be reminded that old-fashioned theatre is anything but stale. This annual event run, by the Mask & Bauble Society, showcases fresh talent in the Georgetown community and gives actors, playwrights and directors the opportunity to hone their skills in front[Read More…]

by November 22, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Greyscale Journey Captures Simple Joys

Sometimes when I talk on the phone with my mother, she’ll tell me stories of weird things my grandmother – and other elderly people she knows – has done. I’ll often laugh, and my mother will remind me, “It’s funny now, but it wasn’t funny at the time.” I couldn’t[Read More…]

by November 22, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Delivering a New Type of Love Story

After watching trailers for The Delivery Man, I was prepared for a lowbrow comedy about the familiar character of a clueless middle-aged man. I assumed it would be a typical, feel-good, funny film with cheap jokes. While the movie did include the obligatory comedic one-liners, they were well written and[Read More…]

by November 22, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Franchise Fires Off Another Success

Sustaining the momentum of an internationally acclaimed franchise after a successful first installation is a difficult task. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins faced this same issue. Although the books may have begun to falter with Catching Fire, the film sequel doesn’t only ride on its predecessor’s global success[Read More…]

by November 22, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Franchise Fires Off Another Success

Franchise Fires Off Another Success

Sustaining the momentum of an internationally acclaimed franchise after a successful first installation is a difficult task and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins faced this same issue. Although the books may have begun to falter with Catching Fire, the film sequel doesn’t only ride on its predecessor’s global success but earns[Read More…]

by November 22, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Delivering a New Type of Love Story

After watching trailers for The Delivery Man, I was prepared for a lowbrow comedy about the familiar character of a clueless middle-aged man. I assumed it would be a typical, feel-good, funny film with cheap jokes. While the movie did include the obligatory comedic one-liners, they were well written and existed[Read More…]

by November 21, 2013 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide