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Pitch Perfect Hits All the Right Notes

Pitch Perfect Hits All the Right Notes

3/5 stars A capella music is one of those trends that I never got into. Granted, a lot of my apathy for singing without music comes from my bitterness about my own inability to sing in any context; I love a good DCAF show — the annual festival held by Georgetown’s Phantoms and Gracenotes— just[Read More…]

by September 28, 2012 0 comments The Guide
The Man Behind ‘The Wallflower’

The Man Behind ‘The Wallflower’

4/5 stars Normally, when I hear that a great book is being made into a movie, my first emotion is disappointment. I am a huge bibliophile, and the film versions of my favorite novels rarely pass muster. Luckily, The Perks of Being a Wallflower far surpassed my low expectations. First published in[Read More…]

by September 21, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Always A Bridesmaid But Never Funny

Always A Bridesmaid But Never Funny

A summary of the plot, not to mention the title, of novice writer and director Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette may warrant the assumption that it’s merely a rip-off ofBridesmaids.  Rest assured, Headland’s screenplay was adapted from her off-Broadway play “The Bachelorette” and was circulating the movie scene four years beforeBridesmaids was released.  This is not to[Read More…]

by September 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Novel Comes Alive in Intense Film

Novel Comes Alive in Intense Film

5/5 stars If you’re looking for a typical action movie, Lawless is not it. There are no high-speed car chases or actors dramatically exiting exploding buildings. Instead of wearing spandex suits, the characters are dressed in petticoats and suspenders. The film, which is based on Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World, gives[Read More…]

by August 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Sparkle’ Struggles to Shine

by August 20, 2012 0 comments The Guide
The Bourne Legacy:’ Fourth Time Not the Charm

The Bourne Legacy:’ Fourth Time Not the Charm

2/5 stars A new chapter in the Bourne series is upon us, and like many, I was skeptical as to how this film would compare to the first three installments. Unfortunately, my fears were confirmed as The Bourne Legacy falls well short of its predecessors. Writer — and now director — Tony Gilroy continues[Read More…]

by August 12, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Bipartisan Bashing in ‘The Campaign’

Bipartisan Bashing in ‘The Campaign’

3/5 stars A movie starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis is predestined to be either completely hysterical or mind-numbingly asinine. Fortunately, The Campaign, Jay Roach’s new film, falls under the former category. Despite the few cheap jokes that have come to be expected from the pair, The Campaign was genuinely funny. The plot begs for[Read More…]

by August 12, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Jones and Sandberg Shine in Bittersweet Comedy

Jones and Sandberg Shine in Bittersweet Comedy

4/5 Stars Celeste and Jesse Forever is actress Rashida Jones’ first credit as a writer. It seems that she should keep at it, as her debut is a unique, interesting film that’s definitely worth the price of admission. Jones, who is primarily known for acting roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,”[Read More…]

by August 9, 2012 0 comments The Guide
An Epic Conclusion to the Batman Saga

An Epic Conclusion to the Batman Saga

5/5 stars Cryptic trailers released last summer have had fans rabid for the finale of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and now The Dark Knight Rises is finally here in all its epic glory. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a self-torturing recluse and Batman[Read More…]

by July 19, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Wes Anderson’s ‘Kingdom’ a Beautiful Ode to Childhood

Wes Anderson’s ‘Kingdom’ a Beautiful Ode to Childhood

4/5 stars Wes Anderson is quirky. With long, wiry hair, a pointed nose, an affinity for tailored corduroy suits and a nervous stutter, he doesn’t seem like a man suited to be the center of attention. Yet this past May, Anderson found himself in the spotlight when Cannes officials selected[Read More…]

by July 11, 2012 0 comments The Guide