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MONKEY PAW PRODUCTIONS | Establishing Jordan Peele as one of the strongest directors of his generation, "Us" offers a scathing commentary on class and privilege while avoiding becoming pedantic. With standout performances by Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, "Us" will keep audiences thinking about its central metaphor even after the film ends.

‘Us’ Critiques Society Using Horror Genre

★★★★★ The highly anticipated Jordan Peele film “Us” holds a mirror up to society, revealing the terrifying consequences of its actions. This horror masterpiece crafts a brilliant rumination on the terrors that the oppressive forces of privilege create for others, bolstered by an Oscar-worthy performance by Lupita Nyong’o. In the[Read More…]

‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation Stays True to Heart of Play

‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation Stays True to Heart of Play

“I never blush,” declares the smirking Becky Sharp, the principal character of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Vanity Fair.” Between scholarship, film and even a 2018 Amazon Studios miniseries, the character from William Makepeace Thackeray’s mid-Victorian era novel has been treated as both a plucky heroine and a relentlessly ambitious antiheroine. This[Read More…]

‘Mapplethorpe’ Fails to Capture Photographer’s Essence

‘Mapplethorpe’ Fails to Capture Photographer’s Essence

★★☆☆☆ The eponymous “Mapplethorpe” chronicles the adult life and artistic development of Robert Mapplethorpe, an American photographer who rose to fame in New York City during the 1970s. The photographer was known for his uncensored artwork, most notably his black-and-white portraits of nude men and women. Mapplethorpe’s erotic work is[Read More…]

by March 15, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
EMPRESS OF FACEBOOK | Kicking off her new tour at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., Empress Of took the songs from her sophomore album and blended them into each other throughout the set. She mixed and changed her music with an air of coolness and flexibility that created a unique experience within the packed concert venue.

Empress Of Experiments With Her Music at DC Show

Electronic and alternative artist Empress Of launched her new tour at the Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street on Feb. 18 after the release of her new album “Us.” Wearing a dress she designed herself and her mother sewed, Empress Of, known off-stage as Lorely Rodriguez, seized control of[Read More…]

BET FILMS | Ali Davis, played by Taraji P. Henson, embodies values of a hardworking, empowering and independent woman. After a shaman gives her a strong concotion to drink, Ali  obtains the ability to hear men’s thoughts, revealing their darkest secrets and true desires. “What Men Want” surpasses its predecessor by addressing gender and race.

‘What Men Want’ Highlights Humor, Diversity

“What Men Want,” the 2019 adaption of the early 2000s Mel Gibson film “What Women Want,” is a sharper, funnier, more inclusive take on the original concept. Directed by Hollywood veteran Adam Shankman, with a cast led by Taraji P. Henson, the film does the work its predecessor could not.[Read More…]

Future and Juice WRLD Lack Chemistry in ‘WRLD on Drugs’

Future and Juice WRLD Lack Chemistry in ‘WRLD on Drugs’

★★☆☆☆ Future and Juice WRLD’s collaborative mixtape “WRLD on Drugs” sees the Atlanta rap icon Future take a backseat to the up-and-coming Juice WRLD, but lyrical immaturity and a lack of chemistry doom their collaboration. 2018 has been a relatively quiet year for the typically prolific Future, one of rap’s[Read More…]

by October 30, 2018 0 comments The Guide
The Smith Features Trendy Aesthetics but Serves a Lackluster Lunch

The Smith Features Trendy Aesthetics but Serves a Lackluster Lunch

★★★☆☆ Although it is a quiet Tuesday when we arrive at The Smith’s U Street location, its wide open facade and dark grout subway tiles make it feel like we have stepped right into an aesthetic medley of a Parisian cafe and New York subway station. Its semi-outdoor seating invites[Read More…]

by October 10, 2018 0 comments Food & Drink, The Guide
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George Ezra Takes Lincoln Theatre by Storm

British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s April performance at a packed Lincoln Theatre as he continued his U.S. tour promoting his March album, “Staying at Tamara’s,” showcased the captivating energy he commands. Lincoln Theatre’s silk curtains, plush velvet, extravagant lighting fixtures, and walls detailed in floral and gold granted the venue a[Read More…]

by August 30, 2018 0 comments Concerts, The Guide
J. COLE

Album Review: ‘KOD’

★★★★☆ J. Cole’s latest album “KOD,” which dropped April 20, does not stray from his usual reflection and critique of modern culture. The album documents heartbreaking stories of systemic violence, drug addiction and crippling emotional impairment, while simultaneously roasting trap culture, politicians and the broken system of U.S. society. However,[Read More…]

by May 22, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
SABA

Album Review: ‘Care for Me’

★★★★★ Introspective and impassioned, Chicago rapper Saba’s second studio album “Care for Me” pairs clever wordplay with impeccable flow. The 10-song collection demonstrates Saba’s magnetic storytelling ability and earns him a place among the best up-and-coming rappers. Saba, born Tahj Malik Chandler, released his first project “GETCOMFORTable” in 2012.  He[Read More…]

by April 17, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide