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March 11, 2010

Beyond the boulevard

by Jenny Sholar, Managing Features Editor
Movies

Remember Me (PG-13) — Edward Cullen is back, sans glittery skin. Robert Pattinson has landed another role as a moody, misunderstood dreamboat that every girl wants to understand. In this romantic drama, he plays Tyler, a college student in New York City with a tense relationship with his father (ex-James Bond Pierce Brosnan). Over the course of a summer, Tyler meets Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin of “Lost”). He soon falls for her, but alas, will their love survive the secrets they’re hiding from each other? No, because it turns out Tyler is a vampire - kidding. (Mar. 12)

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) — If there were an Oscar for most imaginative titles, this movie would win, beating out “High School Musical” and even, dare we say, “Snakes on a Plane.” “Hot Tub” is about four bored men who go to a ski resort and drunkenly hop into a hot tub that’s actually - you guessed it - a time machine. They wake up in 1986, where they encounter the horrors of bad hair, leg warmers and cassette tapes. Despite the complete lack of substance, funny if obscure actors like Craig Robinson (“The Office”, “Knocked Up”) and Clark Duke (“Greek,” “Superbad”) could garner a few laughs. (Mar. 26)

DVDs

The Blind Side (PG-13) — “The Blind Side” is based on the true story of Michael Oher, now a star football player for the Ravens. In the movie, as a homeless teenager, Oher (Quinton Aaron) is taken in by the Tuohy family, who enroll him in a private school and encourage him to join the football team. Oher becomes part of the family and rockets to football superstardom. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for Best Leading Actress as Leigh Anne Tuohy. (Mar. 23)

An Education (PG-13) — Based on journalist Lynn Barber’s autobiography, this British film stars critics’ darling Carey Mulligan, nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, in her breakout role as Jenny, an overachieving student who dreams of studying at the prestigious Oxford University. At age 16, Jenny falls into a relationship with a man in his mid-thirties, David (Peter Sarsgaard). David exposes Jenny to the high culture of the 1960s. This new type of “education” makes Jenny question her aspirations. Directed by Lone Scherfig, the indie film won several awards, including a prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. (Mar. 30)

Concerts

Julian Casablancas at Rams Head Live, March 28, $27.50

Wilco , Music Center at Strathmore, March 30, $45

Wale and K’naan with John Forte at Rams Head Live, April 4, $27.50

To buy tickets, call (202) 423-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.



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