"Walk the Line" to the box office

By Alex Hyder | Nov. 23, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Yes, that is Joaquin Phoenix, the guy from "Gladiator." And yes, he is singing "Folsom Prison Blues" perfectly, hitting the low notes and conveying the persona of an outlaw in the way a nation of fans thought only the Man in Black — country legend Johhny Cash — could. Perhaps that's because before his recent demise, Cash himself hand-picked Phoenix to portray him in "Walk The Line," an enveloping biography of the man who grew to become one of country music's most colorful characters — in spite of his monochromatic wardrobe.

"Rent" still fits the bill

By Pria Anand | Nov. 22, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

As a play, "Rent," an award-winning musical based on the opera "La Boheme," was simultaneously castigated as blunt and commended as revolutionary. As a movie, it's bound to draw just as much controversy from self-proclaimed "Rent Heads," aficionados of the show who are just as likely to be wowed by the film as they are to be frustrated by the changes made in its adaptation.

"Goblet of Fire" burns bright

By Isaac Arnsdorf | Nov. 21, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The latest screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is the darkest, most action-packed and most gratifying yet. Although still guilty of plot omissions and hasty narrative that has plagued previous movies, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" manages to breathe new life and inject new thrills into the story.

A wicked "Harry Potter"

By Eve Gleichman | Nov. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The step up from a PG to PG13 rating was the first clue to a likely quantum leap of intensity with the 4th Harry Potter film in the series. But a movie so powerful that you can detect the heart rate of the person sitting next to you through a firm grip of their hand is another story, and one that is a reality with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

50 Cent dies "Tryin"

By Phillip Allen | Nov. 17, 2005, midnight | In Music »

It is nothing new for artists, especially rappers, to branch out into all sections of the entertainment industry. Entrepreneurs such as Russell Simmons, P-Diddy and Jay-Z have paved the way by starting their own clothing lines and entering other types of business.

Let's go, Murphys!

By Bridget Egan | Nov. 16, 2005, midnight | In Music »

The floor trembles, sending shockwaves through the soles of the chaotic and spontaneous crowd's shoes as the deafening noise envelopes them. It's Nov. 13, and there's an earthquake at the 9:30 Club: Dropkick Murphys.

Love is stronger than "Pride and Prejudice"

By Hokuma Karimova | Nov. 16, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

A free spirited girl who believes that "nothing but the deepest love will induce me into matrimony" and a snobbish man who has a straightforward approach to life are a very unlikely couple. However, this is type of bond is very much likely in Jane Austen's classic story "Pride and Prejudice," directed by Joe Wright.

"Battlefront II": Enter the Jedi

By Simon Kanter | Nov. 16, 2005, midnight | In Video Games »

The first step in fully appreciating "Star Wars Battlefront II" is to forget everything about the first "Battlefront" game. While both are part of the same bestselling series, "Battlefront II" has been tweaked and refined to the point where it is a fresh and excellent game.

Jin makes a "Proper" comeback

By Abe Schwadron | Nov. 14, 2005, midnight | In Music »

"For the record, I don't rap, I chat with rhythm," Jin declares on "Mr. Popular." The self-proclaimed "nicest Asian to ever lift the mic" rhythmically discusses his views on modern hip-hop on his latest release, "The Emcee's Properganda," a successful tribute to rap history.

"Get Rich" is worth a half dollar

By Josh Zipin | Nov. 12, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Most of us will never deal cocaine, shoot a gun or get shot at. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has done all of these things in director Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," a loose biography of the rapper's life, that gives entertaining insight into the hustler lifestyle.

"Jarhead" is thrilling boredom

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Nov. 8, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

"Jarhead" is based on a strange concept for a self-proclaimed action-drama: boredom. Sam Mendes' vivid and riveting film based on author Anthony Swofford's personal account of fighting in the Persian Gulf War sheds light on the not-so-romantic and not-so-provocative aspects of modern-day warfare.

"Chicken Little" bombs big time

By Devon Madison | Nov. 8, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

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An entertaining "Night"

By Bridget Egan | Nov. 6, 2005, midnight | In Plays »

William Shakespeare's comedies are simple; few plays could be easier to comprehend. Almost all contain the basic elements of misdirected love, mistaken identity and a set of twins, and the combination usually leads to an amazing show. The Montgomery Blair Players did just that, turning out yet another Shakespeare classic in a delightful and interesting performance.

"The Legend of Zorro" leaves its mark

By Robert Feasley | Nov. 4, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

In Zorro's 90 year history, numerous films have been created to honor Johnston McCulley's pulp fiction story. First there was the soundless "Mark of Zorro," released in 1920; then a twelve-chapter film created in 1937, titled "Zorro Rides Again;" a Disney television series in 1957; and finally, the prequel to the "Legend of Zorro," "The Mask of Zorro." The latest installment in the already sizable franchise inspired by the swashbuckling charmer, "The Legend of Zorro" provides fast-paced, fun entertainment, romance and hair raising stunts – but because of its new PG rating, doesn't quite live up to its predecessors.

Alicia Keys is "Unplugged" and off the hook

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 26, 2005, midnight | In Music »

In a world of one-hit wonders, only a truly special artist can carry a 16-song, 72-minute live set. Such a performance requires outstanding and consistent vocals, instrumental perfection, an endless supply of hot songs, excellent lyrics and an audience-friendly presence. The woman for the job is the beautiful and exceptionally talented Alicia Keys, whose new live CD, "Unplugged," has put MTV's live concert series back on the map.

"The Minister's Daughter" curses readers

By Alexis Egan | Oct. 20, 2005, midnight | In Books »

For the most part, British culture in America is entertaining. The Beatles, James Bond and Julie Andrews, for example, revolutionized Hollywood in the 1960s. However, some elements of British media should have stayed on the other side of the ocean. "The Minister's Daughter" by Julie Hearn is a prime example of unwanted British culture and makes the reader wish that Columbus had never discovered America.

"One Tree Hill" returns for another unforgettable season

By Hokuma Karimova | Oct. 19, 2005, midnight | In Television »

The third season of the acclaimed teen drama "One Tree Hill" began on Wed., Oct. 5. The season premiere once again captured the attention of viewers with its great plot lines, interesting dialogue and enjoyable music.

"Green Street" is a dark but fascinating path

By Josh Zipin | Oct. 19, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

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"Elizabethtown" is terribly typical

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 18, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Do not be fooled by the warm, inviting commoners of Elizabethtown. For all the spectators who intend to enter the world of sappy, chick-flick torture, be prepared for 123 minutes crying "Is it over yet?" and resisting the urge to punch the movie screen in frustration.

"Innocent Voices" gives hope in face of tragedy

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 17, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Chava is a little boy growing up in a world of machine guns and hand grenades. He lives in a leaky house made of corrugated iron and watches his friends being recruited into the army or joining the peasant guerrilla group Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN). Chava is fast approaching his 12th birthday, the age at which boys are forcibly recruited to the army, and his life hangs in the balance between his family and the army of his country, El Salvador.

"Waiting" delivered with satisfaction and a smile

By Nic Lukehart | Oct. 17, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Long days, smarmy customers, the ever-present smell of grease and mediocre food are all in a day's work for the crew of the restaurant "Shenanigans" in Rob McKittrick's new comedy "Waiting." It stars Ryan Renolds, Justin Long, Anna Harris, and Dane Cook whose combined talents make this film a genre-defying blend of humor and raw human emotion.

"Waiting" serves up something nasty

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Oct. 13, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Warning: do not go into "Waiting" expecting a classy comedy with philosophical undertones, deep themes and subtle humor that takes thought to appreciate. In fact, do not even walk into "Waiting" expecting fart jokes. Walk into "Waiting" expecting to laugh hard for 93 minutes at some of the sickest humor Hollywood has to offer.

"Wallace & Gromit": Rated G for great

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 13, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

"In Her Shoes" stinks

By Allie O'Hora | Oct. 12, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

If "In Her Shoes" was a pair of shoes, it would be the kind a girl might buy on a whim – pink patent-leather stilettos, perhaps – and that she wears for only an hour or two before her feet are so pinched and blistered she can only hobble a few torturous steps before collapsing in agony. A week later, they're stuffed into a box in the back of the closet, never again to see the light of day. Cute on the surface, but ultimately painful – that's "In Her Shoes."

A wonder world of Warhol

By Zoe Norvell | Oct. 10, 2005, midnight | In Entertainment »

Four inches of rain didn't stop DC art-goers from finding their way through the heavy downpour to the "Warhol Legacy" exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Saturday. And why should the weather stop them? Walking through the wet streets of DC beats traveling all the way to Pittsburgh in order to see so much Warhol in one building.

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