"Crime Scene Investigation" begins with a bang

By Bridget Egan | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In Entertainment »

A trailer explosion kills a couple having an affair, a stripper in a large brown paper bag is brutally murdered, and two completely liquefied bodies are found in the trunk of a car. Combine these three violent crimes and you get a day's work for the Las Vegas crime lab and the season premiere episode of "Crime Scene Investigation" (CSI).

"Welcome to Jamrock": Old-school message, new-school flavor

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Oct. 5, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Before rappers rhymed about life in the projects, social injustice and getting that green, reggae artists in the 70's and 80's were some of the most vocal icons in poor black communities. Artists like Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Lee Perry countered pop music in the 70's with songs about racism and brotherhood, good and evil and the sins of capitalist society. Today the voice of rising reggae presence Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, reverberates through city speakers, echoing the same message that pioneers of his genre sang about 30 years ago.

'Cronicas': Smart suspense in Spanish

By Allie O'Hora | Oct. 3, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

"Crónicas", from Ecuadorian writer/director Sebastian Cordero, is an intelligent, suspenseful Spanish-language journalism thriller that examines the power of sensationalistic tabloid reporting. Although the film's conclusion is anticlimactic, "Crónicas" is nevertheless a riveting and authentic portrait of the harrowing destitution of Central America and a commentary on the ruthlessness of the corporate media.

Come fly with Frank Si - John Stevens?

By Merlyn Deng | Sept. 30, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Chills ran up spines when people first heard his voice on American Idol Season 3. His voice resonates with a ghostly familiarity for many American Idol fans, sounding like the great American singer Frank Sinatra's velvety-smooth voice. His name is John Stevens.

"Roll Bounce": It'll have you rolling

By Saron Yitbarek | Sept. 27, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

"Roll Bounce" ? yet another movie where the neighborhood kids gather to compete against, and hopefully defeat the rich enemies with all odds against them ? is very similar to last year's "You Got Served." However, "Roll Bounce" is much more successful in its character presentation than "You Got Served." The only mistake director Malcolm D. Lee made was casting Bow Wow as X, the main character.

"Corpse Bride": Ghoulishly fun

By Becca Sausville | Sept. 25, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The Corpse Bride

The doctor is back in the "House"

By Bridget Egan | Sept. 22, 2005, midnight | In Television »

Gone are the days when the TV doctor would tell a patient to "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." Now, the doctor is a lonely, bitter and sarcastic man who enjoys his Vicodin a little too much and has a tendency to play Gameboy instead of treating his patients.

Yayo should have kept 'Thoughts' to himself

By Abe Schwadron | Sept. 17, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Every successful rapper has a special characteristic that makes his flow unique. Lloyd Banks has the punch lines, Young Buck has the Southern swagger and Eminem has the exceptional storytelling ability. Tony Yayo, the latest addition to the G-Unit family, has no unique characteristics.

Tako Grill brings a bit of Japan to Bethesda

By Merlyn Deng | Sept. 14, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

People often catch a peculiarly-shaped red balloon in the corner of their eye while rushing along the busy streets of Wisconsin Avenue a few blocks away from the Bethesda Metro station. The red balloon is a well-known landmark and signature of the Japanese restaurant, Tako Grill. The grill is both a restaurant and a sake (Japanese rice wine) bar, and serves not only varied but also delectable Japanese cuisine.

"An Unfinished Life": An unfinished story

By Christine Kim | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Director Lasse Halstrom's "An Unfinished Life" combines the beautiful country setting of a Wyoming ranch with brilliant acting to create one of this summer's most memorable, yet plot-less films. Although the movie has its flaws, Halstrom's ability to turn the seemingly typical cowboy romance story into a dramatic, emotional tale manages to be both heartwarming and moving.

"Emily Rose" is too schizophrenic to function

By Jeff Guo | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Imagine "Law and Order." Now imagine "Law and Order" with a screaming, hysterical girl with an appetite for spiders. That's the gist of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," which features the young, pretty Jennifer Carpenter in a role that consists entirely of flailing like a harpooned walrus.

The new "O Season"

By Devon Madison | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Television »

Warning: This story contains spoilers for the season premiere of "The OC." On Thursday evening, thousands of OC fanatics geared up for the premiere of the third season of the popular show, fondly remembering every episode last season from start to finish. "The OC" is a drama about teens and families who live in Orange County, California, and are forced to deal with the dramas of alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery and the overall issues of living a wealthy life. However, if you missed the last couple of episodes or are new to the show, here's a brief recap on what has happened so far.

Solid "Plans"

By Eve Gleichman | Sept. 12, 2005, midnight | In Music »

In 1967, the Beatles came out with "Magical Mystery Tour," a film that is still often described as something only a true Beatle fanatic could appreciate. The production is totally over the top, containing flashy scenery and performances which strongly suggest the combination of hallucinogenic substances and boundless imaginations. Among the wacky performances included in the film is a cut from the jazz-rock-comedy group, the "Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band," featuring their parodist, "Death Cab for Cutie." In the song, the group narrates a taxi accident, in the style of honky-tonk, turning an otherwise grim story line into a comedic routine. The song was made even stranger with the Beatles' decision to synchronize the audio with a striptease act by 1960's icon Jan Carson.

Fajita Coast: An alternative to fast food

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 12, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The Four Corners area does not offer students much more than fast food and one or two small sit down restaurants. However, Fajita Coast, located where the old seafood restaurant Fred and Harry's used to be, is a sit down restaurant with fresh and appetizing lunch and dinner options.

"A Sound of Thunder" blunders

By Baijia Jiang | Sept. 8, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The best way to describe Peter Hyam's new sci-fi adventure movie "A Sound of Thunder" is a good idea gone bad - horribly bad. Based on Ray Bradbury's short story of the same name, the movie combines the originally interesting themes of time travel and evolution and mixes them into a jumbled mess, leaving viewers wanting to thunder out the door.

Kanye West: 'Late' but worth it

By Josh Zipin | Sept. 8, 2005, midnight | In Music »

"I'm trying to right my wrongs/ But it's funny the same wrongs help me write this song," Kanye West raps on his new album "Late Registration." West is by no means a typical rapper, most notably he never grew up in a rough neighborhood. Instead of the traditional thug who raps of his past, West doesn't hide his middle-class upbringing and consequently produces a different kind of sound. In the case of "Late Registration," different is most certainly a positive.

Tropical what...?

By Becca Sausville | Sept. 8, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

It takes a special type of American to truly appreciate foreign films. Scores of foreign films are released in limited theaters across the United States each year, but only a few manage to burrow their ways into the hearts of Americans. Who can really say why some movies just can't break into the wonderland of wide release? Well, it's easy to tell with "Tropical Malady," a Thai film filled with interesting cinematography, a confusing plot and complex existential situations.

Dramatically real "Funny Ha Ha"

By Justin Vlasits | Sept. 7, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Andrew Bujalski's directorial debut brought an easy world of free love and free beer into a light that reflects raw emotion and simplicity. "Funny Ha Ha" is a snapshot of the life of Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer), a Bostonian who is looking for a permanent job and a real love. She is depressed with the way her life revolves around drinking and partying, but does not know what to do instead.

"The Constant Gardener" thrills and satisfies

By Nora Boedecker | Sept. 7, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

When a film is advertised as a "thriller" audiences usually conjure images of high speed car chases, scantily clad women and of course, lots and lots of explosions. However, "The Constant Gardener" has none of these features, which is, perhaps, what makes it so extraordinary.

"Underclassman” fails to make the grade

By Adam Yalowitz | Sept. 7, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

"Underclassman," starring Nick Cannon, is exactly what it aims to be — an underdeveloped, generic comedy aimed at a teen audience with extremely low expectations. Most of the movies coming out of Hollywood today, especially the comedies, are terrible, but people go see them anyway.

"Transporter 2" delivers the goods

By Robert Feasley | Sept. 7, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

With femme fatales, "French Connection" inspired car chase scenes, a balding Australian with moves like Jackie Chan, hot cars and more explosions than the National Mall on July 4, "Transporter 2" accomplishes exactly what its predecessor, "The Transporter" does; it returns to basics, which in an age where Tom Cruise can set the standards with Mission Impossible II, is more than just a welcome change.

Momo Taro Sushi: A taste of Japan in Rockville

By Lois Bangiolo | Sept. 6, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The first greeting customers get at Momo Taro Sushi in Rockville is from a gold cat just inside the entrance that waves its left paw to all who enter. The next greeting patrons get comes from one of the hosts or hostesses, who graciously seat guests at a table or sushi bar. Larger groups can request more private, traditional style seating on the side of the restaurant, complete with cushions to kneel on.

An everyday delight

By Alexis Egan | Sept. 6, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

A little slice of heaven lies amid the daily bustle of construction workers, shopping teens and harried mothers in Old Town Takoma at 6923 Laurel Ave. Although it's been there for years, Everyday Gourmet has the friendly staff and beautiful decor of a freshly opened café.

Cubano's: It's all about the Mojo

By Devon Madison | Sept. 2, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Cubano's, a relatively small Cuban restaurant in Silver Spring sits across the street from the well known Mi Rancho. The restaurant's size, cost, and proximity to the very popular Mi Rancho causes it to often be overlooked.

A dropkick to success

By Alexis Egan | Aug. 24, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Perfect Irish punk is hard to come by. You don't want too many bagpipes, but without them, the songs seem lacking. A proper balance between old and new is needed; too many traditional ballads seem outdated, while too few is too modern. And variety is just as important as the traditional choice (or not) of songs. For the first time in their nine year career, Dropkick Murphys succeed in all aspects of the Irish punk genre.

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