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 »

Green Street Hooligans

"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.

"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.

"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.

"Wallace & Gromit": Rated G for great

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

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

"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.

"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.

"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.

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.

"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.

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.

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