"Black & White II" is a miracle!

By Simon Kanter | Feb. 1, 2006, midnight | In Video Games »

The stunningly innovative sequel to the critically acclaimed "Black & White" once again puts you among the higher powers. As a god, you are given a civilization and a choice: will you be good or evil? Black or white?

IMAX's "Roving Mars": Not exactly out of this world

By Allie O'Hora | Feb. 1, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

"Roving Mars," the new IMAX documentary playing at the National Air and Space Museum is, as the opening credits announce, "presented as a public service by Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with NASA." But wait — aren't public services usually free? So why, then, does a ticket for this 40-minute documentary cost a whopping $8.50?

Bowfire is smokin'

By Eve Gleichman | Jan. 29, 2006, midnight | In Music »

They're flashy, they're multitalented and they're in town. "Bowfire," a ten-part string group, is making its rounds across the country, bringing forth a show that will knock the socks off of instrumental music fans everywhere.

Finding "Comedy in the Muslim World"

By Ariana McLean | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Those darn Americans, they're always messing everything up. Even if attempting to create peace between nations they've never been on best of terms with— India and Pakistan, for instance. In "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," Albert Brooks (director and star) hits a funny bone, poking fun at the post 9-11 US State Department and Federal Governmen

B.I.G remains Notorious

By Josh Zipin | Jan. 25, 2006, midnight | In Music »

The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Christopher Wallace, gives a glimpse of what could have been in "Duets: The Final Chapter." The album is the only therapy left for Biggie fans who have already memorized all his songs.

Damn, "Yankees" has heart

By Alex Hyder | Jan. 18, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

For true devotees of the national pastime, the season is never long enough. Washington fans are no different — after a 33-year drought of strikeouts, home runs, and stolen bases finally lifted from the nation's capital, a six-month season played in a relic of a stadium was not nearly enough to quench their thirst, especially since the Nats finished last in their division.

"First Impression of Earth" isn't quite out of this world

By Eve Gleichman | Jan. 18, 2006, midnight | In Music »

Well, one thing is for sure. After their last two nearly identical releases, The Strokes needed a change-up, and they needed one badly. It's not that there was anything wrong with what their sound, but by the 2003 release of "Room on Fire," it was clear that the next album would need to be more innovative and distinguished if these guys wanted to keep their fans close.

An entertaining "Last Holiday"

By Meaghan Mallari | Jan. 18, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Last Holiday

"Glory Road" is predictably glorious

By Devon Madison | Jan. 17, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

It's your childhood blanket that you just can't throw away. It's having your favorite lunch every day of the year. It's reading your favorite book for the fiftieth time. What do all these things have in common with "Glory Road?" Repetition. "Glory Road" is the same sports story you've seen at least 100 times, but then you rewind it and watch it again.

Winter Choral Concert warms audience

By Merlyn Deng | Jan. 9, 2006, midnight | In Music »

Brilliant voices resonated through the school auditorium on Friday, Jan. 6. Eyes shined brightly as students in the Chamber Choir, clad in long robes, blended their voices together for the beginning of the second annual Blair Winter Choral Concert.

"Fun with Dick and Jane" is fun for the whole family

By Adam Yalowitz | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Holiday moviegoers can expect exactly what "Fun with Dick and Jane," advertises, lots of laughs and not much more. The film continues a recent Hollywood trend of recycling old ideas. But unlike most remakes released in the past few years, the new flick, directed by Dean Parisot, successfully transforms the original 1977 movie starring George Segal and Jane Fonda by updating the plot to include recent corporate scandals.

Get lost in "Lost" alternatives

By Bridget Egan | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Television »

People all around the world are in mourning. Not because of a death, but because ABC's hit show, "Lost," has gone on a six-week break. Just thinking about waiting any span of time to find out what happens to the characters of "Lost" makes fans wish that somebody had actually died.

Overdone "Producers" still gets laughs

By Isaac Arnsdorf | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

The Producers

An unexpected "Ringer"

By Justin Vlasits | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

The foundation of "The Ringer" was almost enough to encourage the audience to leave after the previews. But between the blatant stereotyping and clichéd love story, the Farrelly brothers manage to pull off yet another politically incorrect premise and make it a sentimental sensation. While the film generally lacks the crass, South Park-esque humor that one expects from the notorious producers of "Shallow Hal" and "Stuck on You," it is impossible not to feel awe and admiration for the Special Olympians working side-by-side with professional actors.

Wake up to "Breakfast on Pluto"

By Becca Sausville | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Movies that chronicle the fabulous lives of transvestites are quite often the films that jump from unknown indie flicks to instant cult classics. The reasons why are not clear, but when looking at films such as "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," it's evident that there is a kind of fixation among movie audiences with these gender bending themes.

"Les Misérables" is anything but miserable

By Bridget Egan | Jan. 1, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

Very few plays have the ability to captivate an audience for three hours. Even fewer plays can claim having a fantastic cast as well as beautiful sets. There is only one play that can make Victor Hugo's 1000 plus pages of "Les Misérables" seem like only a half hour of pure bliss.

"Rebel Angels" defies typical literature

By Alexis Egan | Dec. 28, 2005, midnight | In Books »

Imagine a life full of extravagant balls, beautifully-crafted dresses and mysterious other-worldly magical Realms. Sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle has recently been initiated into this way of life after her mother's untimely death. Set in 1895 London, Libba Bray's newest novel, "Rebel Angels," expands on Gemma's magical adventures with several fresh characters and surprising twists.

"Memoirs of a Geisha" is unforgettable

By Merlyn Deng | Dec. 23, 2005, midnight | In Books »

The world has wondered about the mysterious lives of the Japanese women called "geisha" who live to entertain men with their mastery of dance and the arts. In "Memoirs of a Geisha," Arthur Golden reveals the secretive world with his poignant tale about the struggles and triumphs of a geisha named Sayuri.

"Battle Royale" disturbs and engrosses

By Merlyn Deng | Dec. 23, 2005, midnight | In Books »

After experiencing cult-success in Japan, Koushun Takami's "Battle Royale" was translated into English for America's reading pleasure. The story revolves around the military-designed "Program," where entire classes of students are selected by a lottery to kill each other until the game's "winner" emerges.

The Half-Moon shines

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Dec. 22, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

After school or before a movie, uninformed diners may flock to the new establishments on glitzy Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. Little do they know that one of the most colorful restaurants, with some of the best barbecue in the D.C. area is tucked a mere block away. The Half Moon Bar-B-Que on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring is one of the few authentic barbecue restaurants in the region.

Five icy novels to get you ready for winter

By Alexis Egan | Dec. 21, 2005, midnight | In Books »

Get out your parkas, hot cocoa and sleds and start preparing for cancelled school days, snowball fights and winter fun. Before you immerse yourself in winter cheer, have a back-up plan in case your snow dance works a little too well and you find yourself snowed in. These five novels will help you get in touch with the snowy adventure outdoors, even if you're not there.

The actors own "The Family Stone"

By Devon Madison | Dec. 21, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

A lighthearted story, an excellent cast and a little holiday spirit. "The Family Stone," may be corny, but during the holidays, the more cheesy the better.

Throw away the key to "Ravens Gate"

By Bridget Egan | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Entertainment »

A misunderstood teenage orphan is convicted of a serious crime and is given the choice between going to jail and living with a sinister woman in the countryside of England. But wait, is this Anthony Horowitz's new novel "Ravens Gate," or the newest episode of a very bad soap opera?

The best of the burritos

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Americans like their food. More specifically, Americans like to eat out, spending an average of over $2,000 a year on food away from home. Three new, cafeteria-style Mexican restaurants in the metro area offer students a chance to put more money towards eating out.

"Brokeback Mountain" shines

By Nora Boedecker | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The mark of a great movie is what is left when all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is peeled away. What remains is the essence of a film, and no release in recent memory has stood this test as brilliantly as "Brokeback

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