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"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.


"Chicken Little" bombs big time

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

chicken little


"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.


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 »

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.


"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.


"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.

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