Friday, December 15, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See Bright


We're giving away 20 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Netflix's Bright, starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and Ike Barinholtz. The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 20 at AMC Hoffman Center 22: It starts at 7:30 PM but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 6:15 PM and 6:45 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 20 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Saturday, December 16th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Call Me by Your Name Movie Review

Timothée Chalamet stars in Call Me by Your Name

Flying Colors

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Call Me by Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It's the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family's 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel.) Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar) a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio's sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer) a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (12/15/17)

Timothée Chalamet & Armie Hammer (r) star in Call Me by Your Name

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

Lady Bird - 4 Stars. Greta Gerwig directs a spot-on mother/daughter battle, during a young woman's high school senior year. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf deliver award-worthy performances.

Darkest Hour - 4 Stars. Set in May 1940, as Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister and ignores the advice to negotiate with Hitler.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 4 stars. Caustic, often shock comedy, starring Frances McDormand as a woman at war with the town police over the unsolved murder of her daughter.

Mudbound - 3½ Stars. Epic drama of poor, white farmers and poor, black sharecroppers in the post-WWII South.

Best New Bet Call Me by Your Name - 3½ Stars. Beautifully filmed, languid Italian summer romance.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Red’s Table to Host an Old Bust Head Brewing Company Beer Dinner, Saturday, February 10th

Photo courtesy of Red's Table

From our friends at Red's Table...

On Saturday, February 10th, 2018, Red’s Table will host a beer dinner featuring local craft brewery, Old Bust Head Brewing Company, located in the rolling hills of Fauquier County, Virginia. This sustainable brewery makes a wide variety of beers from pilsners to porters and beyond with a light heart, a serious attention to detail, and a strong connection to the local community. Guests will have the pleasure of enjoying a four-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Ettenson that will pair with Old Bust Head Brewing Company’s finest craft brews. Beers featured for the evening are Vixen Irish Red Ale, Extra Extra Ordinary DIPA, Graffiti House IPA, Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout, and Table Talk Belgian Wit. The complete menu with beer pairings is posted below. The cost of the dinner is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See The Commuter


We're giving away 25 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Lionsgate's The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, and Sam Neill. The screening takes place on Tuesday, January 9 at AMC Mazza Gallerie: It starts at 7:30 PM but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 6:15 PM and 6:45 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 25 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Friday, December 22nd at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See Father Figures


We're giving away 30 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Warner Bros. Pictures' Father Figures, starring Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, and Glenn Close. The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 20 at AMC Mazza Gallerie: It starts at 7:00 PM but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 30 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Friday, December 15th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Mark Hamill stars in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

(Un)happy Beeps

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Gwendoline Christie. Directed by Rian Johnson.

Contest: Win Passes to See Downsizing


We're giving away 40 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Paramount Pictures' Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig. The screening takes place on Tuesday, December 19 at Regal Majestic: It starts at 7:00 PM but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 40 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Thursday, December 14th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Contest: Win Star Wars: The Last Jedi Prize Pack


Unfortunately, there's no preview screening for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but fear not... we have a very cool prize pack to give away to one lucky winner. Said pack includes two (2) admit-one vouchers to see the film (each voucher is worth up to $21, and should cover most premium formats) one cinch bag, mini poster, sheet of temporary tattoos and a t-shirt, all emblazoned with the movie logo.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Toast The New Year in a Communal Setting at Blue Duck Tavern’s Signature Chef’s Table


From our friends at Blue Duck Tavern...

The Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. will celebrate the incoming New Year with a unique Chef’s Table experience available exclusively on Sunday, December 31st. Situated just beyond Blue Duck Tavern’s open kitchen and main dining room, the Chef’s Table will offer communal seating for up to 18 guests on this particular evening. Here, diners have the opportunity to toast to a New Year while enjoying a Chef’s selection of dishes, including many of which are not available on the menu, and great finds the chefs obtain exclusively for the private dinner.  The menu will be custom created 24 to 48 hours in advance to be able to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. Additionally, Executive Chef Troy Knapp and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Hoefler will interact with guests as they dine family-style, presenting their dishes and answering any questions one may have. This exclusive experience is ideal place for couples and small groups of friends who are looking to make new acquaintances this holiday season.

MetroCooking DC Ticket Sales to Benefit José Andrés' Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden (Photo: MetroCooking DC)

From our friends at MetroCooking DC...

Just Added: Carla Hall to Appear at December 9-10 MetroCooking DC Show Along with Guy Fieri & José Andrés

Fundraising effort for Chef Jose Andres’ Puerto Rico relief with ticket sales

In addition to Food Network’s Guy Fieri and local favorite José Andrés, it has been announced that Carla Hall from The Chew will participate in the December 9-10 MetroCooking DC Show. Hall will show attendees how to make her famous holiday biscuits and will be signing her cookbooks.

Zoup! Celebrates the Season with New Limited-Time Holiday Offerings

Cranberry Goat Cheese Salad & Turkey Berry Brie Sandwich (r) at Zoup!

From our friends at Zoup!...

Turkey Berry Brie Sandwich and Cranberry Goat Cheese Salad Headline Roster of Seasonal Soups and Gift Card Giveaways Through December 31

Zoup!, the fast casual restaurant beloved throughout the year, is pulling out all the stops to make this holiday season as warm and comforting as its menu of filling, nutritious soups. Now through December 31, Zoup! is serving up two appetizing new menu items, the Turkey Berry Brie Sandwich and Cranberry Goat Cheese Salad, as well as a seasonal selection of delicious soups, a special holiday gift card offer and the chance to win hundreds of dollars in Zoup! gift cards.