Friday, May 26, 2017

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (5/26/17)

Dwayne Johnson stars in Baywatch

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

The Lost City of Z - 4 Stars. Classic film epic based on the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his obsession with the Amazon. A grand experience with echoes of "Heart of Darkness" and "Lost Horizon."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Javier Bardem stars in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Time to Race Bury the Dead

Rotten Tomatoes PlotJohnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

Contest: Win Passes to See Band Aid at Blackfinn Ameripub


We're giving away 25 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of IFC Films' Band Aid, starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Retta, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel and Brooklyn Decker. The screening takes place on Wednesday, May 31 at Blackfinn Ameripub at 1620 I Street, NW, and starts at 8:30 PM. In addition to a special start time and venue, contest rules are different too. Please send an email to ifcfilmsdc@gmail.com with your name and email address. IFC Films will select 25 winners, and notify them directly. FYI, our previous contest for the June 5th screening at Landmark E Street Cinema is still on. You can enter that one, by clicking here before Tuesday, May 29th at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!

CAVA Announces New Location in Union Station

Washington Union Station

From our friends at CAVA...

CAVA to Open in Washington, DC's Union Station in Late 2017

DC-bred culinary force CAVA will begin serving its signature balanced-yet-craveable menu at a new location in Union Station later this year.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See It Comes at Night


We're giving away 10 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of A24's It Comes at Night, starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough. The screening takes place on Thursday, June 1 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 10 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Tuesday, May 30th at 11:59 AM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Duke's Counter Food Review

Proper Burger at Duke's Counter

Sound the alarm: There's an all-star burger near Cleveland Park! Technically, it's in Woodley Park, across the street from the National Zoo; but it's less than two blocks away from home, sweet home (how convenient!) Duke's Counter replaced the Zoo Bar Cafe last July, offering London-inspired fare to locals and tourists alike. I'd been meaning to stop by for months; but it took a nice write-up on Thrillist to finally get me there. Well, not inside per se, except to pick up my carry-out order. Details, details. The end result was my first Proper Burger. The first of many, many Proper Burgers.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See Band Aid


We're giving away 30 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of IFC Films' Band Aid, starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Retta, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel and Brooklyn Decker. The screening takes place on Monday, June 5 at Landmark E Street Cinema: 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 30 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Tuesday, May 30th at 11:59 AM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Baywatch Movie Review

Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario & Kelly Rohrbach (r) star in Baywatch

Ready for Duty

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron.) Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. Directed by Seth Gordon.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Arby's Fast Food Review III

Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich at Arby's

I turn 50 years old in about 16 months. That mean's no more messing around... i.e. second (and third) chances to people and places that don't deserve it. Arby's qualifies as the latter, at least the one on Rockville Pike. Time and time again, I've suffered through unspeakable examples of piss-poor service. And for what? Curly fries? Sure they're good, but no one item is worth 1,001 (easily avoidable) shortcomings. Mark my words, I'll never go back. How come? Read on, to discover the final straws that broke this camel's critic's back.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ford's Theatre Museum Items to Enter Conservation Storage Beginning May 23

Aftermath Exhibit on the Center for Education and Leadership (Photo: Maxwell MacKenzie)

From our friends at Ford's Theatre...

Textiles Including President Abraham Lincoln’s Clothing, Presidential Box’s Treasury Guard Flag and a Sanitary Commission Quilt Will Be Replaced with Replicas/Additional Items

May 22, 2017 is final opportunity to see these items at Ford’s Theatre

The National Park Service and Ford’s Theatre Society announced that several priceless textiles currently on display in the Ford’s Theatre Museum will be removed beginning May 23, 2017. Items include Abraham Lincoln’s clothing worn the night of his assassination (suit coat, vest, bowtie, pants); the Treasury Guard flag displayed on the Ford’s Theatre Presidential Box on April 14, 1865; orchestra leader William Withers’ frock coat (slashed by assassin John Wilkes Booth on his escape from the Ford’s Theatre stage); a quilt signed by President Lincoln and members of his cabinet for auction by the Sanitary Commission; and two small pieces of Native American bead work jewelry that were gifts to President Lincoln. The removed items will undergo a lengthy period of conservation and stabilization.

Baywatch Red Band Trailer


Baywatch

IMDb Plot: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron.) Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. Opens May 25, 2017

Local Schools Benefit from A+ School Rewards


From our friends at Giant Food...

Giant Food Awards $2 million to Local Schools Through A+ School Rewards

Grants part of Giant’s efforts to support neighborhood schools

Giant Food of Landover, MD announced a $2 million donation to 2,322 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Delaware. The funds are the result of the 2016-2017 A+ School Rewards program where purchases made by Giant customers help provide funding to area schools. For the second year in a row, 20 schools received more than $10,000 each as part of the program.