Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top Gun: Maverick Movie Review

Tom Cruise stars in Top Gun: Maverick

Mighty Wings

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review

Benedict Cumberbatch & Rachel McAdams (r) star in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Strange, but in a Good Way

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary. Directed by Sam Raimi.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Firestarter Movie Review

Zac Efron & Ryan Kiera Armstrong (r) star in Firestarter


Rotten Tomatoes Plot: For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family's location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans. Directed by Keith Thomas.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Northman Movie Review

Alexander Skarsgård stars in The Northman

The Gates of Hell

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father. Directed by Robert Eggers.

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Escape Game Opens This Month in Downtown DC’s Penn Quarter

Gallery Heist at The Escape Game

From our friends at The Escape Game...

The Escape Game Opens This Month in Downtown DC’s Penn Quarter

A 60-minute interactive game for anyone seeking an elevated unplugged adventure

The Escape Game is thrilled to announce its expansion to Downtown DC (950 F Street, NW, Suite 106 Washington, DC 20004) slated to open its 24th location on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review

Nicolas Cage stars in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nick Cage Smooches Good

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Nicolas Cage stars as... Nick Cage in the action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nick Cage. Directed by Tom Gormican.

Friday, April 8, 2022

The Automat Movie Review

Audrey Hepburn at the Automat, 1951 (Photo: Lawrence Fried)

Nickels and Windows

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Before fast food we had something better. Our grandparents told us stories of gathering around communal tables, sharing their lives, their struggles, and their dreams with strangers at The Automat. In the long awaited Horn & Hardart documentary, relive the phenomena of America's original and most beloved restaurant chain. The one-hundred-year Automat saga serves up never before-seen archival footage and photographs and a cast including celebrity customers, company executives, historians, and members of the Horn & Hardart families. Directed by Lisa Hurwitz.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Predictions for 94th Annual Academy Awards

Tick, tock... tick, tock. Cue beads of sweat across my forehead. Why so anxious? The 94th annual Academy Awards starts in just over an hour, and I haven't even started to post my predictions. Last year was... a pass, fresh off an unimpressive 8 (correct) out of 11 in 2020. So without further adieu, let's dive in.

Friday, March 11, 2022

DC-Based Pianist Lionel Yu Makes Debut at Kennedy Center

Lionel Yu

From our friends at MusicalBasics...

Lionel Yu, the DC-based pianist behind the hit YouTube channel MusicalBasics (1,000,000+ Subscribers), makes his debut at the Kennedy Center, performing MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience at the Terrace Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 PM. An ambitious program of his most popular piano pieces, the concert will feature Yu’s remixes of pieces by Beethoven and his biggest hits “Fires of a Revolution” and “Rolling Thunder”. Yu, whose YouTube performance videos regularly go viral, takes the Terrace Theater stage after a memorable few months. In October, Yu performed to a sold-out crowd at the Europäische Musikstage Festival in Heidelberg, Germany.  In January 2022, he released the second volume of his 2021 album, MusicalStories Volume II, which has been streamed over 900,000 times on Spotify. Yu subsequently reached 1 million YouTube subscribers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Contest: Win Passes to See The Outfit

** Please note: One entry per person/household. Multiple entries will be deleted

We're giving away 25 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Focus Features' upcoming The Outfit, starring Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn, Dylan O'Brien, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Simon Russell Beale. The screening takes place on Tuesday, March 15th at AMC Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia: It starts at 7:00 PM, but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (ideally between 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 25 winners to receive a pass for two (2.) Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before March 11th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Bamisile, Bishop, Freeman Earn Postseason Honors

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Bamisile, Bishop, Freeman Earn Postseason Honors

Colonials have multiple All-Conference honorees for first time since 2016

GW men's basketball, fresh off its best regular season conference finish since 2016-17, earned a trio of recognitions in the Atlantic 10's postseason awards announced on Tuesday.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Men's Basketball Earns No. 7 Seed in A-10 Championship

From our friends at GW Athletics

Men's Basketball Earns No. 7 Seed in A-10 Championship

Colonials will match up with No. 10 seed Massachusetts at 6 PM on Thursday

GW men's basketball will be the No. 7 seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Championship, its highest seed since 2016-17. The Colonials will square off with No. 10 seed Massachusetts at 6 PM on Thursday night at Capital One Arena in Downtown DC.