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Reviews and think pieces on music, movies, art, and theater.



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On his self-titled album, establishment-rejecting singer-songwriter Zach Bryan turns inward

Bryan’s second official album is a triumph of authenticity and self-examination in a concise format.

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Olivia Rodrigo unleashes her bloody female rage

On GUTS, the 20-year-old pop superstar bares the ugliest, messiest parts of herself in a staggeringly sophisticated work of pop-punk perfection.

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Twisted Pine branches beyond its bluegrass roots

Equal parts folk, pop, jazz, and funk, Twisted Pine prides itself on its ability to turn crowds into communities.

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MLK Jr. Library exhibit explores D.C.’s Black feminist history

The MLK Library’s exhibit weaves an intricate, illuminating tapestry of D.C.’s Black feminist history, and it leaves a profound impression.

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Dumb Money is a smart movie about the stock market and the power of Reddit

If you mix up Jimmy Buffett and Warren Buffett, or if you’re simply in the mood for a good underdog story, Dumb Money will be right up your alley.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is a sincere tribute to Greece, family, and Windex

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 retains the charm and character of the first two films, while diving deeper into the darker themes of grief and belonging. 

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Reneé Rapp’s Snow Angel will melt your icy heart

Snow Angel is the perfect companion to keep you warm through the cold months ahead.

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A Foodie’s Guide to D.C. Restaurants

As a cultural melting-pot—a true microcosm of the United States as a whole—D.C. has everything a foodie would ever want!

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Bottoms: In defense of “ugly, untalented gays”

Brought to life with a hearty dose of queer teen drama, hilarious antics, and endless quotable lines, Bottoms is sure to become an instant classic.

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Barbie: A hot pink return to monoculture

This summer, however, pink has dominated in both the box office and the zeitgeist—so much so that it may have temporarily revived the Anglo-American monoculture. 

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Oppenheimer plays with fire

In Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan is begging us to learn from our past.

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With Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift says “Long Live” to an iconic album

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) represents the pinnacle of Swift’s preoccupation with using her music to connect with fans and control her own narrative.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse weaves a perfect web of story, style, and sound

Woven into Across the Spider-Verse's colorful animation and humor is a deft exploration of the complexities of morality and destiny.

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Exclusion tactfully tackles representation in Hollywood by contemplating what’s true, what sells, and what’s funny

Exclusion investigates who gets the power of the pen and who gets silenced through a skillful incorporation of critical comedy.

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Let Carmen dance you through darkness

A story of unlikely companionship, Carmen urges its audience to question what family means when blood runs out.

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The Origin of Evil is tacky, timely, and true

The beauty of The Origin of Evil, and of Filmfest DC writ large, lies in its capacity to create kinship within hardship.

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“Finding your inner diamond”: Diamanté reveals that self-love is in vogue

Diamanté highlights individuality by providing creatives of color at Georgetown an opportunity to express themselves through clothing.

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Nomadic Theatre’s Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is a touching tribute to lesbian community

Despite its sunshiney exterior, there’s much more bubbling beneath the surface in Bluefish Cove.

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The Capital Art Book Fair connects independent artists with the greater D.C. community

Nearly 40 artists and independent presses gathered in the North Hall of Eastern Market to find art books to peruse at their pleasure.

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Renfield is a bloody good time!

Renfield embodies everything that one would hope for in a hilariously horrifying film.