Reviews and think pieces on music, movies, art, and theater.
This Is Why is the raging return of rock royalty
This Is Why is the explosive yet polished result of six years’ worth of pent-up emotion.
Margaret Cho is angry—and you should be, too
We spoke with Cho ahead of her upcoming appearance at the Warner Theater, and she discussed the many sources of inspiration that fuel her work.
Ai Yo!: Jenny Wu’s exhibit brings new energy to Morton Fine Art
Wu’s creative combination of painting and sculpture makes her work quite the treat to see in person.
If you suspend belief, Sharper may charm you
Stilted dialogue and an unbelievable story blunt Sharper’s self-proclaimed wit.
A Maman-tous occasion: NYC favorite opens a new location in Georgetown
On Feb. 14, New York’s beloved café-bakery chain Maman opened the doors to its Georgetown location.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance strips away logic with its barely there plot
Magic Mike’s “final tease” swaps drugs and tear-away pants for pseudo-feminism and an ill-developed romance.
Lil Yachty’s Let’s Start Here. courageously ventures into uncharted waters
Let’s Start Here. is a groundbreaking and delightfully experimental soundscape that draws upon pop and psychedelic rock.
Måneskin’s latest album gives the glam-rockers a Rush! to the top
With their first studio album since their Eurovision victory, Måneskin is making a bid for global recognition.
One With Eternity brings Kusama’s polka-dotted vision of “self-obliteration” to the Hirshhorn
Kusama imposes a dissolution of the self upon the experiencer through her multidimensional works, as one feels like they are being absorbed and incorporated into the art.
Turn Every Page documents a legendary literary duo’s fear of legacy, mortality, and … semicolons?
Gottlieb showcases her artistic talent through this emotional journey of their respective lives, legacy, and love
SZA’s SOS pushes R&B boundaries in her vulnerable exploration of self-worth
SZA’s musical and lyrical brilliance work together to create an album that was well worth the five-year wait.
Prince Harry’s Spare re-rehashes the past
Spare concludes with another rehashing of the Sussexes’ departure from the royal family while offering little new insight or perspective.
Bones and All’s writing is just bare bones: This cannibalistic romance lacks real depth
The romance of Bones and All, despite what it lacks in its writing, shines through in its cinematography.
Armageddon Time: The power of white privilege
In this semi-autobiographical film, Gray attempts to show the power, privilege, and advantages of being white in America.
Meghan Trainor’s Takin’ It Back is a little bit of a trainwreck
As could be inferred by its not-so-subtle title, Takin’ it Back tries to take us back to Trainor’s glory days.
National Gallery Nights conclude with a celebration of America’s rich artistic culture
This final event was Americana themed and celebrated the American cultural experience through art and live performances.
If Joji’s SMITHEREENS accomplishes anything, it’s making his audience cry
The majority of SMITHEREENS feels reminiscent of (and even indistinguishable from) Joji songs we’ve already heard.
She Said offers an engaging (if imperfect) look at the story behind the #MeToo Movement
Adapted from the 2019 book of the same name, She Said (2022) doesn’t directly grapple with the impacts of the article that started it all.
Empire of Light bites off more than it can chew
In this ’80s period film, Colman portrays Hilary, a middle-aged movie theater manager in an English coastal town.
Legacy honored as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever tenderly chaperones its audience through grief and loss
But the movie is an ode to Boseman. Wakanda Forever is, at its core, a story of grief, resilience, and recovery.