Entertainment

A waning moon: Dark Knight stumbles (but eventually rises)
Published on Jul 25th, 2012
0 comments The Dark Knight Rises leaves the fanciful early days of the superhero genre far behind and moves into a doom-shrouded, apocalyptic future that seems uncomfortably close to today's headlines. As urban...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 26 and beyond
Published on Jul 23rd, 2012
4 comments Don't raze my mountainThe secret to tales of environmental heroism is to make nonfiction read like a novel, much as Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood. And that, apparently, is what non-practicing...
Average Allen: Only fleeting love in Woody's latest
Published on Jul 23rd, 2012
1 comments Woody Allen's new film To Rome With Love generates no particular excitement or surprise, but it provides the sort of pleasure he seems able to generate almost on demand. The New Yorker who claims to...
Nude dudes: An unflinching look into the male strip club
Published on Jul 11th, 2012
8 comments Whether you're a man or a woman, making money by allowing people to push cash inside your G-string is, I think we can agree, demeaning. It's probably worse for women because the big spenders with $2...
Super Remake: The Spider-Man story ages well
Published on Jul 4th, 2012
0 comments We live in an age of speed-up, which may explain why the Spider-Man franchise feels the need for a reboot only 10 years after its first picture, and five years after the most recent one. In its broad...
Age of innocence: Youth rises toward a closing curtain
Published on Jun 27th, 2012
3 comments Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events, and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 28 and beyond
Published on Jun 25th, 2012
3 comments Bee gone Even more frightening than the invasion of the killer bees is the still-unexplained disappearance around the globe of the honeybee, whose presence is critical if you like eating fruits and...
Musicals Rock: Big names demonstrate perfect pitch
Published on Jun 20th, 2012
0 comments "Rock of Ages" is a rags-to-riches rock 'n' roll musical set mostly in a music club on Sunset Strip, and winning no prizes for originality. A lot of it is zesty entertainment, there are some...
Pondering the divine: Ridley Scott proves he is still evolving
Published on Jun 13th, 2012
0 comments Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a magnificent science fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers. It's in the classic...
Fairest of all: Snow White succeeds in its beauty
Published on Jun 6th, 2012
0 comments Snow White and the Huntsman reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. It's the last thing you would expect from a picture with this title. It falters in its...
Black hole: Third installment sucks in audiences
Published on May 29th, 2012
2 comments MEN in Black III comes 15 years after the entertaining original and 10 years after the sequel laid an egg, and the surprise is it's better than the first one. Given the passage of time, the entire...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 31 and beyond
Published on May 27th, 2012
2 comments Final First Friday at the GalleryThe accounting firm of Hampton and Everett has doubled as a gallery and opened its sweet office space at 107 5th Street SE for the past seven years, showing artists...
Guide to a death-defying summer o' 2012
Published on May 24th, 2012
5 comments Mint Springs provides a beach with mountain views. Skinny dipping at Mint SpringsOh, wait– that's not allowed. But even with a swimsuits-not-optional policy, Albemarle County has three...
Indie artist: Musical Oldham finally tackles film acting
Published on May 21st, 2012
1 comments Local musician Ned Oldham's artistic journey has been a quirky and interesting one–- punk rocker, psychedelic groove maker, college and middle school teacher, writing center director, folk...
When trees sprout photographs...
Published on May 18th, 2012
0 comments ...That means Look3, Charlottesville's photography fest, is just around the corner. The underwater photos of National Geographic's David Doubilet started going up at 7am Friday, May 18. Doubilet will...
Sauntering Shadows: Burton offers beautiful identity crisis
Published on May 16th, 2012
2 comments TIM Burton's Dark Shadows is all dressed up with nowhere to go, an elegant production without a central drive. There are wonderful things in the film, but they aren't what's important. It's as if...
'Hot Air' rises: Filmmakers reach $65K, push on to Nolte
Published on May 4th, 2012
4 comments For 45 days, Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein did everything they could think of to raise money to make a movie. They sold t-shirts on the Downtown Mall. They buttonholed every connection they had....
Get a room: Bad weather doesn't slow Foxfield revelry
Published on May 3rd, 2012
9 comments Fake IDs, underage drinking, and public drunkenness– the usual suspects at the Foxfield Races– were undeterred by a cold and rainy Saturday, April 28. Nor were the couple caught having...
Pig out this Friday at Brookville, ah, Bville-Q
Published on May 1st, 2012
1 comments Brookville Restaurant on the Downtown Mall is known for its inventive, local food-inspired cuisine, a reputation that earned chef Harrison Keevil an invite to assist celebrity chef Alice Waters in...
Material macabre: Sensational acting drives Poe-laced melodrama
Published on May 1st, 2012
1 comments The Raven Director: James McTeigue Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans Playing: Carmike ~ R - 111 minutes It is widely known that on Oct. 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found wandering the...
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