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Nice Major’s California Colors

Dimitrius Jones
Fort Worth-based rapper Nice Major’s California Colors is a sonic collage of West Coast-style synth, slow-riding beats, droning, mind-bending notes, and intricate rhymes with superior pop sensibilities. The production quality...


Medi

Summer of Love and Medi

Chow, Baby
I walk into Café Medi and make a beeline to a booth in the back to hide and watch the scene. Immediately, it couldn’t have been better. I pass a man in his sixties, standing with a bouquet of red roses. A few seconds later, ...



The West 7th corridor has a new after-bar carb-loading option. Photo by Lee Chastain.

All Hours Pizza

The American Pub serves the lunch and after-bar crowds in West 7th.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
The American Pub fills a woefully underrepresented niche as a spot for late-night carb-loading. In addition to its well-stocked bar, the pub intends to be known for its pizza, available by the pan until 2 a.m. nightly, and by t...


alice

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) Tim Burton has been replaced as director, but this Disney-meets-Lewis Carroll adaptation remains loud, incoherent, garish, and stubbornly unmagical. Mia Wasikowska returns as the her...



Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale (foreground) scheme to make a good match in Love & Friendship.

Suddenly Susan

I love Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation to treasure.
Kristian Lin
I come to you this week as a Whit Stillman fan. There may not be that many of us, but our passion for his sophisticated comedies of manners runs deep. You can spot us rather easily, as we tend to be middle-to-upper-class and aw...


Michael Fassbender makes the metal fly in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Apocalypse: Four Horsemen

Bryan Singer finally loses the plot in his fourth X-Men film.
Kristian Lin
Just a few weeks after I praised Captain America: Civil War for going away from the “all-powerful baddie trying to destroy the world” model of blockbuster film, now comes X-Men: Apocalypse, which falls into that very same t...



All of the seafood sang on the Spanish seafood pasta. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Mercury in Retrograde

Arlington’s gemlike wine bar is full of hits — and misses.
Laurie James
There’s a desolate feel to the now-defunct Shoppes at Brownstone Village, the central Arlington depository of tchotchkes, fancy baby gear, and all-around cute things which closed two years ago. But Mercury Wine Bar & Gril...


Almost Holy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Almost Holy (R)  Steve Hoover’s documentary profile of “Crocodile” Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who ministers to drug-addicted kids in his town and also dispenses vigilante justice to its criminals. (Op...



Ryan Gosling recovers from another bad night in The Nice Guys.

Nice Guys: Black Humor

Ryan Gosling has never been funnier than in this ’70s crime thriller.
Kristian Lin
Shane Black famously wrote the script for Lethal Weapon while still in his early 20s and then spent the better part of a decade wandering in the wilderness and suffering from a monumental case of writer’s block. He came back ...


Chuck, Red, and Bomb get ready to battle green pigs in The Angry Birds Movie.

Angry Birds: Red Mist

Don’t take a flier on this cynical, sloppy movie.
Kristian Lin
Movies based on video games continue to earn their wretched reputation, and I’m afraid The Angry Birds Movie won’t do anything to change that. This animated film is, of course, based on the highly popular and enormously enj...