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With ample competition, is Chip City Cookies a welcome addition to the existing market, or does it fall short? To answer this question, The B&W visited the new location and tried each of this week’s offerings.

Chip City Cookies: The newest sweet bite on the block

By Alara Göksu November 30, 2023

In recent years, downtown Bethesda has become a hot market for various gourmet cookies, and between large chains such as Crumbl, Levain, Insomnia and Maman, there doesn’t seem to be room for a new entrant....

What’s most important to know about “The Eras Tour” is that it’s not just a movie; it’s Taylor Swift, the pop star, the experience and the must-see event all rolled into one.

“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” is the bare minimum (and that’s okay)

By Henry Dupree November 28, 2023

Amid her worldwide “Eras Tour,” Taylor Swift has found a way to bring her must-see concert to those who can’t attend in person. With its international debut, her concert film, aptly titled “Taylor...

Michael Fassbender plays the titular killer, who doubles down on his methods of execution in an attempt to exact revenge and keep his life from spiraling out of control. 

“The Killer”: Fincher’s alienating but uncompromised latest

By Henry Dupree November 20, 2023

After the tepid reception of his 2020 prestige drama “Mank,” David Fincher remains unfazed returning to his methodical approach to filmmaking with Netflix’s “The Killer.” Based on a French...

Director Martin Scorsese delivers his usual elegance within his newest cinematic experience. His passion for the harrowing history is palpable and complements the stunning performances of the cast. However, while the technical aspects are undoubtedly top-notch, the film is held back by a lengthy narrative that stretches the experience too thin. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon”: An eye-opening, educating, exhaustive experience

By Rylan Ammerman November 15, 2023

With 25 feature films at 80, director Martin Scorsese has every reason to hit the brakes and admire his stamp on the world. However, in the twilight of his career, Scorsese’s 26th film, “Killers...

Looking to get into horror? Here are The B&Ws top five picks

Looking to get into horror? Here are The B&W’s top five picks

By Katelyn Leonard October 31, 2023

Screams and terror emerge from the screen as the pale light illuminates the audience's hand-covered eyes. Hiding behind popcorn and jumping in one’s seat are the hallmarks of well-done horror movie. ...

“The Creator” boasts show-stopping visuals and a commanding lead performance from Washington, but each small victory remains undercut by lackluster writing.

“The Creator”: Epic science-fiction undermined by mediocrity

By Rylan Ammerman October 20, 2023

★★★ It’s 2055, and artificial intelligence is part of the human experience. It lives among people and works with them but poses their greatest threat. In “The Creator,” after American...

These are “stories,” first and foremost, and each film provides necessary context about their origins. Anderson is adapting stories that are primarily light, fun and intended for children, but he treats each text with the utmost respect. 

Wes Anderson’s Roald Dahl roundup: Pushing the boundaries of story adaptations

By Henry Dupree October 19, 2023

Ever since he spearheaded 2009’s inventive cinematic portrayal of “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson has made clear his love of classic British children’s author Roald Dahl. Now, in 2023, Anderson...

With returning faces and a heightening of the classic “Saw” tropes, “Saw X” not only thrives as a top film in the series but as one of the greatest horror films of the decade so far.

“Saw X”: The missing piece of the bloody puzzle

By Rylan Ammerman October 8, 2023

★★★★ Most horror franchises are so ungrateful to be alive, but not “Saw,” not anymore.  After 19 years of “Saw” movies, “Saw X” resurrects the franchise by continuing its iconic...

Since its 1984 release, the film’s reputation has flourished and its status as “the greatest concert film of all time” has only been rivaled by enduring classics like The Band’s “The Last Waltz” and The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.”

“Stop Making Sense” 40th anniversary: A Talking Heads concert film charged up on human electricity

By Henry Dupree September 26, 2023

★★★★★ When the legendary rock band Talking Heads first announced their concert film, no one could have imagined something as special as “Stop Making Sense.” Conceived to film their 1983-84...

While “Gran Turismo” seems like another lackluster racing movie, director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film instead shines as the most welcome surprise of the summer cinema season.

Gran Turismo: The surprise of the summer movie season

By Rylan Ammerman September 14, 2023

Engines kick into high gear, pistons compress and cockpits turn into ovens — familiar but welcome sights for a film about the racetrack.  While “Gran Turismo” seems like another lackluster...

“Art History is more than just another credit

“Art History” is more than just another credit

By Kate Rodriguez September 12, 2023

Nearly every family trip I’ve ever been on has included a visit to an art museum. Or two. Or ten. For years, my parents would drag my brother and I from one piece of modern art to the next, praising...

Another Mans Cloth, by artist El Anatsui

How the Rubell Museum changed my view of contemporary art

By Grace Roddy September 7, 2023

Thousands of liquor bottle labels and shards piled up, each intricately woven and sculptured within a textile. Crumpled and folded metal pieces sourced a recycling station from sculptor El Anatsui’s...

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