Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) succumbs to the wishes of Jamie Dornan, who wears the pants as the sexually dominant billionaire
Christian Grey. Photo: Universal Pictures

Over easy: Fifty Shades of Grey is beautiful to look at

I don’t know who or what director Sam Taylor-Johnson sacrificed to the god of false bondage, but it worked: Fifty Shades of Grey is the best film it could have possibly been given the circumstances. This is quite a different thing from saying it’s good. It’s not. At its core, this adaptation of E.L. James’ notoriously […]

Smirnov (Evan Bergman, left) tries to teach Popova (Dana Colagiovanni) how to shoot a pistol in UVA Drama’s Vodka Variations. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Vodka Variations

UVA Drama presents an evening of “bite-size” dramas entitled Vodka Variations, adapted from short stories by Anton Chekhov. The production examines the colorful world of 1890s Russia with hilarious and heartwarming glimpses into the lives of everyday people in search of love, happiness and a strong vodka buzz as they navigate their way through their […]