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Mark Wahlberg (second from left) stars as a Navy SEAL who becomes the only survivor of a precarious mission in Afghanistan.

Film review: Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg is a bad actor. There are movies when he’s passable (Date Night; Ted), but most of the time he’s inexplicably praised (his wretchedly unbelievable performance in The Departed) or he makes bad movies worse (The Happening; Broken City; The Lovely Bones; I Heart Huckabees). It’s particularly distressing that he’s no better than usual […]

Andrea Kavanagh from Washington, D.C.’s D-CLAW competes as Amy Smackhouse in the lady arm wrestling documentary CLAW. Each wrestler has an entourage that solicits bets from the crowd, exchanging real money for “CLAW bucks,” which eventually benefit a charity. Bribery is encouraged, and the referee’s calls prioritize humor and shenanigans over sporting or fairness.

The CLAW documentary reaches beyond local audiences

When the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers held its first match in the back room of the Blue Moon Diner in February of 2008, few dreamed it would become a nationwide movement. CLAW began as an all-women’s arm wrestling competition, initiated by Jennifer Tidwell and Jodie Plaisance, in which the stereotype of women as weak is […]

Album reviews: Stoney, Jess Novak, States

Album reviews: Stoney, Jess Novak, States

Stoney More Than Animals/Self-released More Than Animals is an eclectic, largely engaging album. If you like your British singer-songwriters with a little bit of swagger, then Stoney’s your guy. “Sweet Release” is a raucous piece of pop rock, and driving numbers like “The Score” crank up the energy. “Devil on My Back” is a groovy […]