For his debut feature, the chilling psychological thriller “Beast,” British director Michael Pearce turned to the true crime lore of his hometown: the island of Jersey, a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom located off the coast of France. In the 1960s, a serial rapist known as the “Beast of Jersey” sneaked into homes, wearing a mask, and attacked women and children. Using the tale as a source of inspiration, Pearce’s film isn’t a direct retelling, but an exploration of a relationship dynamic between two people who tread to the edge of the darker side of life.Pearce’s point of view brings the ease of a local to “Beast.” There’s naturalism in depicting this place, a far-flung, small community nestled between two cultures, French and English. Our heroine, Moll (Jessie Buckley), strains against the limits of her life there. With ruthlessly efficient exposition, Pearce illustrates just how unhappy she is with the … [Read more...] about Movie review: ‘Beast’ shows inspired look at dark sides of life
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“Solo: A Star Wars Story” begins with the Star Wars franchise’s signature tag line, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” But it seems like only yesterday that the title character met his end in “The Force Awakens,” the first installment in yet another trilogy that feels as if it’s trying desperately to take another bite of the original apple — one that only looks shinier and juicier, by comparison, the more chomps are taken out it.As far as “Solo” is concerned, this dutiful excavation of Han Solo’s early years performs all the necessary feats of fan service that viewers have come to expect from seemingly endless iterations of the series. The grouchy but somehow sexy curmudgeon that Harrison Ford created in the 1977 film and its sequels is shown here as a young man, living by his wits on Corellia, a planet where young people are routinely thrown into lives of Dickensian poverty and exploitation.What he … [Read more...] about Movie review: The young Han Solo movie is here. And let’s just say, a robot is the best part.
Jayda Lee stood in her grandmother’s living room, poised and ready, her violin resting on her chin. She began to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” her eyes focused on the bow as she carefully moved it across the strings. When she was done, it only took a second for her to go from serious musician to beaming 9-year-old.Lee, a fourth-grader at Chimborazo Elementary School, started playing the violin last fall at the start of the school year. Given the option to play the flute, harp or violin, Lee said, she chose the latter after seeing her music teacher play. The instrument is hers during the school year, something that wouldn’t have been possible before last fall without the help of a community willing to put its money where its mouth(piece) is.The third annual RVA East End Festival returns Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. Hosted by Enrichmond Foundation, the festival moves each year to various East End … [Read more...] about RVA East End Festival returns with free concerts and festivities at the 17th Street Farmers Market
A dazzling sashed gold gown holds court in the center of an upstairs gallery in the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. A second dress, another concert garment owned by contralto Marian Anderson, swathes a headless burgundy velvet mannequin in long layers of dark fabric bejeweled with sequined flora.Look at them long enough, and it almost feels as if Anderson, daughter of Virginia-born parents and the first black singer to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera, is in the room.Part of BHMVA’s exhibition “Yesterday’s Stories, Today’s Inspiration,” the 1950s-era gowns are two artifacts among several items from trailblazing African-Americans. Open since February and running through Aug. 31, “Yesterday’s Stories” pays homage to the past while inspiring current and future innovators.“This is history worth remembering,” said curator, researcher and author Elvatrice Belsches. Over the past year, Belsches … [Read more...] about The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia’s latest exhibition honors African American entrepreneurs, changemakers and armed forces servicemen
Update: Spoiler alert! This is the house Richmond couple Leigh Kelly and Farren Billue chose on the "House Hunters" episode that aired May 21.They chose the tan American foursquare on Richmond's Northside. It was priced at $450,000. Kelly already moved in, but Billue is waiting until their wedding in the fall.Original story from May 20:Get ready to see another Richmond couple on Monday night’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”Richmonders Leigh Kelly and Farren Billue will appear on Monday’s episode called “Getting Hitched in Richmond.”They will be looking at houses in North Side, the Fan and Church Hill. Their budget is $400,000 to $550,000.“Being within the city limits was a big thing for us,” Billue said.According to the “House Hunters” website, they’re both into vintage styles of homes, but Kelly prefers Queen Anne Victorian while she is drawn to Foursquares.Growing up in a military family, Kelly was born in … [Read more...] about Update: The house the Richmond couple chose on the latest ‘House Hunters’ episode