Entertainment Columns

Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Bill Cosby not easily defined in new biography

A study in contradictions, Cosby is portrayed as an important voice in entertainment and civil rights.

Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

‘This Is Where I Leave You’ movie review

The dysfunctional family comedy wastes its stars in a large-format sitcom.

Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

As the NFL fumbles, Hollywood turns abuse into an easy plot device

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Movies about violence against women let filmmakers indulge toxic fantasies.

Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Pitbull has some slick beats, with substance tucked in

The Miami rapper, in concert with Enrique Iglesias, shows he has a nuanced, meaningful side.

Chris Richards

Chris Richards

The real rap stars of Atlanta

In hip-hop’s capital, a new generation of young producers are working at the speed of sound

The Style Blog

Chris Richards

U2, Apple and rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail

Should the entire planet have to hear an album that’s technically worthless?

Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever

Fall TV 2014: A sharp increase in bearded best friends

A guide to sorting out the fuzzy, Galifianakis-esque bit players in the new fall sitcoms.

Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever

Fall TV 2014: In portraying race, a little ‘-ish’ can help a lot

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | ‘Black-ish’ and other new shows offer a more casual, entertaining take on race.

Emily Chow, Hank Stuever, Mitch Rubin, Caitlin Moore and Veronica Toney

Fall TV 2014

Better shows! That’s what we’ve been crying out for during so many seasons of network and cable agony. Have our pleas at last been heard? Well, don’t get too excited, but there is measurable improvement in this fall’s shows.

Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette

Met Opera prepares for season that nearly wasn’t

Armed with a new contract, the Met’s unions will keep a check on spending; “Le Nozze di Figaro” opens Monday.

Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette

Christine Goerke: Opera soprano tells how it’s done

America’s new Wagner sweetheart changes gears with ‘Florencia’ at the Washington National Opera.

Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette

Soprano loses partner, takes spotlight in WNO recital

Tenor Stephen Costello couldn’t go on, so duo evening became solo turn for soprano Ailyn Pérez, his wife.

Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman

The rebuilding of the D.C.’s temple of dance

Co-directors Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley are ready to open the refurbished Dance Place.

Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman

‘The Concert’: Big hats, ballerinas and belly laughs

Forget the midterm elections. Let the wit and wackiness of Jerome Robbins’s comic ballet warm up fall.

Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman

The Pacific Northwest stars in Wolf Trap’s disjointed show

Dance was the best part of a salute to national parks that awkwardly mixed in nature films and indie rock.

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott

A staging to themselves, or at least something similar

A National Portrait Gallery exhibit, “Staging the Self,” features an exploration of Latin self-identity.

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott

A break from the bustle

Hirshhorn, Kreeger exhibits offer moments of peace from the rushing of modern life.

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott

CityCenterDC: All that’s missing is CityHeartDC

Its clean lines and shiny surfaces could be anywhere in the world.