Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Forced and Underdeveloped Edition

Good morning, D.C.! James L. Brooks understands you!

His Broadcast News "flawlessly captured D.C. tribal rituals as diverse as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner and a suburban Sunday brunch" and now his How Do You Know has cast our city "once again as zeitgeist-signifier, metropolitan muse and supporting character in its own right," Ann Hornaday writes on A1 of The Washington Post. But wait? Should we care when critics seem to have agreed that How Do You Know is a horrible, horrible film? Ah, but Hornaday has dissented! At least sorta. In her review, also from today's WaPo: "'How Do You Know' may not be perfect – Witherspoon's recessive blandness doesn't do justice to Lisa's complications, and the story somehow manages to be forced and underdeveloped at the same time – but it's the kind of movie that succeeds as a culmination of moments that ring true and sweet."

Maura Judkis compiles all the latest on the ongoing Smithsonian censorship controversy.

Local post-rockers Drop Electric score a review in the Post's Weekend section.

And DC9, which didn't re-open Wednesday as originally announced, has a Liberation Dance Party scheduled for tonight. Meanwhile, the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says it will announce soon what it knows about how Ali Ahmed Mohammed died outside the club in October, WCP's Rend Smith reported yesterday.

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