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Johnny Depp in ‘Transcendence.’ (Special to The Commercial)

Movie Review - ‘Transcendence’

Apr 18, 2014 4:30pm

Although it never really moves beyond anything you’ve seen before, there’s a very good reason to plunk down your hard-earned money to see “Transcendence”: Johnny Depp sheds all of his quirks and...

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Movie Review - Opportunities missed in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Nov 08, 2013 10:00pm

“Thor” was half of a very good superhero movie.

Thrust into a civilization of Earthlings he couldn’t quite comprehend, Chris Hemsworth’s swaggering Asgardian made for some delightful god-of-...

Book Review - Holiday gift guide

Nov 08, 2013 5:48pm

Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year?

One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have...

Movie Review - ‘Last Vegas’ has more charm than commercials suggest

Updated: Nov 01, 2013 7:15pm

It’s being positioned as “The Hangover” for the stooped over.

A raucous “Cocoon” in a casino.

But “Last Vegas” isn’t that movie.

The comedy about boyhood friends in various...

Sad Cake, Tomorrow Salad and other Austin delicacies

Oct 31, 2013 1:46pm

There is some uncertainty about exactly when the Austin Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary began, but some who have been around a while figure it was in the 1980s. The organization is...

Book Review - ‘Dallas 1963’

Oct 28, 2013 3:34pm

Let’s say you want to stir up a little something.

Start with three cups of quiet collaboration. Add in a dash of rumor; a teaspoon each of anti-Semitism, segregation and Red Scare; and a...

Movie Review - Nothing is at all natural in ‘The Counselor,’ a sexually charged crime drama

Oct 26, 2013 6:00am

“You don’t think this is an odd thing to tell me?”

It’s a question posed by an attorney known only as The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) to Reiner (Javier Bardem), a flashy nightclub owner,...

Book Review - ‘Losing to Win’

Oct 21, 2013 6:00am

It’s always in the last place you looked.

You know how it is: you’ve lost something. You look beneath, above, in and out, corners and cabinets. You turn the house upside down, but no matter...

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Book Review - One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

Oct 14, 2013 6:00am

You always hated taking tests.

Prepared or not, your hands sweated when faced with a test, and your stomach felt shaky. Whatever you’d learned, it flew from your head the second you sat down...

Movie Review — ‘Captain Phillips’

Oct 10, 2013 4:29pm

Billy Crystal must have emerged from his hole and seen his shadow earlier this year, because it sure seems like we’re getting six more weeks of Oscar season.

The traditional rollout of...

Book Review — ‘One Summer: America 1927’ by Bill Bryson

Oct 07, 2013 2:16pm

Your summer wasn’t long enough.

For starters, May graduations spilled into June. There were reunions, a July vacation, cookouts in August, work and yard work, ball games, kids’ activities,...