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Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy in 'Tammy'

In ‘Tammy,’ Melissa McCarthy adds to her gallery of aggressive, unkempt characters

Jul 04, 2014 6:00am

At this rate, we’re probably only a couple of movies away from seeing Melissa McCarthy play a feral clump of sweatpants and greasy hair, living under a bridge and scaring small children.

Her...

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Book Review - ‘The Invention of Wings’

Jan 08, 2014 6:00am

Your best friend has been all a-flutter about something lately.

You haven’t seen much of her, in fact. She’s been sticking close to her nest but that’s OK. Next time you get together, it’ll...

Book Review - Best of 2013

Jan 08, 2014 12:10am

Reading.

Pfft. Who has time? Who can take hours and hours to actually read a book, especially if it’s not all that good? Why waste that kind of time?

You wonder that often, which is...

Book Review - ‘The Thicket’

Jan 07, 2014 11:52pm

You know who your friends are.

They’re the ones who keep your secrets, or your car keys when you need them to. They’ll loan you five minutes or five dollars, tell you when your ideas are...

Book Review - Books about Alzheimer’s

Dec 27, 2013 4:45pm

This time of year always makes you think of things past.

You’re reminded of the holidays and the kids when they were small. That makes you think about when you were a kid, of fun outside,...

Movie Review - ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Dec 26, 2013 1:42pm

Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) snorts coke through a rolled-up hundred-dollar bill, unfurls that Benjamin Franklin, shows it to the camera, then wads it up and chucks it into the trash.

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PERSONAL TRAINER - Barbells work overtime as useful mobility tool

Dec 23, 2013 5:23pm

Barbells are a great tool for exercising. You can use them for squatting, dead lifting and pressing. Did you know that you can also use them as a mobility tool?

Yup, it’s true. You can use...

Movie Review - ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Dec 20, 2013 6:00am

In the hands of Emma Thompson, “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers is a spoonful of something, all right, but it sure ain’t sugar.

She’s blunt, bristling and belligerent — as well as a few...

Trainer Laura Salcedo demonstrates the starting position for the barbell thruster exercise at CrossFit Mountain's Edge on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (Justin Yurkanin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Personal Trainer - For full-body conditioning, in thrusters you’ll trust

Dec 16, 2013 12:54pm

Squats and shoulder presses are hard enough when done as isolated movements. Let’s see what happens when we combine them into one movement, the thruster. The results may surprise you.

First...

Book Review - ‘Junkyard Planet’ by Adam Minter

Updated: Dec 16, 2013 12:23pm

This will probably be the last year for your old Christmas lights.

You’ve noticed that the bulbs are half burned out and replacements are hard to find these days. Besides, you’d really...

Movie Review - ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Dec 13, 2013 6:00am

For a movie that’s all about literally going home again, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is further proof of just how hard it is to do so figuratively.

After 2003’s “The Lord of the...