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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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Brendan Reilly

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

Oct 14, 2013 6:01am

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 2:17pm

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,...

Christopher Lawrence

Movie Review — ‘Gravity’

Oct 04, 2013 3:27pm

There are worse ways to spend 90 minutes than having Sandra Bullock repeatedly tumble into your lap.

At least that’s what it feels like in the immersive, in-your-face 3-D version of “Gravity...

Christopher Lawrence

Movie Review — ‘Rush’

Sep 27, 2013 6:00am

First things first: Ron Howard’s “Rush” has nothing to do with the Canadian prog-rock trio.

It might have an easier time at the box office if it did.

The Oscar hopeful focuses on the...

Pat G’Orge-Walker

Book Review –‘Sister Betty Says I Do’

Sep 26, 2013 10:49pm

The “Save the Date!” notices went out months before.

You had the hall you wanted. The dress made you look like an angel, the cake was magnificent. Your official invitations were dropped in...

Book Review — ‘Who Asked You?’ by Terry McMillan

Sep 16, 2013 6:00am

You can’t fix everything.

That’s a hard lesson to learn, no matter who you are. You can’t swoop in and make things right when they’re not yours to correct. You can’t throw money at something...

Movie Review — ‘Austenland’ stumbles under weight of muddled plot, strained performances

Sep 13, 2013 10:08pm

A 30-something Jane Austen devotee (Keri Russell) travels to Regency-era England, where she falls in love with both a refined gentleman and a stableboy.

Or at least the guy (Flight of the...

Book Review — ‘Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital’

Sep 11, 2013 11:27pm

ou know exactly what you’d do.

You’re prepared with a drill, if the house catches fire. In case of gunfire, you’ve got a plan in mind. You’ve watched TV coverage of crimes, disasters, and...

BOOK REVIEW — ‘NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou’

Sep 04, 2013 2:56pm

Would you please be quiet for a minute?

How many times a day does your mom, dad, teacher or grandma say that to you? Probably really often, even though they were kids once, not too long ago...