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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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Book Review - ‘Dallas 1963’

Oct 28, 2013 3:35pm

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 6:01am

“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...

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...