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January 29, 2015 – 4:49 pm | 4 Comments

Last fall, when raves came out of the Toronto International Film Festival about Jennifer Aniston’s “Oscar-worthy,” vanity-free performance in Cake (in limited release now), I was doubtful. Just because an actress goes without makeup doesn’t …

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A Peek Inside My TBR Stack

January 20, 2015 – 12:41 am | 8 Comments
A Peek Inside My TBR Stack

As I was perusing the opening passages of books I’ll be reading over the next month or so, for myself and for Shelf Awareness, I thought it’d be fun to share them with you. We …

Book Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

January 12, 2015 – 9:08 pm | 7 Comments
Book Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

Several months ago I read You by Caroline Kepnes, which was engrossing, but all the characters were horrible people and I couldn’t give a whit what happened to them. When they encountered very bad things, …

Favorite Books and Movies of 2014

January 8, 2015 – 8:13 pm | 5 Comments
Favorite Books and Movies of 2014

Happy Friday! How was your first full week of 2015?
I returned from vacation a few days ago and really enjoyed being off grid. Now I have to find my cell phone and remember my social-media …

Movie Review: UNBROKEN

December 21, 2014 – 11:29 pm | 6 Comments
Movie Review: UNBROKEN

Much of the interest in Unbroken (out Dec. 25) comes from people wondering whether or not Angelina Jolie is a good director, so I’ll start by saying she acquits herself well, especially with a production …

Movie Review: STILL ALICE

December 2, 2014 – 10:55 pm | 3 Comments
Movie Review: STILL ALICE

Based on Lisa Genova’s 2009 novel of the same name, Still Alice¬†(limited release, Dec. 5) is about a college professor dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s. The film takes viewers along on the agonizing journey as …

My Life According to Books 2014

November 28, 2014 – 2:33 am | 10 Comments
My Life According to Books 2014

Happy Friday after Thanksgiving! If you celebrated it, I hope you had a wonderful time.
Since holidays include fun and games, this is a good time to post the annual meme in which I post a …

Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

November 24, 2014 – 11:29 pm | 6 Comments
Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

In one scene in American Sniper (out Christmas day), Navy SEAL Chris Kyle comes home from his first tour in Iraq. Though he’s sitting still and claims he’s fine, a doctor slaps a blood-pressure cuff …

Movie Review: THE IMITATION GAME

November 23, 2014 – 9:06 pm | 5 Comments
Movie Review: THE IMITATION GAME

Awards season is in full swing in L.A. and I’ve been going to a lot of screenings. Tonight is Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle and later this week is Into …

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