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May 19, 2016 – 8:18 pm | 4 Comments

Shane Black, the screenwriter who shot to fame with the Lethal Weapon movies, may have had a few stumbles in the last three decades, but with The Nice Guys, a 1970s noir detective story Black cowrote …

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Nerdy Special List May 2016

May 8, 2016 – 10:05 pm | 6 Comments
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Every month I think the list is the best one ever, and May is no different. We read lots and lots of books, and only our top faves make the cut.
Here are the new releases we recommend.
From Jen …

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Movie Review

May 4, 2016 – 9:26 pm | 11 Comments
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Do you have superhero fatigue? Were you tempted to skip this post when you saw the title? What if I told you the movie is terrific?
Which is what I’m doing. Captain America: Civil War is one big bundle …

Book Review: I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh

May 1, 2016 – 9:18 pm | 4 Comments
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One minute, a five-year-old boy is walking home with his mother. The next, he’s dead, hit by a car after letting go of his mother’s hand to run ahead. As if the situation weren’t nightmarish enough, …

Book Review: Suzanne Rindell’s THREE-MARTINI LUNCH

April 25, 2016 – 9:56 pm | One Comment
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It’s 1958, New York City.
Cliff Nelson is a Hemingway wannabe who feels destined to be a famous writer, if only his editor father would help him—and if he could get some ideas for great stories.
Eden …

Binge TV Reviews: THE NIGHT GRANTCHESTER and HAPPY THORNE-y KIMMY SCHMIDT

April 18, 2016 – 11:07 pm | One Comment
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For the last two months, I’ve been binge-watching several shows and they all happened to be British series…until Kimmy Schmidt returned for her second season last Friday on Netflix. Here are some overall thoughts on these shows’ entire …

Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 13, 2016 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
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The first question I asked when I went into a screening of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book was: Is this a musical? The answer: No.
Fine by me.
My second question was: Will “The Bare Necessities” …

Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments
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The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …

How HAMILTON Lets Me Be a Part of the Narrative

March 13, 2016 – 7:00 pm | 4 Comments
With writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast member Daveed Diggs, and other National Student Poets

The following piece is by my niece and contributor, Aline Dolinh, who’s starting college this fall. Whaaaaat? Remember when she was 12 years old and contributing book and theatre reviews to PCN? But I digress. Read …