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November 16, 2017 – 3:44 pm | 3 Comments

I’ve been attending lots of award-season screenings and am behind in reviews, so I’ll do some in this format. Below are my quick thoughts on Justice League.
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84th Academy Awards Highlights

February 27, 2012 – 3:38 am | 4 Comments

When I first heard Billy Crystal named as host this year, I thought it was a very good choice. He’s one of very few hosts who can improvise and riff on unexpected moments that occur …

Movie Discussion: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 – 12:05 am | 7 Comments
Rudd, Aniston, and Justin Theroux

My day was a little stressy and funky so by the time I got to the Wanderlust screening, I was ready to laugh. And, boy, did I. The movie, directed by David Wain, is about …

TV Review: AWAKE

February 22, 2012 – 7:50 pm | 10 Comments
awake with rex

After watching the pilot for NBC’s new show, Awake, I’m wondering why it was held for midseason—even the dull The Firm made it on air before this—because it’s an intriguing, intelligent show that gives hope …

Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

February 20, 2012 – 9:12 pm | 14 Comments
the darlings

Thanks to Lindsay at Pamela Dorman/Penguin, I get to give away one copy of Cristina Alger’s timely new novel, The Darlings (I’m still reading it so a review will come later). Here’s the description from …

Book Review: ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth

February 16, 2012 – 11:40 pm | 3 Comments
ali in wonderland

Ali Wentworth, also known as the actress /comedienne/Oprah correspondent Alexandra Wentworth, adds author to her resume with a collection of stories about growing up in D.C. as the daughter of a journalist father and mother …

REVENGE: Chaos, Indeed

February 16, 2012 – 12:42 am | 6 Comments
VanCamp & Madeleine Stowe (Victoria)

After all the buildup, the big episode, titled “Chaos,” finally arrived, showing us who got shot in the pilot episode. I refused to believe it was Daniel because, well, this isn’t MI-5 so producers …

Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

February 13, 2012 – 12:50 am | 4 Comments

Despite the title and the fact much of this novel concerns nocturnal activities, I wouldn’t recommend reading Helene Tursten’s Night Rounds (Soho Crime, Feb. 14) at night if you’re afraid of ghosts. As I went …

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

February 11, 2012 – 5:50 pm | 11 Comments

I was a radio DJ at a top 40 station in 1985 when a single by a new singer named Whitney Houston was added to the rotation. I was told she was …

Book Review: DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee

February 9, 2012 – 1:11 pm | One Comment

This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of the literary webzine Da Mau.
With nine cinematic, well-crafted stories, Krys Lee’s debut collection literally takes your breath away in its unflinching portrayal of displacement. Almost all …

Book Review: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

February 7, 2012 – 11:47 pm | 5 Comments
defending jacob

I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness. It’s reprinted here with permission.
When Assistant D.A. Andy Barber gets a case involving a murdered boy who’s a classmate of his son’s, there are gripes about conflict of …


February 7, 2012 – 12:28 am | 4 Comments
amazing-spiderman andrew garfield

The official trailer is here. Can’t tell how good Andrew Garfield will be, or how much Emma Stone will get to do, but I’m still going to be among those first in line.
What do you …

In Search of a Good Character Name

February 6, 2012 – 6:37 pm | 18 Comments

I recently read three crime novels in which the character names were so over the top that they kept distracting me from the story. I couldn’t focus every time the ridiculous monikers came up because …

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