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Fall is officially here and so’s the fall network TV season. I enjoy sampling all the new shows, even if I end up faithfully watching only two of them. Below are my first impressions of …

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Hanging at the White House

October 10, 2013 – 12:30 am | 8 Comments
Hanging at the White House

If you’re a long-time PCN reader, you’re probably familiar with my niece Aline Dolinh, who has contributed reviews of books, movies, and even plays. Four years ago, she and her sister, Mena, reported on their …

Nerdy Special List October 2013

October 6, 2013 – 7:45 pm | One Comment
Nerdy Special List October 2013

October is here, which means Valentine’s Day decorations should be going up soon. This year has flown! Hope you’re enjoying the fall weather, though it’s 87 degrees outside as I write this. I try to …

Movie Review: GRAVITY

October 3, 2013 – 11:13 pm | 23 Comments
Movie Review: GRAVITY

Movie awards season is finally here, which means the studios are holding screenings all over town, pushing their contenders for the Oscars and the plethora of other awards. This week I went to two screenings, …

Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

September 17, 2013 – 11:59 pm | 8 Comments
Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

This review appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
After trying for several books to get to Virginia, Jack Reacher finally makes it there in Lee Child’s Never Go …

Book Review: THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

September 6, 2013 – 12:17 am |
Book Review: THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

This review appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week, and is reprinted here with permission.
Jojo Moyes follows her word-of-mouth hit Me Before You (one of my top three 2012 reads) with The Girl You Left Behind, a …

Nerdy Special List September 2013

September 3, 2013 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Nerdy Special List September 2013

September is finally here, which makes me happy, because fall is one of my favorite seasons, though it’s been ridiculously hot, so I may have to wish winter would hurry.
It didn’t help at all that …

In Other Affairs

August 24, 2013 – 12:32 am | 8 Comments
In Other Affairs

Just wanted to peek in on this Saturday to share a couple of things. I wrote about Marisha Pessl’s Night Film over at Criminal Element, and included some choice lines from the book, which I …

Movie Review: THE GRANDMASTER

August 22, 2013 – 10:37 pm | 2 Comments
Movie Review: THE GRANDMASTER

Last week, I attended a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster (Aug. 23, limited release), starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as Ip Man, who’s most well known for popularizing Wing Chun and training Bruce …

Gunpoint Review: THE HANGING by Lotte and Soren Hammer

August 21, 2013 – 8:41 pm |
Gunpoint Review: THE HANGING by Lotte and Soren Hammer

It’s time for another Gunpoint Review, when I force my friend Lauren into reviewing something for me, using the following template. She may grumble about the free labor, but her posts are hugely popular, and …

Movie Review: AUSTENLAND

August 16, 2013 – 12:02 am | 11 Comments
Movie Review: AUSTENLAND

When I received the invitation to a screening of Austenland (limited release, Aug. 16), I didn’t know much about it, other than it’s a comedy starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen super fan who …

Stalker Award Nominees 2013

August 11, 2013 – 9:22 pm | 3 Comments
Stalker Award Nominees 2013

Three months ago, I asked for nominations for the third annual Stalker Awards, submitted by crime-fiction fans at large. The awards are given out to novels and authors they’re obsessed with, but you know, in …

Right to Refuse Service?

August 9, 2013 – 11:53 pm | 6 Comments
Right to Refuse Service?

When I saw this article yesterday about Oprah being discriminated against in a Swiss shop, at first it was just something I glanced at…until I got to the store owner’s response. It touched a nerve …

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