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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 20:02

#NotMyAtticus

Why I won’t be reading “Go Set a Watchman”

Harper Lee is one of the most beloved figures in American letters. For decades, the literary world has continued to admire and adore “To Kill a Mockingbird” – any “Best Ever” list worth its salt includes this book near the top. It was a masterpiece and Lee’s sole published novel.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:50

You’ll fall for ‘Tumbledown’

Acclaimed indie film has Maine connections

As we find ourselves crossing the peak of the summer movie season – there are still a few blockbusters to come, but we’re definitely on the downslope in terms of hotly-anticipated mega-releases – we could be forgiven if we’re a little worn out by it all. 2015 has seen numerous iterations of “best ever” and “biggest ever” thrown around, but every movie can’t be best and biggest.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:47

‘Self/less’ is use/less

We tend to look at summer blockbuster season as a time of guaranteed hits. Obviously, there will be a misfire here or there, but for the most part, the franchise tentpole movies do awfully well at the box office.

But there are plenty of films that are being released with a good deal of risk attached. Huge event movies mean a considerably smaller pool of potential audience members for the rest of the slate. For these smaller-scale films, they really have to do something special to make a ripple. If they do, they can stand on their own among the CGI giants of the summer.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:36

The meek shall inherit – ‘Minions’

Family-friendly spin-off balances laughs with thin story

Is it possible for a movie to be both a naked cash grab AND a nice and enjoyable family film?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:34

Moving forward from the unforgiveable

‘Among the Ten Thousand Things’ an exceptional debut

There’s something exciting in picking up a debut novel, reading an author’s first undertaking. The lack of context, the absence of expectations – you just never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes, you get a bad one, a book that simply fails to resonate. Other times, you get a perfectly serviceable effort, a book that is forgettable without being regrettable.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 20:24

Weird National Briefs - (07/08/15)

Vehicular renovation

SANFORD, Fla. - A central Florida woman has been arrested after authorities say she drove her car through her home.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 20:13

All-Star-gazing

Royals rule 2015’s game

The MLB All-Star Game used to be one of the highlights of the sporting year. Once upon a time, in the days before interleague play and ubiquitous television coverage, it was often the only chance one had to see the great players who didn’t happen to share a league with your local team.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 20:03

Celebrity Slam - (07/08/15)

One flight with Paris

One thing that becomes clear when you spend a lot of time amidst the never ending current of celebrity gossip is that once a person gets a taste of that spotlight, they almost always come to a place where they don’t just want it – they need it. And when that light begins to fade, that need is compounded. They can’t live in a world that isn’t constantly looking at them.

Which brings us to Paris Hilton. Remember Paris Hilton? Of course you do – though no one would fault you if you didn’t, because she has been largely absent from the pop culture zeitgeist. She went from being everywhere to being more or less nowhere.

Latest Laundry Files book a departure for Stross

A well-constructed genre series can be a tremendously fulfilling reading experience, following characters as they grow and evolve in the service of an overarching storyline. Watching as authors hone their voices is often a pleasure as well.

Book tells true story of one of America’s most valuable spies

Spy thrillers have long been big business in the literary realm. Running the gamut from John le Carre to Tom Clancy to Ian Fleming to Robert Ludlum, these books have long proven to be page-turning delights, telling tales of the shadowy worlds that exist just beneath the surface.

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