Book: Something Blue

Judy, the narrator of “Something Blue,” is one of those characters readers will simply love. She’s a strong woman who deals gracefully with some pretty awful situations — but in ...

DVD: Selma

Maybe you were there, or watched it on TV while it was happening. Or you may have learned about it in history class. There is no doubt denying the dramatic and inspirational power of the story ...

Book: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?

  Who’s afraid of Virginia ham? Certainly not Chas Wheatley, food critic at the Washington Examiner, who’s open to eating all parts of the pig prepared every which way. But country ...

DVD: Lonesome Dove

Not content to while away their last days on their isolated ranch in sleepy Lonesome Dove, former Texas rangers Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) decide to move their cattle ...

BOOK: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Here's the perfect read for the beginning of the hot-weather holiday season — not just because it's called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," but also because it's quick, it's easy to put down and ...

DVD: Chinatown

Private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by a woman he believes to be the wife of Hollis Mulwray, chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to catch Mulwray in an affair. ...

DVD: Boyhood

“Boyhood” is a three-hour epic charting the evolution of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from young boy to young man in Texas. The movie’s conceit is that its filming stretched more than 10 years, ...

Book: Live Flesh

No one is better at the psychological thriller than British author Ruth Rendell. “Live Flesh” — the term refers to an involuntary movement, such as a facial tic — does ...

Book: Piece of Work

I'm still not all that sure I like the protagonist in "Piece of Work." Julia is so, so self-absorbed and so, so clueless about that. But I like that the novel provides an intimate look at several worlds ...

Book: That Old Ace in the Hole

Annie Proulx's writing is more about characters than plot. She describes people and places so well -- and, even better, so differently, drawing comparisons that are so unique. In "That Old Ace in the Hole," ...

DVD: The Great Escape

Captured allied airmen while away their days in a German prisoner of war camp as World War II rages across Europe. The prisoners are treated well by their Luftwaffe captors (especially considering all ...

Book: The Perfect Storm

“The Perfect Storm” is subtitled, “A true story of men against the sea.” If that doesn’t give away the ending, you’ve never seen a wave crash against a jetty or toss ...

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

In the early 1950s, happily pregnant Marylou unwittingly becomes a guinea pig in a study of the effect of radiation upon the body's absorption of iron. She gives birth to a healthy child, but eight years ...

DVD: Sabrina

Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of the Larabee family chauffeur. Head in the clouds, she longingly watches the playboy scion of the Larabee clan, David (William Holden) from trees on ...

DVD: A Most Wanted Man

Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a German secret service agent relegated to Hamburg to atone for a failure in Beirut. The hard-drinking, heavy-smoking operative wheezes toward rooting ...

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