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 ...

Book: The Vision of Emma Blau

Stefan Blau, who immigrated to the U.S. on his own a decade earlier at age 13, envisions a palatial stone house on the banks of a lake in New Hampshire. On the house's steps, he sees a young girl spinning ...

DVD: 9 to 5

Judy Bernley (Jane Fonda) is returning to the workforce after divorcing her cheating husband. She has a hard time adjusting to her new job as a secretary at Consolidated Companies, where her boss, Franklin ...

Book: Patty Jane's House of Curl

In "Patty Jane's House of Curl," there's more to this beauty parlor than meets the eye. Author Lorna Landvik brings every character to life: Patty Jane; her sister Harriet; handsome Thor and kind, loving ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Gallery Theater’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” featuring Anna Johnson
in the title role, continues through May 9.

Play Review: Anne Frank

You’ll fall in love with Anne Frank (Anna Johnson, who could hardly be better in the role) in Gallery Theater’s production based on the diary she kept while hiding from the Nazis during World ...

Book: Saturday

On the surface, "Saturday" is just what it advertises: the story of one Saturday in the life of Henry Perowne, an ordinary neurosurgeon and father who lives in central London. But author Ian Ewan also ...

DVD: Hud

Change is coming to the dry plains of West Texas, where the Bannon clan has run cattle for generations. Hud Bannon (Paul Newman) is the hard-drinking, self-centered son of Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas), ...

Book: How It All Began

It all begins when 77-year-old Charlotte is knocked down by a mugger on a London street. The mugger's sole intent was to obtain some quick cash. But he (or perhaps she, Charlotte thinks fairly, since ...

DVD: Buffalo Soldiers

Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) is an amoral U.S. Army clerk stationed in West Germany in 1989. Elwood takes advantage of the oblivious and incompetent Col. Berman (Ed Harris), sleeping with his wife and ...

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