DVD: Diplomacy

The Wehrmacht is surrounded, and what was once the cushiest post in the Reich now has the Allies knocking at the gates. Gen. von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), a careerist Prussian officer, has recently ...

Book: The Girl on the Train

As she commutes back and forth to London, Rachel fantasizes about a house she passes along the way. The owners are a golden couple, ideally matched and so much in love, she decides. She even gives them ...

DVD: To Kill A Mockingbird

DVD Based on the classic novel of the same name, 1963’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch brings to life the story of a black man falsely accused of rape ...

DVD: High Noon

Criminal Frank Miller has been pardoned on a technicality and is returning to a dusty town on the noon train to seek revenge. Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is about to turn in his badge and leave town ...

Book: The Birthday Present

A clock ticks away beneath the action in "The Birthday Present." As each second passes, the tension builds for readers, who think they know the whole story and are wondering when the novel's other characters ...

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," ...

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