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 ...

Book: War Brides

Dawn, Sheila and Gaynor wave goodbye to Australia as their ship steams toward the U.S. After months of waiting, they'll finally be reunited with their husbands -- American servicemen they met and married ...

DVD: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy Schmidt has just been released from 15 years of captivity underground after she was kidnapped by the charismatic cult leader Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. Looking to escape her past as a “mole ...

Bread & Butter / Michelle Wildgen

Book Review: "Bread & Butter," by Michelle Wildgen, Random House, 2014 Brothers Leo and Britt are successful restaurateurs who run popular, upscale Winesap, named for the apple trees in the backyard ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

DVD Review: A beautiful, eerie satire of technology and rumination on the origin of man, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest and most confounding films of all time. Last weekend, ...

Book Review: A Treacherous Paradise / Henning Mankel

Henning Mankell is one of my favorite authors, both for his series of mysteries featuring troubled police detective Kurt Wallander and for general novels such as “Italian Shoes.” His writing is spare, but evocative; dark, but enlightening.

Book Review: China Dolls / Lisa See

Review by Starla Pointer Grace Lee runs away from her home in Plain City, Iowa, in 1938, arriving in San Francisco on the eve of the World's Fair. She thinks she'll use her considerable dancing talents ...

DVD Review: Trading Places

Review by Don Iler Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Akroyd) is a highly successful commodities trader in Philadelphia. He leads a life of luxury and privilege, waited upon by his butler. His employers, the Duke ...

Book: Another time, another life

“Another Time, Another Life” is a far-reaching novel that takes off from a real event, the April 1975 occupation of the West Germany Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Six terrorists from the Red ...

DVD: Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a young composer new to Vienna, the capital of the Hapsburg Empire and center of the musical world. He has a hard time breaking into the scene, unable to obtain influential commissions ...

DVD: Breakfast at Tiffany's

I had a streak there for a few years as nearly woman I was interested in had a poster of Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” hanging in her apartment or house. For a while I ...

Book: Gentlemen and Players

What a well-crafted book “Gentlemen and Players” is, carefully plotted to have the maximum impact not only at the end, but all the way through. It’s no wonder the sections are labeled ...

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