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Jackie K. Cooper

'All the Single Ladies' Is an Easy, Comfortable Read

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Frank's stories are slices of life. The women, and the men they meet, are characters the reader can relate to in the most positive way. There is no high drama here, but there is a lot of emotion involved in some of the situations they encounter.

'Beyond the Mask' Is Adventure With a Message

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Beyond the Mask is not your typical fait- based film. It has a Christian message, but it is deep inside this tale of a man who was a hired assassin for the East India Company back in pre-Revolutionary days.

Water From My Heart Is a Story of Love, Passion and Redemption

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Charlie Finn is not a man of strong moral character. He has spent most of his adult life working for powerful men who use him to do the dirty work with which they do not want to be involved. Martin, who is known for his morally strong characters, takes the chance of alienating some of his core base of readers. They, however, would be very foolish to desert him with this story.

'Entourage' the Movie -- Who Cares?

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Entourage is a movie made for the fans of the popular HBO series of the same name. For those, like me, who never saw an episode this is a movie full of mystery. What is the basis for the plot; who are these actors; and more than that who are these characters and why should audiences care about them. I

The Summer's End Is a Special Summer Read

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

It is hard to describe the beauty of Monroe's work. The words on the pages flow from the author's eyes to create a world of rare enchantment. Next, Monroe's brain assembles a plot that moves the characters from one amazing event to another.

Make BEACH TOWN Your Summer Destination

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Summer books are supposed to be entertaining, romantic, sexy and amusing. They should also be easy to read and easy to enjoy. BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews fits this description to a "t". Andrews' book has enough of a plot to give the book weight but not enough of one to sink you into depression.

Solitute Creek Is Deaver at His Most Dynamic

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Jeffery Deaver is a writer who scores hit after hit with his intensely diabolical thrillers. His most popular books feature the investigative team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, and he has written numerous novels with them in the lead roles.

Where Hope Grows, Is a Heart-warming Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

I guess it is old-fashioned to call it that, but "Where Hope Grows" is an old-fashioned kind of movie in that it harkens back to a time where movies promoted positive values.

The Sound of Glass Is Another Winner By the Queen of Southern Fiction

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Sound of Glass is written for every person who had a loving mother; every child who had a time of doubt; and every heart adrift in a sea of emotions. It is a story that enters the eyes, goes to the brain and settles in the heart.

'Playing It Cool' Has Two Leads With Chemistry

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Sometimes you get a movie with a silly premise, and all the information about the movie makes it look like a dud. Then you see the movie and the chemistry between the two leads is so good it almost makes the movie worthwhile. Note I said almost.

Girl in the Moonlight Is a Tale of Obsession

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

If you are a romantic you will devour every page of this book, for it is a love story that thrives within Dubow's pages. You might not admire Cesca and her choices but you will remember her long after the pages of her story have ended.

Gathering Prey Is John Sandford at His Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.01.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

For some unknown reason John Sandford's skills as a writer have been revitalized lately. He has been writing mystery/thrillers forever but with his last few books he has been back as good as he ever was, even at the beginning.

'Little Boy' Stands Tall

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The movie follows "little boy's" path to faith and shows how it affects the entire town. This is done in a way that is not maudlin, but heart-warming. If it causes tears to flow, well that is the nature of the circumstances, and not a cheap way to wrest emotion from the audience.

The Bone Tree Is Part Two of a Sweeping Southern Saga

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

When The Bone Tree ends you immediately wonder when the third book will be published. It will be a while so just savor the sweetness of a good story brilliantly told.

'Every Fifteen Minutes' Has One Twist Too Many

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Writers love to keep their readers guessing, and this novel starts out telling us there is a sociopath in the story somewhere. We don't know who he/she is until the ending but we know this person is lurking in the corners waiting to pounce.

'The Reconstruction of William Zero' Is a Film That Will Make You Think

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There has been a recent spate of mindless sci-f/horror movies that have been barely worth your time, much less the price of admission. To save the day comes The Reconstruction of William Zero, a well made movie of this type that actually makes you think.

'Nurse Jackie' Takes Her Final Bow

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

If you have been a constant fan of this series, you are going to love these final episodes. When it is over, there are still questions to be answered, but you will have a sense of satisfaction (depending on your viewpoint) as to where it leaves the story.

'Kiss of the Jewel Bird' Is Like Mining for Gold

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.07.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Dale Cramer has written many worthwhile novels in his career, but none of them has possessed the ridiculousness or the brilliance of Kiss of the Jewel Bird.

'The Stranger' Is Not Up to Coben's Standards

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The new book is good and suspenseful and enjoyable, but compared with the best of Coben it is second rate. Blame the author; he set the standard too high.

Do You Believe? Aims For Its Target Audience and Succeeds

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Do You Believe? is another faith based film from the makers of last year's God Is Not Dead. This time however, they have stepped up production values as well as having a much stronger cast.

The Pocket Wife Provides an Overabundance of Storylines

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.20.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Pocket Wife is a new novel by Susan Crawford. It is a story that mystifies while it entertains. The heroine of the story is a woman who is bipolar, and this disorder affects her memory as well as her ability to distinguish what is real and what is not.

Secrets and Lies Is a Program You Should Be Watching

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

What also draws me in is the acting. Phillippe has never been this good. He gives the various shades to Ben's personality which make you trust him one moment and doubt him the next. This role could take him to the next level of his career and he seems to know it.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Is First Rate Entertainment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is nothing remotely second best about the highly anticipated sequel to the charming The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which was released in 2011. The cast of that movie included Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith.

Focus Has Blurred Lines

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There was a time in the past when Will Smith was the most charming of actors. Any movie he made was enhanced by the pleasure of his personality. Then came "After Earth" and his career has never recovered.

The Never Open Desert Diner Is a Literary Serendipity

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Sometimes you pick up a book you know nothing about, read a few sentences and are immediately hooked. Such is the case of The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson. This is Anderson's first novel and it is a great one.