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Huff Post Review: The Beaver

Scott Mendelson | Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

If this film works at all, it is as an acting treat. Had Mel Gibson been in better standing with the film community at the moment, he would probably be expecting an Oscar nomination next year.

Book Review Roundup: Obama's Mom's Bio And A Book About Heaven And Hell

Posted 07.03.2011 | Home

"The Summer Without Men" by Siri Hustvedt New York Times Hustvedt’s novels tend to be as somber as they are intellectually invigorating. Her g...

Albert Brooks's New Book Casts A Wry Eye On Problems Of The Future

nytimes.com | JANET MASLIN | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home

In his most recent film, “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” Albert Brooks can be seen as a stand-up comic trying to entertain an audience i...

PHOTOS: HuffPost Editors' Picks, Books We're Loving Right Now

Posted 06.30.2011 | Home

The reporters and editors on the Huffington Post staff are serious book lovers and we wanted to know what they're reading and loving now, hoping that ...

Book Review Roundup: War And Shakespeare

Posted 06.25.2011 | Home

"1861: The Civil War Awakening" by Adam Goodheart The New York Times Not everyone will be enamored of “1861.” Some will object that it conce...

The New York Review Of Books Reviews Self-Published Book

New York Review Of Books | Posted 06.25.2011 | Home

"Dear Marcus" is a self-published first book by someone with no connection to New York publishing. At the age of twelve its author, Jerry McGill, was ...

What Is An Author To Do When Good Book Reviews Are No Longer Enough?

The Atlantic | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home

Today's authors can't rely on the merit of their pages. Literary coverage has grown, but reaching readers is as difficult as ever....

HuffPost Review: Scream 4 (2011)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

It is rare that a film spends such a large chunk of its running time basically admonishing its own existence. Yet Wes Craven's return to the world of Scream is not only a relatively unnecessary franchise revival, it wears its uselessness on its sleeve.

The Strip Diary, Day Twelve: More Vegas Hotel Reviews, in Haiku Form

Paul Bradley Carr | Posted 06.15.2011 | Travel
Paul Bradley Carr

Right now, most of my stories are still spinning around in my brain -- not quite ready to land. So here's the second part of my weekly round-up of my accommodations, written in the form of haiku.

On Our Radar: Upcoming Books You Should Know About (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home

Books on our radar: what's just come out or about to come out that we think you should know about. Some have buzz, some will fly too low, but we wante...

HuffPost Review: Your Highness

Scott Mendelson | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Your Highness is fatally-stymied by a script that still thinks that smoking weed is inherently funny, the "f-word" is by-itself comic gold, and homosexuality is automatically repulsive.

Book Review Roundup: Essays By Tina Fey And The Abuse Of Literature

Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

"Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey Los Angeles Times If nothing else, "Bossypants" should make any profile of Fey unnecessary, since it provides, in abun...

Anis Shivani's Most Anticipated Books Of Spring

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.03.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

Here's another great selection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for Spring of 2011.

Book Review Roundup: Sexcapades And Faulkner Anecdotes

Posted 05.28.2011 | Home

"Every Day by the Sun" by Dean Faulkner Wells Los Angeles Times Happily for us, her affectionate, unblinking memoir gives us a vivid snapshot o...

Death Of New York Times Book Review?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.28.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

This week, the New York Times goes behind a paywall. Good riddance. The section that will be least missed is the book review, which presents, week after week, calculated affronts to literary taste and value.

HuffPost Review: Sucker Punch -- Genuinely Feminist, It's a Deeper, Darker Confection Than One Might Presume

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

There is a level of titillation that comes from watching attractive women taking up arms. Is is possible to make a female-driven action fantasy without falling prey to misogynistic messaging?

Book Review Roundup: Victorian Sex And Alan Arkin's Memoir

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"An Improvised Life: A Memoir" by Alan Arkin January Magazine Fans and admirers of the Academy Award-winning star will enjoy "An Improvised Lif...

Do Negative Book Reviews Actually Increase Book Sales?

mhpbooks.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Bill Morris at The Millions drew our attention to this Marketing Science research paper that explores the impact of negative New York Times book revi...

Book Review Roundup: A History Of Information And Short Stories Galore

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Give Me Your Heart" by Joyce Carol Oates Los Angeles Times Oates isn't writing horror fiction, but she might as well be. Her stories pack the s...

HuffPost Review: Battle: Los Angeles

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Rare is the movie that loses points for being too realistic. But Jonathan Liebesman's alien invasion picture feels less like an epic and more like a genuinely plausible war picture.

HuffPost Review: Red Riding Hood

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Red Riding Hood is not what I would call a 'good' movie, but it is an entertaining genre entry. It has an occasionally gripping narrative and a terrifically fun Gary Oldman performance that takes over much of the picture right when it needs an extra jolt.

HuffPost Review: Black Death

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Black Death may not have anything groundbreaking to say, but it remains a creepy and occasionally disconcerting period piece, and it establishes Christopher Smith as a genuine talent.

HuffPost Review: Rango

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Rango is the very definition of an odd duck. It is a gorgeously-animated little fable that works both as an homage to westerns and film noir, as well as a thoughtful and spiritual hero's journey.

Book Review Roundup: Keith Richards And Bath Toys

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Tiger, Tiger" by By Margaux Fragoso New York Times It's testimony to Fragoso's narrative abilities that she can render both her own and Curran'...

Most Frequently Reread Library Books (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We asked HuffPost Readers to tell us which books they reread the most. But we also wondered which library books people most frequently reread. It wasn...