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Political and Legal Thrillers, Chilling Literary Spines

Getrude Matshe | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books
Getrude Matshe

Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers.

Focus Movie Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Wild Tales

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.20.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Slivers of life gone awry take you in funny or perverted directions, and they'll make you reconsider your rash actions and ponder karma. Credit Szifron for the brilliant storytelling and astute direction: The actors move along like checkers on a checkerboard.

Pregnant Mom Nails 'Thriller' Dance Routine On Her Due Date

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents

February 11 was her due date, but her baby boy wasn’t showing any signs of emerging soon. So a pregnant Florida mom decided to try to give her son a...

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

Greg Archer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Greg Archer

It's refreshing to discover a noteworthy female protagonist in Cate Harlow. She's the fiery private investigator in author Kristen Houghton's latest endeavor, For I Have Sinned.

MTV's Brenna Ehrlich Chats About Her YA Debut and Reveals Cover

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

November is finally here, which means National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and Book Awareness Week is right around the corner. So with writing and reading on the brain, what better time to get the scoop on an awesome upcoming book and an exclusive look at the cover?

Greek Tragedy and John Wick

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The accomplishment of the movie is less its athleticism than its inducement of empathy. The audience is more than rooting for the antihero. We take on the same desire to punish.

Interstellar

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.

Review: R.G. Belsky Explores the Heart of Darkness in The Kennedy Connection

Holly Cara Price | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Belsky's novel is a fascinating character study of disgraced journalist Gil Malloy, on the hunt for a serial killer who may very well be in possession of a long-buried secret that could reveal the rotted, corrupt truth behind the Kennedy assassination.

Nightcrawler

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This journey into a bleak world not fathomed before is intriguing, unnerving and haunting. You'll walk out of the theater feeling like you need to go home to shower and scrub this film off your skin.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

Zach Udko | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

Sexuality, infidelity and creativity dominate as central themes in the highlights from this week's lineup.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

Sisters Lost and Found, in the Land of Shadows

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Land of Shadows, Rachel Howzell Hall's latest novel, is a riveting exploration of crime and its repercussions in the poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

Everything to Lose: A Talk With Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

His recent thrillers, No Way Back, 15 Seconds and Eyes Wide Open will be joined on April 22nd by his new novel Everything to Lose.

17 Movie Music Scenes That'll Make You Dance, Sing And Upload It To YouTube Right Now

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 03.28.2014 | Good News

We'd like to think the greatest cinematic moments happen when a music scene induces some serious audience toe-tapping and head-bobbing. Then head-bobb...

Staying Alive in a Digital World: A Talk With an Indie Bookstore Owner

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Fewer and fewer independent bookstores have survived the onslaught of online retailing. I thought it would be illuminating to talk with Annie Philbrick, co-owner of the Bank Square Bookstore.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Raymond Khoury

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Last Templar. Born in Lebanon, Raymond and his family were evacuated from Beirut's civil war, and fled to New York when he was 14.

Tales From the Dark Side: Horror Flicks Rooted in Gothic Past

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Behind most of the plot twists and supernatural phenomena of the original Gothic fictions, one tends to find real, human desires and motivations at work: jealousy, lust, ego-mania, vengeance, greed. Today's world is arguably more vulnerable than ever to the ill effects of these emotions.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.

Devilishly Dark Days: A Review of Alex Grecian's The Black Country

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 09.17.2013 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

I had the distinct privilege of reading an advanced copy of Alex Grecian's The Black Country. In this grisly sequel to The Yard, we follow Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith to the British Midlands.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I