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'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

Greg Archer | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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

Why You Should Go to Dragon*Con

Bryan Young | Posted 09.09.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Young

Dragon*Con is like the Mardi Gras of geek conventions, a fan party that can be eye opening to some. It was so energetic and different to me, I wrote a book about it after my first time there.

Murder, She Read: Why Bad Deeds Make Good Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Why is it generally considered not only acceptable but even pleasurable to read about adultery and murder when society doesn't tolerate them in real life?

A Talk with Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I told my wife, "I think I'm not going to practice law anymore. She said, "Are you crazy?" I said "If this is the way they treat their own, I don't want to be a part of that anymore. She asked what I was going to do, and I showed her The Lincoln Lawyer. I said, "I can do this..."

Popcorn Preview: The East

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: The East (2013) Cast includes: Brit Marlin (Arbitrage), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Ellen Page (Juno), Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island),...

The Power of Plot

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Look up any review of Brown's fiction, scan it for descriptions of his prose, and you'll likely find the adjectives "clunky" and "repetitive" playing central roles. What redeems Brown's novels -- or, at least, compels readers to buy and read them?