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Monday, October 28, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

When I tell people I’m a librarian a lot of the time they ask me what my favorite book is. Sometimes, like in bars and family dinners, that question is thrown out like a challenge; like in order to prove my library cred I have to have the right book as a favorite. When that happens I throw tha... [More]

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Friday, October 25, 2013 | by: Greg Elwell

Well, what did you expect? As I left the screening of “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” I was trying to sum up my feelings about this alternately dull and shocking exercise in semi-scripted fiction. I had to admit, it was, to paraphrase Denny Green, what I thought it was. Clad in old ma... [More]

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Friday, October 25, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Cormac McCarthy has a particular worldview and it’s a tad bleak. OK. Fine. It’s super-mega bleak. It’s “road trip to visit Holocaust sites with Kafka and Nietzsche” bleak. The novelist and playwright doesn’t have the highest opinion of humanity, but he is incredi... [More]

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Friday, October 18, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Remaking a movie is always a dicey proposition, because you are forever wrestling with the legacy of the original. It can work, but for every “Ocean’s 11” there are 30 “Planet of the Apes.” This brings us to “Carrie,” which came out in 1976 and is so iconic... [More]

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Friday, October 18, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

“The Fifth Estate” is a movie about the whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic founder Julian Assange. But more than that, it is a movie with a lot of interesting things to say about journalism, idealism, egotism and a whole slew of other -isms thrown in for good measure. It ... [More]

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

October is in full swing with blustery days and nights that are even more so. What a perfect time for a movie night at home! After last week's steaming pile of releases, we actually have some movies worth checking out. One continues to reign as the funniest movie of 2013 and the other has giant robo... [More]

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Monday, October 14, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

When George Mallory was preparing an expedition in the 1920s to climb Mt. Everest he was asked by a newspaper reporter why he wanted to climb the mountain, to which Mallory cavalierly replied, “Because it’s there.” He later died on that mountain, which makes you wonder if maybe he... [More]

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Friday, October 11, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s weird to think that we might have reached a point where we take Tom Hanks for granted. He dominated the 1990s with one powerhouse performance after another, but for the past decade or so he’s been cooling his heels, bouncing from one lightweight project to the next. He never stoppe... [More]

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Historical figures make tricky subjects for musicals for many reasons, but when you are trying to tell the story of a real-live person there is no medium more unreal than a musical. So if you are chucking realism and historical accuracy out the window right from the beginning you had better have so... [More]

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Some weeks the DVD releases get a little rough. But hey, fall is here! Maybe go visit a pumpkin patch or rake the leaves instead of renting a movie. For you masochists out there you can check out some of the lousier movies of 2013, led by a completely and painfully unnecessary sequel. The only brig... [More]