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Movie Review: I Am Legend

Will Smith’s acting and images of an empty New York City make I Am Legend worthwhile. Read More »

Book Review: It Wasn’t All Dancing and Other Stories by Mary Ward Brown

In the carefully written stories of It Wasn't All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown illuminates themes of change, isolation, and uncertainty. Read More »

Movie Review: Beowulf

The film Beowulf, an adaptation of the epic poem, is a significant missed opportunity. Read More »

Book Review: Tongues of Flame by Mary Ward Brown

The seamless, carefully wrought stories illuminate the lives of individuals struggling with limiting and changing circumstances. Read More »

Movie Review: 300

300 is a bigoted, small-minded, short-sighted, shallow spectacle and little else. Read More »

Book Review: The Pesthouse by Jim Crace

A surprisingly warm and engaging story about two people falling in love and struggling to survive in post-apocalyptic America. Read More »

Movie Review: The Good German

The Good German is a suspenseful post-WWII noir that implicates Americans, Russians, and Germans alike in wartime horrors. Read More »

Movie Review: Canyon Passage

Dramatic cinematography, compromised characters, Hoagy Carmichael, and a variety of themes and plots keep Canyon Passage interesting. Read More »

Book Review: Falling Man by Don DeLillo

In Falling Man Don DeLillo considers the September 11 attacks by focusing on individuals caught up in the calamity. Read More »

Book Review: A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams

A novel of war, love, and memory: an old man struggles with his life's meaning. Read More »