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DVD Review: ‘American Guerrilla in the Philippines’

The resistance tries to hold off the Japanese, from L-R: Tom Ewell, Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle

A patriotic war movie that is of interest for fans looking to see all the films of Fritz Lang and Tyrone Power. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘So This Is Christmas’

Eric Roberts and Vivica A. Fox in a rare tender moment

So This Is Christmas is a thoughtful independent film about hard choices that many older teens and adults may find rewarding. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Staircase’

Charlie (Harrison) and Harry (Burton) in a rare quiet moment.

A little-seen film from 1969 starring Rex Harrison and Richard Burton as a pair of aging hairdressers, comes to DVD for the first time. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Blandings, Series One’

The inhabitants of Blandings Castle, L-R: The Empress, Clarence (Timothy Spall), Freddie (Jack Farthing), Beach (Mark Williams), and Connie (Jennifer Saunders)

A certainly silly, but also highly enjoyable, series from the U.K. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan: Deadliest Critters’

With a rhinoceros beetle in Ecuador

All four episodes of this BBC series feature enthusiastic, informative narrative as well as great scenic photography. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Standing Up’

Grace (Annalise Basso) and Howie (Chandler Canterbury) on the run.

Although it takes a tough stand against bullying, it does it with humor and ingenuity. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Fairest of Them All’ by Carolyn Turgeon

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What if Snow White’s evil stepmother turned out to be another familiar fairytale heroine, like Rapunzel? Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk, Parts One and Two’

At the Dragon Training Academy (CW from top: Ruffnut and Tuffnut on Barf and Belch, Snotlout with Hookfang, Astrid with Stormfly, and Fishlegs with Meatlug)

This should keep dragon fans happy until the release of the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is planned for a June 2014 release. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Falcón’

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Although made for television, these two Falcón episodes are very cinematic. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations,’ by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

Frank Sinatra and Ava

Most of the fun in Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations comes from the sense that the reader is hearing Gardner talk to Evans in her actual voice. Read More »