Dateline: Auckland, New Zealand
An American journalist who now lives in New Zealand, Nik Dirga writes whenever the mood strikes him about books, music, movies, pop culture and more.
Master cartoonist Kyle Baker is able to spin from charming domestic comedy into captivating, graphic historical tragedy.
V For Vendetta isn't a flawless adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but it tries harder than most hit movies to arouse thought.
Thirty years of pioneering roots rock from East L.A.'s Los Lobos gets anthologized on one genre-bending new CD.
Get sweaty and sassy with the first live album by this cult Southern rockabilly surf rock band. Banana pudding!
Africa meets New Wave in the 1980 classic by Talking Heads, now remastered with bonus tracks and DVD extras.
Get your Irish on with this collection of work from more than 40 years of Celtic music.
Celebrate your Presidents Day with an orgy of trivia courtesy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.
Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown is meandering and flawed but still has enough charm and wit to make it worth seeing.
Sparked by solid performances by Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, the otherworldly comedy/romance Just Like Heaven gets the job done.
Philip Seymour Hoffman gets under your skin in a fascinating look at one writer's obsession with fame and death.