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reviewed The Black Dahlia. December 29, 2006
The Black Dahlia (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
Brian de Palma made an odd decision in creating this apparently very expensive, very strange and confusing version of a film, a movie less about the grisly/twisted unsolved murder (grossly illustrated …
reviewed The Illusionist. November 20, 2006
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The Illusionist
`The Illusionist' provides great, old-fashioned fun. Much like `The Prestige,' it is a magician's movie that requires the audience to keep their eyes on the subject. This time the titled `illusionist,' …
reviewed Brick (2005 movie). October 22, 2006
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Brick
It's not easy being a teenager. Belonging or not belonging to a clique or gang can bring horrible expectations--ones that aren't easy to fulfill. Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an outsider, the way …
reviewed Brick (2005 movie). August 25, 2006
Brick
This movie was surprisingly good. It's not a movie I envision people running out to see in the theaters. It's the type of film that you'd catch on cable. The movie brings to life a genre which has all …
reviewed The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack R.... July 18, 2006
The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher
This tenth novel in the series plays on two of Jack Reacher's known quirks as well as on an underlying theme that has existed throughout the series. In this novel all three items are used to create a …
reviewed The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack R.... July 05, 2006
The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher
This is a book I've looked forward to for awhile... The latest Jack Reacher novel. The Hard Way by Lee Child is as good as I expected, and my only disappointment is that I have to wait for the next one...  &nbs …
MYSTERY READER'S WALKING GUIDE: LONDON: SECOND
I've never been one for following walking tours precisely how they're laid out in guidebooks, and that's not how I used this volume either. However, "Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: London" was one of …
reviewed The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack R.... May 27, 2006
The Hard Way: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher
This is Lee Child's tenth Jack Reacher novel. Reacher is the modern hero. Rootless. Anonymous. He has no roots, nothing. His luggage is the clothes on his back and a collapsible toothbrush. Trouble never …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... February 25, 2006
Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
I wasn't expecting much on this movie, I mean it does have Marky Mark in it and I'd hate to think he's be the start of the movie. But I was hoping for it to be exciting, emotional, and engaging... And …
reviewed One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9). February 04, 2006
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
I knew this day would unfortunately come... I'm now caught up on all the Jack Reacher novels with the completion of Lee Child's One Shot. Another excellent story in the series...    A …
reviewed The Enemy. January 06, 2006
The Enemy by Lee Child
In this installment of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child takes a step back into Reacher's past... The Enemy.    Most of the Reacher books involve current day action since Reacher …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... January 03, 2006
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Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
This movie was about as painful to watch as the revenge exacted by the brothers in this movie on the killers of their "mother."    An old woman is gunned down during a robbery and …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... December 27, 2005
Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
John Singleton has a gift for depicting the gritty side of life and making it credible: there are reasons for heads-up defensive action in neighborhoods where perpetrators and victims live side by side …
reviewed Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3). October 15, 2005
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
Yup... completely and totally hooked... I just finished up the third installment in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child... Tripwire. And they seem to keep getting better.    Reacher, …
reviewed Haunted Ground: A Novel. September 07, 2005
Haunted Ground: A Novel
I understand that this book is to be the first in a series, and I do look forward to the next one. The tale is excellent, with finely-drawn characters, and just the right touch of eerie Irish countryside …
reviewed The Rule of Four. August 06, 2005
The Rule of Four
One of my local librarians suggested a book she thought I might like... The Rule Of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. Unfortunately, this is one of those rare instances where we didn't agree. …
reviewed One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9). July 02, 2005
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
Lee Child's Jack Reacher is in my opinion the finest hero in contemporary fiction of any kind. I'm sure others have their favorites, but Reacher to me represents the epitome of the hero. An odd kind of …
reviewed The Enemy. May 20, 2005
The Enemy by Lee Child
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble …
reviewed Sick Puppy. May 11, 2005
Sick Puppy
Few writers of the thriller/mystery genre have the gift of humor. And even fewer have Carl Hiaasen's ability to craft sentence after sentence of dialogue and observations that can have you laughing aloud …
reviewed The Italian Secretary: A Further Adve.... April 24, 2005
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of
I find the "unknown" adventures of Sherlock Holmes very interesting, and try to read them whenever I find a book about him. This latest effort, done by an experienced novelist whom I have read in the …
reviewed Cast of Shadows. April 19, 2005
Cast of Shadows
Until the brutal rape and murder of his 18-year-old daughter, Dr. Davis Moore has a comfortable and successful life as cloning specialist at his own fertility clinic.    While still …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. March 18, 2005
The Egyptologist: A Novel
Arthur Phillips has created a marvelous mystery in "The Egyptologist." The story begins with the journal of Ralph M. Trilipush, intrepid explorer of Egyptian tombs, adjunct professor of Egyptology at …
reviewed From Hell (2001 film). February 25, 2005
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From Hell (2001 movie)
The time: 1888. The place: London, Whitechapel district (the Victorian equivalant to the modern Red Light district). Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) is a beautiful and buxom lass who's life in London didn't …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. January 09, 2005
The Egyptologist: A Novel
Arthur Phillips is a fine wordsmith and a gifted technical craftsman of the letters. While nearly every page of his two novels (PRAGUE and now THE EGYPTOLOGIST) reinforce his skills as a writer, those …
reviewed The Enemy. October 21, 2004
The Enemy by Lee Child
This is a mystery with so many historical and social undercurrents that you must be very knowledgeable about the atmosphere of the times to understand them all. The setting is New Year's Day in 1990 and …
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