Category : Reviews

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire broke out in the Central Library building of the Los Angeles Public Library in the city’s downtown area. The damage was not only destructive to the then-60-year-old structure, it reached devastating ...

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American Prison by Shane Bauer

Back in 1887, New York World reporter Nellie Bly did something unprecedented for a story that would deal with inhumane conditions that were prevalent throughout the city’s insane asylums. The young reporter feigned insanity, so that she could be committed to ...

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Great make-up work to give Nicole Kidman that tormented look in her face, and yes, great acting by Kidman who as LAPD detective Erin Bell is involved in an investigation that would take her to a past that brought her ...

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The 10 movies of 2018

The year that just ended was prolific regarding good productions, choosing the best movies is then a hard job for a critic. However, here is my personal selection of the ten best for 2018 plus some that were very close ...

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Top books of 2018

Since 2008, the first Book Banter column of the new year always meant taking one last look at the year before and see which books stood out for me over the previous 12 months. This past year, like ever other ...

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Elevation by Stephen King

Nearly 35 years ago, Stephen King – writing under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman – published a novel called Thinner, in which an individual was put under a curse by a Gypsy elder when he accidentally ran over and killed ...

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