Movie Review: “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”

Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage in the third installment of the triple X series.  His boss, Morris, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is set on saving the world from destruction. and attempts to recruit a new member, when he’s killed by a satellite falling from orbit.  It’s been brought down by a new device […]

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Book Review: “Hammers on Bone” by Cassandra Khaw

This is a novella published in October 2016.  The story is about a private investigator, John Persons, in London in contemporary times, but the author has chosen to write it in a style reminiscent of a detective novel from the 1950’s or before.  Women are referred to as ‘dames’ or ‘skirts’ and the investigator is […]

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Movie Review: “La La Land”

This is a new twist on an old Hollywood theme.  Boy and girl meet, fall in love, but instead of happily ever after, they pursue their own dreams for success and pay the price. Ryan Gosling stars as Sebastian, a struggling jazz musician who must take jobs in rock bands to survive.  Emma Stone stars as […]

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Movie Review: “Patriot’s Day”

This terrorist act took place in 2013, but it seemed like it was only yesterday when I was watching events unfold on TV.  In Boston, April 15th is Patriot’s Day and marks the running of the Boston Marathon.  There are only three things Bostonians do on that day–watch the Boston Marathon, run the Boston Marathon, or watch […]

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Book Review: “A Rule Against Murder” by Louise Penny

This book was published in 2008 and is another in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The mystery part of this novel takes a long time in developing.  The book was nearly halfway over before there was a dead body.  The author takes considerable time in developing the relationship or lack thereof within the Finney/Morrow family.  It’s […]

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Movie Review: “Hidden Figures”

In the sixties, the space race was on and Russia was winning.  NASA was tasked with the job of catching up and surpassing them.  Al Harrison was the driving force behind the attempt.  To do this, he gathered the cream of the crop, the top mathematicians in the country, but they were all white men.  […]

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Book Review: “Night Watch” by Iris and Roy Johansen

Published in 2016, this book has a main character with a unique story.  Her name is Kendra Michaels and she was born blind.  However, she was given the gift of sight in a unique experiment by Dr. Charles Waldridge from Britain’s Night Watch Project.  Since then, she’s become a successful therapist with a thriving practice, […]

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Movie Review: “Assassin’s Creed”

Michael Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch in this adaptation of the video game by the same name.  In this story, Callum, or Cal, grows up a troubled child; his father murdered his mother and then he disappeared, leaving his child in the foster care system.  Now an adult, Cal is sentenced to death by injection and is […]

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Movie Review: “Passengers (2016)”

This movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two passengers on a space voyage to Homestead II.  The journey is run and sponsored by a large corporation which makes its money on colonizing planets.  The ship is to be run completely by computer until the ship is within 5 months of arrival.  At that point […]

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Book Review: “The Lincoln Conspiracy” by Timothy L. O’Brien

What if the assassination of President Lincoln wasn’t as clear-cut as the historians say?  Was someone other than Booth involved?  I’ve seen conspiracy theories on this subject on television and this book seems to indicate that it is indeed possible. The story begins as Temple McFadden, a police detective in Washington, D.C., interrupts a scuffle […]

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