“Independence Day: Resurgence” Movie review

This movie is a sequel to one made about twenty years ago, also called, “Independence Day.”  Since Earth’s victory in the last film, the world has made strides using alien technology to improve our defenses.  In addition, all of the world has banded together in preparation for the return of the aliens. Then, one day, […]

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“The Way to Rainy Mountain” Essay review

Written by N. Scott Momaday, this essay is part of the collection in “The Blair Reader” published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. The author discusses his grandmother and what the world was like when she was a child.  At the time, the Kiowa tribe was living its “last […]

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“Mistborn” Book review

Written by Brandon Sanderson, this book was first published in 2006 and was the first book in “The Mistborn Trilogy.” The author creates an entirely new world called the Final Empire where the Lord Ruler reigns supreme and his nobles make sure the peasants, the skaa, are kept subjugated and working.  And only the Lord […]

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“Amerigeddon” Movie review

I should have trusted my instincts and skipped this movie, but I didn’t.  This one was made for all those conspiracy theorists who believe that our government has sold out to the U.N. and we will allow them to take us over.  If it wasn’t for this handful of people in this movie, we’d all […]

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“Central Intelligence” Movie review

This movie teams Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson together in a comedy secret agent film  It’s hilarious, while dealing with some important topics like bullying and dashed expectations.  Kevin Hart plays Calvin Joyner who had the best years of his life in high school.  Twenty years later, he’s an accountant, passed over for promotion.  An […]

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“No Name Woman” Essay review

This essay was written by Maxine Hong Kingston and published in 1999 in the “Blair Reader” edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The essays in this book are designed to develop critical reading skills in students, but I find that I need the same help as an older adult.  I am old […]

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“Now You See Me 2” Movie review

It would be helpful to see the first film before this one.  I saw it so I was familiar with the story and the players.  The story is actually a continuation of the first movie as the man who was previously tricked by the Four Horsemen takes his revenge.  Three of the four Horsemen return […]

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“Warcraft” Movie review

Let me begin by saying that I’m not a gamer.  This movie is based on a video game, but I didn’t know anything about it.  I was looking forward to finding out when I saw the previews, but I was very disappointed. The story begins as the Orcs flee their world and enter the Seven Kingdoms.  Their […]

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“Bombshell” Audiobook review

Written by Catherine Coulter, this book was published in 2013.  This was an abridged novel and was performed by Paul Costanzo and Renee Raudman. In this novel, the author continued her pattern of having two dissimilar stories in the same book with the only interaction being the head of the FBI unit.  In the first […]

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“Love and Friendship” Movie review

Jane Austen fans rejoice!  A movie has been made in the 21st century according to 19th century specifications.  The original book was titled, “Lady Susan” since she dominates the story.  The new title is more benign, but more descriptive and may be the only thing updated about the film.  There wasn’t any attempt to update […]

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