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Most modern fantasy adventures are distinguished, if that's the right word, by shot after shot of actors gaping at amazements — beanstalks busting out of the ground, for example, or flaming trees being flung as weapons at the king's castle —...
I really, really cherish reading with the boys, even though they have become voracious readers on their own. We started reading "classics" together when they were small: "Peter Pan", "Wind in the Willows" and "Stuart Little". In recent years, we were...
All right, I realize that this blog post is about a month too late...but, we got it into our heads to read J.R.R Tolkien's classic before we headed to the movie theater to see the new-ish 3D extravaganza...yet we didn't have this brilliant idea until...
*1/2 (out of four) After the 12 endings that wrapped up 2003’s Best Picture-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” Peter Jackson could have parted with J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations and gone out on top. Alas. The...
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Over the last nine years of motherhood, I have had so many important moments with my boys thanks to books. When they were little, we would snuggle together and read board books until the pages were worn. In fact, I recently put a bin of these in the...
"I really do believe these people would have gotten away with murdering me if it would not have been for what you guys did — for being there in the beginning and getting this whole thing on tape so the rest of the world sees what's happening." That'...
Forget fiscal cliffs, family get-togethers and falling outdoor temperatures. You should be thinking about finishing your holiday shopping right about now. You're in luck. Here is a can't-miss South Florida holiday gift guide featuring some of the...
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Last month after a screening, even as the lights came up in the theater, I could feel "Zero Dark Thirty" fading, its images and impact already softening in my head. No, no, wait: not fading — mingling. If our cultural experiences rub shoulders at...
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
It's that time in our program to stop and remember the folks we lost this year. •Actors: Peggy Ahern, 95, and Jack Hanlon, 96 ("Our Gang" kids); Dimitra Arliss ("The Sting"), 79; R.G. Armstrong, 95; Luke Askew, 80; Zina Bethune, 66; Turhan Bey, 90;...
"Just because he may have been a nasty little man and a nasty anti-Semite doesn't mean that his music is not as supreme as it is." That assessment comes from a Richard Wagner scholar in the documentary "Wagner & Me" (at the Siskel Film Center through...
"The Hobbit," the first of three movies to be yanked out of J.R.R. Tolkien's single novel, comes from Mister Middle-earth: Peter Jackson, who thrilled Tolkien fans worldwide with his lavish screen version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy....
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