Category: Reviews

Books
The Book of Formation by Ross Simonini

This debut novel is told through interviews between a journalist and an Oprah-style talk-show host who leads a self-help movement    Ross Simonini’s debut novel The Book of Formation is one of the strangest novels I’ve read this year. It begins in 1994 when a journalist accepts an assignment to interview one Mayah Isle, a talk-show host in the […]

Movies
Firangi

CAST:Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Jameel Khan, Aanjjan Srivastav DIRECTION:Rajiv Dhingra GENRE:Comedy, Drama DURATION:2 hours 40 minutes FIRANGI STORY: Set in 1921 pre-independent India, this limited budget period film is a languid love story served with a pinch of patriotism. FIRANGI REVIEW: One thing’s clear. With his second outing in the […]

Movies
James Franco shines as Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’

THE DISASTER ARTIST: 4 STARS “The Disaster Artist” details a filmmaker whose artistic ambitions outweighed his talent. The true story of Tommy Wiseau, the writer, director, producer and star of “The Room” is the title character, a man who miraculously and unwittingly turned disaster into triumph. The story of the making of the worst film […]

Movies
‘Pottersville’

Here’s the only plausible explanation for “Pottersville,” a nearly unwatchable — but inexplicably star-studded — new Christmas comedy which is making a brief pitstop in select theaters before spending the rest of eternity in the storage room of your local Walmart: A veteran producer at the Hallmark Channel was at the end of his rope (for the purposes […]

Movies
‘Wonder’

Director: Stephen Chbosky Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Nadji Jeter, Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin, Ali Liebert, Emma Tremblay, Millie Davis. Release Date: Nov 17, 2017 Official Site: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543472/ Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a […]

Books
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – review

A story of morals and motherhood set against the mystery of a burning house is well crafted but leaves our critic cold In Shaker Heights, Ohio, one of America’s first planned communities, order and harmony are prized. The Asian American writer Celeste Ng’s having partially grown up there helps to ground her second novel, Little Fires […]

Books
‘Good men and women do not always survive’

Enemy of the people is the latest in a series of insightful books providing disturbing detail on the way in which President Zuma has captured the state for his benefit and that of his corrupt friends and associates. The book, by seasoned journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter Du Toit, paints a grim picture of not only […]

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THE TOP 25 WORKOUT SONGS

Is the key to keeping you primed to keep pushing heavy weight in the gym. And what better motivator is there than music? We asked the experts–our dedicated Muscle & Fitness fans–what music makes their heart rate rise and gets them pumped to hit new PRs, and you answered. Here are the top 25 workout songs […]

Reviews
THE BFG SYNOPSIS

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of […]