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The House of the Spirits (1993)

This unfortunate adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel is a miscalculation for the ages. Despite a tremendously talented cast and the sure-handed direction of Bille August, there’s just no way to make Allende’s sprawling novel into a satisfying cinematic experience: There’s everything from telekinesis, child molestation, bestiality, rape, torture, dismemberment and homoeroticism, set against the backdrop of the Chilean revolution through the lives of an patriarchal, aristocratic family. 62 more words

Review: Incendiary by Michael Cannell

Title: Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
Author: Michael Cannell
Rating: ★★
Summary: Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York. 238 more words

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Book review: Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan

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Hanna is involved in a mysterious accident that leaves her with a traumatic brain injury and retrograde amnesia. Her memories of the last nine months have just disappeared and she’s relying on her sister, her best friends, and her longtime crush turned fiance, Max, to fill her in on the details. 542 more words

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Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)

The fifth installment of the deeply peculiar killer Santa has nothing to do with the original movies. In essence, it has more to do with “Halloween 3” than its own predecessors: Like “Halloween 3,” it exists within a franchise but its narrative is stand-alone, and outside of the context of the series it’s a nasty little number. 65 more words

Strange Weather (2016)

On paper, “Strange Weather” sounds like a winner: A mid-level indie starring the tremendous Holly Hunter (with support from Kim Coates and the late Glenne Headley), focusing on a story of motherly grief and the quest for closure and redemption. 69 more words