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  • Wonder boys
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 18, 2018

    Tagged: Fiction

    Wonder boys is my favorite movie. Ever wondered what your academic professors' real life is like outside the classroom? Fear not. Tobey McGuire (without any spandex) and Michael Douglas (followed by his cannabis cloud) are here to rescue you from the banal existance of suburbia and show you what real writers' lives look like. Did you ever punk something just so you could write about it? This movie will give you the courage to get away with whatever you want to get away with in life. mischevious Hollywood ending.

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  • Michael Chabon's The escapists by Vaughan, Brian K.,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 16, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    An amazing tale on its own merits, and accessible without familiarity with the source material.

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  • Valerian and the city of a thousand planets
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 16, 2018

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    The visuals are stunning, but everything else is a mess. The two leads have no chemistry and can barely act, the script is wooden and stilted, the plot is nonsensical, and the supporting cast (aside from the surprising turns from Ethan Hawke and Rhianna) is unremarkable. The opening world building is wonderful but after that prologue, everthing goes  downhill. It's quite disappointing considering how enjoyable Luc Besson's films have been in the past, but the msot fun you will have with this one is pointing out all of the recycled sci-fi tropes and imagining how much better the film would have been with Bruce Willis and Milla Jojovich starring in it as a sequel to The Fifth Element.

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  • W.M.D. : Weapons of Mutant Destruction by Pak, Greg,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 14, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Other than Marvel's tendency to excessively waste time and ink introducing and articulating characters over and over and over again, the story is a good one. It's not the most original comic tale(Weapon's X stories are by definition a rehash of older plots) and in fact it's not even the most original tale, period (A prominent sci-fi film is ripped off mercilessly), but the parts are used well so the theft can be overlooked if not forgiven. 

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  • Batman. by King, Tom,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 14, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    The most complete volume in the rebirth continuity so far. Stylistically it's distinctive in both writing and art, and thematically its strong and remarkable for its focus on the non-Batman characters (indeed, most of Batman's presence is felt through narration and flashbacks rather than action/adventure sequences). The weakest parts are the framing sequences that utilize some decidedly out-of-character ideas that undermine the Batman most have come to know and love with juvenile romance.

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  • Harley Quinn. by Conner, Amanda,
    ★★★☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 14, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Perfectly serviceable HQ volume - nothing special or remarkable, just the entertainment style you expect from the character and her capable custodians (Palmiotti and Conner).

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  • NCIS, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Season 4
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    A static season in terms of cast, but a dynamic one in terms of character development. all of the mains are given feature episodes in which to shine and no one is ever lagged or overshadowed in the course of the season, which features several surprising revelations about the cast only hinted at before.  

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  • NCIS, Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Season 3
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    Picking right up where season two ended - and picking up the pieces of the tragic finale that will echo through the season. The third season continues a strong commitment to understated character development with the addition of two new cast members and the introduction of several recurring characters. A worthy continuation to the series. 

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  • Wolverine vs. the Marvel Universe by Gruenwald, Mark,
    ★★☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Not a new work like most of the entries under the 'vs' umbrella, rather a collection of mismatched and oddly curated reprints covering over two decades with no strong theme and wildly inconsistant art and story quality.  

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  • Deadpool versus the Punisher by Van Lente, Fred,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Exactly what you want and expect from the confrontation and collaboration of a pair of anti-heroes.

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  • Superman. vol 3: Multiplicity by Tomasi, Peter,
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Three stories, all terrible.

    Superman + Swamp Thing is a placeholder with no direction or resolution.

    Superman in the Multiverse never properly develops its supporting cast or alternate Supes, and has a confused and uninteresting antagonist to boot.

    The final entry only contains Superman for a single panel and was a complete and utter waste of ink.

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  • Buffy, the high school years vol. 3 - Glutton for Punishment by McDonald, Kel,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Like the other entries in the series, this hold its own as essentially a lost episode of the series - not one that influences, effects, or alters our views or undermines previous works in the 'verse, but rather one that serves as a reminder of what was - and enjoyably so. 

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  • Star Wars. vol 6: Out Among the Stars by Aaron, Jason,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 13, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    A collection of one-shots that doesn't follow an ongoing storyline but  rather focuses each issue on a different fan favorite from the series cast, including R2, Lando, Han and Ben. Individually entertaining, but unexpected from a title that up till now has had multi-issue arcs as the mainstay. 

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  • The little book of common sense investing : the only way to guarantee your fair share of stock market returns by Bogle, John C.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 9, 2018

    Tagged: Business & Economics Personal Finance & Investing

    This is as small and consise an investment guide as you're going to get and Bogle is very direct. Assuming you know how to use a phone and open an investment account for yourself; the information in this pocket guide will be of use. Instead of buying and selling, over-trading, worrying about the latest hot ETF craze or a myriad other things we are wont to do just read this book. Bogle will ingrain the genius of choosing broad index mutual funds that mimic the market overall return without falling short. Yes, all the smart people have the same diverse funds and don't suffer from over-confidence. Simplify your life and portfolio by reading this book until the wisdom of the mutual fund marinates in your soul.

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  • Rich bitch by Lapin, Nicole
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 9, 2018

    Tagged: Personal Finance & Investing

    Please over-look the title. Rich Bitch is one stop shopping for fixing your financial woes, geared toward the female crowd, and is perhaps the best cut-throat how to manage your money advice outside of reading about investing from Warren Buffet himself. N. Lapin leads the reader through all the hurdles it will take to eliminate debt, stop fearing paying with plastic, how to invest and how to budget and cut costs. Humoristic to a fault, and full of advice that even rich middle American types can benefit from this is worth adding to your collection. The only thing that isn't covered is cutting-edge apps, such as 'Honey', or other known millenial tricks of the trade which are ever changing.

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  • Catwoman by Jim Balent. by Balent, Jim,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 9, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    A strong run on an overlooked title. The crossovers are a bit lacking (though not as isolated and confusing as New 52 and Rebirth ones) and the art is a bit limited (Purple Spandex Catwoman is one of the worst stylistic eras for the character), but the story arcs are tight and the one-offs well presented.

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  • Outcast vol 4 by Kirkman, Robert,
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 9, 2018

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Referring to the cover blurb, "Answers" might be given and "Secrets" might be revealed, but the plot is so plodding , the art so murky, and the characters so interchangeably forgettable that no one remembers the questions or cares about the revelations.

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  • Wonder boys
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 6, 2018

    Tagged: Humor Movies & Television

    Wonder boys is my favorite movie. Ever wondered what your academic professors' real life is like outside the classroom? Fear not. Tobey McGuire (without any spandex) and Michael Douglas (followed by his cannabis cloud) are here to rescue you from the banal existance of suburbia and show you what real writers' lives look like. Did you ever punk something just so you could write about it? This movie will give you the courage to get away with whatever you want to get away with in life. mischevious Hollywood ending.

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  • A short history of nearly everything by Bryson, Bill.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 6, 2018

    Tagged: Science History

    With the density of a brigadoonian fogg Bill Bryson leads us triumphantly through the millenia of earths, and the cosmos' existence. Like a deer pausing for a gulp from a mountain stream Bryson's fascination with the natural universe leads the reader to ponder the view of life from the memory of the great barrier reef, or the aboriginees of Australia. How pleasantly satisfying to uncover the certitudes of the known universe through the eyes of an american smart-alek turned british science writer. The Non-Fiction kitten in you will purr. 

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  • Making marriage simple : 10 relationship-saving truths by Hendrix, Harville.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 6, 2018

    Tagged: Family Psychology Self-Help

    This Couple's Therapy 101 back to basics book is humoristic enough to lift you out of the Valley of Gloom and get you to stop yelling at your loved one long enough to reflect on all the nice things they do that you appreciate and have likely forgotten about gradually over the past 20years (or 2 days). Harville makes the reconciliation process simple by employing the maximum amount of Star Trek references, the geekiest cartoon egghead illustrations, and keeping religious doctrine out of the picture. There's something very heartwarming about reading that opposites really do attract, childhood issues do matter, and it's possible to love someone into being who hasn't really blossomed yet but is destined to with your mature watering. The grass is green wherever you water it. Water your relationship today by reading this book and stop fighting about who needs to read it first. You're welcome.

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