Archive for ‘December, 2013’

Gene Kerrigan’s Dark Times in the City is superior modern Irish crime fiction

The former journalist’s fourth novel about the Dublin underworld focuses on the robbers, not the cops.

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Anchorman 2: time to wrap it up, guys

The second installment of the Ron Burgundy story finds the anchorman and his buddies moving to New York. Do hijinks ensue? You bet your ass.

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The world of broken dreams: Ray Price 1926-2013

The Texas balladeer’s music — and the beat underneath it — perfectly defined honky-tonk since the late ’50s.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is all a Tolkien fan could want

The second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy outruns 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Out Of the Furnace: great cast, underwhelming script, and bad timing

Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe all do great work — but the result never catches fire in this steel mill drama.

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Frozen is a worthy addition to the list of animated Christmas films

The story of a queen with magic powers — and her loving sister — has all the essentials to become a holiday perennial. Plus, a talking snowman.

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