Harden’s account of prison camp

Susan Altman, Guest Writer

January 29, 2013

North Korea has long been a nation shrouded in mystery. Few from outside its borders may visit, and those that do manage to gain access are often only allowed to see a meager portion of the country. Its inhabitants are often unable...

George Takei: “Star Trek” to social media

Susan Altman, Staff Writer

January 19, 2013

While primarily known as Sulu in the groundbreaking science-fiction series “Star Trek,” actor George Takei has achieved quite a lot in his seventy-five years.  In addition to his acting roles, Takei has also served as an...

My Thoughts Be Bloody addresses sibling rivalry

Susan Altman, Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

A casual observer of United States history may be familiar with the name John Wilkes Booth. They may know he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln shortly after the official end of the Civil War, and that the ensuing manhunt...

The untapped potential of the introverted

Susan Altman, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012

Apart from their fame, did you know that Rosa Parks, T.S. Eliot, Sir Isaac Newton, J.K. Rowling, and Steven Spielberg have something in common? All of them possess (or possessed) a shared personality trait: the tendency towards...

Rian Johnson executes an epic with Looper

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012

With the outstanding cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, as well as a fresh and inventive story from director and writer Rian Johnson, “Looper” delivers everything. The film’s title comes from a career in killing...

Story of a rancid romance

Susan Altman, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

In his first published work, “Warm Bodies,” up-and-coming novelist Isaac Marion expands upon the world of literary romance in a rather shocking fashion: by throwing zombies into the mix. However, the zombies of this work...

The verdict of Dredd 3D

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

“Dredd 3D,” starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, reinstates the Judge in a technically admirable, but not completely enjoyable film. Set in America’s distant future, when all but the Northeastern seaboard has been...

Donnie Yen stars in “Ip Man”

Pratik Patel, Staff Writer

September 18, 2012

“Ip Man” (2008), starring Donnie Yen, uncovers the lives of the residents of Foshan, China during the Sino-Japanese war. The movie focuses on Ip Man, a Wing Chun grandmaster, who has forsaken using his combative skills and...

Thugs, drugs and sociology?

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

September 18, 2012

“Gang Leader for a Day,” by Sudhir Venkatesh, gives a unique glimpse into the closed life of the leader of one of Chicago’s crack-dealing gangs from a sociologist’s perspective.  Venkatesh’s book is non-fiction, which...

The cutthroat banana business

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

August 21, 2012

“The Fish That Ate the Whale:  The Life and Times of America’s Banana King” by Rich Cohen, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux tells the tale of Samuel Zemurray, master of the banana.  The book is historical nonfiction,...

The Dark Knight Rises

Pratik Patel, Staff Writer

August 21, 2012

Christopher Nolan concludes the Batman series, which commenced with “Batman Begins” (2005), followed by “The Dark Knight” (2008), with “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), the eccentric...

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