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  • The Bleeding House
    Movie review: The Bleeding House
    The Smith family has a troubled past they are trying to reconcile along with some dark secrets and some disturbing problems. When a stranger whose car has broken down is allowed to stay the night he realizes there is something not quite right...
  • Phantom
    Movie review: Phantom
    During the Cold War, a Soviet submarine captain embarks on a mysterious mission despite having disturbing seizures only to learn a rogue KGB group is determined to launch one of the ship's nuclear missiles and start a war.Ed Harris (Demi),...
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott’s ‘Jinxed’ sparkling mystery follow-up
    Kathryn Leigh Scott’s ‘Jinxed’ sparkling mystery follow-up
    Author Kathryn Leigh Scott has written a sequel to her novel “Down and Out in Beverly Heels,” which introduced readers to amateur sleuth Meg Barnes, who relies on detective skills she learned playing a popular character named Jinx...
  • Modern novels get inspiration from classic movies
    Classic movies inspire modern novels
    Classic movies have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, not just to other, younger filmmakers but to novelists, as well. Writers today look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood in a variety of ways, either setting their narratives in an...
  • Branded
    Movie review: Branded
    In the future corporate advertising and branding have turned into psychological warfare where negative publicity has disillusioned society. When Misha realizes there is a vast control conspiracy taking place he sets out to make the world aware of...
  • Oldboy
    Movie review: Oldboy
    Joe Doucett suddenly finds himself held captive in a hotel room replica. Twenty years later he is suddenly released. With no explanation for either his captivity or his release, his only thoughts are for revenge against his captors and of his...
  • Mysteries for kids
    Mysteries for Christmas Break
    The summer slide is a well-documented phenomenon. The John Hopkin’s School of Education has synthesized studies dating back over 100 years to confirm that students lose weeks and even months of mathematical, spelling and reading ability if...
  • Sky booms rock homes on two continents: Are UFO's to blame?
    Sky booms rock homes on two continents: Are UFO's to blame?
    Loud unexplained booms heard in the skies over Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday night were initially attributed to a micro-earthquake, that is, until it was determined that the earthquake occurred nearly two hours after residents reported the hearing the...
  • Doppelgangers: Evil twins or body doubles
    Doppelgangers: Evil twins or body doubles
    You’ve probably been told that somewhere in the world, you have an exact double, but is there really any truth to that belief? It depends on who you ask. Some would say this double is a doppelganger. Skeptics would tell you they don't...
  • Kiss the Girls
    Movie review: Kiss the Girls
    A forensic psychologist chasing down a serial killer gets a break when one of the kidnap victims escapes. Partnering with the woman and using her memories, the two are able to hunt down the killer despite the danger to themselves.Morgan Freeman ...
  • The Usual Suspects
    Movie review: The Usual Suspects
    When five unassociated criminals are pulled into a police lineup they begin talking and decide to work together on a job. But when the job goes sideways the crew scrambles to fix things while, against reason and odds, they continue to get worse...
  • Odd Thomas
    Movie review: Odd Thomas
    Odd is a simple short-order cook in a small California town. Except that he sees dead people. Using his clairvoyant abilities for good, Odd tries to bring justice to those were murdered. But while Odd believes his unique abilities keep him in...
  • The setting in your story, part 2
    The setting in your story, part 2
    In August I highlighted the importance of employing the basic principles of 'setting' for your book to take shape and have life between its pages. This month, The Books Magazine responded to my article. In their feature article "The...
  • The Skeleton Key
    Movie review: The Skeleton Key
    Hospice nurse Caroline takes a job at a remote plantation home caring for Ben with help from his wife Violet. When the dark history of the house starts to come alive and seems to be killing Ben, she turns to Luke desperate for help.Kate Hudson ...
  • Birds of a feather
    Sowers, seeds, birds and the secrets of the mysteries
    The readings for this Sunday continue from the readings for the prior week. Among the rules of Hebrew rhetoric teaches there is nothing unnecessary in the Sacred Writings. Last week’s readings, begin with birds and this week’s readings...
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