Attempt at first novel ends with arrival of a remarkable look-alike

A little over 10 years ago, mostly at the urging of a friend, I wrote my first novel. It took me about a year,...

Despite its shortcomings, ‘Tree of Life’ grows potentially classic roots

The specific subject of Terrence Malick’s new film The Tree of Life is a mid-century, middle-class, middle-American family—dysfunction and tragedy played out in Norman...

‘Meek’s Cutoff’ a beautifully crafted survival tale, but ending falls short

If you’ve ever had any romantic notions of being a covered-wagon pioneer on the American frontier, Meek’s Cutoff will be happy to disabuse you...

Discerning Diner: Yupha’s brings new dimensions to Thai cuisine

Using what friends tell me are my considerable sleuthing skills, I decided to dine inconspicuously at another one of Tempe’s award-winning restaurants, Yupha’s Thai...

Popular ‘Movies-in-the-Park’ series ready for 2011 season

For 30-plus years, Kyrene Corridor families have spent spring and fall evenings watching movies and spending quality time together at Kiwanis Park. In May,...

Holy bird smugglers! Where’s Batman when we need him?

The computer-animated kids’ movie Rio begins in the title city, where we see a baby parrot captured for the exotic bird trade. Somehow he...

‘Hop’ may be silly but still provides plenty of flop-eared hijinks

Much of last month I spent in China, where the Year of the Rabbit is in full swing. Cute little bunnies were in evidence...

Lucky Lou’s: Always a good bet

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Not in the mood? How about a juicy burger, a scrumptious (and healthy) plate of grilled salmon, an order of...

‘No. 4’ aspires to ‘Twilight’

Authorship of the young-adult novel I Am Number Four is credited to a certain “Pittacus Lore.” If you have a faint suspicion of a...

Our movie guru offers his picks for this year’s Best Oscar Pix

For the shortest month in the calendar, we ask a lot of February. It’s devoted to love, and to commemorating our great presidents, and...
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