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The Princess Bride: The “Good Parts”

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You know those scarves that are all the rage, the ones covered in portions of text from a book? For once in my life, I feel fashionable, as a dear friend gave me one as a gift. I recognized the text pretty quickly as coming from a book I’ve loved since I was ten: William […]

Hidden Figures

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I went to see Hidden Figures the other night. To echo what everyone who is not behind the times and has already seen the movie has said: what an amazing story about truly amazing women (if soooo Hollywoodized: Kevin Costner: “I’m a busy, busy man. I’m so busy. But segregation is wrong. So I’m gonna […]

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables TV movie review

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Let’s start with what Breakthrough Entertainment’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables does right. This adaptation, which first aired in Canada back in February but was released stateside over Thanksgiving weekend, does hit a lot of favorite moments from the book, particularly its early chapters. Anne (Ella Ballentine) arrives in Avonlea the way she’s supposed […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review

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“Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case. A case full of magical creatures. And unfortunately, some have escaped.” That’s the basic premise for the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros., November 2016; PG-13), the first in a projected five-movie spin-off series of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise […]

Most peculiar

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Fans of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series will recognize the title Tales of the Peculiar; it’s the book of folktales read aloud by protagonist Jacob and his fellow peculiar children in the trilogy. In the same vein as J.K. Rowling’s Tales of Beedle the Bard, Ransom Riggs’s new collection Tales of the Peculiar (Dutton, […]

A deluge of Dahl

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Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, is at the Boston Opera House through June 26th. The BFG, a movie based on Dahl’s 1982 novel, opens in theaters July 1st (and I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening with Horn Book alum and Dahl fan Cindy Ritter). I had a very […]

Allegiant movie review

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Last spring, the inimitable Siân reviewed Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent series. Among her observations: “Things exploded. A lot.” I doubt it will surprise anyone that in Allegiant (directed by Robert Schwentke; Summit, March 2016; PG-13), the third adaptation in the trilogy — no, wait, the first part of the two-part adaptation of […]

Goodbye, Katniss

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It’s always hard to say goodbye to a beloved series. In the case of The Hunger Games trilogy, movie adaptations have drawn out the inevitable for several more years — but now the end is truly here. In tribute (har har) to the franchise, we’ve pulled together a roundup of our Hunger Games coverage (and […]

Mockingjay, Part 2: Let’s talk about that epilogue

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It’s never fun to listen to someone talk about all of the ways in which a movie was not like the book. And I’m not going to do that here because that is not the point. Am I sad that the personalities and import of secondary characters were lost between Mockingjay the book and Mockingjay […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 movie review

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Given my love for The Hunger Games books and appreciation for the previous movie adaptations, I had high hopes for the final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Lionsgate, November 2015; PG-13 — see the Mockingjay, Part 1 review here). Sad to say, I was disappointed. Obviously, spoilers ahead for both movie and novel. […]