‘The Innkeepers’: great build-up, weak finale

In his last two horror films — “The House of the Devil” (2009) and “The Innkeepers” (2011) — writer-director Ti West has developed a distinctive, low-tech style that has already attracted good reviews

‘65 Red Roses’: harrowing, moving look at medical crisis

The Oprah Winfrey Network continues its series of first-class documentaries tonight at 9 p.m. with “65 Red Roses,” a feature-length study of how a young Canadian woman and her family coped with the

‘Newsies’: Broadway’s latest hit goes back to basics

The first thing you are likely to notice about the new hit Broadway musical “Newsies” is the refreshingly human scale of this show about a newspaper delivery boys’ strike in New York City a century

Laura Lippman’s move into ‘Dangerous’ territory

The most recent Laura Lippman novel, “The Most Dangerous Thing”  — out in paperback today via William Morrow — seems destined to divide readers. Especially those of us who have been following

‘Around the World in 80 Days’: nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

From July 8, 2011 – It can be dangerous to tamper with your past by going back to a movie you loved as a child but haven’t seen since. When I impulsively pulled “Around the World in 80 Days” off a

‘Lethal’: another masterful Sandra Brown thriller

From Oct. 11, 2011 – Unlike some of her bestselling peers who can fall back on continuing characters who have sold well in the past, Sandra Brown starts each of her new thrillers with a blank slate.

Is there sex after death? ‘L.A. Zombie’ says ‘yes’

From Aug. 31, 2011 – With pop culture in the middle of another big zombie revival no one should be too surprised by the crazy Bruce LaBruce picture “L.A. Zombie” (Strand Releasing) — due on DVD next

Hello I must be going!

Your faithful blogger is taking a few days off for R & R and to recharge my cultural batteries. I will be running a few vintage posts over the next few days, but will return shortly with reports