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Books: The Lost Symbol
Sunday, 2009 September 27 - 10:47 am
Dan Brown's recently released (and highly anticipated) novel, The Lost Symbol, is another Robert Langdon saga in the vein of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

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Star Trek
Tuesday, 2009 May 12 - 8:57 am
Star Trek 11? Star Trek Zero? Whatever it's called, this movie is clearly the start of a new franchise, with a hot young cast and a clean slate for future story lines.

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Restaurants: London Fish and Chips
Sunday, 2008 January 20 - 1:23 pm
There's a new fish-and-chips place open in Cary, London Fish & Chips. (British folks would call this place a "chippie", which is kind of funny to me, because here in the Colonies, a "chippie" is a prostitute.)

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Movie Reviews In Brief
Monday, 2007 December 17 - 8:57 pm
"I Am Legend". Um, I saw this movie before; it was called "28 Days Later". If not for Will Smith, this might have gone directly to DVD. There are as many plot holes as there are "scare you with loud noises" moments. 2.0 / 5

"Pan's Labyrinth". A beautiful, complex fairy tale woven into a story about the Spanish civil war. It's downright poetic. Ivana Baquero is brilliant. Only downside: I was turned off by some gratuitously gory scenes. 4.0 / 5

"Apocalypto". Interesting premise, but also gratuitously gory. At its core, the plot was fairly simple; I expected a bigger story, something more epic. A lot of action; not much character development. 2.5 / 5

"Wild Hogs". A cute middle-age-crisis movie; kind of a teen movie for the 40-something set. Worth seeing once; not worth seeing again. 2.5 / 5
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Restaurants: An, Jibarra
Saturday, 2007 November 17 - 10:22 am
Two relatively recent upscale additions to the Triangle dining scene.

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Books: State of Fear
Thursday, 2007 November 8 - 8:38 pm
Another Michael Crichton science-fiction-y drama (i.e. the kind of book I read on airplanes).

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Theater: Spamalot
Thursday, 2007 November 8 - 8:02 pm
Monty Python's famous movie brought to the stage.

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Restaurants: Stripsteak
Thursday, 2007 November 8 - 7:47 pm
A high end steak place at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.

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Books: Brighton Rock
Sunday, 2007 October 14 - 9:38 pm
A modern classic by Graham Greene.

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Movies: Reviews in Brief
Sunday, 2007 October 14 - 9:08 pm
"Syriana"; "The Station Agent"; "Munich"; "300".

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The Simpsons Movie; Superbad; Balls of Fury
Tuesday, 2007 September 4 - 10:18 pm
Quick reviews of the goofy fun movies of the summer.

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Movies: Ocean's Thirteen
Thursday, 2007 June 21 - 11:00 pm
The whole gang is back for another caper.

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Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean 3
Thursday, 2007 May 31 - 9:49 pm
Just enjoy the ride.

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Books: King Dork
Sunday, 2007 May 27 - 11:28 am
A book for our generation.

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Books: Flowers for Algernon
Sunday, 2007 May 13 - 11:55 am
Another in my "catching up on the classics" series.

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Movies: Babel
Tuesday, 2007 April 10 - 10:22 pm
Art film? Social commentary? It's a stunning film, but what's it all about?

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Movies: The Departed
Tuesday, 2007 April 10 - 10:02 pm
Martin Scorsese's first Oscar-winning film is gritty and interesting.

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Movies: Little Miss Sunshine
Wednesday, 2007 March 28 - 8:18 am
So have I mentioned that we got the Blockbuster Total Access thing? The thing that everyone calls Blockbuster's NetFlix (much to Blockbuster's chagrin, no doubt)? Well, we got that, and now I'm starting to catch up on several years' worth of missed movies.

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Books: The Catcher in the Rye
Saturday, 2006 July 1 - 2:23 pm
The first in my "I'm finally getting around to reading this book" series.

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Movies: Summer Blockbusters
Wednesday, 2006 June 7 - 11:56 pm
"The Da Vinci Code" and "X-Men: The Last Stand".

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Movies: On Cable This Month
Wednesday, 2006 June 7 - 11:55 pm
"National Treasure" and "Batman Begins".

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Theater: Tick Tick BOOM!
Monday, 2006 January 30 - 9:30 pm
Another Kids on Broadway production.

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Movies: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Monday, 2005 December 19 - 8:38 am
No, it's not another Lord of the Rings movie.

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Television: Head Cases
Thursday, 2005 September 15 - 8:47 am
Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg star in this new comedy/drama on Fox.

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Television: Weeds
Sunday, 2005 August 7 - 11:59 pm
Showtime's new series "Weeds" will inevitably draw comparisons to "Desperate Housewives".

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Books: As Simple As Snow
Thursday, 2005 August 4 - 11:06 pm
The best novel I've read in a while.

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Theater: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Friday, 2005 July 15 - 11:49 pm
Meh. Fun but not memorable.

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Books: The Kite Runner
Sunday, 2005 June 12 - 11:32 pm
After having this book sit on my shelf for two months, I finally read it... in two sittings.

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Concert: Vaughan Penn and Rebecca Lynne
Saturday, 2005 June 4 - 1:06 pm
Kicking off my live music weekend... Vaughan Penn at the Six String Cafe, with Rebecca Lynne.

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Movies: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Thursday, 2005 May 19 - 4:05 am
Yeah, I saw it. You probably should see it too.

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Movies: The House of Yes
Sunday, 2005 April 24 - 1:18 am
This is an OLD movie, but I'm just getting around to seeing it.

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Movies: Sin City
Friday, 2005 April 22 - 11:42 pm
So, I finally saw this movie. No doubt you've all seen it already, or at least heard about it, but I'm going to offer my thoughts anyway.

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Movies: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Wednesday, 2005 April 13 - 11:42 pm
You'd think this was just another "American Pie" clone, but there's some surprising depth to this movie.

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Television: Stacked
Wednesday, 2005 April 13 - 11:00 pm
I can give you two reasons why this show made it on the air at all.

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Television: Grey's Anatomy
Sunday, 2005 April 10 - 11:14 pm
It's a good show. I don't know yet whether it'll be a great show.

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Tapas: Zely and Ritz
Monday, 2005 March 21 - 10:31 pm
Zely and Ritz is one of the latest restaurants to jump on the tapas bandwagon. It's in the spot formerly occupied by the Cockeyed Chef on Glenwood Avenue.

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Television: ER
Thursday, 2005 February 24 - 11:44 pm
ER has been infused with new life this season.

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Theater: Blood Brothers
Saturday, 2005 February 19 - 11:39 am
The Kids On Broadway program, from the North Carolina Theater, put on their annual show this week.

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Books: The Queen's Gambit
Wednesday, 2005 January 5 - 12:35 am
Who knew chess could be so exciting?

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Movies: Finding Neverland
Wednesday, 2004 December 29 - 3:49 pm
Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet give thoughtful and nuanced performances in this sleeper gem.

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Television: The Real Gilligan's Island
Tuesday, 2004 November 30 - 10:26 pm
TBS gives us a shameless "Survivor" knockoff, but it's somewhat entertaining.

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Movies: The Incredibles
Monday, 2004 November 29 - 11:56 pm
Just goes to show, animated films really can have interesting stories and characters.

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Movies: The League of Extraordinary [Bad Movies]
Friday, 2004 November 19 - 11:07 pm
This week I spent a lot of time lying on the couch watching movies on cable. There was a lot of nausea and coughed-up mucus, and not all of that was attributable to the flu.

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Books: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Monday, 2004 November 8 - 10:43 pm
This is one of those novels you'll want to read all in one sitting.

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Performance Art: "La Femme" and "Zumanity"
Monday, 2004 November 8 - 10:20 pm
In my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I saw two shows: "La Femme" at the MGM Grand, and "Zumanity" at the New York New York. They made for an interesting contrast.

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Movies: Garden State
Monday, 2004 November 8 - 9:52 pm
Zach Braff, known mainly for his role on the NBC show "Scrubs", wrote and directed this heartfelt film.

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Television: NBC Thursday
Saturday, 2004 October 23 - 12:52 pm
With the loss of its blockbuster Thursday sitcoms, NBC is struggling to keep pace with CBS on Thursday nights.

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American Restaurants: City Beverage
Saturday, 2004 October 23 - 12:38 pm
It sounds like a place where frat boys buy kegs, but it's not.

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Television: ABC Sunday
Wednesday, 2004 October 6 - 11:56 pm
Okay, I just had to watch "Desperate Housewives" at least once, if only to see Teri Hatcher possibly get naked. Besides, it's the lead-in to "Boston Legal", a.k.a "The Practice (Now Without The Boring Parts)".

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Books: Digital Fortress
Thursday, 2004 September 30 - 12:04 am
Having enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, I decided to read one of Dan Brown's earlier works.

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