Tuesday
Sep032013

'Salinger' lifts author's fierce veil of secrecy

Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

Given his disdain for celebrity and public life, J.D. Salinger likely would have hated Salinger (***½ out of four

Simon & Schuster, 575 pp.).

Considering Salinger's equal contempt for lazy journalism, though, he may have appreciated the nine-year effort to document a life defined by scarcity.

Eloquently written and exhaustively reported — Salinger devotees may say too exhaustively — this nearly 600-page biography of the author of The Catcher in the Rye marks the most revealing portrait yet of a writer who, in the span of four slight books, became the postwar voice of American adolescent angst.

But authors David Shields and Shane Salerno have bigger game in mind than tracking a career that, technically, ended in 1965 with Salinger's last story to appear in print, the novella Hapworth 16, 1924, which ran in The New Yorker.

Instead, the biography — and a documentary directed by Salerno that arrives Sept. 6, three days after the book — aims to flesh out the creator of Holden Caulfield, a man who, when he died at 91 in 2010, was known as much for his half-century of seclusion as for Catcher, his totem of alienated youth that has sold more than 65 million copies.

To that end, Salinger is an unmitigated success. The book made news before it hits shelves Tuesday spet. 3 with dozens of photographs and letters from Salinger's friends, who knew him simply as "Jerry."

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Friday
Aug302013

'Next' question: What's the point of this movie?

You're Next begins with a chilling murder that becomes a warning of sorts for viewers of this home-invasion mess.

In it, the killer sets a CD on repeat so the thumping music drowns out the screams of victims and convinces neighbors that the house contains occupants with a pulse.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

'Warm Bodies' devours all logic

Zombie story makes 'Twilight' look positively intellectual.

Warm Bodies pulls a nifty trick in the red-hot zombie genre: It lacks a brain, though it eats plenty of them.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in the zombie-meets-girl story 'Warm Bodies.' (Photo: Jonathan Wenk, Summit Entertainment)

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Friday
Nov302012

'Universal Soldier' marches again, hopefully off a cliff

The latest undead-soldier story carries on the franchise tradition of graphic violence and bad acting.

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Tuesday
Oct232012

Harley Davidson 72 Harkens to Muscle Biker Days

Let's get one thing out of the way now: The Harley Davidson Seventy-Two is a bad ass bike.

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