#artificialsweethearts Instagram Challenge

#artificialsweethearts Instagram Challenge
I have a new novel coming out on July 10, which is very soon. The book is a super cute young adult romance about two neighbors who decide to pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend to keep their respective families off their backs. It’s got everything you like: kissing, golf, cakes, weddings, movies…you name it.... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 8 (June 20, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 8 (June 20, 1997)
This weekend sees the limited release of interesting, well-received movies like Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and the Kumail Nanjiani-starring The Big Sick, but folks in Chicago and anywhere else that isn’t NY or LA are out of luck on that front. We’ll have to wait for those movies to expand next week. Until then, the sole... Read more »

Contest: Win an advance copy of my new book, Artificial Sweethearts

Contest: Win an advance copy of my new book, Artificial Sweethearts
Hi, all! I’ve been busy lately mentally preparing for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Just kidding. Okay, not entirely. Actually, I’ve been working hard on two new books, both of them follow-ups to my most recent book, ANY BOY BUT YOU. (It’s You’ve Got Mail set in the Pokemon Go era.) The second... Read more »
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Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 7 (June 13, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 7 (June 13, 1997)
It’s a crowded weekend at the theater for new releases this weekend. Should be something for everyone. The big one is Cars 3, the latest from Disney-Pixar. You’ve also got the raunchy female-led comedy, Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson; the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me; the Mandy Moore shark movie, 47 Meters Down;... Read more »

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)
THE MUMMY Genre: Horror Adventure Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 110 mins. Premise: Renegade adventurer Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) discovers an ancient tomb, housing an evil Egyptian princess named Ahmanet, and accidentally unleashes her, setting off a chain of events that throws all of London into chaos. Behind-the-Scenes: This is the first in Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” series of films centered on... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)
This weekend sees the release of what is being largely hailed as “The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever”. Yes, I’m talking about Universal’s kick-off to its new Dark Universe franchise, another reboot of The Mummy. Expect bigger overseas grosses than here domestically, where it will probably lose the weekend box office crown to Wonder Woman. On a... Read more »
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Hammering Out... Wonder Woman

Hammering Out... Wonder Woman
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: WONDER WOMAN. JOHN: In the lead up to its release, Wonder Woman was facing an extraordinary amount of pressure. Not just on Warner Bros. and DC’s Extended Universe, which were in dire need of a critical... Read more »

Ethical Question: Taking Change

Ethical Question: Taking Change
I got schooled by my daughter today. I’ve been so concerned about all the unethical shenanigans of the Trump administration affecting my kids’ abilities to know right from wrong that I forgot to worry about myself. We were at the grocery store. Someone before us had left their change in the little change dispenser —... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)
This weekend sees the much anticipated release of DCEU’s Wonder Woman. It enters the marketplace riding a wave of hot buzz, strong reviews (check back for my take), and idiotic controversies over some woman-only screenings at Alamo Drafthouse. Oh, and Captain Underpants is also being released. May 30, 1997 Big News Story: Mariah Carey and her record... Read more »
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Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 129 mins. Premise: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) chases down a McGuffin – er, the trident of Poseidon – with an old enemy (Javier Bardem) hot on his trail and out for revenge. Behind-the-Scenes: Though the series has seen diminishing box office returns domestically, the last... Read more »