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Movie Review: ‘Hobbit’ wraps with Middle-earth melee

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than $5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughtered enough orcs to constitute genocide. The sheer size of Jackson’s accomplishment – a majestic, fully realized fantasy world, from its lush landscapes down to its hairy feet – …

Movie Review: ‘Night at the Museum’ bids farewell to Williams

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’s Teddy Roosevelt in the latest Night at the Museum. The movie, subtitled …

Holiday pops show serves up a variety-style twis

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jazz lovers, rejoice! Your holiday season is about to get a bit brighter with a dose of world-class jazz – right here in Concord. The …

Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for the holidays

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season. The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch abruptly retired last week, just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly …

Kitchen gifts that range from good to grate

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In order to get people into the garden, we need to get them into the kitchen, too. Otherwise, what are they going to do with all that great fresh food? So this year I’m on the lookout for …

One Man’s Plan: A day at the New Hampshire Food Bank

Sunday, December 14, 2014

When was the last time you were hungry? I don’t mean standing in line for Sunday Brunch at the local diner and wow doesn’t that short stack of pancakes look amazing kind of hungry. I’m talking about a …

The Mindful Reader: A sensible approach to mental strength

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My son saw my review copy of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin and said it’s all over social media, even though it’s not officially out until Jan. 1. Which is fitting, because the …

‘First Impressions’ wooden yet the author’s passion is hard to resist

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Charlie Lovett’s best-selling debut, The Bookman’s Tale, was an ­ old-fashioned suspenseful romp spanning centuries and continents and peppered with romance, skulduggery, forgery and murder, all driven by one of the enduring questions of literary scholarship: Was Shakespeare …

‘My True Love Gave to Me’ a plummy treat

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love is in the peppermint-scented air in these 12 playful, often touching holiday tales, each by a popular young-adult author. There’s flirting and yearning – even an elf prom – amid the fir trees in a collection that …

11 Children’s books to add to your gift-giving list

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My kids loved Holly Hobbie’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas because it was full of holiday excitement and hushed wonder and plucky pink pigs. I loved it because it was a surprisingly soulful meditation on the push and …

Gardening tips: Water your evergreens; running out of time for bulbs

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Water your evergreens Valued evergreens such as camellias, hollies, southern magnolias and rhododendrons should be fully hydrated before the ground freezes to minimize winter kill related to desiccation. On a mild day, use a large watering can or five-gallon bucket to soak the root zone, but hold the …

First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. Family Furnishings …

App reviews: Red Stamp Cards for spreading holiday cheer; GateGuru for air travel

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spreading holiday cheer by smartphone Holiday cards can be a not-so-jolly task. (It takes real work to look that festive!) With Red Stamp Cards, you can do it all from your smartphone – even pull together your recipient list straight from your contacts. The app offers a range …