“Club Red”: Vacation, Soviet-style

Koenker also paints a vivid, detailed picture of a government sincerely attempting to live up to its promise of "the good life" for its citizens.


Top 10 worst sequels and remakes of 2013

Here are ten films that make a compelling case for why Hollywood has come down not only with severe sequelitis, but remake-itis as well.


Black superheroes forever changed comic books

Adilifu Nama's Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes does a great job of introducing many of today's comic book fans with the history of African Americans in comic books and pop culture generally.


American Latino Museum could be “beacon for the planet”

The Smithsonian National American Latino Museum, already 20 years in the planning, will be a reality some day, but no one can say when.


What does Wonder Woman mean for 2015?

Gal Gadot, a relatively unknown Jewish Israeli actress, has been cast in the role of Wonder Woman. Some are pondering what a female superhero means in modern times.


“Night People”: Humanity, New York style

Night People and Other Tales of Working New York is a new collection of short stories and poems reflecting the struggles of average citizens and workers in New York City and beyond.


"Reaching for the Moon": Love dares speak its name

I really liked this movie, mainly because of its unusual characters based on actual historical figures.


"The Book Thief": A child looks at fascism

"The Book Thief" is not a happy movie. It's narrated by Death, though he's a trifle friendlier than usually depicted.