So much for the Jedi Purge: In ‘No Prisoners,’ Traviss introduces more spin-off Jedi (and I’m not complaining) (Book review)

I’m not going to argue that the “Star Wars” prequel movies are as good as the original trilogy. They aren’t. However, the prequel era has added layers to “Star Wars” we couldn’t have dreamed of when it was a simple — albeit great — drama of good versus evil back in the early 1980s.

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‘Dead Like Me’: The best show ever about a dead girl named George (TV review)

Ellen Muth is one of the harder to categorize actresses out there. As George Lass — the audience-surrogate reaper on “Dead Like Me” — she went around with a depressive look all the time. Of course, that’s why I and other viewers liked her: She looked like we felt on our worst days. She also sounded like an old-woman smoker sometimes (I hope Muth doesn’t actually smoke).

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My prediction: We’ll get another ‘Harry Potter’ novel someday (Book commentary)

The “Harry Potter” saga is confined to Harry’s seven years at Hogwarts, plus the flashback memories — via Tom Riddle’s diary or Dumbledore’s Pensieve — and the epilogue that shows Harry and friends as adults. But was it really the end when “Deathly Hallows” was published two years ago?

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5 random items of note (Commentary)

1. Do you ever get a Facebook friend request from someone you’ve never heard of? I usually just ignore it. This is kind of unfortunate, because now I have no chance of becoming friends with that person (I certainly won’t get to know them outside of Facebook). And I would probably end up liking them more than some of my current Facebook friends. But because of the off chance that they might be the Facebook Killer, I don’t approve the request. It’s a sad age we live in.

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6th ‘Harry Potter’ film is a beautiful work of art — and sometimes it’s even a bit funny (Movie review)

J.K. Rowling did her best writing on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and the filmmakers rise to her level to make the series’ best film by far. When a much-loved piece of literature is adapted to film, I sometimes worry that the filmmakers will try so hard to get it right that the end product will feel stuffy. But “HBP” has a wonderful lightness at times — I don’t recall laughing this much in the previous five “Potter” films — while also conveying an overall mood of darkness.

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Sharks, creepy islanders and even a bit of surfing: It’s good to have ‘Beyond the Break’ back (TV review)

In the summer of 2006, I gave “Beyond the Break” a C+ in a review, ranking it behind its contemporaries “Falcon Beach,” “South of Nowhere” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Now it’s back (The-N started running Season 3 this year after a very, very long hiatus; set your DVRs or check the Web site for times), and I’d give it more like a B+ now. Continue reading “Sharks, creepy islanders and even a bit of surfing: It’s good to have ‘Beyond the Break’ back (TV review)”