Flawless “Human”

 A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together sounds like the beginning of a really bad joke, or at the very least, a really bad ‘tween book.


Exploring the fiction of Patricia McCormick, crusading journalist and writer for young adults

National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick discusses her work at the UNO Criss Library during an intimate reading of her latest novel, "Never Fall Down."


Black Swan: A future American classic

Any film fan worth their salt can usually predict who's going to be nominated for the major award shows. This year is no different, and although it usually leads to some epic battles, one thing most people can agree on is that when the nominees are announced later this month, the best actress category will probably sound a little like this: "And the nominees are...Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman."


Performances hold “The Mechanic” together

I have a theory about Jason Statham movies - the worse the movie, the more times we see him shirtless in the trailer.


“Spelling Bee,” success

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" opened Friday, Feb. 18, at the Omaha Community Playhouse with few empty seats in the house.

Cursive’s Domestica and Mama, I’m Swollen

With the hopeless, hauntingly introspective lyrics of Tim Kasher and a slew of almost always cataclysmic melodies, Omaha's own Cursive has a dexterous ability to depress the happy-go-luckiest fellows, make the most virtuous of men question their beliefs, and break down the most perfect of relationships to a web of lies and boredom.


Mary Poppins is pure magic

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical" is pure magic. I've loved the movie since I was five, and the stage production exceeded even my highest expectations.


The King’s Speech

Every so often a movie comes along that both exceeds expectations and is impossible to summarize in a pithy review column headline. "The King's Speech" is one of those movies.