REVIEW: Reese Witherspoon doesn't sugarcoat the complex story of author Cheryl Strayed, who left her Minnesota home to trek across the continental wilderness. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars
REVIEW: In director Will Gluck’s effort to be hip in the new adaptation of the Broadway favorite, he forgot to hire a cast that can actually sing and dance.
REVIEW: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” concludes Peter Jackson's film series in high gear, offering a level of nonstop tension and forward motion few other movies can equal. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars
Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.
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REVIEW: Exodus, shmexodus. Never has the Bible seemed so paper-thin as it does in “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” It's a 3-D film long on atmospherics but with mere rags and straws of wisdom and storytelling.
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British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends."
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