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After Star Wars: Great Geek Movies to Look Forward to in 2016

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It’s a magical time, isn’t it? The lights, the music, the gathering with friends to celebrate. Of course, I’m not talking about the holidays. Sure, they’re nice. But for nerdy movie fans, the real celebration is Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. After years of anticipation, Disney is delivering on the long-awaited return to our favorite galaxy far, far away. But after we’ve seen the movie—and seen it again three, four, or 12 times—what do we have to look forward to? Fortunately, the answer is plenty. Hollywood has gotten the message full well that there’s gold in them thar nerdy hills, and as a result, 2016 will be brimming with geeky goodness in the movie theater. There are hours and…

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Book Review: Alexander McCall Smith brings Emma into the 21st century

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In her lifetime, Jane Austen gained neither great fame nor fortune from novels that today are considered some of the best in the world. This year marks 200 years since the publication of Austen’s “Emma,” the story of a well-meaning but misguided matchmaker who makes more mischief than marriages. Modern times demand modern celebrations, so what better way to honor this literary jewel than with a charming reimagining of Emma Woodhouse’s story, set in the 21st century. Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, beloved for creating irresistible female characters including Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, offers, for our edification, the delicious Emma: A Modern Retelling (Pantheon, April 7, 2015). Some Janeites may consider such an endeavor an…

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