Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.

Wilderness wanderings

Books
by Emily Whitten
Posted 5/22/12, 05:54 pm

If I were a Newbery-winning author who was remotely superstitious, I'd be a little nervous right now. Maurice Sendak died two weeks ago, and Jean Craighead George died last week … so who's next? Seriously, though, I'd argue that these two deaths are more than just the loss of one or two icons. It's a changing of the guard in children's literature.

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Marvel

Heroic struggle

Movie | A disparate and fractious group of superhero characters form a compelling story in <em>The Avengers</em>
by Emily Whitten
Posted 5/04/12, 02:28 am

Freedom is a precarious thing, especially if it depends on a "handful of freaks" with serious ego problems. When villainous god, Loki, arrives through a mysterious power source known as the Tesseract, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls on a team of superhero misfits known as The Avengers to defend the earth from his nefarious plans. (Insert comic bubble: "Avengers Assemble!")

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20th Century Fox

The Three Stooges

Movie | This version is no classic, but it's still better than a poke in the eye
by Emily Whitten
Posted 4/20/12, 04:29 am

Moe, Larry, and Curly may be the stupidest guys you-or your parents or their parents-have ever seen. Which is, of course, the reason we've paid good money to watch them poke, slap, gouge, hammer, and nyuk each other for nearly a century now.

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