You don’t have to be an established fan to dig Downton Abbey

My dear wife Karen did not want me to go into Downton Abbey fully uninitiated. She also didn’t want to lecture me on the ins and outs of the good (and not so good) people who inhabit that big house on the other side of the pond before we sat down to watch the Blu-Ray…

Henry somehow knew how to write his final, everlasting book

Genius has no limits, Henry figured, even when you’re 10 years old and raising your mother and little brother. But then came that seizure and a visit to the hospital that had Henry Carpenter explaining the awful prognosis to his doctor, trading big words and tragic conclusions. The Book of Henry doesn’t let this boy’s…

For Valentine’s Day, spring for the large popcorn

The mere mention of the titles of this weekend’s roster of opening movies brings to mind hand-holding between the popcorn-munching. Coming to a theater near you are “Endless Love,” “About Last Night” and “Winter’s Tale.” Romantic drama, romantic comedy, romantic fantasy (no, not that kind of fantasy.) Oh, yeah, throw in the futuristic action of…