Author: Courtney Ranger

Book review: Dark Places

As the agonized protagonist of “Dark Places,” Gillian Flynn’s second novel, Libby embodies the impulses most of us outgrow as children. She’s reckless, she steals and she throws fits. But it’s almost excusable.

Film review: Chef

Rarely is popcorn unsatisfying when watching a movie. But with the impressive array of culinary treats on display in “Chef,” starring, written and directed by Jon Favreau, popcorn just doesn’t hit the spot.