(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

There will be bigger movies this summer, and better ones and worse ones. But there will not be a dumber movie than Battleship. Ponderous and pandering, shameless and head-slappingly silly, this Navy vs. Aliens epic delivers a few thrills and a few laughs. Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard play Navy men trying to stop the alien invasion, and Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson are also along for the ride.

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Say ‘goodbye’ to this  Pulitzer Prize winner’s 19th novel


Say ‘goodbye’ to this Pulitzer Prize winner’s 19th novel

By M. Scott Krause

I have enormous respect for Anne Tyler, which is why I’ve struggled for several days with the following statement: “I’ve just read The Beginner’s Goodbye (Knopf Publishing Group, $25), and I’m sorry to report that it isn’t very good.” Is that even possible? Tyler, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for her novel Breathing Lessons, has been writing best-selling, award-winning fiction for almost five decades. She’s 70 now, and The Beginner’s Goodbye is her 19th novel. This isn’t a case of sophomore slump; Tyler is the undisputed and much-heralded Bard of Baltimore.