Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

The Lincoln Lawyer (♦♦♦½)

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey, Amistad) is a defense attorney used to cut-and-dry cases usually involving recurring clients. Luck appears to smile at him when high profile client Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe, Breach) secures his services. Roulet is being accused of assault to a prostitute, and claims he is innocent. When clues begin to pop up suggesting quite the opposite, Mick has to rethink his strategy to deal with Roulet and the case.

This is the battle of the beautiful. McConaughey and Phillippe are, and so is Josh Lucas (Life as We Know It), as the prosecutor, and Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom), as Haller’s ex-wife and colleague. William H. Macy (Fargo), Michael Peña (Shooter) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age) also co-star.

This movie is intense almost from beginning to end. There are very few things more exciting than courtroom drama, and this film is deeply satisfying in that sense. I really liked the 360 degrees view of Haller in the courtroom. McConaughey plays one of his most solid performances and so does Phyllippe. William H. Macy owns his small role and Marisa Tomei is delightful as the ex-wife. The good chemistry was evident in the cast.

Fast paced thriller, not to be missed!