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‘Dirk Gently’ Season One Violates the Spirit of Its Source Material

Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books were popular with fans, but this new BBC series strays too far from the spirit of the material to be considered a true adaptation.

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21 Mar 2017 // 9:30 AM

It’s Not Easy to Love Netflix’s ‘Love’

A hip, East L.A. backdrop, an indie soundtrack, fashionable faces -- yet Love is shockingly archaic in its depictions of heterosexual relationships.

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Ken Russell’s ‘The Boy Friend’ Razzle-Dazzles ‘em

Russell loves the homely spit-and-bailing-wire reality as much as the polished eye-popping fantasy of theatre.

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Black Comedy Comes in Many Colors in ‘What a Way to Go!’

A widescreen '60s splash of groovy death humor.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ and Ethnic and Racial Differences Within the Latinx Community

One of the most important messages of this show is that race is not all encompassing, but rather, it intersects with gender, sexuality, class, religion, and region in diverse ways.

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‘Girls’: An Engrossing “American Bitch” Just Misses Transcending Its Sitcom Medium

In "American Bitch", the novelistic approach squares up against polarized argumentation.

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‘Groundhog Day’ and Iterations Toward a Theory of the (Third) Wheel: Or, Larry the Cameraman

No matter what the actor Phil Connors (Bill Murray) does, it's the cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) who holds the power to make or break him.

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‘Punching Henry’ and the Pains of Standup Comedy

Henry Phillips’ sequel to Punching the Clown revisits the difficulties of performing stand-up comedy (with his guitar,) but doesn't pose new questions about that experience.

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‘This Is Us’ Steps Into the Past for “The Big Day” Episode

Random circumstances are rarely random for the characters in This is Us.

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’: “The Farting Sex Tourist” Is Both Deep and Deeply Silly

Despite its title, the episode brings both the funny and the touching in the series' inimitable style.

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La Nausée in the Spanish Empire: Antonio Di Benedetto’s ‘Zama’

A servant of the Spanish crown finds himself in remote Paraguay, entertaining fantasies and delusions that clash with the actual circumstances of his position. A bleak, comic, and tragic story of alienation.

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‘This Is Us’ Slows Down to Question the Meaning of the Word Home

Home becomes a place to both run to and run away from in "The Right Thing to Do".

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America’s Dirty Secrets Revealed in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts

Altman spent his entire career amplifying the hidden comedy in America’s soul. Short Cuts is his most sweeping and relatable sketch of the country caught off-guard.

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John Huston and Truman Capote’s Bizarre Confection, ‘Beat the Devil’

Beat the Devil, playing at the Film Forum, is so tongue-in-cheek that it would seem to have caused disfiguration.

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‘The Santa Clarita Diet’ Realizes, “We Can Kill People”, After All

Drew Barrymore does breezy and ballistic in a narrative-heavy episode.

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Ricky Gervais’ ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry, Cry, Cry

Ricky Gervais' most iconic character becomes his most tragic in this surprisingly dour mockumentary.

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With ‘Throwing Shade’: Saf and Gibson Move From Podcast Superstars to TV’s Freshest Voices

The march towards equality gains two staunch, hilarious new voices with the day-glow dream Throwing Shade.

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‘This Is Us’ Offers the Viewer Many Gifts In Its First Christmas Episode

"Last Christmas" understands that the holidays are a time of both great joy and not-so-great family dynamics.

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Bunuel’s ‘Exterminating Angel’ Is a Source of Surrealist Satisfaction

By using obscure symbols and obtuse references, the filmmaker finds a way to turn a specific political problem into a universal pronouncement on people in general.

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All the Gilmore Girls Come Full Circle in “Fall”

New life, in many forms, is in the offing for all the Gilmores as A Year in the Life draws to a close.

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Red Baraat Blows Hartford Hall Down Celebrating the Festival of Colors (Photos)

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"Red Baraat's annual Festival of Colors show rocked a snow laden Hartford on a Saturday evening.

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