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‘The Crimson Field’ Addresses War and the Changing Roles of Women

The Crimson Field may not completely enthrall but it is consistently interesting. For a show without grand ambition, you can say much worse.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode IV: A Family that Slays Together Strays Apart

Planet of the Wookiees, expendable heroes, familiar clones, depressing endings, unknown siblings, and more twins than you can shake a saber at: is this the Star Wars saga you remember?

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British Imports ‘Poldark’ and ‘The Crimson Field’ on PBS

PBS debuts two new drama series for summer, both British imports but each set during different time periods.

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Eight Great Speculative Fiction Novels by Women

Sci-fi is a popular and well-read genre, but its critical importance as a genre for women and authors of color is often overlooked, these eight excellent examples included.

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Romance and Science Conflict in ‘The Memory Painter’

A very cool sci-fi concept anchors The Memory Painter, but unremarkable prose and tonal inconsistency mar what is otherwise an interesting tale.

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12 Jun 2015 // 9:30 AM

‘Jurassic World’ Revists Monstrous Corporate Greed

For obvious reasons, Jurassic World can’t directly call out corporate titans, but it does in a subversive way. The dinosaurs aren't the only ones with claws, here.

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12 Jun 2015 // 8:21 AM

Forever Mr. Flay: A Forgotten Role of Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee was particularly known for his roles as Count Dracula, Saruman, and Count Dooku – but his acting range extended far beyond the role of the arch-criminal.

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Ray Milland Gets Juicy for Roger Corman

Ray Milland stars in these two juicy, sometimes delirious, sometimes beautiful movies directed by Roger Corman in the '60s.

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9 Jun 2015 // 8:50 AM

BBC America Offers ‘Strange’ Tales of Magic

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell looks at what happens in 19th century England if magic really existed.

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E.T. Meets Robocop Meets Hip-Hop in the Disappointing ‘CHAPPiE’

The character CHAPPiE itself is endearing, but the story and supporting characters of CHAPPiE ultimately fall flat.

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‘It! The Terror from Beyond Space’ Stars the Alien Before ‘Alien’

You may wonder why the final solution to killing the creature didn't occur to them earlier.

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‘Call the Midwife’ Continues to Charm in Its Fourth Season

An excellent cast, coupled with the show’s strong sense of time and place, makes Call the Midwife consistently engaging and satisfying.

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‘It! The Terror From Beyond Space’ Is Just a Guy in a Rubber Suit

This classic if dated antecedent of Alien looks good on Blu-ray, but considering its influence it deserves much more than this bare-bones release.

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You Don’t Need ‘The Man With X-Ray Eyes’ to See That Roger Corman’s Film Is Dated

The Roger Corman B-movie classic is still something to see.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode III: Evolution of Light and Dark

"Minch Yoda"? "Darth Wilson"? "Kane Starkiller"? "Cos Dashit"? "Jaster Mereel"? "Gary Vader"? Who are these guys that brought the Star Wars saga we know to life?

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Susanna Clarke’s ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’ Will Get American Debut Through BBC This Summer

The popular historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which won author Susanna Clarke the Hugo Award, will see its United States debut this summer.

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Charts the Perils of Adaption

In bringing J.K. Rowling's first post-Potter novel to TV, Sarah Phelps sands away the sharp corners and personal complications that made the book so memorable.

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Harrison Ford Says Three Words in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Trailer, Internet Goes Nuts

Thus far, what glimpses we've had of Star Wars: Episode VII are brief, but the internet is buzzing about them nonetheless.

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Where ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ Use Sex and Violence, ‘Wolf Hall’ Uses Language

Wolf Hall may lack the naturalism and graphic sex and violence of other period dramas, but it's all the better for it.

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‘Ripper Street’ Returns to BBC America for an Unexpected Third Season

“Ripper Street,” the richly drawn, historical police drama set in 1894 Victorian London, returns on April 29 to BBC America with eight new episodes. Set among the

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Postmortem: Did 'True Detective' Do Justice to Latino California?

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"In its shift to the different psychosphere of California, the show’s second season perpetuated Latino stereotypes instead of giving us a deeper and truer examination of the Golden State

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