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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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9 Oct 2015 // 10:57 AM

Amazon’s ‘Red Oaks’ Is a Good Swing Through the ‘80s

A coming-of-age story set in the 1980s -- made somewhat, sometimes, in the manner of a coming-of-age story made in the 1980s -- its full run is now available to stream for subscribers to Amazon Prime.

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American Horror Story: Hotel: Season 5, Episode 1 - “Checking In”

While it's fun to guess the references and inspirations of various plot points, the fifth season premiere of American Horror Story shows the same cabinet of morbid curiosities without adding anything new.

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Thriller ‘Reversion’ Has Some Hard Edges

Reversion is hardly subtle in its critique of our tech-dependent lives, and the idea that we might seek comfort, inspiration, and fulfillment of emotional needs from our devices.

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The Dardennes’ Laboring Body in ‘Two Days, One Night’

Although one might hesitate to call this a propaganda film for labor, it nonetheless expresses concern for those who labor by exploring how precarious working conditions affect one’s daily lives.

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‘The Honeymoon Killers’ Is a Freak of Cinema That You Will Never Forget

Kastle puts you in a front row seat on a mad rollercoaster ride alongside the deranged characters of Martha and Ray that is at once thrilling and terrifying.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 1 - “The Man Who Saved Central City”

This fabulous series has more in common with the comic book origins of these characters than with any cop drama.

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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 6 - “The Good Man”

Fear the Walking Dead’s first season finale finally proves we haven't been waiting in vain.

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Instantly Charms

Jane the Virgin instantly feels like a breath of fresh air, and as a result, its success is all the more rewarding.

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‘Malice’ and ‘Blown Away’ Are Two ‘90s Thrillers With Popcorn Niche Appeal

Star casts and noirish action make for fun nostalgia viewing.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 1 - “Bond”

The Good Wife opens season seven with inevitable change that is fueled by so much staying the same.

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6 Oct 2015 // 11:00 AM

Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 3 - “Under the Lake”

“Under the Lake's" writing, direction, and performances manages to breath new life into a tired premise.

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Dr. Ken: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

Is Dr. Ken high-octane ironic comedy, or just an ego-trip for Ken Jeong?

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‘The Goldbergs’ Are a Strangely Familiar Family

Even with their boistrous personalities, the Goldbergs are a distinctly ordinary family; that's what makes them both relatable and funny.

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How to Get Away With Murder: Season 2, Episode 2 - “She’s Dying”

The slower pace of episode two allows for much-needed character moments and narrative developments.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 1 - “The Troll Farmer”

Season one of the espionage soap The Blacklist was fun, but season two was tired. Can season three recapture the excitement?

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Holy Spittle and Miseducated Media: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, 25 September 2015

The September 25 episode explores the media's fetishization of Pope Francis' visit, and the tyranny of the "expertise on nothing" ethos afflicting both politics and journalism.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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