The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 7 - “Driven”

Through the years, Alicia has figured out what she always needed to learn. And now that she's learned it... .

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 9 - “Sleep No More”

Horror-lite or mad scientist thriller? "Sleep No More" straddles genres like a jockey riding two horses at once.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 7 - “Chaos Theory”

"Chaos Theory" offers a narrative fork in the road by reinventing Lash's backstory.

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‘Difret’ Is the Story of Many Represented by the Story of One

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, Difret is not one woman's story. Instead, it focuses on people cooperating across generations and classes to resist injustice against women.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 6 - “Room 33”

In another stalled mid-season episode, we find out what makes the Countess tick and why motherhood is so damn difficult despite all the modern amenities of back-alley abortions, vampirism, and nannies.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 7 - “Zal Bin Hasaan”

Mozhan Marnò’s turn as Samar Navabi stands out among an outstanding ensemble cast; now, if only Jon Bokenkamp can figure out what the hell to do with Elizabeth Keen.

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Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ Taps Into Some Fundamental, Primal Terror

Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.

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‘The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray’ Boldly Goes Where No Reasoning Mortal Has Gone Before

Robert Schnakenberg provides a humorous string of golden informational nuggets about the existence and philosophy of one of the world’s least understood and most fascinating weirdos.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Julia Kent: Asperities

Avant garde cellist and composer Julia Kent returns with an album of devastating beauty and insurmountable dread.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

Killing Joke: Pylon

Pylon reminds us that no one can make a soundtrack for the apocalypse quite like Killing Joke.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Manegarm: Manegarm

The latest in a long line of records from this collective brings us ear-to-ear with many facets of being a Viking warrior. And it is good.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

EL VY: Return to the Moon

EL VY aim to be more than a side project, but this relaxed collection of songs falls frustratingly short of that goal.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Bobby Womack: The Preacher

By collecting the late Bobby Womack’s first five albums in one place, The Preacher follows the soul great’s evolution from influenced to influence.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 8 - “Tonight’s the Night”

Barbara’s back, baby, crazy and completely captivating; it’s about time!

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‘Toto and His Sisters’ Discover Community and Compassion Through Filmmaking

In Toto and His Sisters, as the children engage in the filmmaking process, as they share their lives with one another and with Nanău and with you, their possibilities loom larger than their losses.

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Powers Are All in the Family in “The Vision #1”

The Vision has settled down. But that hardly means things are settled.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 1 - “A World Without God”

The Frankenstein Chronicles is not a lumbering monster, but a finely crafted, dark Georgian mystery.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Isn’t Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

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