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Monday, December 2 2013

A Slice of History Captured on Film Has Never Been so Dually Satisfying and Terrifying

WWII in HD is required viewing for its high-minded ideals and its near-flawless execution. It makes other films on the subject matter pale in comparison.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

‘Peaky Blinders’ Offers Violent Reminders of England’s Forgotten Midland

Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.


Monday, November 25 2013

25 Years of Carving Turkeys: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition’

Six of the very best episodes and a treasure trove of extras make this boxed set worthy of commemorating the 25th anniversary of one of the funniest shows ever made.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

‘Treme’ Keeps Its Head Above Water… for Just a Little Bit Longer

Treme is the most kaleidoscopic show being produced these days. Its artistry in the arc of the episodes demonstrates gorgeous design throughout the season.


Thursday, November 14 2013

School Was Cool in ‘Saved by the Bell’

Saved by the Bell ended in 1993, but now 20 years later, the teen sitcom is as charming as ever.


Wednesday, November 13 2013

The Amalgamation of Many ‘Robotech’ Sagas, Completely Amalgamated

For some, Robotech was (and is) a multi-generational Japanese animated space opera on par with the ambitious TV sagas like Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.


Monday, November 11 2013

The Monster’s End

The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

In ‘Mad Men: Season Six’ Don Draper Tells the Truth, Slowly

At its dark core, Mad Men is an epic poem to rapacious capitalism.


‘Under the Dome’ Is Inventive But Not Unpredictable Stephen King Sci-Fi

For all its occasional predictability and melodrama, when Under the Dome is good, it's very good. When it falls flat, it's still good enough to stay tuned for the next installment.


Tuesday, November 5 2013

‘Boy Meets World’ Is Back: Bring on the Feeny Call!

Perhaps more than any other sitcom, Boy Meets World totally captures what it feels like to grow up.


Friday, November 1 2013

‘Downton Abbey’s Poor Relations

What's so captivating about Downton Abbey is that the servants are thrust into the forefront, wholly realized characters themselves and often the ones we care about most.


Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

The clever boy is running... out of ideas.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

‘Defiance’ and the Possibilities and Pitfalls of Transmedia

Syfy's new series Defiance is an ambitious transmedia project. But in this case, that does more harm than good.


Monday, October 28 2013

‘Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle’ Reveals How Comic Books Won Everything

It's no surprise that the tights and capes crowd have gotten their own much deserved PBS documentary and, with some small caveats, it's well worth your time.


Thursday, October 24 2013

Controlled Chaos Reigns in ‘Hannibal: Season One’

Bryan Fuller retools the Hannibal franchise as an intelligent take on the morality of horror fiction, setting a CSI procedural within a Satanic universe ruled by Mads Mikkelsen's insane Dr. Lecter.


Wednesday, October 16 2013

Latino Americans

This documentary’s largest focus, cultural identity, is examined from perspectives as varied as Mexicans in Texas, Central Americans in California, Cubans in Miami, and Puerto Ricans in New York.


‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’ Is Strong in Atmospherics, Not So Much in Narrative

Based on the thriller by James Herbert, The Secret of Crickley Hall falls short on chills and fails to leave a strong impression -- until its final act.


Tuesday, October 8 2013

‘In the Flesh’ Is an Intelligent Take on the Well-Worn Zombie Genre

In the Flesh is a spare, haunting drama that wonders what the world might look like after the zombie apocalypse.


‘Perry Mason’ Resonates from Decades Past

Under primary writers Jackson Gillis and Samuel Newman, many episodes seek an unusual angle to refresh the series' formula of Perry Mason's client being accused of murder until he unmasks the killer in court.


Friday, October 4 2013

‘Life and Death In Assisted Living’ Isn’t Damning, but It’s Damned Eye-Opening

Elderly care is big business. But what happens, and who suffers, when profit replaces dignity?


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