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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?


Thursday, October 3 2013

‘Southland’ Cements Its Legacy with a Stellar Final Season

One of the most critically celebrated cop shows of the last decade, Southland confronted the realities of policing in a hard-to-watch final season that not even loyal fans understood at first.


‘North America’ Impresses with Great Nature Footage, Stellar Narration

Anchored by the narration of Tom Selleck, this nature series is a spectacular look at the North American ecosystem and the many characters which populate it.


Tuesday, October 1 2013

‘Blandings’ Is Rich with Silly People Acting Silly

Timothy Spall is wet-your-pants hilarious as Lord Clarence Emsworth, a well-meaning and entirely idiotic aristocrat whose chief concern is the health and well-being of his pig, Empress.


Monday, September 30 2013

If the Music in ‘Nashville’ Takes You, Go With It

From Rayna’s classic hits and her new country-rock hybrid sound to Deacon’s crooning love songs and Juliette’s addictive pop crowd-pleasers, there’s something for everyone in Nashville.


The Complexity of Finding Balance in ‘Luther 3’

The intensity of a character like Luther could easily wear thin if played by the wrong actor, but Idris Elba is a consistently terrific, making Luther as watchable as always.


The Creatures May Be the ‘Wild Things’, but the Journey Is the Cool Thing

Venomous lizards, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, carnivorous centipedes -- tracking “wild things” with actor/creature enthusiast Dominic Monaghan is a real trip.


Thursday, September 26 2013

The Martian Revolution will be Televised: ‘Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors’

Though long missing episodes 2 and 3 of the six-episode serial, the classic Doctor Who story The Ice Warriors is now on DVD with animated restorations of the missing episodes... with original episode audio.


‘Inspector George Gently’ Copes with Society’s Contrasts and Conflicts

Inspector George Gently continues to capture the mood of the '60s in season five, but the fate of our hero is left in a Sherlock Holmes-styled predicament.


Wednesday, September 25 2013

‘Behind the Candelabra’ Is Proof That Steven Soderbergh Should Never Retire

It seems hard to believe, but there was a time when audiences had no idea Liberace was gay and Soderbergh captures this innocence -- or voluntary blindness -- with special attention.


The Office’s Final Season Is an Amalgam of Highs and Lows

The series' ninth season lacks the consistent laughs found in earlier episodes but ends on a memorable note.


‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Is Ridiculous, Ludicrous, Utterly Unbelievable, and a Hell of a Good Time

Da Vinci's Demons scores major points for its gleeful, headlong rush of I-don't-give-a-shit-ness. Call it the joy of ridiculousness. Call it the audacity of awesomeness.


Tuesday, September 24 2013

‘CSI’ Is Corny and Clichéd but You Can’t Help but Love It

There are fumbles, foolish plot devices, annoying clichés and daft jokes by the dozens, but CSI is nearly impossible to stop watching.


Monday, September 23 2013

The Origin of the Species (and the Characters) of ‘Into Darkness’

The episodes in Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins can be found elsewhere, but this collection gets to the roots of Into Darkness.


Thursday, September 19 2013

By Season Five, It’s Clear That ‘Castle’ Deserves a Wider Audience

One man's mission to make Castle relevant in a culture ready to move past episodic television. Mission impossible?


Tuesday, September 17 2013

What Happens When Bad Ideas Come to Life? Things Like ‘Bates Motel’

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates is the best thing in this show. She perfectly portrays an attractive, normal seeming woman who’s actually a demented moonbat.


Monday, September 16 2013

Watching ‘Scandal’ Is Like Riding a Runaway Train—Hang on Tight!

In its ridiculously entertaining second season, Scandal comes into its own as one of television’s great thrill rides, a runaway train of twisty, soapy plotting that never stops.


‘Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka’ Tells of an Alien Invasion with Lots of Running and Screaming

Don’t let the animated nature of this story fool you. This is as scary, violent and edgy as Doctor Who has ever been.


Friday, September 13 2013

Helen Mirren Invents the Modern TV Detective in ‘Prime Suspect’

Mostly set in London, Prime Suspect tackles the inequality experienced by female inspectors in a predominantly male world, and also deals with social issues ranging from racism to child abuse.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

Love and War, Stoppard Style: HBO’s ‘Parade’s End’

With the Emmy awards only a few days away, Parade’s End, with five nominations, arrives on DVD in the US.


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