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23 Jun 2008 // 2:00 AM

Hard Times at Douglass High

Absorbing and sharp, Hard Times at Douglass High offers glimpses of students and teachers in various sorts of trouble.

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Emile Norman: By His Own Design

The subject of Emile Norman: By His Own Design remains grounded, generous, and ingenious in his own practical-minded way.

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22 Jun 2008 // 5:03 AM

The Two Coreys

Watching the The Two Coreys is a bit like looking up my high school boyfriend on Facebook.

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Independent Lens: Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Abduction tells the story of 13-year-old Megumi, who was walking home from school in Nigata, Japan, and disappeared.

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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List is hilarious -- and the very mixed reactions to Kathy Griffin reveal how well "Hollywood" takes the heat.

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Frontline: Young & Restless in China

Young & Restless in China has a wide-ranging and mostly superficial structure -- cutting quickly between participants, narrating cursorily to set contexts, and offering brief "confessional" comments by each subject.

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17 Jun 2008 // 3:33 AM

Independent Lens: Deep Water

Deep Water tracks Donald Crowhurst's voyage over the horizon and into himself, filtered through observations by associates and family members, and amplified by his own logs.

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16 Jun 2008 // 2:56 AM

Resolved

Resolved's evolution leads to a sophisticated critique of high school debating culture as it reflects broader socioeconomic and political structures.

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Independent Lens: The Cool School

Exploring the LA art scene of the 1950s and '60s, The Cool School appreciates the love of surface -- the self-performance and artifice, the illusory forward motion and devotion to consumption -- that defines the city.

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Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound

Comic Books Unbound offers only cursory consideration of the media conglomeration that has made comic-film box office domination possible.

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

In Wanted and Desired, Roman Polanski's liability is framed by that of the police, the judge, and the press especially, the hysteria that twisted the case at every turn.

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5 Jun 2008 // 3:30 AM

Swingtown

Two contrasting celebrations of Independence Day represent the two worlds of Swingtown, CBS' new primetime soap opera.

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5 Jun 2008 // 3:25 AM

Fear Itself

The combination of arrogance and ignorance is a familiar one for victims in horror, and is revisited in the next two episodes of Fear Itself.

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3 Jun 2008 // 2:00 AM

Lost

While I still maintain that this season of Lost, commenced with a lurch, I'm pleased to report that it closed out plain better than ever.

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Independent Lens: Writ Writer

As recounted in Susanne Mason's fascinating documentary, Writ Writer, Fred Cruz's story is by turns tragic and inspiring, astonishing and all too typical.

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30 May 2008 // 12:55 AM

In Plain Sight

Once In Plain Sight refocuses its storytelling -- away from introducing basic and familiar elements -- it turns unique and engrossing.

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Independent Lens: New Year Baby

Traveling to Cambodia in her superb documentary, New Year Baby, Socheata Poeuv hopes to find faces to fill in the gaps in her family's story.

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26 May 2008 // 9:10 AM

The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain offers several physically fit and non-nerdy doctors, and conveniently deposits them as a group inside the Wildfire Lab.

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So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance understands that there are as many styles of dance as there are styles of music, and strives to educate its contestants, forcing them to reach beyond their comfort zones.

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23 May 2008 // 2:10 AM

Recount

Recount doesn't quite argue that the system remains infinitely gameable for those who know it, those in power who wish to remain in power.

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