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23 Apr 2009 // 2:30 AM

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water reveals a vibrant mini-community of Nola residents, whose acute and often angry analyses of their circumstances put the so-called experts to shame.

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21 Apr 2009 // 3:40 AM

Frontline: Poisoned Waters

Poisoned Waters makes the case that loss of clean water results from lagging efforts by government agencies, corporations, and individuals.

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20 Apr 2009 // 3:00 AM

The Linguists

The young linguists here are charismatic, earnestly outgoing and even voracious when it comes to their life's work.

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20 Apr 2009 // 2:50 AM

Grey Gardens

The new Grey Gardens is safe, providing a dash of self-reflexivity, but wasting more opportunities than it takes.

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19 Apr 2009 // 3:45 AM

Sit Down, Shut Up

The characters are boorish and egomaniacal. The comedy is crude. And the cast is terrific.

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16 Apr 2009 // 4:05 AM

New World Order

New World Order is so carefully composed that the stories told by 9/11 truthers become both alarming and compelling.

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15 Apr 2009 // 3:15 AM

The Cougar: Series Premiere

Certainly, there is some pleasure (and a little bit of sympathetic pain) to be had in watching The Cougar's contestants make total asses of themselves.

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Independent Lens: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

As much as she is celebrated by her constituents and the documentary, Taking Root, Wangari Maathai maintains her faith in "the people."

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10 Apr 2009 // 12:00 AM

Thrilla in Manila

Thrilla in Manila argues that the fight's promotions were so obnoxious, the race-class-and-gender politics of the sport so backwards and oppressive, that neither Ali nor Frazier could emerge intact.

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9 Apr 2009 // 4:25 AM

Southland: Series Premiere

If visuals are not mundane in Southland, neither is the dialogue, especially the incidental repartee that oils coexistence in a high-stress profession.

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The Tudors: Season Three Premiere

The Tudors reminds us that, like Islam and Judaism today, Christianity has had, and undoubtedly continues to have, its own fundamentalists, ideologues, and terrorists.

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Harper’s Island: Series Premiere

Even without a killer traipsing around, the party guests on Harper's Island would be in trouble.

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The Unusuals: Series Premiere

ABC's new NYC cop show premieres tonight and Cynthia Fuchs says "it's not new or challenging or even very strange. It is, however, plenty quirky."

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8 Apr 2009 // 3:05 AM

Night: Series Premiere

Night host Brandon McMillan tries hard, performing a boy-like wonder at almost all he sees.

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Independent Lens: Milking the Rhino

Milking the Rhino tracks the shifting relations among African wildlife, their human neighbors, and eco-tourists.

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7 Apr 2009 // 4:15 AM

Frontline: Black Money

As Frontline producer Lowell Bergman describes it, those who give and receive bribes function without worry that the rule of law, so-called, will ever quite apply to them.

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6 Apr 2009 // 4:30 AM

Pedro: The Movie

Pedro recalls a moment in reality TV when the genre had real political edge.

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In Treatment: Season Two Premiere

HBO's strangely beguiling series about therapy sessions reboots as Paul grapples with a new life, wondering how he's missed or misunderstood the rules.

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Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place

Charles Olson was above all a poet of place, and whatever one thinks of his verse, it is hard not to sympathize with his championing of the unique and the indigenous.

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1 Apr 2009 // 3:58 AM

The Final Inch

Earnest and closely focused, The Final Inch follows the ongoing battle to eradicate polio from the world.

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