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19 Nov 2008 // 2:11 AM

Homeless Youth Television

The front page of HYTV lays out a series of linked pages for "programs" that spoof recent high-profile/major network reality fare. It's a rather clever conceit.

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18 Nov 2008 // 3:58 AM

Independent Lens: March Point

March Point concentrates on the boys' way out, that is, the movie as a way to tell their story.

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13 Nov 2008 // 4:26 AM

Independent Lens: Lioness

Lioness, Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers' understated, affecting documentary on women in combat in Iraq, shows how they operate in a "grey zone," not quite legal, but following orders.

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Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero

In making "people like Tomas" visible, Body of War makes its most effective argument: wars cost more than we can know.

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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Of the many historic changes signaled by Barack Obama's election, the defeat of divide-and-conquer politicking is among the most profound -- even if this demise is temporary.

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6 Nov 2008 // 4:25 AM

Independent Lens: Knee Deep

Knee Deep is actually less interested in the details of who shot Janette Osborne than in the multiple stories that emerged from the crime.

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4 Nov 2008 // 3:57 AM

The F Word

It so happens that Jed Weintrob's The F Word is airing on IFC this morning, the very morning that the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing FCC v. Fox Television Stations, the "fleeting expletives" case.

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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX

The way The Simpsons not only apes, but also twists familiar cultural touchstones shows reveals again that it's still smarter than all other parodists.

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Independent Lens: Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey

Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey finds a particular, recurring focus in the question of women's rights.

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24 Oct 2008 // 2:02 PM

Inside New Orleans High

Disappointments abound in Inside New Orleans High. But hopes are also unstoppable.

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22 Oct 2008 // 2:00 AM

Independent Lens: Chicago 10

Opening the Fall 2008 season of Independent Lens, Chicago 10 revises old ideas -- about what constitutes history and documentary.

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17 Oct 2008 // 2:45 AM

Crash: Series Premiere

Despite his recent meandering through Ameriprise commercials on the beach, Dennis Hopper can still pull out an audacious Frank Booth-like performance when so moved.

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17 Oct 2008 // 2:44 AM

Crusoe: Series Premiere

NBC's Crusoe will not have any black man calling a white man "Master."

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16 Oct 2008 // 3:31 AM

POV: Soldiers of Conscience

Soldiers' moral struggles tend to remain invisible, like the situations that drive them. Soldiers of Conscience shows the dilemmas and the costs of war.

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14 Oct 2008 // 3:00 AM

Frontline: The Choice

As The Choice points out, differences between candidates are useful selling points.

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Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery

Poignant and subtle, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery shows how mourners come together even as they maintain specific relations with their relatives and friends.

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My Own Worst Enemy: Series Premiere

At first you might think My Own Worst Enemy will explore the dueling natures in every man's heart. But the conflict plays more like sibling rivalry.

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The Starter Wife: Season Premiere

We should feel better, Starter Wife implies, about our own small lives by knowing the privileged lead lives far more painful and scandalous than even TMZ could report.

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Life on Mars: Series Premiere

Harvey Keitel makes a great entrance in Life on Mars. You expect as much, of course, because he's Harvey Keitel. But it is truly great.

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9 Oct 2008 // 3:00 AM

Kath and Kim

Kath and Kim revolves around the banal suburban lives of the title characters, a clueless mother and daughter possessed of prodigious vanity and stupidity.

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