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31 Mar 2009 // 3:32 AM

Independent Lens: Recycle

As the day dawns in the discerning and detailed Recycle, a bulldozer is pushing cardboard.

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Frontline: Sick Around America

Sick Around America outlines the health care system, and its many contradictions.

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31 Mar 2009 // 1:50 AM

90210

Despite obvious attempts to inject the ailing revamp of the classic '90s teen melodrama with excitement, 90210 remains kind of a drag.

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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

In The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Precious (Jill Scott) is often complicated, sometimes subtle, and determinedly independent -- a few steps ahead of her series.

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29 Mar 2009 // 5:00 AM

Blinders

Subtitled "The Truth Behind the Tradition," Danny Moss' Blinders lays out the many horrors and abuses of New York's horse-drawn carriage industry.

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25 Mar 2009 // 3:36 AM

They Killed Sister Dorothy

They Killed Sister Dorothy extols the courage of Dorothy Stang in standing up to land management corruption in Brazil, while also continuing her fight.

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Independent Lens: Lakshmi and Me

In her remarkable documentary, Lakshmi and Me, Nishtha Jain proposes to "cross a line," to film her maid, Lakshmi.

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23 Mar 2009 // 3:05 AM

The Powder & The Glory

The Powder & The Glory follows the intertwined careers of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein, settling for well-researched timelines and superficial correlations.

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Independent Lens: Arusi Persian Wedding

While the wedding provides compelling visuals and some minor melodrama, Arusi Persian Wedding is most interesting as it integrates its personal stories details within a broad historical context.

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17 Mar 2009 // 3:00 AM

Modern Toss: Series Premiere

Modern Toss feels like the television equivalent of browsing the funny pages of a college newspaper trying quite hard to be "edgy."

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16 Mar 2009 // 3:45 AM

Death on a Factory Farm

In exposing animal cruelty, Death on a Factory Farm inspires your outrage, a first step toward changing weak laws.

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15 Mar 2009 // 6:45 AM

Kings: Series Premiere

What's most striking about Kings is its ambition -- its wide-ranging creation of a world to surround its class-divided characters.

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Breaking Bad: Season Two Premiere

The second season of Breaking Bad promises to be quite a ride.

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9 Mar 2009 // 3:20 AM

Castle: Series Premiere

Castle establishes the attractive opposites at its center, the womanizing, resolutely unserious novelist and the stern, utterly dedicated cop.

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4 Mar 2009 // 2:35 AM

Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus could make you hurl. And question gravity, mortality, and the meaning of existence.

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Reaper: Season Two Premiere

Sam, Andi, Sock, and Ben demonstrate that pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is more difficult than the normative fantasies of the American Dream would have us believe.

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Saving Grace: Season Two Return

Saving Grace mixes a familiar detective procedural structure with psychosexual drama, featuring large doses of metaphysical questioning for good measure.

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Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

As framed in Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, carpenter Irving Trevigne's will to preserve the past is admirable but also set against a series of challenges.

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26 Feb 2009 // 3:27 AM

The Black List: Vol. 2

The sheer beauty of the images creates its own sort of narrative, a visual demonstration of The Black List's original impetus to recover the typically "negative" denomination of the "black list" and reframe it as positive and inspiring.

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Independent Lens: The Order of Myths

It's the careful, unsensational revelation of self-delusion that makes The Order of Myths so devastating.

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