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29 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Human Spider

The Human Spider drops into several cities alongside urban free solo climber Alain Robert, as if each stunt has been conceived at a last minute.

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25 Jun 2008 // 3:30 AM


The fourth season of Weeds began with Agrestic burned down and Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) on the U.S.-Mexican border, aptly liminal.

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25 Jun 2008 // 3:25 AM

When I Knew

When I Knew's stories are specific, even as they all indicate the shifting ground of what it means to be gay and then out in the United States.

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POV: Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North wades into U.S. legacies of race and racism with a mixture of good will, nerve, and occasional naïveté.

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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'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


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


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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