Monday, June 3 2013
In a couple of subplots, The Fosters broaches, superficially at least, the complications of striving for color- and culture-blindness in cross-racial adoptions.
Friday, May 31 2013
Combining a roughhewn, DIY fortitude with a camera-ready smile, Pete Nelson consults with his clients, helps them make a plan, and then does what he likes to do best: he builds a treehouse.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
"Why would a 13-year-old girl lie that she's been gang raped by four people?"
Ring of Fire offers a glimpse into the opportunities and costs June encountered, as she transitioned from her place in the Carter Family ("the First Family of Country Music") to being married to Johnny.
Monday, May 20 2013
The Goodwin Games wears its quirk on its sleeve. The opening is straight out of The Royal Tenenbaums: while ornate classical music plays, a bowtie-wearing family patriarch (Beau Bridges) sits in a too-perfectly-art-directed library.
Motive reminds viewers that breaking social norms can lead to dire consequences.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
Looking back on the lies now, the lies that saved lives, this film presents them in the fragments they must remain, appreciates gaps between them, frames images as they allude to losses.
Sunday, May 12 2013
If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors’ improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius.
Monday, May 6 2013
It's always the case that a film can't show the many dimensions of experience on screen, that it must assemble a series of pieces to resemble a storyline. This one is a roller coaster ride by film's end.
Friday, May 3 2013
The series feels like a rehashed, less funny version of Louie. Maron and Louis C.K. share a cynical, self-deprecating sense of humor and the styles of both shows are strikingly similar.
Tuesday, April 30 2013
As someone who’s yet to eat whatever ergot is making everyone idolize Zooey Deschanel, my feelings toward her range from indifference to mild anxiety. I don’t want to stare longingly into her half-dollar-sized eyes; I find them unsettling.
Monday, April 29 2013
The story of Francisco Hernandez provides an aptly difficult and elusive focus, in the sense that he has disappeared following his decision to cross the desert.
Sunday, April 21 2013
This series cleverly captures how World War II, with its massive mobilization of British men from all walks of life into the armed forces, transformed many thousands of women’s lives.
In these globalized times, the American Dream isn't always fulfilled in America. Ice Cold Gold, premiering 21 April, takes eight workers to Storø, Greenland.
Tuesday, April 16 2013
William Marston's Princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman, was the opening salvo of an imagined matriarchal revolution.
Saturday, April 13 2013
C.K.’s dyspeptic view of himself and his fellow humans becomes an avenue to explicating the wonders of daily life.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
Both sides of this tragic conflict seem both too aware of how to comport themselves for cameras and also too isolated, unable to imagine a perspective that's not their own.
Thursday, April 4 2013
As Mad Men's new season opens, we don't know if Don Draper is alone. We do know, however, that he is due for a fall.
Sunday, March 31 2013
Cunning and ambitious, with a deep understanding of politics and war, the women of Game of Thrones know how to get what they want.
Along the lines of Dark Angel meets Alias, BBC America's Orphan Black asks how memory matters, how perception shapes experience, and whether and how and to whom a shooting might happen.