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Monday, September 23 2013

James Spader Runs the World in ‘The Blacklist’

“Everything about me is a lie.” Funny thing is, when Red says this, we are inclined to believe it.

‘Hostages’: Dylan McDermott’s Weird, Hammy Energy

Hostages mimics bold dramas like Homeland and early 24 but shows little original inspiration or inclination to be bold.

Tuesday, September 17 2013

‘The Mindy Project’: James Franco as a Sex Therapist

Again, Mindy and Danny appear in a few moments of camaraderie-and-maybe-more, communicated with engagingly subtle looks and gestures.

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: Cops and Recreation

Brooklyn Nine-Nine does for cop shows what Leslie Knope and company did for office sitcoms, and that can only be good.

Monday, September 16 2013

‘Sleepy Hollow’: Ichabod Crane at Starbucks

Cops in Sleepy Hollow answer a 911 call to find a soldier who turns out to be headless, but his condition doesn't seem to be slowing him down at all.

‘Foyle’s War’: After the War, What Next?

If these are, as writer Anthony Horowitz claims, the last episodes of Foyle's War he writes, both he and his longtime actor-collaborators are bowing out on a very high note indeed.

Tuesday, September 10 2013

Fathers and Futures and the ‘Sons of Anarchy’

"Straw", Season Six's premiere episode, offers the series' usual propulsive action and bloody violence, as well as Kurt Sutter's typically cutting dialogue.

Friday, September 6 2013

America’s ‘Best Kept Secret’: Special Needs Teaching

Janet Mino's classroom is full of energetic students who are learning to express what they want.

Wednesday, September 4 2013

‘Luther’: Idris Elba is Stellar, Again

When the crimes here are standard TV fare -- the copycat killer and the middle class vigilante -- the dramatic filler of the series, Luther’s personal life, bears undue weight.

‘The Flag’: CNN’s First Original Film Follows the 9/11 Icon

While The Flag ponders the whereabouts of Shirley and Spiro's flag, it raises other, broader, variously resonant questions too, questions concerning how symbols and icons become significant, as well as how stories are told and myths are disseminated.

Tuesday, August 27 2013

‘Glickman’ was the Sportscaster Who Gave Us Basketball in the Brain

For all his flash and ability as an athlete, Marty Glickman found yet another route by which he would become famous: as a sports broadcaster.

Tuesday, August 13 2013

‘Runner’: Mary Decker’s Many Races

This story is complicated by multiple factors, not least being Mary Decker's long history of injuries (the film shows a chart of her multiple surgeries and other sorts of repairs since her start as a 12-year-old prodigy).

Tuesday, August 6 2013

‘The Diplomat’: Olympic Gold and the Stasi

The Diplomat shows how microphones were planted in apartments and athlete's mail was monitored.

Monday, August 5 2013

HBO’s ‘Casting By’ Highlights Film’s Creative Rapports

"I don't like casting," says Woody Allen, in his version of how crucial he finds his longtime collaborator, casting director Juliet Taylor, "I don't like to meet people in any area."

Wednesday, July 31 2013

‘Swoopes’: The Basketball Star’s Remarkable Life and Career

Sheryl Swoopes' journey has included many turns, some sudden and some not so sudden.

Thursday, July 25 2013

‘The Crash Reel’: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s Fall and Recovery

Along with snowboarder Kevin Pearce's accident and remarkable recovery, the film looks at the institutional structure and risks of extreme sports -- as a business.

Wednesday, July 24 2013

‘No Limits’: Freediver Audrey Mestre’s Last Dive

This film makes clear the thrill of freediving in some sensational underwater shots, arranged in split screens so that time ticks away while you see the athletes at work from various angles.

Friday, July 19 2013

New Fox Animation: ‘Axe Cop’ + ‘High School USA!’

Axe Cop and High School USA! recapture a sense of insanity that hasn't been seen in cartoons since the heyday of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Tuesday, July 16 2013

‘Let Them Wear Towels’: Women Sports Reporters at Work

The idea that sports both reflect and transform their broader contexts is at the center of the documentary Let Them Wear Towels.

Thursday, July 11 2013

‘Orange is the New Black’ Is Imprisoned Between Comedy and Drama

As its characters remain thinly rendered types and the situations predictable, Orange is the New Black veers from melodrama to slapstick.

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