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Wednesday, October 2 2013

‘Super Fun Night’ Surpasses Insecurities

As in Pitch Perfect and Pain & Gain, Rebel Wilson uses her size to comic effect, such as when she engages in full-on battle with her Spanx on.

Monday, September 30 2013

‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’ on PBS

Don’t Stop Believin’ explores the complexity of Arne Pinedal's position, in Journey and in a broader context that includes all kinds of expectations.

Sunday, September 29 2013

The Sex Research Pioneers Come to Premium Cable in ‘Masters of Sex’

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are engaging, and the first episode hints at further intrigue to come.

Friday, September 27 2013

‘Hello Ladies’: Self-Delusions in LA

Telegraphing Stuart's loneliness through takeout dinners and microwave meals only goes so far. Hello Ladies pushes that mood even further, showing the isolation he feels in crowds.

Thursday, September 26 2013

The CBS Comedies ‘The Crazy Ones’ and ‘The Millers’ Are Not Helping Their Stars

These two new sitcoms on CBS could have been called Robin and Sarah Michelle and The Will Arnett Show.

‘Parenthood’, or, Beating One’s Head Against the Wall

For its last four seasons, Parenthood has owned the territory of manufactured middle-class angst.

Wednesday, September 25 2013

‘SEC Storied: The Book of Manning’: Archie and His Boys

You might know about Peyton and Eli's NFL careers and even Archie's with the Saints. What you might not recall is this film's primary revelation, in footage of Archie playing for Ole MIss.

Tuesday, September 24 2013

Joss Whedon Is Back on TV with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

With the help of Joss Whedon's cleverness, develop S.H.I.E.L.D. into an entertaining series, offering something like a mini-Marvel movie every week.

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).

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