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27 Feb 2008 // 3:50 AM

The Gates

Even as Christo submits that the art exists as such, to be observed and absorbed, the film makes a case that politics is inherent in and constitutive of art.

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26 Feb 2008 // 3:15 AM

quarterlife

A show where friends sleep around on each other, only to have truths revealed about their lives through a blog? It's basically Gossip Girl, only without the awareness that it's a total fantasy.

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26 Feb 2008 // 3:10 AM

Hard Road Home

Hard Road Home doesn’t overstate any angle on the prison problem, neither the idealism nor the cynicism. Instead, it tells stories, observing and respecting those who know.

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25 Feb 2008 // 3:19 AM

Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill is most compelling when it considers the ways Cody's story shaped both the national past and the future of celebrity.

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Joe Louis: America’s Hero… Betrayed

While the film reports events of Joe Louis' life, it doesn't shape them or trace specific themes. What does emerge in this bleak outline, however, is the sense that Louis was "betrayed" by a "nation."

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Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings

The question of cause and effect is crucial, not only to Banished, but also to the black and white communities who live today with the legacy of banishing.

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17 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious

A multiracial grab bag of reality show clichés, the girls offer few new twists.

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16 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Dexter

Predictably, the network cut is much more concerned with removing all premium cable language than with obfuscating the utter corruption Dexter embodies and acts out each episode.

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12 Feb 2008 // 3:55 AM

Jericho

While it's not exactly subtle to posit a post-apocalyptic U.S. as the equivalent of Iraq, it does lay out a new grid for Jericho.

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7 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Bernard and Doris

As much as Bernard and Doris is a love story, it is also a study of the difficulties of class and sex, the ways that both complicate intimacy.

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7 Feb 2008 // 12:00 AM

Lost

Sometime between Hurley's car chase and Naomi's resurrection, it occurred to me that I'm never going to get satisfactory answers to Lost's fast-accumulating questions.

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6 Feb 2008 // 11:55 PM

Lipstick Jungle

Thank goodness for Lorraine Bracco. Bracco is, as ever, delightful, at once nutty, perverse, and too smart for every show she's in.

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6 Feb 2008 // 1:53 AM

Eli Stone

Eli Stone deals with weighty issues -- the purpose of life, the inevitability of death, and corporate liability -- but all of it is infused with levity.

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3 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves establishes its focus -- on the contrast between slavery, as barbaric idea and industry, and one individual's integrity and strength of will.

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29 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Moment of Truth

Nothing about this series could be called "unexpected," coming as it does, from a corporation that perennially tempers its conservatism with the maturity and restraint of an eight-year-old.

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26 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Wire

In David Simon's indictment of American capitalism, numbers -- say, crime stats and school test scores -- no longer have an epistemic value, they don't refer to any external reality.

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26 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Breaking Bad

In Walter's transformation, Breaking Bad marries ruthless capitalism with masculine aggression to produce a peculiar kind of alpha male.

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21 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

American Idol

The transvestite sequence? Considering that not one of the cross-dressers -- save the belly-dancer -- was shown giving a full audition, I'd say it put another notch in the Idol-goes-too-far column.

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21 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Nip/Tuck

This is classic Nip/Tuck, a moment of complication, perhaps even "truth," amongst the regular soap operatics. It's one of the rewards for sitting through much of the rest of the show.

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20 Jan 2008 // 11:00 PM

Kyle XY

Kyle XY's multiple storylines can be convoluted, but the melodrama is framed -- and possibly explained -- by the fact that both protagonist and nemesis are teenagers.

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