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21 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM


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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16 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

30 Rock

With American Gladiators outdrawing its scripted predecessors, it's hard not to feel a pang of dread that 30 Rock, the most writer-centric sitcom in recent memory, might become the strike's first casualty.

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16 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Celebrity Apprentice

So far, no celebrity under Trump's caustic scrutiny has managed to remind the über-businessman that he or she has done just fine so far without his input.

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15 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Cashmere Mafia

With the premiere of Cashmere Mafia last week, ABC added another title to its catalogue of "up-market series," showcasing the absurd antics of the rich and privileged.

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15 Jan 2008 // 3:59 AM

Andrew Jenks, Room 335

Over the course of his film, Andrew Jenks comes to see the assisted living residents as his new friends, struck by their great intelligence, selflessness, and passion.

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Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows

Val Lewton made movies that reflected his personal concerns, with characters who refracted his experiences.

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Oswald’s Ghost: American Experience

Regarding the Kennedy assassination, Norman Mailer describes an utterly "American" problem and seeming solution, the simultaneous determination and inability to believe.

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13 Jan 2008 // 3:00 AM

Comanche Moon

The most outrageous and most pleasurable element in Comanche Moon, Inish Scull (Val Kilmer) is also its strangest, least plausible, and most convincing incarnation of "history."

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The effort to bring Sarah's Chronicles both back and forward to our post-9/11 moment is both awkward and smart.

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17 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Missing in MiG Alley

"To avoid WWIII," the U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to lie about how they conducted the Korean war.

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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hard as Nails

Hard as Nails lets unordained minister Justin Fatica speak his piece, and asks you to make your own judgment.

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6 Dec 2007 // 3:11 AM

Sand and Sorrow

The outrage of the continuing genocide in Darfur -- that it has been named, the numbers are known, and witnesses have testified -- makes Sand and Sorrow matter.

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I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA

If the film doesn't precisely support the moral or emotional case made by PETA's Ingrid Newkirk, it does suggest that her work -- however righteous, extreme, or exasperating it appears -- will never be done.

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12 Nov 2007 // 3:40 AM


The film points out that, absent the flat swords and shields, role-playing is hardly unusual.

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6 Nov 2007 // 3:29 AM

The Unit

The Unit is not about deserving. It's about the veneer of moral order.

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2 Nov 2007 // 7:34 AM

The Amazing Race

This is the way the best reality show on TV returns. Not with a bang, but a whimper. I love The Amazing Race, but I'm increasingly unhappy with how its handling.

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1 Nov 2007 // 3:22 AM

To Die in Jerusalem

If Abigail and Um Samir's experience of media is not unique, it is certainly acute. Their example reveals for us the ways that media, inevitable and pervasive, shape war and peace, politics and personal existence.

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31 Oct 2007 // 3:29 AM

Criminal Minds

Joe Mantegna brings to Rossi a singular mournfulness and lingering rage that are not turned inward and angsty, but instead bent outward, into a mien that looks cocky but is also ready for what's unknown.

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29 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Undertaking

Contemplative, understated, and poignant, the documentary offers delicate wintertime exteriors, corpses in coffins, and sometimes painful interviews with surviving family members.

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