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9 Oct 2008 // 3:00 AM

Eleventh Hour

In Eleventh Hour, the FBI agents like to explain what they're doing and who they are -- repeatedly.

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8 Oct 2008 // 3:00 AM

POV: Up the Yangtze

Respectful and riveting, Up the Yangtze reveals the complex effects of loss and fear, as well as a kind of relentless hopefulness.

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6 Oct 2008 // 2:43 AM

How Ohio Pulled It Off

The style of argument in How Ohio Pulled It Off is methodical and dramatically shaped through a focus on then Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

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2 Oct 2008 // 10:55 PM

The Ex List: Series Premiere

The supernatural premise underlying Bella’s quest may be fantastic, but the urgent desire to find a husband “before it’s too late” is unfortunately all too common.

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1 Oct 2008 // 1:00 AM

POV: In the Family

Joanna Rudnick's documentary about BRAC genetic testing charts the complicated process of making decisions in her documentary, in ways alternately informative, distressing, and galvanizing.

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30 Sep 2008 // 2:59 AM

POV: Critical Condition

Roger Weisberg's documentary provides a devastating critique of the U.S. health care system by following four subjects through their daily efforts to find relief, work, or counsel.

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29 Sep 2008 // 2:00 AM

Taxi to the Dark Side

According to Taxi to the Dark Side, Alex Gibney's Oscar-winning documentary, the torture of detainees has been ordained and conditioned by the Bush administration.

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29 Sep 2008 // 2:00 AM

Life

Charlie (Damian Lewis) teeters incessantly on the line between cocky and ridiculous, quirky and respectable -- as if he understands the differences.

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Family Guy: Season 7 Premiere

Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy features gross-out humor with a mean-spirited kick.

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26 Sep 2008 // 6:00 AM

Californication: Season Two Premiere

Consider David Duchovny's Hank Moody a hero for the noughties.

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26 Sep 2008 // 6:00 AM

Dexter: Season Three Premiere

The moral muddling is never resolved in Dexter. The more Dexter (Michael C. Hall) insists on his rightness, the more limited his vision appears.

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The Simpsons: Season 20 Premiere

For its 20th season premiere, The Simpsons takes aim at all the big targets: bounty hunting, the IRA, and erotic baking.

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26 Sep 2008 // 6:00 AM

The Amazing Race: Season 13 Premiere

The first episode features profile-establishing soundbites, a lot of running and plenty of encouraging “Gos!” The best line, courtesy of Anita, is easily this: “Bees are much calmer than all this!”

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Criminal Minds: Season Four Premiere

The fourth season premiere of Criminal Minds revisits 9/11 anxieties, as Special Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) stumbles dazedly around a street in lower Manhattan, having nearly been blown to smithereens by a car bomb.

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24 Sep 2008 // 12:55 AM

Gary Unmarried: Series Premiere

It doesn’t seem fair to review the retro sitcom Gary Unmarried: as a social statement, it was already cancelled a long time ago.

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The Mentalist: Series Premiere

The Mentalist uses Patrick's (Simon Baker) obnoxiousness to different effects. When he isn't pausing to consider himself, he's taking out opponents at the knees.

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Heroes: Season Three Premiere

The real excitement of the new season of Heroes is its promise to expand the series' assortment of baddies: their unabashed queerness and freakery make for more fun.

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CSI: Miami: Season Seven Premiere

CSI: Miami foregrounds, in its best episodes, the effects of transnational capitalism.

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Worst Week: Series Premiere

In Worst Week, something about his soon-to-be in-laws so unnerves Sam that he turns into a blithering idiot with two left feet and no opposable thumbs.

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17 Sep 2008 // 2:34 AM

The Human Camera

The Human Camera suggests that Steven's "extraordinary" ability is therapeutic even as it is wondrous.

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