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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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23 Oct 2007 // 2:13 AM

Planet in Peril

The term "global" works in multiple ways here, marking the broad extent of deleterious effects, as well as the vital interconnectedness of a range of problems.

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22 Oct 2007 // 1:00 AM

Run Granny Run

Granny D's walking provides the movie with a particular rhythm, not so much ambling as individual and deliberate.

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18 Oct 2007 // 2:00 AM

Viva Laughlin

The biggest surprise about Viva Laughlin is that the singing and dancing isn't the worst thing about it.

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18 Oct 2007 // 1:59 AM

Men in Trees

Reasons to watch Men in Trees, Part One: It's not Sex and the City.

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15 Oct 2007 // 1:00 AM

Womens Murder Club

Women's Murder Club represents network television production at its most cynical and most dismissive of viewers' intelligence.

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11 Oct 2007 // 3:00 AM

The Office

Next came a series of sitcom-ish moments that read like the white board from the writers' room.

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11 Oct 2007 // 2:00 AM

My Name is Earl

Earl is proof that a popular primetime sitcom can be both bitingly funny and socially relevant.

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9 Oct 2007 // 4:00 AM

49 Up

As the Up films regularly incorporate footage from previous installments, the portraits have become increasingly layered and meditative.

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9 Oct 2007 // 1:00 AM


Carpoolers looks hell-bent on sorting out that pesky battle of the sexes business, using the toaster to hammer it home.

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9 Oct 2007 // 1:00 AM

Beauty and the Geek

If she lasts long enough to find her place between the geeks and beauties, Nicole will enjoy her very own "Why, Miss Jones, You Were Beautiful All Along" moment, and make more than one geek's day.

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8 Oct 2007 // 2:00 AM

Friday Night Lights

The series abjures the usual primetime penchant for suburban gloss or metropolitan grit. Instead, it claimed as its territory lower middle class life in the America of vanishing jobs and diminishing horizons.

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8 Oct 2007 // 1:59 AM

The Boondocks

As always, the adults provide the show's least attractive possibilities. They're slow-walking, fast-talking jokes.

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5 Oct 2007 // 8:00 AM

Breaking Point

Pulling together a remarkable range of material, this beautifully written, incisive, and powerful documentary reminds you how much you miss nightly Koppel.

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5 Oct 2007 // 7:59 AM

Life is Wild

While Life is Wild is structured as a sort of fishes-out-of-water tale, it is more accurately described as a neo-colonial fantasy.

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4 Oct 2007 // 2:00 AM

Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies features super-saturated colors and bright, bold patterns, a perfect antidote to the dark and grainy moodiness that permeates most primetime dramas.

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4 Oct 2007 // 1:00 AM

Big Shots

It's as if the last half of the 20th century had achieved nothing more than television's tolerance of the word "penis" (a word repeated ad nauseam on Big Shots).

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4 Oct 2007 // 12:00 AM


With Dexter worrying and fumbling, the second season has opened with questions.

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3 Oct 2007 // 3:00 AM


For a show that's supposedly about the plight of minorities in America, Cavemen showed a shocking lack of diversity. It's basically Friends with more body hair.

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3 Oct 2007 // 2:59 AM

Private Practice

The show's true centre of dramatic gravity can be found midway between Violet (Amy Brenneman) and Cooper (Paul Adelstein).

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