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28 Aug 2007 // 3:00 AM

Libby, Montana

The film traces the story of Libby through a compelling combination of archival footage, talking heads, and -- strangely effective -- newspaper headlines.

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William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

The play's untidiness -- it's one of Shakespeare's most mischievous -- virtually guarantees a final product distinguished by individual performances rather than dramatic consistency.

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5 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mission: Man Band

"It hurts when I say 'boy band,'" Chris Kirkpatrick admits with a wince. VH1 is banking that self-respecting music lovers feel the same way.

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Mind Control with Derren Brown

Even when we can easily spot the manipulation or, in some cases, hear it explained, Mind Control with Derren Brown is a fun and fascinating hour of television.

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2 Aug 2007 // 2:00 AM

Traveler

Traveler over-promised and under-delivered.

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1 Aug 2007 // 2:00 AM

Code Monkeys

The show wears its nostalgia on its sleeve, with some self-awareness and a barely conflicted sense of geek pride.

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1 Aug 2007 // 2:00 AM

Shark Week

Shark Week attempts to educate while satisfying viewers' desire for thanatopic frisson -- that sublime realization that you're not at the top of the food chain.

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31 Jul 2007 // 3:00 AM

Following Sean

Even as Following Sean explores the usual tensions between generations, its interest is both broader and more detailed.

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29 Jul 2007 // 11:05 PM

Saving Grace

While Saving Grace is yet another series featuring an out-of-the-ordinary detective, it is also an exploration of a woman's multiple crises.

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27 Jul 2007 // 8:00 AM

The Two Coreys

On the heels of Lindsay Lohan’s recent DUI arrest and Britney Spears’ reported meltdown at an OK! magazine photo shoot, the premiere of A&E’s The Two Coreys seems almost suspiciously well-timed.

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25 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mad Men

Mad Men is stylish and clever, showing men who are simultaneously at the pinnacle of their corporate and personal worlds, and at risk of losing everything.

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The Singing Bee / Don’t Forget the Lyrics

Where The Singing Bee piles on the action, snapping through round after round of quick-fire singing, winning, and losing, Don't Forget the Lyrics drags out every decision in search of something like tension,

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24 Jul 2007 // 4:29 AM

Damages

The new FX legal thriller offers images that stand out for their precise pacing, deep-saturated colors, and gorgeous design as much as for their storytelling.

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24 Jul 2007 // 2:00 AM

Prison Town, USA

All family members serve their own sort of time, argues Prison Town, USA. Oppressive and unproductive, that time is increasingly typical in the small towns where prison is the central industry.

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13 Jul 2007 // 8:55 AM

State of Mind

At long last, Lifetime has discovered what's been missing from TV: Theresa Randle.

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9 Jul 2007 // 3:15 AM

Spielberg on Spielberg

Partly charming and self-deprecating, and partly quite pleased with his own manifest genius, Steven Spielberg is most assuredly a skillful storyteller.

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5 Jul 2007 // 2:00 AM

Burn Notice

Westen is presented as equal parts Sam Spade, Jason Bourne, and Angus MacGyver.

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2 Jul 2007 // 1:00 AM

Big Love

Big Love generally handles the Henricksons' faith respectfully, but there's no forgetting that they are polygamists.

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2 Jul 2007 // 12:59 AM

Coma

Gently and intelligently, Coma follows the effects of brain injury on patients and, even more acutely, family members.

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21 Jun 2007 // 4:05 AM

Flight of the Conchords

Though the show occasionally lapses into the "cringe comedy" mode, made popular by The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords is also quite sweet.

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