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6 Dec 2007 // 2:11 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 // 2:40 AM

Darkon

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

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6 Nov 2007 // 2:29 AM

The Unit

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

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2 Nov 2007 // 6:34 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 // 2:22 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 // 2:29 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 // 10:00 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 // 1:13 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 // 12:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 12:59 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 // 12:00 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 // 2:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 3:00 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 // 12:00 AM

Carpoolers

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 // 12:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 12:59 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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