Reviews > TV

19 Sep 2007 // 2:20 AM

Gossip Girl

The blogger called Gossip Girl reports on the sex, lies, and YouTube videos of the smart set at an Upper East Side private school.

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18 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM


Premiering tonight in PBS' POV series, Lumo is a quietly and keenly observational documentary, a story of courage and hope.

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17 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM


Marlin (excellent Anthony Anderson) is devoted to the law and straight lines, except when he sees those lines as unfair to people in need.

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17 Sep 2007 // 2:59 AM

Prison Break

The start of Prison Break's third season is exactly right: a crowd of gnarly, noisy men, surrounded by prison walls and doused by rain.

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14 Sep 2007 // 7:00 AM

Lifting the Veil

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy counters George Bush's "confident" display with her own observations: "Now we've come back six years later," she narrates, "to ask if life for women in Afghanistan is any better in a liberated country."

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11 Sep 2007 // 3:42 AM

The Camden 28

Anthony Giacchino's The Camden 28, airing tonight as part of PBS' outstanding POV series, considers the complexities of the crime, the arrest, and the trial, as all these aspects "make a statement."

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10 Sep 2007 // 1:42 AM

Tell Me You Love Me

By using visible sex acts to complicate the distinction between what's fake or genuine, the show underscores its thematic focus, on how people lie to each other and themselves.

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Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq

For all its focus on memories, Alive Day Memories is, at last, about the future, the responsibility we share.

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4 Sep 2007 // 12:42 AM

Made in L.A.

In Made in L.A. (premiering tonight, airing on PBS' P.O.V. series), Lupe's story -- from immigration to exploitation to organization -- is at once singular and typical.

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29 Aug 2007 // 2:10 AM

Children of the Storm

Spike Lee tells them to "start at home." The catch is that many of these young documentarians don't have homes, or at least not the homes they had two years ago.

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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 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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