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Joe Louis: America’s Hero… Betrayed

While the film reports events of Joe Louis' life, it doesn't shape them or trace specific themes. What does emerge in this bleak outline, however, is the sense that Louis was "betrayed" by a "nation."

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Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings

The question of cause and effect is crucial, not only to Banished, but also to the black and white communities who live today with the legacy of banishing.

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17 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious

A multiracial grab bag of reality show clichés, the girls offer few new twists.

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16 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Dexter

Predictably, the network cut is much more concerned with removing all premium cable language than with obfuscating the utter corruption Dexter embodies and acts out each episode.

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12 Feb 2008 // 3:55 AM

Jericho

While it's not exactly subtle to posit a post-apocalyptic U.S. as the equivalent of Iraq, it does lay out a new grid for Jericho.

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7 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Bernard and Doris

As much as Bernard and Doris is a love story, it is also a study of the difficulties of class and sex, the ways that both complicate intimacy.

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7 Feb 2008 // 12:00 AM

Lost

Sometime between Hurley's car chase and Naomi's resurrection, it occurred to me that I'm never going to get satisfactory answers to Lost's fast-accumulating questions.

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6 Feb 2008 // 11:55 PM

Lipstick Jungle

Thank goodness for Lorraine Bracco. Bracco is, as ever, delightful, at once nutty, perverse, and too smart for every show she's in.

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6 Feb 2008 // 1:53 AM

Eli Stone

Eli Stone deals with weighty issues -- the purpose of life, the inevitability of death, and corporate liability -- but all of it is infused with levity.

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3 Feb 2008 // 11:00 PM

Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves establishes its focus -- on the contrast between slavery, as barbaric idea and industry, and one individual's integrity and strength of will.

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29 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Moment of Truth

Nothing about this series could be called "unexpected," coming as it does, from a corporation that perennially tempers its conservatism with the maturity and restraint of an eight-year-old.

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26 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Wire

In David Simon's indictment of American capitalism, numbers -- say, crime stats and school test scores -- no longer have an epistemic value, they don't refer to any external reality.

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26 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Breaking Bad

In Walter's transformation, Breaking Bad marries ruthless capitalism with masculine aggression to produce a peculiar kind of alpha male.

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21 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

American Idol

The transvestite sequence? Considering that not one of the cross-dressers -- save the belly-dancer -- was shown giving a full audition, I'd say it put another notch in the Idol-goes-too-far column.

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21 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Nip/Tuck

This is classic Nip/Tuck, a moment of complication, perhaps even "truth," amongst the regular soap operatics. It's one of the rewards for sitting through much of the rest of the show.

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20 Jan 2008 // 11:00 PM

Kyle XY

Kyle XY's multiple storylines can be convoluted, but the melodrama is framed -- and possibly explained -- by the fact that both protagonist and nemesis are teenagers.

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16 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

30 Rock

With American Gladiators outdrawing its scripted predecessors, it's hard not to feel a pang of dread that 30 Rock, the most writer-centric sitcom in recent memory, might become the strike's first casualty.

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16 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Celebrity Apprentice

So far, no celebrity under Trump's caustic scrutiny has managed to remind the über-businessman that he or she has done just fine so far without his input.

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15 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Cashmere Mafia

With the premiere of Cashmere Mafia last week, ABC added another title to its catalogue of "up-market series," showcasing the absurd antics of the rich and privileged.

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15 Jan 2008 // 3:59 AM

Andrew Jenks, Room 335

Over the course of his film, Andrew Jenks comes to see the assisted living residents as his new friends, struck by their great intelligence, selflessness, and passion.

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