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Monday, December 9 2013

‘How Sherlock Changed the World’ Is Far Too Elementary

Is there really a causal link between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character and modern-day crime investigation techniques?


Sunday, December 8 2013

‘One Life’ Makes the Invisible Visible

The documentary may speak more to our similarities with the vicious, indifferent, and self-interested creatures at its centre than the representatives of animal cuteness.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

‘Mob City’: An Homage to the Seamy Streets of Films Noirs and the Pulp Novels That Inspired Them

The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.


Monday, December 2 2013

‘The Battle of amfAR’ and the Power of Celebrity to Provoke Change

A star who lamented the wages of fame for most of her life, Elizabeth Taylor embraced the spotlight in order to raise awareness and money regarding AIDS.


A Slice of History Captured on Film Has Never Been so Dually Satisfying and Terrifying

WWII in HD is required viewing for its high-minded ideals and its near-flawless execution. It makes other films on the subject matter pale in comparison.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

‘Peaky Blinders’ Offers Violent Reminders of England’s Forgotten Midland

Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.


Monday, November 25 2013

‘Toxic Hot Seat’ Exposes the Poisons in Everyone’s Homes

When questions came up as to the toxicity of flame retardants, the three primary manufacturers made their case with faulty studies or deliberate misreadings of studies.


25 Years of Carving Turkeys: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition’

Six of the very best episodes and a treasure trove of extras make this boxed set worthy of commemorating the 25th anniversary of one of the funniest shows ever made.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

‘Treme’ Keeps Its Head Above Water… for Just a Little Bit Longer

Treme is the most kaleidoscopic show being produced these days. Its artistry in the arc of the episodes demonstrates gorgeous design throughout the season.


Sunday, November 17 2013

Separate Unequal, and ‘Almost Human’

Where Almost Human differs from many of its predecessors and peers is the way it seems to revel in unreflexive prejudice.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

In ‘Mad Men: Season Six’ Don Draper Tells the Truth, Slowly

At its dark core, Mad Men is an epic poem to rapacious capitalism.


Monday, November 4 2013

‘Tales from the Organ Trade’ is a Terrifying Story of the Vast Disparities in Desperation

Even apart from the crass motives in the market of human kidneys, the stakes for recipients and donors remain brutal and urgent.


Saturday, November 2 2013

‘Big History’ Takes a New Look at the Past and How It Shapes the Future

Big History the show, and big history, the discipline, may be just what we need to help solve the many problems facing us today.


Thursday, October 31 2013

When the ‘American Promise’ Strains the Bonds of Friendship

Like the boys in Hoop Dreams, these kids are able to tackle head on the myriad challenges facing black youth in today's America.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

Jimmy Connors’ So-Called Showmanship Is the Focus of ‘30 for 30: This Is What They Want’

"I don't apologize for anything," says Jimmy Connors, "Not now, never."


Friday, October 25 2013

This American ‘Dracula’ Proves to Be Simply Irresistible to the English

Traipsing around Victorian London, from high-class parties to low bohemian absinthe halls, this Dracula poses as an American businessman and has no trouble exerting his influence over the ladies.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

‘30 for 30: Big Shot’: Hockey, Money, and False Promises

Johne Spano fooled everyone. The fall, rise and fall of the New York Islanders.


Tuesday, October 8 2013

‘Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis’

If only ten percent of mothers are convinced that their sons should not play football, that it is a "dangerous sport", suggests one unnamed NFL representative, "That is the end of football."


Monday, October 7 2013

‘Valentine Road’ Shows That Complicity for the Brutal Murder of a Child Is Far-Reaching

Again and again, adults in Valentine Road fail the children in their charge.


Sunday, October 6 2013

‘The Paradise’: The Pleasures and Pains of Shopping

Denise isn’t entirely dazzled by Moray’s charm. She’s more taken with his business acumen than his wearying, constant flirting.


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