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Wednesday, February 5 2014

What Happens to the Excommunicated Amish?

The Amish: Shunned reveals the complexity of these lives and choices, hopes and losses.


Monday, February 3 2014

Darkness Comes to ‘Downton’

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.


The ‘Mad Dogs’ Are Fast on a Road to Nowhere

The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.


Friday, January 31 2014

Ain’t Life Just Like That?

Sure, Treme is about the sacred, but you can’t have the sacred without the engine of the profane motoring things along, and there’s nothing more profane than money.


Thursday, January 30 2014

‘The State of Arizona’ Declares, Show Your Papers or Else

The State of Arizona presents the "immigration" question from a number of perspectives as well as contexts.


Thursday, January 23 2014

Three Doctors, One Special, and a Big (Blue) Box of Surprises!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Selflessness and Courage, Self-Awareness and Naiveté Combine in ‘Blood Brother’

Like so many white male heroic types before him, Rocky seeks experience in an exotic place where people are plagued by poverty and disease.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

What Happened to Tonya Harding? ‘30 for 30: The Price of Gold’

Shrewdly and consistently, The Price of Gold underscores the trouble posed by a culture still invested in impossible "feminine" ideals.


‘Shameless’ Keeps Proving That We Love Our Dysfunctionals

The Showtime comedy continues to surprise during its third season, demonstrating why its British counterpart lasted as long as it did.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

‘Frontline: The Secret State of North Korea’: Information in Motion

As much good as James Bond might do in a long run, the short run for most North Koreans remains hard.


Dave Chappelle: 21 December 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Dave Chappelle jokes that Philly, as the birthplace of America, is "the perfect place to end my career".


Monday, January 13 2014

Still More Strangeness and Subtlety in FX’s ‘Archer’

Archer may be a simple man, but his is a life of many complications, and he is in turn a complication for most of those who know him.


From Sci-Fi to Fantasy, ‘Frankenstein’ Highlights a Century of Classic to Cult Adaptations

Frankenstein: The Real Story separates Frankenfacts from fiction while exploring the 19th century influences on Mary Shelley’s writing.


‘Dancing, a Man’s Game’ and ‘50s-era Masculinity

Masculinity, athleticism and grace take center stage in the newly released Omnibus special from 1958 featuring a young, fiery Gene Kelly.


Sunday, January 12 2014

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ and the Gentle Apocalypse of the Louisiana Landscape

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) encounter a rogues' gallery of supporting characters, including the bad men we need to keep other bad men from the door.


Growing Up Is Getting Complicated, in a Good Way, in Season 3 of ‘Girls’

Girls is becoming more complex along with its characters, and as a result, the viewer feels a greater investment.


Friday, January 10 2014

Brothers Together Again in Fox’s ‘Enlisted’

The show's two central flaws work against each other, as interactions among the characters are consistently unfunny and unrealistic.


Every Voice Matters: ‘Listening is an Act of Love’

Even though the audio is the real star, Listening is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special is a touching animated film that anyone who has ever heard a good story should witness.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

How Does a Trader Make 60 Percent in a Year? ‘Frontline: To Catch a Trader’

It appears that rules are rules and laws are laws… sometimes.


‘Robin Redbreast’ and the Creeping Horrors of a Rural Idyll

Released for the first time on DVD, the BBC's 1970 drama is a disturbing film concerning the grim underbelly of sinister rural rituals, and those that adhere to them.


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