Wednesday, March 26 2014
As much as this celebrates the music of the Hypnotic Brass Band, with long sequences devoted to their energetic performances, it also makes clear the hard work that goes into it.
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton turn down the grotesque but amp up the insidious mixture of morbid comedy and genuine creepiness for this series of stand-alone tales.
Thursday, March 20 2014
The monsters in Monsters look laughable, but if you're a fan of the show already, you probably won't care.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
A clever, often painful study of a corrosive friendship,'Doll & Em' features Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, who play fictionalized versions of themselves.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.
Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
The Returned asks a not-so-simple question about how the living would react to the return of the dead, and offers no easy answers.
Monday, March 10 2014
Television is especially good at pretending intimacy, at inviting you to feel close to emotional situations and worrying for characters you come to know over time.
Sunday, March 9 2014
The ever-expanding TV population of zombies, the disappeared, and assorted cyborgs is joined by the citizens of Arcadia, Missouri, who just can’t seem to stay in the graves where their loving relatives have interred them.
Thursday, March 6 2014
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks out of frame, his figure blurrs as if the camera can't keep up, you hear another reporter trying to ask another question from off-screen.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Not every question is answered, not every cliffhanger makes immediate sense, but after five seasons the creators of The Venture Bros. have earned fan trust enough to keep this the best show on TV.
Monday, March 3 2014
For the most part, Those Who Kill lets you feel cynical and all-knowing. But with the camera on Chloë Sevigny's pale, ghastly face, you also feel you can never know enough.
A lone-wolf pathologist finds himself tackling three murder mysteries whilst trying to resolve issues damaging his personal life.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.
Friday, February 21 2014
Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.
Thursday, February 20 2014
Family Matters is a sterling (and torturous) example of the allegedly “post-racial” America inaugurated by the bourgeois and only mildly Afrocentric triumphs of The Cosby Show.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Congressman Bennie Thompson's recollections are chilling, and not only because the government of Mississippi once posed a real threat to some of its citizens.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.
Monday, February 17 2014
It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s biggest successes and a worldwide phenomenon. Plus, you know, it's got dragons.
Friday, February 14 2014
The spectre of murder threatens to divide Elizabeth and Darcy in this adaptation of P.D. James' Austen homage, but the poor grasp of character might be the more devastating crime, here.